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Drawings by WanJin Gim Capture the Nuanced Energy of Seemingly Simple Gestures

   20 Jun 01:00:02   |  ThisIsColossal

WanJin Gim (previously) continues to amaze with his detailed drawings that show the nuanced colors and textures of bare skin. Most often working on kraft paper, Gim uses cross hatching?a technique most commonly associated with ink drawings or prints?with an array of colors to capture hands, arms, feet, and the occasional cat. Though simple in subject, Gim’s drawings pulsate with the gestural energy that informs the postures of each carefully rendered limb. More

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Color-Changing Dyes Illuminate Iconic Internet Acronyms and Popular Phrases

   20 Jun 01:00:02   |  ThisIsColossal

Traditional calligraphy styles get an update with Seb Lester‘s series of contemporary words and phrases pulled from popular memes and classic web acronyms. Words like “chill” are slowly hand drawn in colorful inks which slowly change their hue and increase in sparkle as they dry on the page. Lester studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins in London and now works in East Sussex as an artist and graphic designer. The calligrapher has amassed a large online following for his daily twists on the ancient form, which you can follow on Facebook and Instagram. More

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Inventor Simone Giertz Converted Her Tesla Into? a Truckla

   19 Jun 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

Famed inventor Simone Giertz (previously) is most well-known for her devices that attempt to complete basic tasks in a comically dysfunctional manner. However, after Giertz purchased a Tesla sedan she set out to make the vehicle more functional. Because she uses lots of large supplies and tools to construct her quirky robotic machines, Giertz found that the open design of a truck bed and racks would be better suited to her lifestyle than a segmented sedan. More

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Empowering Messages and Site-Specific City Names Grown from Salt Crystals and Succulents by Danielle Evans

   19 Jun 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

Columbus, Ohio-based typographer Danielle Evans uses her studio as a garden and lab. Previously she has planted hundreds of shrubs and succulents to spell messages of kindness, and grown text-shaped crystals as an ode to poet Nayyirah Waheed?s book of poems titled Salt. Recently while in Reykjavik, the designer arranged ice lettering around the city and the southern Golden Circle as a way to experiment with typography and the variables in Iceland’s topography. More

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An Everyday Ritual Becomes a Zoological Tour with a Japanese Company?s Animal Tea Bags

   18 Jun 01:00:02   |  ThisIsColossal

Since 2016, Japanese tea company Ocean Tea Bag has been elevating an everyday ritual into an animal adventure. Intricate tea bag designs range from giant squids and otters to red pandas and cephalopods. Layers, folds, and perforations help to create the details of each creature’s body, which also doubles as a pouch for the tea blend inside. The company was created by Takahashi Shota and launched its first product, a dolphin design, with a crowdfunding campaign in 2015. More

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Find Yourself in the Pages of the New Search-And-Find Book ?Where Are You?? Illustrated by Marija Tiurina

   18 Jun 01:00:02   |  ThisIsColossal

“Where Are You?” is a new customized search-and-find book illustrated by Marija Tiurina (previously). The children’s book combines elements from “I Spy,” Where’s Waldo?,” and video game avatars to create personalized pages that invite readers to search for themselves across six different universes. Adults can choose from one of 12 avatars that best match their child, which will be printed into a book with the child’s name on the cover. More

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Industrial Metal Objects Cross-Stitched With Fragile Flowers and Butterfly Designs

   17 Jun 01:00:02   |  ThisIsColossal

Lithuanian artist Severija In?irauskait?-Kriaunevi?ien? (previously) continues her practice of employing the traditionally delicate process of cross-stitching to adorn hard metal objects with similarly delicate imagery. Her recent works include a rusty tanker decorated with water lilies and a series of found cans embellished with studies of colorful butterflies and insects. While playing on the irony of the juxtaposition, Severija is also able to tell a story about the objects and their respective histories. More

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Geometric Dresses and Headpieces Created Entirely From Strands of Spaghetti

   17 Jun 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

French interior designer and visual artist Alice Pegna is attracted to unusual or surprising materials, often using objects outside of their intended purpose. For her project Ex Nihilo, Pegna designed an entire series of geometric dresses and headpieces formed from pieces of uncooked spaghetti. “Spaghetti is basically reserved for cooking, and in the collective imagery it appears fragile. These two reasons pushed me to want to use it,” she explains in her artist statement about the project. More

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Realistic Ceramic Sculptures of Decadent Desserts Examine Our Culturally Complex Relationship With Food

   16 Jun 01:00:02   |  ThisIsColossal

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Black and White Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge Animals with Architectural Elements

   16 Jun 01:00:02   |  ThisIsColossal

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