Owen Gent Illustrates ‘The Balled of Molly Bawn’ in a Beautiful Handbound Book

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Owen Gent is freelance illustrator based in Cornwall, England. He recently graduated from University College Falmouth and one of his degree show pieces was a beautiful handbound book based on the 16th century Irish folk ballad of Molly Bawn. The ballad tells the tale of a man who goes out hunting for birds and spots something in the bushes. Thinking it’s a swan, he shoots but to his horror discovers that he has killed his true love Molly Bawn.

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Philip Kennedy

June 27, 2013 / By

Watching Buildings Being Built

Aarhus School of Architecture

Today, I thought I’d share three videos of three very different projects under construction right now. The projects are all quite different, and this is in no way a comparison of the three. But they are all interesting to different people and are being realized to vastly different scales.

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Alex Dent

June 27, 2013 / By

‘The Red Heels’ – A sweet animated short by Olesya Shchukina

Les Talons Rouges

The Red Heels (or Les Talons Rouges) is a very sweet animated short from illustrator and animator Olesya Shchukina. Originally from Russia but currently living in France, Olesya created this film while at college back in 2011. The brief was to make a one-minute film from a child’s point of view and I think she’s done a wonderful job. Made with cut-outs and stop motion, the film has a charming aesthetic and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of her work in the future.

Philip Kennedy

June 26, 2013 / By

A Digitally Printed Room With 80 Million Surfaces

Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger Digital Grotesque

Some people are scared of rooms. These people, who suffer from koinoniphobia, might want to stay away from Digital Grotesque. The exhibition isn’t necessarily scary but it does feature a room that might be overwhelming… even if you don’t have a phobia. Made using digital fabrication techniques, the room has some eighty million surfaces. And in case the complexity isn’t enough, the entire room is gilded. Based on the model photo above, I can’t tell if this novel form of space making is the future of surfaces or an aliens interpretation of the Baroque period.

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Alex Dent

June 26, 2013 / By

Norwegian Design from Morten & Jonas

Morten & Jonas Design

Morten & Jonas bookends I’ve always wondered if there’s a term for those of us continually attracted to the simplicity of Scandinavian design. Once you give in to the clean lines, natural elements, and pops of color, it’s often hard to gravitate towards any other aesthetic. It’s a design style that continues to expand internationally, too, as evidenced by Gestalten’s recently published book, Northern Delights, as well as through an enduring popularity on Pinterest. I was thrilled to recently discover Morten & Jonas, a unique Norwegian design company that creates everything from modern furniture and bookends to cake stand lamps built by prison inmates.

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Andi Teran

June 26, 2013 / By

Summer Reads: ‘Lets Explore Diabetes with Owls’ by David Sedaris

DavidSedaris_Diabetes

It probably looked strange to the other folks lined up to meet David Sedaris that I was holding a glossy photo of Billie Holiday. I was happy about it because David Sedaris singing in the style of Billie Holiday is the funniest thing in the world. But that world got cloudy and sad when someone who looked important and official approached me to say, “Oh, he won’t sign that, it’s not his work.” I folded the picture in half and put it in the back of the paperback I brought for him to sign. I was waiting in line to meet him for the first time, even though I’ve been reading Sedaris’ books since I saw Naked on my mom’s bookshelf and she told me I was too young to read it. He’s also been on This American Life more than any other contributor I can think of. His newest book is called Lets Explore Diabetes with Owls and it’s… well… a hoot.

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Alex Dent

June 25, 2013 / By

‘Don’t Give Up Japan’ – Colorful, Inspirational Paintings by Izutsu Hiroyuki

Izutsu Hiroyuki

Started as a response to the 2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami, artist Izutsu Hiroyuki created Don’t Give Up Japan, a series of paintings that show how beautiful Japan is and to stay positive, even in the darkest times. The paintings capture the beauty of every day life in Japan, like a man sitting with his dog among the cherry blossom trees, or simply watching a cloud, sitting in the middle of a field.

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Bobby Solomon

June 25, 2013 / By

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