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New Impossibly Intricate Embroideries by Chloe Giordano

We continue to be enthralled by the work of Chloe Giordano (previously here and here) who produces everything from tiny coin-sized depictions of …

Art

Over Two Decades of Charting the Various Movements of Snails by Photographer Daniel Ranalli

For more than 20 years photographer Daniel Renalli has been actively collaborating with the ecology of Cape Cod, with one of his most collaborative …

Photography

Speculative Paintings of a Graffiti-Covered Earth by Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes‘ newest series features subjects both manmade and natural, their common element being several layers of graffiti that cover a space …

Art

Thousands of Birds Photographed Atop Snow-Laden Trees in Downtown Portland, Oregon

One evening last week, C.S.I. Walker Berg of the Portland Oregon Police Bureau looked out a window on the 12th floor of the Justice Center to …

Portland, OR

Humorous New Contextual Street Sign Interventions by Michael Pederson

Look close, or you’ll miss it. Camouflaged like legitimate street signs in public spaces around Sydney you’ll find these fun urban interventions by …

Art

Otherworldly Mixed-Media Plants Sprout Like Creatures from a Dr. Seuss Book

In her ongoing sculptural series titled “<i>The Marriage</i>,” Malaysian artist Noreen Loh Hui Miun merges elements from real and fictional plantlife to …

Art

Discover Your New Favorite Art Supplies with ArtSnacks (Sponsored)

Are you stuck in a creative rut? Maybe you’re drawing a blank when you sit in front of your canvas, or you’ve been coloring with the same boring …

Art

Animated Fire Spirals by Daniel Barreto

Here’s a fun series from artist Daniel Barreto who animates infinite loops of flame in these surreal gifs. The brief animations continue his …

Cameras

Sublime Opening Titles to the Style Frames Design Conference Animated by Eran Hilleli

For the Style Frames Design Conference held last November in New York, Tel Aviv-based artist and animator Eran Hilleli was asked to create an opening …

Design

In-Camera Light Paintings by Hannu Huhtamo Sprout in the Darkness Like Alien Blooms

Utilizing a variety of light tools, Finland-based artist Hannu Huhtamo works in the dark to create these delightfully unusual light paintings. …

Art

Photomontages That Trace Light Through Overgrown Countrysides and Abandoned Interiors

Artist Suzanne Moxhay produces photomontage scenes which seem to effortlessly combine elements from both her own photography practice and her large …

Art

Ornate Insect Embroideries by Humayrah Bint Altaf Incorporate Antique Materials and Metallic Beads

Embroidery artist Humayrah Bint Altaf stitches fabulously ornate insects and trees that incorporate antique gold twist cord, hundreds of metallic …

Design

Cubism and Realism Collide in New Murals and Paintings by ‘Belin’

Spanish artist Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes, or Belin, has long been known in the graffiti world for his photorealistic murals. After a recent trip …

Art

Dazzling Images of Glowing Flowers Photographed With Ultraviolet-Induced Visible Fluorescence

28-year-old photographer Craig Burrows photographs plants and flowers using a type a photography called UVIVF or “ultraviolet-induced visible …

Photography

Geode-Like Sculptures Formed From Colorful Layers of Molten Beeswax

Self-taught artist Laura Moriarty's sculptural paintings appear like long lost geodes, geological mysteries layered with multi-colored rings. The …

A Massive Naturally Occurring Ice Circle Appears Briefly in a Washington River

This weekend, word spread via Facebook that a large circle of ice was spinning in small river just outside of Seattle. After seeing a quick video of …

Land Art

Blooms 2: Extraordinary New Strobe-Animated Sculptures by John Edmark

As artist John Edmark's sculptures wiggle, wobble, and twist before your eyes like some alien creature, it’s hard to believe that what you’re seeing …

Art

Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings of Vivid Chrome Masks by Kip Omolade

Brooklyn-based artist Kip Omolade creates large-scale oil paintings of chrome masks, depicting not only the subtle details of female faces, but …

Art

Sky-High Images of Los Angeles at Dusk and Dawn by Dylan Schwartz

Creative Director and photographer Dylan Schwartz‘s point-of-view is high above the cities he photographs, capturing the bridges, sports complexes, …

Los Angeles

Discover a New Kind of Network at Parsons School of Design (Sponsored)

What happens when interior designers collaborate with urban planners, when musicians take inspiration from psychologists, or when screenwriters …

Design

Artist Walead Beshty Shipped Glass Boxes Inside FedEx Boxes to Produce Shattered Sculptures

In this intriguing sculptural series spanning 2005 to 2014, LA-based artist Walead Beshty packaged his artworks in FedEx boxes and shipped them …

A Quarter Mile of Reflective Poles Mirror the Changing Tides

A quarter mile installation of nearly 250 mirrored posts stood tall on California’s Laguna Beach coast, the work reflecting back the Pacific Ocean’s …

Tiny Colorful Objects Meticulously Organized by Adam Hillman

If you need a dose of color (and sugar) injected into your Instagram feed, the account belonging to Adam Hillman is probably your best bet. The New …

New Paper Bird Sculptures Juxtaposed With International Stamps by Diana Beltran Herrera

Colombia-based artist Diana Beltran Herrera (previously here and here) has been fascinated by birds since she was a child, however it wasn’t until …

Art

A Color Spectrum Stairwell in Lima Painted by ‘Xomatok’

Bringing both color and light to a drab stairwell in Lima, Peru, artist and illustrator Xomatok painted this piece titled “<i>Snake of Light</i>” in the …

Art

The Art of the Marbler: A 1970s Educational Film About the Fine Art of Paper Marbling

This brief educational film takes us into a paper marbling studio from the 1970s where centuries-old techniques are used to create elaborate …

Art

Street Artist Roadsworth Uses Public Streets as Canvas for Art & Activism

One might not think that parking lots, crosswalks, and other broad asphalt expanses would be particularly amenable to artwork, but for …

Art

Mini Metros: Minimalist Worldwide Transit Maps by Peter Dovak

Mini Metros is an ongoing series of worldwide public transit maps that have been “shrunken and simplified” into tiny diagrams by D.C.-based designer …

Maps

16th Century Miniature Boxwood Carvings That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

Carved the size of a palm or smaller, these miniature boxwood carvings featuring religious iconography from the early 16th century have long been a …

16th century

Architecture Students at SCI-Arc Use Tony Smith’s Sculpture ‘Smoke’ as Inspiration for Models of a Hyde Park Branch Library in LA (Sponsored)

SCI-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, in Los Angeles is a school that considers architecture an art form capable of engaging …

Art