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Interview: Photographer Captures Honest and Open Spirit of Children in Africa

Photographer Gustav Willeit recently traveled to Togo with the Costa Foundation, a charity started in 2007 to protect and improve children's right in developing countries. Their current work in Togo focuses on collecting funds for blood-bags needed for transfusions in cases of advanced malaria.<p>The …

Photography

Helix Tattoo Trend Has People Inking Delicate Images Along the Sides of Their Ears

Many people love the idea of a tattoo but don’t want a statement-making piece of body art. Rather, they prefer something small and subtle that most folks wouldn’t even notice. If you’re one of these types of tattoo fans, we’ve got a trend for you. Known as ear tattoos, the designs are inked onto …

Tattoos

Amazing Life-Sized Wedding Cake Meticulously Recreates a Real Couture Gown

As cake art grows increasingly creative and complex, the possibilities for wedding confections are seemingly endless. From colorful geodes to delectable drips to even real flowers you can eat, contemporary cakes offer more than just stiff white icing. They transcend the traditional and are elevated …

Weddings

Artist Reimagines Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ with Pop Culture Icons

In <i>Van Gogh Never</i>, an imaginative ongoing series of paintings, New York-based artist Aja Kusick creatively combines pop culture with Post-Impressionism. By inserting well-known characters and scenes into Vincent van Gogh's iconic <i>The Starry Night</i> (1889), Kusick invites viewers to see the masterpiece …

Art History

What If Iconic Art History Subjects Were Young Modern People in the City

The collision of art history and pop culture comes alive in the digital collage of Shusaku Takaoka. As a graphic designer, the Japanese creative uses his keen photo manipulation skills to take some of the world’s most iconic paintings and fuse them with the gritty urban environment. Using famous …

Art

Top 25 Art Blogs to Jump Start Your Creativity

Working in a creative field and looking for a little inspiration? Or just love art and looking to see what's trending? In addition to My Modern Met, there are tons of websites that can help you get over the creative hump and keep you abreast of what's happening in the art world.<p>Whether you want to …

Art

Photographer Creates Enchanting Fairytale Photos with Real Wild Animals

Russian photographer Olga Barantseva imagines a wondrous world through her fairytale photography. Most notably, her magical-feeling images feature real animals that interact with beautiful models. Although the furry companions include wolves and foxes, there’s one creature whose big presence steals …

Photography

Anamorphic Sculptures Come to Life in Cylindrical Reflections

For years, we've been fascinated by the surreal sculptures of Jonty Hurwitz. Now, the South African artist is back with a new series of anamorphic pieces. Like his earlier creations, his more recent models creatively reveal themselves through tactical reflections.<p>Hurtwitz's series of warped …

Sculpture

Artist Shares an Eye with Animals in Stunning Self-Portrait Pairings

In 2016, Flora Borsi captivated us with <i>Animeyed.</i> In the ongoing series of stunning self-portraits, the Hungarian artist cleverly pairs her visage with various animals. Since our discovery, Borsi has added more striking shots to this collection of unique animal self-portraits, culminating in an …

Art

Self-Taught Artist Crafts Spectacular Coffee Mugs That Double as Sculptural Art

Self-taught artist Katie Marks crafts ceramic coffee mugs that transcend their practical use and double as sculptural works of art. Saying that “the world inspires her,” she adorns the vessels with layers of spectacular crystals and swirling galaxy glaze. Though her popular shop Silver Lining …

Art

NASA’s Juno Space Probe Sends Back Stunning Images of Jupiter

Traveling 1.74 billion miles over 5 years, NASA's Juno space probe entered Jupiter's polar orbit on July 5, 2016. Set to explore the Solar System's largest planet until 2018, the Juno probe will provide valuable information previously unavailable to scientists.<p>Why study Jupiter? Being the largest …

Solar System

Eye-Opening Illustrations Shine a Light on Hidden Signs of Mental Health Struggles

Destiny Blue uses her creative talents to support those—including herself—who might be struggling with their mental health. “I'm an artist who deals with her demons through drawing,” she explains, “and I've written openly online about my experiences with mental illness.” In powerful images, she …

Psychosis

Textile Artist Crochets All of the Adorable Animals of Australia

Crafty and clever, Melbourne-based textile artist Alli Parker of Hart & Crafts creates cuddly crochet versions of her local wildlife. In her series of Australian animals, Parker presents a thematic selection of “pieces made with love for you to love to pieces.”<p>Made entirely by hand and composed of …

Wildlife

Then and Now Photos Show People as Young Adults and at 100 Years Old

In his sentimental series, <i>Faces of Century</i>, Opava-based photographer Jan Langer visually presents the inevitable changes that accompany aging. With 100-year-old Czechs as his muses, Langer explores the effects of time through a collection of then-and-now photos.<p><i>Faces of Century</i> is composed of …

Photography

Gorgeous Watercolor Paintings of the Diverse Landscapes Nature Has to Offer

Istanbul-based painter, decorator, and interior designer Adem Potaş delicately paints stunning scenes of nature. Skilled in depicting light and capturing color, the expert artist creates watercolor landscapes that appear to ethereally glow.<p>Featuring intricate brushstrokes, beautifully blended …

