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Film Washi claims to be the smallest film company in the world. Based out of France, their Film “W”, a new handcrafted artisanal B&W film, is not what you would expect. It’s actually extremely difficult to shoot on - highly orthochromatic, high contrast, low sensitivity, and lots of grain. Here, precise exposure = optimal results. And don’t even think about sending it off to a lab. If you are a photographer, you gotta know or want to know how to process your own film to get this right. Based on Japanese Kozo paper, Film “W” is available in 120 and large sheet formats and will soon be “rolling” out on 35mm rolls - making it easier than ever to get this unique look. Click here to learn more about Film Washi’s Film “W” or head over to Lomography to get your hands on this “extreme” product!

Japanese Artist Mariko Kusumoto has created jewelry so otherworldly looking, you'd be pardoned if you thought they were actually living organisms from the bottom of the ocean! Her jewelry designs are beautiful, ethereal pieces that are created by heating translucent fabrics and then shaping them until they hold the desired shape. In some instances, the delicate, intricately designed final products take the shape of a sea urchin or piece of coral, tiny flowers or glass blown spheres. Jewelry so lovely, you may rather put them in a museum! Check out more images of her work here and be prepared to fall in love with Kusumoto’s out of this world (and under the sea) designs.

At one point or another, everyone has probably had the wish to visit the set of their favorite TV show and see it up close and personal. From classics to recents audience favs, one artist took that desire and turned it into a teeny, tiny reality. Literally. He made tiny dioramas of classic Hollywood sets. And thanks to him, we can all get up close as well. Artist Charles Brogdon recreated these various sets by paying close attention to all the tiny, meticulous details. Far from life size, these hand-crafted creations bear unbelievable resemblance to the real things. From I Love Lucy to Cheers, take a gander at these miniature worlds over at Me TV. While you’re at it, you can even purchase Brogdon’s book of the images here.

 In an exclusive series with dezeen magazine, Dutch designer Richard Hutten tells the story behind the design of his ridiculously cute and colourful children's cup with oversized ears for handles. Named the Dombo mug, the cup features two large handles on each side so that children (or you!) can drink from it easily without spilling its contents. Fun fact: The mug is called “Domoor” in the Netherlands, which is Dutch for "fool" or "idiot”. Hutten switched the name to Dombo in English-speaking areas because it sounds reminiscent of Dumbo, the lovable Disney cartoon elephant with giant large ears. Watch the exclusive video to learn more about the design process of this popular “fool” proof mug here.

Robert William LaRow, the founder and lead designer at Moderncre8ve, a midcentury modern furniture company based in Cleveland, Ohio grew up in Vermont in a family of woodworkers and carpenters, and  learned early on: if you need something, make it yourself. His journey with building things started as a child, making tree houses with my older brother. He went on to have a career as a music producer, working out of New York City and Los Angeles for 15 years. When he reached a point where he was no longer creatively satisfied with the music he was making, he turned to woodworking on the weekends as an outlet for creativity. Around that time, he started dreaming about setting up a home workshop and changing careers so he could spend more time with his kids. Read More Here

California artist Kyle Leonard, who draws stunningly detailed stippled art with millions of dots, is inspired by the natural world and politics, especially the politics that affect the way we treat the environment. “I draw everyday as a creative outlet and for the meditative quality of it.”

Leonard goes on to say that he is “inspired by many different artists like Escher, Haeckel, and street artists like Alexis Diaz and phlegm. I spend about 6 to 100 hours on each piece depending on size and complexity. My main method of drawing is stippling but I also use cross hatching.” See more here

This summer the beautiful beaches, manicured public lawns, and lush forests of Aarhus, Denmark, have become home to some 60 large-scale sculptures. Technicolor, Pop-infused, and nature-inspired works are on view in the city’s outdoor spaces as part of the biennial “Sculpture by the Sea.”

 

 

Inaugurated in 2009, this citywide exhibition is free and open to the public and comprises works by sculptors from around the world. Highlights include a winding wall made of tens of thousands of plastic bottle caps by Arun Kumar and a scattering of giant diamonds by Michal Mottyčka.

 

Though the Aarhus presentation comes to a close on July 5, iterations of the “Sculpture by the Sea” will be cropping up on Australia’s Bondi Beach this fall and Cottesloe Beach in spring 2016.

 

Click here to see more works in the exhibition.

For her Spring commission, artist Dora Budor has incorporated real props three 1990s Hollywood blockbusters as central elements for four new sculptures. She encased the artificially weathered and suitcase-sized architectural fragments — a triangular rooftop from Batman Returns (1992), two shipping containers from Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and a row of garage doors from The Fifth Element (1997) — in web-like tangles of steel, silicone, and epoxy clay. They fleetingly evoke the steel trees of Roxy Paine, only dirtier, slimier, and all around much more interesting. Read more

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