Elizabeth McGrath is a Los Angeles based artist who makes some really whacked out (but amazing) sculptures. Her work kind of reminds me of something Mark Ryden might sculpt, items of bright colors, a bit whimsy, but still dark and slightly morbid. My favorite of her pieces are the deer heads, which have elaborate sails intertwined between their horns. I can’t imagine how long it would take to complete pieces like these but I’m sure these weren’t easy to create. Sadly, she just finished up a show here in Los Angeles, I would have loved to see these in person.
Zombie photography brand Polaroid is slowly starting to claw it’s way out of the earth to roam the streets again, and the photos above show one of their first new releases. It’s called the PIC 1000 and is a refabbed version of the old Polaroid OneStep camera, coming in a slick wood grain pattern or a more traditional silver and black. It’ll take Polaroid 600 film, which I believe is now being produced by The Impossible Project, so you can shoot instant photos just like you used to.
I’m going to wait and save my money though for the Lady Gaga edition which will be covered in latex, metal spikes, leather buckles and a mysterious bulge that may or may not be a penis.
In the most recent issue of Monocle there was a really great, little article on the rise of snail farming in Bulgaria. In 2009 they exported around 850 tons of snail meat, six times more than 2008, and that figure is supposed to double in 2010. The reason for this sudden boom is the demand for snail flesh and shells to be used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, as well as the fact that people are hungry. Crafty farmers have started to create flavored snails that taste like carrot or mint, giving a whole new spin on the slimy little buggers.
They also happen to be a totally green food; everything is handled by hand and there are no chemicals involved in the cultivation. So would you sit down to a plate of minty delicious snails?
The National Board of Review had their annual awards ceremony last night and one of the honorees was Wes Anderson, who won a “Special Filmmaking Achievement” award for his movie The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Instead of going to the event and giving a standard speech, Mr. Anderson decided to create a stop-motion acceptance, taking up the role of the weasel that he played in the movie. It’s a clever way to go about it, and makes me want to watch the movie all over again.
Hey-o, hope you’re having a nice morning so far. This week’s wallpaper comes from Uk illustrator and one of my favorites right now, Matt Lyon aka C86 aka Matt Lyon. Matt popped up on my radar a few months back and I’ve been digging his style since then. He does a lot of really random, abstract shapes and somehow molds them into these large, beautiful pieces filled with color and textures.
This week’s wallpaper is no different as you can see, filled with what look like (at least to me) little castles in the sky. I feel like the mixture of bright and dull colors really make these neat, and it’s fun to try and follow all the little paths going everywhere.