Artists

Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings Capture the Magnificent Glory of Ships at Sea

Polish painter Marek Rużyk creates beautiful seascapes and marine art in the grand tradition of the Romantic era. Reminiscent of 19th-century artists like Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, these oil paintings portray the elegance and majesty of ships at sea.<p>Rużyk's work is characterized by his …

Artists

12 Contemporary Artists Tell Us What it Takes to Make a Great Piece of Art

What does it take to make a great piece of art? This seemingly simple, yet deeply complex, question has been debated throughout the history of art. Who decides what is “good” art and what is “bad” art? While many look to art critics and curators for answers, we decided to turn to a wide variety of …

Art

Adjustable Ear Plugs Let You Press the Mute Button on Outside Noise

While over 5% of the world's population suffers from hearing loss, it's estimated that half of all cases are preventable. Whether you want relief when listening to blaring music or wish you could tune out that crying baby on the airplane, finding the best earplugs are a must. And what if you could …

Headphones

150-Foot-Tall Iceberg Floats Off the Coast of a Tiny Canadian Town

In a scene that looks like something out of a movie, a giant iceberg has set sail and made its way down the coast of a tiny town in Canada. On April 19, residents and visitors to Ferryland, Newfoundland witnessed the glacier drifting along its eastern shore. While it’s hard to know for sure, the …

Scuba Diving

30+ Creatively Nerdy Protest Signs From the Global March for Science

On Saturday, April 22, thousands of people gathered to advocate for science. Coinciding with Earth Day, the March for Science was held in Washington, D.C. and featured speakers and protesters who voiced their concerns for President Trump’s stances on issues like climate change, as well as his …

March for Science

Beautiful ‘Rose Succulents’ Look Like Tiny Blossoming Flowers from a Fairy Tale

Recently, succulents have gone from humble houseplants to trendy home accessories. In addition to their easy-to-care-for nature and alluring, jade-like tones, plant lovers adore the water storage plants for their diverse selection of shapes. In the past, we've seen succulents that look like …

Flowers

25+ Blossoming Works of Art Made Out of Real Flowers

From still-life depictions to blooming landscapes, flowers have been a tried and true inspiration for nature-loving artists throughout the course of art history. In addition to traditional paintings and photographs, however, many of today's artists have taken a more avant-garde approach to the …

Sculpture

Visually Pulsing Photos of Tokyo at Night Show the City Saturated in Neon Lights

Tokyo at night, washed in vibrant neon colors, is the inspiring subject of Masashi Wakui‘s stunning photographs. By focusing exclusively on the Japanese metropolis after dark, his work takes on a cinematic feel.<p>Using post-production color correction to coax even more hues out of the urban …

Japan

World’s First Autonomous 3D-Printed Home is Fully Equipped for Off-Grid Living

Ever dream of living off the grid in a compact, mobile home that can withstand even the toughest natural environments? If so, the Ukrainian startup PassivDom has the perfect product for you. They recently developed the world’s first autonomous gadget house created from 3D printing. Called modulOne, …

Houses

Artist Carefully Cuts Paper into Detailed Layers Playing with Light and Space

In her most recent series, <i>La pietra e la piuma</i>, Italian artist Elisa Mearelli presents a collection of three-dimensional paper art that beautifully plays with light and space. Composed of layered, delicately cut paper, each paper box puts a sculptural spin on conventional cut paper art.<p>The …

Painting

Stunning Street Photos Capture Simple Joys of Life in New York Right After WWII

Born in 1905 and raised in Detroit, American street photographer Todd Webb led an adventurous life. After losing his money in the Stock Market Crash of 1929, he spent time fruitlessly prospecting for gold until returning to his hometown and picking up a camera in 1938. It was there he found his …

Street Photography

Stained Glass Cabin Offers Colorful Oasis Hidden in the Woods

For many artists, having a dedicated place to work is vital to honing their craft. Neile Cooper was one of them. She envisioned a small “sanctuary” for her to create her beautiful stained glass art and jewelry. Her wish came true; behind her home in Mohawk, New Jersey, she built a petite cabin …

Houses

Artistic Teen Illustrates Her Hallucinations to Cope with Schizophrenia

Art can be a lifeline for people struggling with mental health issues. After being misdiagnosed for years, Kate Fenner was officially diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 17. Now, at age 18, she has a path to move forward, which includes learning to cope with the disorder's symptoms.”I have …

Mental Health

Interview: Cinematic Photos Capture the Traditional and Modern Essence of Tokyo

Dutch cinematographer and photographer Stijn Hoekstra recently traveled to Tokyo, where he captured Japan's capital from a cinematic perspective. With muted tones and unexpected compositions, his photographs reveal a Tokyo far from the neon-soaked snaps that typically exemplify the city.<p>Having …

Street Photography

“Pirate Printers” Transfer New Urban Designs on Clothing Using Manhole Covers

Guerilla printing collective Raubdruckerin (“Pirate Printers”) has taken their urban printing technique on the road, embarking on a two-month tour around Europe. Based in Berlin, the group keeps an eye out for geometric patterns on city streets—printing t-shirts and tote bags with eco-friendly ink …

Street Art