Tag Archives: Art

This awesome dress will guarantee your personal space on the subway

Personal Space Dress

I’ve never been very touchy feely, so a packed train isn’t exactly my idea of fun. I need my personal space, and that’s why I think this clever dress, designed by Kathleen McDermott, is pure genius! When someone gets into your space, the skirt of the dress will start expanding, forcing the space-offender to move away. Yay!

This dress is part of an artistic series of DIY wearable electronics called Urban Armor which aims to help women take control of their personal and public space. Watch the video below to see the dress in action.

Urban Armor# 2: The Personal Space Dress from Kathleen McDermott on Vimeo.


Jackie Chan portrait made of 64,000 chopsticks

Jackie Chain chopsticks portrait

When I think of chopsticks, I think of two small wooden sticks used to eat my pho, sushi, ramen, or even spaghetti. But imagine combining 64,000 chopsticks together to create an art masterpiece! Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname ‘Red’, recently worked with Jackie Chan to create a portrait of him using just these disposable bamboo eating utensils. The Malaysian artist-architect spent a month collecting 64,000 chopsticks, in Zhejiang and in Beijing. She then tied them into different bundle sizes with strings, and then hung them on a steel frame to create what she describes as “a tribute to the life, art and cultural significance of Jackie Chan.” Check out her other mind-blowing creations, like her Yao Ming portrait,  here!

(Thanks, Ivan!)

A city made of food

Wow, if this food city were real, I think I’d move there in a heartbeat. Swedish food lab Atelier created this mini society out of food. Check out these awesome photos.



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Turning your morning coffee into a piece of art

latte cat

Never thought I’d see 3D latte art. This coffee kitty was created by Kazuki Yamamoto, a 26-year-old from Osaka, Japan. He posts his latte art creations regularly on his twitter account and he’s apparently far from the only one to surface from Japan. Although we do have latte artists here in the US, the Japanese designers take it to another level with the 3D features and the intricate designs.

Check out more of his cool work!

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The bedside lamp bookworms will drool over

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Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my face from gazing at this cool looking lamp called Lumio designed by San Francisco-based architect industrial designer Max Gunawan. What’s awesome about Lumio is that it can unfold into different shapes, turning itself from a portable and ordinary book into interesting lighting for your home.

Gunawan, who grew up in Indonesia, says the lamp’s inspiration came from origami. Just like the folded paper art, Lumio can be folded and opened into beautiful creations.

It’s currently a kickstarter project, so help fund it if you want your own!
bookworm lamp

book lamp in bag

book pages lamp

max gunawan lumio

lumio lamp

Transforming ugliness into art: landfills painted as Chinese landscapes

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Who would’ve thought landfills could become works of art? Yao Lu, a Chinese artist and photographer, took pictures of landfills and manipulated the images to look like beautiful Chinese landscapes.

Lu’s work speaks volumes of China’s rapid urbanization and the toll it’s taking on the environment.

landfills chinese landscape

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Super trippy animated art helps you chill out

Remember those “magic eye” pictures that you’d stare at to see the 3D image within?  I think I’ve just found today’s version of that.  Croatian digital artist, Paolo Ceric, is known for his animated GIF art — super trippy designs that get you staring into the soul of your computer screen.  I just found my zen while falling into this donut hole.

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Realistic tattoos double as permanent Halloween costumes

Some people really like getting gory for Halloween.  Now, you can look like  a cyborg every day.  Venezuelan Tattoo artist, Yomico Moreno, takes the “Terminator” costume one step further with his crazy realistic style of body art.

Moreno’s style of art is called Trompe l’oeil, or “deceive the eye” in French.  Unlike traditional artists who use a wall or a ceiling to create an optical illusion, Moreno uses the human body as his canvas.  Looks pretty freaky, and personally, not my cup of tea if I were to get a tattoo.  But it’s such amazing artwork, and all you’d need to do for Halloween is take your shirt off.

(Thanks, Hubie!)


Awesome: Playground made of crocheted yarn

Crochet, the knitting-like hobby, just got way cooler thanks to a Japanese artist named Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam.  She’s the mastermind behind the seriously awesome playground made of yarn in Sapporo, Japan.

Apparently, these crocheted playgrounds started accidentally when, during one of her art exhibits, two kids asked if they could play on the her displayed “Multiple Hammock No. 1.”  Suddenly, her piece had come to life as the little rascals crawled and swung on the yarn.

If you’re in Japan, be sure to check out the playground`at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park.




Woo your girl with this donut engagement ring

If you really know women, you’ll know that donuts are a girl’s best friend…not diamonds. So if you’re thinking about popping the question, consider this pink glazed donut ring by Tammy Young Eun Kim, an LA-based artist. The way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach.