45 Grams of Silence for $19.14

In this fast-paced, ever-moving world, sometimes all we need is a bit of silence. As strange as it may sound, you can finally buy 45g (1.5oz) of pure silence sealed in a can for just $19.14 at FLOWmarket. It is a shop that is designed to make consumers think, live and consume with more consciousness. They also sell cans of self-esteem, compassion, intimacy, god and many others. FLOWmarket have even had temporary stores open in Copenhagen, Zürich, New York, Taipei, Shanghai, Singapore and Seoul. (Designer: Mads Hagstrøm)

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Colorful Mandala Designs Made From Flowers And Plants By Kathy Klein

Kathy Klein, an artist and “lover of plants, animals, people and the divine presence within all,” creates beautiful flower mandalas, which she calls “danmalas,” out of intricate arrangements of natural plant parts.

Klein, who is based in Arizona in the U.S., has a deeply spiritual process to creating the mandalas, centering herself in a meditative devotional space as part of the creative process and drawing inspiration from “the golden sound residing within perfect silence.” She often leaves the works where she made them, to be found by lucky passers-by. [Read more…]

The traditional Buddhist mandala, off of which her works are loosely based, is a deeply spiritual and also impermanent art form with its roots in Buddhist beliefs. For more examples of this diverse and intricate art form, check out the work of Joe Mangrum.

For prints of her work, check out Klein’s website!

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World’s Best Father: Dave Engledow with Daughter Alice Bee

Remember Jason Lee and the crazy pictures of his beautiful daughters? Well, it seems that he’s got some serious competition fighting for the World’s Best Father award. Dave Engledow is creating probably the wackiest scrapbook ever showing himself and his daughter Alice Bee in highly precarious situations. [Read more…]

The first picture of him holding Alice Bee like a football and pouring her milk into his coffee was never intended to turn into a series, but the fans on the Internet demanded otherwise after seeing it. The key item in the shot became the “World’s Best Father” mug, bought just last minute before taking the picture. Later the same mug was featured in nearly every shot and gave the name to the series.

When he realized that the pictures were becoming increasingly popular on the Internet, Dave decided to publish a small-run 2012 calender. After it was swept from the stores, he is now set to release a larger run for 2013. His ultimate wish, however, is for his daughter to have something to treasure as years go by.

Website: Engledow Art Photography

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Minimiam: Tiny People’s Adventures In The World of Food

Most of us start losing our wild childish imaginations when we grow up, but not Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle. Since 2002, these two professional food photographers (previously written about here)  have been shooting a playful series of dioramas called MINIMIAM (“miam” is French for “yum”) that place miniature people in a world of over-sized food.

In their dioramas, Javelle and Ida arrange miniature model train figurines in everyday positions and situations that connect playfully with the fruits, vegetables, pastries and other foods that they use in the photographs. Although the main purpose of the images was simply to create a series of images that will make people smile, some of them take on issues like global warming and our relationship with nature. [Read more…]

The creative couple behind MINIMIAM met while studying photography at the Arts Decoratifs art school in Paris. Both share an interest in food photography and both are successful food photographers, which is probably why this series looks so delicious.

For more awesome food photography, check out Carl Warner’s amazing foodscape photography.

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Stay-At-Home Mom Makes Creative Lunches For Her Kids, Becomes Internet Star

Anyone who takes care of kids, especially their parents, knows just how hard it can sometimes be to get kids to eat right. When Malaysian mommy Samantha Lee came up with playful story-themed bento lunchboxes to get her kids to eat right, she had no idea they would also catapult her to internet fame. [Read more…]

Lee began making the creative story- and pop culture-inspired lunches in 2008, when pregnant with her second daughter. As her considerable talent developed, so did her following – she now has more than 310,000 followers on Instagram, where she posts her designs. Even more impressive is that she is totally self-taught – she has never taken culinary courses, relying instead on cooking shows and her own imagination.

She says that, while her kids love how cute and creative the food is, they have no problem eating it. Instead, they like to make up stories about their food as they feast.

Source: Eatzy Bitzy (via mymodernmet)

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Artist Creates Amazing Insect Sculptures Using Nothing But Old Car Parts and Scrap Metal

There’s a lot of amazing recycled art out there, but French artist Edouard Martinet stands out with his unique, recognizable style and pain-staking perfectionism and attention to detail. The insects and other critters that he crafts from spare parts look like fantastic creatures out of an alternate retro universe.

Martinet collects old spare parts at flea markets and car part sales. He then assembles these parts into beautiful insects and other animals. His pieces can take anywhere from a month to seventeen years – he is obsessed with finding just the right part for his wonderful creations. What’s more, he does not solder his art the way that many other recycled-material artists do – he finds parts that fit perfectly or near-perfectly and mostly uses screws to link them together. [Read more…]

Martinet is careful about the aesthetics of the parts he chooses as well. Most of them seem to be from older or even antique vehicles/appliances. They give off the unmistakable cool of 1950s cars or motorcycles that couldn’t be achieved if he used just any old parts.

As amazing as Martinet’s work is, he’s not the only talented master of recycled parts – check out Susan Beatrice’s work with old watch parts, Christopher Locke’s brass-instrument iPhone amplifiers, and the steampunk interior design at Truth Cafe.

Source: edouardmartinet.net

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This Wooden Box Can Turn A Simple Room Into An Architectural Masterpiece

U.S.-based artist Anila Quayyum Agha has created a stunningly intricate piece of installation art that can make even the simplest room look like an architectural masterpiece.

Her installation work, entitled “Intersections,” consists of a large suspended cube made of wooden panels laser-cut with intricate geometric patterns. A lightbulb in the center illuminates the structure from within and casts its shadows on the walls around it. [Read more…]

Agha, who was born and raised in Pakistan, says that the patterns on the wooden panels emulate the patterns found found at Alhambra, a palace and fortress in southern Spain that traded hands many times between the Spanish and the Moors. She characterized the Alhambra as a place “at the intersection of history, culture and art and […] a place where Islamic and Western discourses met and co-existed in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference.”

According to her statement, the goal of the work is to explore “the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic. This installation project relies on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, the interpretation of the cast shadows and the viewer’s presence with in a public space.”

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There’s Also A Similar Chandelier From Hilden & Diaz That Can Turn Your Room Into A Forest

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Imaginative Makeup Art by Tal Peleg

Most of us are familiar with makeup application as an everyday thing that women (and sometimes men) do to enhance their appearance. Professional Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg, however, has elevated this everyday ritual into an art form. [Read more…]

Her eye makeup designs go far beyond a simple touch-up – each is a miniature work of art in its own right. Some look like they might be a bit uncomfortable to wear, but others might go well with certain fancy outfits. Peleg, who went to school for makeup, uses her own creative vision as well as the model’s own eye lashes and brows to create her creative and cute paintings.

Peleg is not the only one who makes art out of makeup – Svenja Schmitt and Sandra Holmbom also have their own unique and unexpected twists on the art of makeup.

Source: talp.cp.il | facebook | deviantart (via: mymodernmet)

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This Is How A Single Drop Of Seawater Looks Magnified 25 Times

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As if you needed another reason not to drink sea water! David Liittschwager, an accomplished award-winning photographer who has created numerous marine wildlife photos for National Geographic, has created an image showing the microfauna that exists inside a single drop of seawater! By magnifying the water 25 times, he showed that the salty taste of seawater isn’t just salt – there are bacteria, worms, fish eggs, crab larva, diatoms, and a whole host of other creepy crawlies all fighting for a place on your tongue. Dive-shield.us has a more accurate breakdown of the critters in this awesome shot. (via)

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Creepy Tableware by Ronit Baranga

Israeili artist Ronit Baranga (born in 1973) uses clay and porcelain to craft some really disturbing tableware that would probably instantly make you lose your appetite.

Already known for her strange sculptures, Baranga applied her creepy creativity to the kitchen, putting realistic mouths and fingers on dishes and cups. [Read more…]

“I would like that anyone who sees my work feels something – what they feel is not relevant to me, as long as they feel. I hope that the emerging feelings will cause the viewers to think about the ideas behind my work… The combination of ceramic cups with ceramic fingers represent an idea in which the still creates a will of its own, enabling a cup to decide whether to stay or leave the situation it is in,” [1] says the artist.

Website: ronitbaranga.com

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