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92-Year-Old Grandmother Creates Amazingly Complex Temari Balls

These stunning embroidered balls called “temari” were made by the prodigiously nimble fingers of a 92-year-old grandmother in Japan. Although she only learned this elaborate skill in her sixties, she has since created nearly 500 unique designs that have been photographed by her granddaughter …

Japan

Motion Collector’s Edition Box Set by Von

Collector’s Box Set.<p>London based artist and illustrator Von has published a new collector’s edition box set. The box includes illustrations taken …

Art

Is This The Ugliest House In America?

What is even going on here.<p>Designers with delicate sensibilities, look away. This may be the most hideous McMansion in America. Built in 1956, this is “almost-famous pimp-turned-construction mini-magnate” Jerry A. Hostetler’s Indianapolis Hearst Castle. Minus the architectural prowess. Plus more …

Creative Eye Makeup Illustrations by Tal Peleg

Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg, aka Scarlet Moon, uses eyeshadow and eyeliner to do more than simply shade in her eyelids. Instead, the creative makeup genius turns eyelids into her own personal canvas for clever mini paintings. She takes the small patch of skin that surrounds the eye and …

Eye Makeup

Art meets social causes in Berlin

Get involved in the city’s thriving alternative arts scene with an exhibition that not only promotes local art but also helps local society.<p>In a city where artistic freedom and tolerance prevail – and where funds are scarce – online blogs and magazines are the lifeblood of Berlin’s ever-mushrooming …

Streetwear

9 Cookie Cutters That Are Doomed to Fail

Using cookie cutters? The simpler, the better. These 9 are complicated, high-concept, or just plain bizarre<p>All cookie cutters are not created equally. Here's a good rule: If it takes you more than two seconds to figure out what shape a cutter is—an angel? A ghost? A crawling baby?—put it down. …

Dessert

Why potatoes could soon be a luxury few can afford

The humble vegetable is under threat from a new and virulent form of potato blight<p>The festive season is almost upon us, and the nation is unbuckling its belt for its annual gourmet experience. Until now it has been limited to the traditional bird, sprout and roast potato with Christmas cake to …

Smarty Ring Gives You Instant Alerts Right On Your Finger

Do you check your mobile phone every 5 minutes? Some people do that you know, it’s a habit too hard to break. First thing you do in the morning is …

A Sweet Bedtime Story For Design-Minded Kids

Animals make for the best storybook protagonists (see Winnie the Pooh, Babar, and Peter Rabbit). A design team in Belfast, Ireland, wants to add a new character to the genre: Chalky, a fun-loving cat.<p><i>Chalky and the New Sports Car</i> chronicles the mischief of Chalky (based on a real cat and its real …

Articles about 7 modern multipurpose rooms on Dwell.com - Dwell

Many of us are guilty of thinking of laundry rooms as unremarkable or unattractive parts of our home that don't require much...<p>Space, light, and twists on color use define this collection of some of our favorite modern living rooms from issues past.<p>Once a locker for a midnight loo, the bedside …

Los Angeles

Amazingly Complex Ant Hills Cast as Aluminum Sculptures

It's rare to see what an actual ant nest looks like underneath the surface of the earth. Anthill Art is an amazing process that captures that magnificent mystery in sculpture form. To create each piece, the anonymous American artist pours molten aluminum into the entrance of an ant hill, filling …

Art

Bold Geometric Design Composed of Mexican Sarape Thread

For his recent installation, <i>Wake and Wonder</i>, Texas-based artist Adrian Esparza created impressive illusions of depth with strong lines organized into this detailed arrangement. He began with a sarape, a Mexican blanket, and unraveled it into a large pile of string. Then, using just a hammer, nails, …

Art

Photographs: The Beautiful Alien Worlds Of Scotch Glasses

Whiskey is always beautiful, but it’s rare to see it as beautiful as this.<p>There are more artists who have found inspiration at the bottom of a glass than one can count. Painter Francis Bacon was estimated to drink over six bottles of wine per day, while famous American mystery writer and author of …

Sculpture on the moon: Paul van Hoeydonck’s Fallen Astronaut.

1 “Bigger Than Picasso”<p>One crisp March morning in 1969, artist Paul van Hoeydonck was visiting his Manhattan gallery when he stumbled into the middle …

APOD: Geminid Meteors over Teide Volcano (2013 Dec 17) Image Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado (TWAN, Earth and Stars) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131217.html Explanation: On some nights it rains meteors. Peaking two nights ago, asteroid dust streaked through the dark skies of Earth, showering down during the annual Geminids meteor shower. Astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado captured the space weather event, as pictured above, in a series of exposures spanning about 2.3 hours using a wide angle lens. The snowcapped Teide volcano of the Canary Islands of Spain towers in the foreground, while the picturesque constellation of Orion highlights the background. The star appearing just near the top of the volcano is Rigel. Although the asteroid dust particles are traveling parallel to each other, the resulting meteor streaks appear to radiate from a single point on the sky, in this case in the constellation of Gemini, off the top of the image. Like train tracks appearing to converge in the distance, the meteor radiant effect is due to perspective. The astrophotographer has estimated that there are about 50 Geminids visible in the above composite image -- how many do you see? http://twanight.org/casado http://starryearth.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131217 #APOD #TWAN

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Made of Beads, Buttons, and Pins

<b>Ode to Second Full Moon II</b><p>Brooklyn-based Korean artist Ran Hwang, who is no stranger to working with buttons, beads, and pins, has assembled a number of circular and oval pieces paying homage to the beauty of nature. Each creation presents a vignette of cherry blossoms in the artist's signature …

Cherry Blossoms

Realistic Oil Paintings by Eric Zener

Inspiring Oil Paintings.<p>This is a small selection of inspiring oil paintings by California-based artist Eric Zener. His work has been exhibited …

Digital Art

Water May Be Flowing On Mars Right Now

Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.<p>The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long since dried up. Still, that doesn't mean there's not flowing water now, too.<p>NASA data has long …

Geoscience