July 31, 2008

Beautiful baby gift.

Nothing makes for a lovelier newborn present as something personal. We think this gorgeous clay plaque by San Francisco artist, Rae Dunn, is unlike anything we've seen. Each plaque is handmade and imprinted in the artist's signature old-fashioned typewriter lettering on white clay. Built entirely by hand, no two plaques are identical which adds to the charm and personality of each piece.

Baby Birth Plaque by Rae Dunn

What's hiding in Van Gogh's "Patch of Grass."

I love arty science stories.

(AMSTERDAM, Netherlands) — A team of European scientists unveiled on Wednesday a new method for extracting images hidden under old masters' paintings, recreating a color portrait of a woman's face unseen since Vincent van Gogh painted over it in 1887.

[...] While not exact in every detail, the image produced is a woman's head that may be the same model Van Gogh painted in a series of portraits leading up to the 1885 masterpiece "The Potato Eaters."

Scientists Recreate Van Gogh Portrait - TIME

(via Truemors)

July 26, 2008

Courageous E-mail.

COLUMBUS, OH—A bravely worded e-mail written by graphic designer Brent Quigley decrying his advertising firm's "complete lack of managerial competence" and its "utter failure to treat employees with respect" has remained inside the drafts folder since it was first composed on Dec. 4, 2007.

Courageous E-mail To Boss In Drafts Folder Since December

(A very good laugh from my bud, VonHerwig.)

Lovely, lovely letterpress.

Etsy :: OrangeBeautiful

(via oneplusinfinity)

Grass photographs.

Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey [...] have perfected their talent for manipulating the light sensitivity of ordinary grass. Black and white negatives are projected onto the grass, 12 hours per day, for over a week as the grass grows in a dark room. Different blades get different exposure and the results are photographs, like the recent Wimbledon portraits shown above.

Veer: Ideas: Wimbledon grass photographs by Anders J. Svensson

July 24, 2008

What Book Got You Hooked?

First Book has launched a campaign to get children in need hooked on reading. Visit www.firstbook.org/whatbook to vote for the state to receive 50,000 new books for the children who need them most.

What Book Got You Hooked?

July 21, 2008

July 20, 2008

Mark Orr's ravens.

I've blogged Mark Orr's work before, but I just ran across it again. I love his little found object raven sculptures again. Sure, they seem a bit mass produced, but they are lovely.

Mark Orr - Scavenger Furniture Artist Profile

Artsy bottle openers.

Could be a simple, sweet little addition to a kitchen.

Art Star Gallery & Boutique - Philadelphia, PA

July 16, 2008

That's how I roll.

Digg - That's How I Roll [Comic]

(Provided to me by the lovely Czelt. Thanks, girl.)

Update: Just found out that this cartoon is by this guy. He's got lots of them on his site. Go look.

July 14, 2008

Last Breath in Alaska: Found Object

Sometimes the simplest things are the most amusing. Check out the link - you'll see what I mean.

Panoramic loop of a plastic bag stuck on Google Maps Street View camera in Minnie St Fairbanks, Alaska.

Last Breath in Alaska: Found Object : Pascual Sisto

(via vvork.com)

Just because I think it's funny.

I think they're both windbags, so this is funny to me.

"Not manly enough";: Berlusconi's verdict on Libeskind work

Bonus sentence:
The writer Umberto Eco weighed in support of Berlusconi's words saying: "Milan is full of people with crooked members. There will simply be one more in need of Viagra."