Sophia van Wyk

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Maison des Perles

While haute couture has, in recent years, moved toward displaying the textural qualities of embellishment through abstraction, Maison des Perles brooches, pins and necklaces are largely representational. Founding artist Môko Kobayashi uses classical haute couture embroidery techniques to create …

Lazy Oaf + Garfield Summer '14 Collection

Before Grumpy Cat became an internet sensation and a meme standard, Garfield (created by American cartoonist Jim Davis) starred in feature films, garnered multiple Emmys, broke a Guinness World Record for most widely syndicated comic strip and won the hearts of readers—all without lifting a paw, …

26 Vegan Versions Of Your Favorite Comfort Foods

A chocolate cupcake is always ready to listen.

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Incredibly Elaborate Illustrations by Victo Ngai

New York-based illustrator Victo Ngai creates captivating illustrations with elaborate narratives. Her unique style features swirls of lines and colors that are alive with energy and movement. In much of her work, Ngai uses a signature palette of oranges, reds, greens, and browns to create the …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Your Body is my Canvas

Incredible work by the artist Alexa Meade who reinvented the way to paint portraits. Alexa paints directly on the surfaces of live models and found …

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Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week:Unique Candlesticks, a Halloween-Inspired Floral Arrangement, and More

From unique and modern candlesticks to a Halloween-inspired floral arrangement, here's our weekly roundup of the shelter blogosphere.<p><b>This week's favorite links:</b><p>30 Modern and Unique Candlesticks. StyleCarrot<p>Love for Classic Cesca Chairs. Aunt Peaches<p>A Halloween-Inspired Flower Arrangement. Oleander …

Weekend Reading: Yogurt for Men, Unicorn Cake, and More

What we're reading, cooking, and clicking this week<p>• Is there a single solution for combating rising obesity rates, plummeting fiscal literacy, and …

Unique Natural Sculptures Blend Layers of Stone with Glass

Tokyo-born artist Ramon Todo creates unexpected sculptures by drawing upon basic, solid materials found in nature. To create each piece, he first locates stones and bricks discovered on personal walks through various landscapes. He then removes segments of the stone, which symbolize the history of …

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Giant Rubber Duckie Greeted by Thousands in Taiwan — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>Kaohsiung, Taiwan has a bright new addition in the community: a 59 foot tall rubber …

Like a Bleached Fossil, an Intriguing Hotel in Far Off Patagonia

In distant Patagonia, a unique and strange hotel and spa has an otherworldly feeling.<p>The natural-looking roof construction of its amazing structure …

3D-Printed Paintings Of Nanomolecular Structures By Shane Hope

New York City-based artist Shane Hope creates complex and colorful 3D-printed paintings of nanomolecular structures. At World Maker Faire New York …

Vertical Emptiness: Crystallized Tree Branches Dripping with Strands of Hot Glue by Yasuaki Onishi | Colossal

<p>Known for his ethereal and seemingly weightless installations of plastic membranes suspended in midair by black hot glue, Japanese artist Yasuaki …

Taste the Rainbow, Grumpy Cat

No, it's not another one of those weird Skittles ads, it's actually the newest piece by artist Olga Shvartsur called Grumpy Cat Tastes The Rainbow. …

Red Velvet Quesadillas

Becky McKay has a great idea for a dessert with a vaguely Tex-Mex theme. You can find her full recipe at the link. She uses cake frosting for the …

Giant Partying Aardvark is a Playground for Kids

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has been on a tear lately with his gargantuan sculptures. His giant floating rubber duck that sailed around Hong Kong is now in Taiwan where it's expected to remain until October 20, delighting local residents as it spreads it infectious message of happiness. Then …

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Polar Bears in Fluorescent-Colored Feathers Frolick in New York

Showing from now till October 26 at Galerie Perrotin's new space in New York are eight fantastically fun sculptures of feathered polar bears. The New York gallery's inaugural show, Italian artist's Paola Pivi's “Ok, you are better than me, so what?,” consists of these near life-size sculptures …

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Sunday Brunch: Ratatouille With Fried Eggs

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday morning we bring you a Sunday Brunch recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>I love ratatouille. It's soft on the palate and easy on the stomach; served with a …

Feast Portland's Night Market: Stalls on Stalls on Stalls of Delicious Food

Held in the courtyard of Portland's historic Ecotrust building, the Night Market is a food festival akin to Southeast Asia's grand bazaars; basically, stall after stall of tasty two-bite dishes and (way more than two-sip) drinks.<p>We've already conquered the sandwich and the double dinner, so last …

100 Handmade Shark Fins Float in a New Zealand Lagoon

On Friday the 13th, those near New Zealand's Aotea Lagoon in Wellington were greeted with the sight of 100 shark fins floating in the water. The handmade fins were part of an art installation by Greenpeace for New Zealand's first-ever shark awareness week. While the 99 grey fins in the lagoon …

Lost & Found: Inside the Bizarre Wonderland of Artist and Tinkerer Blair Somerville | Colossal

<p>For the last decade, self-confessed tinkerer and “organic mechanic” Blair Somerville has owned and operated the Lost Gypsy Gallery, a sprawling …

Mabel Pakenham-Walsh obituary

Mabel Pakenham-Walsh, who has died aged 75, was a woodcarver, draughtswoman and campaigner for disabled people. Many of her works were made from recycled or found materials. Her wood carvings were made from ironing boards, breadboards, old ships' timbers and in one case an old wooden toilet seat. …

Picture of the Day: Mexico’s Giant Crystal Cave

MEXICO’S GIANT CRYSTAL CAVE<p>Photograph by Alexander Van Driessche<p>Cave of the Crystals or Giant Crystal Cave (Spanish: Cueva de los Cristales) is a …

Giant Paint Splash Sculpture by Tomas Misura

With all the serious, high-brow art out there, isn't it refreshing to see something like this? Artist Tomas Misura created this fun work called Splash for Bondi Beach's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in 2010. Misura won the $3,000 kids choice prize for the sculpture of a giant stainless steel …

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The Dreary Side of Superhero Life

Life can't be full of nonstop action -can it? Even Supermen has some down time, and that time is filled with mundane things like hanging out with …

12 Must-Try Street Foods Around the World

"Street food, I believe, is the salvation of the human race."<p>So proclaimed Anthony Bourdain, passionate street food advocate and consumer, at the …

A Lumberjack’s Wet Dream

One of my personal favs, Duffy London, explores macabre-chic with the latest additional to the Grimm Collection: the Woodsman Axe Table. Inspired by …

In Paris, a New York-style High Line

An abandoned railway line that encircles the French capital is being transformed into an enchanting flora- and fauna-rich walkway.<p>An abandoned railway line that encircles Paris is being transformed into an enchanting flora- and fauna-rich walkway – much like Paris’ Promenade Plantée near Bastille …