Archive for ‘Art’

October 24, 2012

Halloween Ideas: Part III

More ideas for gettin’ your Halloween craft/bake on.



{via Miner Moments}

{via Miner Moments}
















This is pretty funny and very clever. If you have kids, this would be such a cute project. Heck, as long as you have feet, this would be a fun project!




{via Oh So Beautiful Paper}


Unfortunately, this one is not a freebie, but I thought the idea was so great, I wanted to post it. If you can manage it, this would be an AWESOME topper for your cupcakes or other sweet treats.













{via Hostess (with the Mostess)}


Agghh. How cute!! DIY for making these cute little broomsticks.













{via i am baker}


These are pretty. And look so rich and decadent. Would be great for a party. You could probably play with the food colorings and make them more fun for a kids party (think slime).















I think this is the end of my Halloween inspiration series, though I might end up putting up a few more Halloween-y posts. Hope you liked these ideas!



October 18, 2012

Erin Amir: Black & White (In Colour)

This is really cool video. According to Erin Amir’s YouTube post:

A black & white video created by painting a whole room (including myself) in shades of grey. All footage was captured on camera in colour.

*** No Colour Correction was used to alter the footage ***






And see the making of this video here:



{found via Colossal}


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October 8, 2012

Monday Inspiration: Quoted: Julia Childs

This is the goal.


{via Creature Comforts}



October 5, 2012

lllustrations & Pencil Shavings: Marta Altes

How cute and clever! This series by Marta Altes is called Playing with pencil shavings.


































































See Altes’ website for more of her work.

{Found via enpundit}


September 27, 2012

Moby Dick Big Read

Have you heard about the Moby Dick Big Read? I heard an interview last week on NPR that talked about this incredible project and knew I had to share. Essentially, they have created a free online version where a chapter a day is released for free download or listening. Each chapter is read by both celebrities and non-celebrities (including Tilda Swinton, John Waters, sea captains, etc.) and is accompanied by a visual art piece by various artists. Super cool.


From Chapter 1: Loomings
Albus, 2009 by Marcus Harvey


According to the site:

Moby-Dick is the great American novel. But it is also the great unread American novel. Sprawling, magnificent, deliriously digressive, it stands over and above all other works of fiction, since it is barely a work of fiction itself. Rather, it is an explosive exposition of one man’s investigation into the world of the whale, and the way humans have related to it. Yet it is so much more than that. It is a representation of evil incarnate in an animal – and the utter perfidy of that notion. Of a nature transgressed and transgressive – and of one man’s demonic pursuit, a metaphorical crusade that even now is a shorthand for overweening ambition and delusion.

Out of all this, Herman Melville created a unique work of art – as unique as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, as mythic as Coleridge’s Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner – a true force of nature, set in a century that challenged every tenet of faith that had been held until then. Melville’s book – is it barely a novel – exceeds every expectation of a literary work. It bursts out of its covers with the enormity of its subject – as if the great White Whale itself were contained within.

Now, in the 21st Century, a century and a half since it was first conceived and launched onto a misbelieving world, Moby-Dick retains its power – precisely because we are still coming to terms with it, and what it said. Incredibly prophetic, it foresaw so many of the aspects of the modern world with which we deal with. The abuse of power and belief; of nature and the environment; of the human spirit. It deals with art and artifice and stark reality – in an almost existential manner. It is truly a book before its time – almost ancient myth, as much as futuristic prophesy.

In the spring of 2011, artist Angela Cockayne and writer Philip Hoare convened and curated a unique whale symposium and exhibition at Peninsula Arts, the dedicated contemporary art space at Plymouth University, under the title, Dominion. Inspired by their mutual obsession with Moby-Dick and with the overarching subject of the whale, they invited artists, writers, musicians, scientists and academics to respond to the theme. The result was an enthusiastic response which evidently could not be contained within the physical restrictions of a gallery space and a three-day symposium.

‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.


Moby Dick is one of those classics that I still haven’t gotten to, but this would be a fantastic way to go. I’ve already started downloading chapters to my iTunes and plan on burning them to create my very own book on CD to listen to on my commute and share with friends. This is an amazing project and I hope they plan similar collections for other great literary classics.

You can learn more about the Moby Dick Big Read and download chapters here.




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