Insect Embroideries by Humayrah Bint Altaf

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These intricate embroideries are the creations of Humayrah Bint Altaf, a talented artist from the UK, who stitches fabulously ornate insects and trees that incorporate gold twist cord, metallic beads, and other delicate materials.

“I often wander through the woods near my home, where I gather leaves, twigs, feathers and other things I can find to bring back home and preserve,” says Bedford-based Altaf. “I also like to incorporate nature’s treasures into my embroideries and with each piece I feel that a part of me has been embedded into my work.”

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Kyoto Winter Wonderland

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Take a look at some spectacular photographs of Kyoto covered in snow.

02kyoto-winter-wonderlandGinkakuji (photo by @_nanashina_)

03kyoto-winter-wonderlandKinkakuji (photo by ui_hii618love)

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08kyoto-winter-wonderlandFushimi Inari-taisha (photo by @mayu_sakurai11)

09kyoto-winter-wonderlandArashiyama (photo by @tttks)

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Origamigeschirr – The Origami Tableware by Moij Design

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“This tableware consists of different bowls, plates and cups.
The design is inspired by origami paper structures which principles are folding a square piece of paper without cutting or gluing. The paper bowls are doused with plaster to create a mould for the porcelain. The final product in ceramic keeps the appereance of the folded paper structure.”

Moij design is a design studio located in Hamburg – moij is low german and means nice and beautiful. Their goal is to make a product authentic and out of the ordinary, unique.

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Self-Taught Digital Artist Max Asabin Shows His Master Photoshop Abilities

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Self-taught digital artist Max Asabin shows his master Photoshop abilities in this fascinating series of before-and-after photos.

Deviant Art / Instagram / YouTube

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Strange Reflections

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“As an airliner approached its landing at Chicago’s O’Hare airport a rare glimpse of a reflected upside down city leapt forth from a break in the dusk time clouds, looking like something that should belong in the land of Faerie. In fact, the city’s shadow was cast onto Lake Michigan by the lowering sun, and reflected in the still waters along with the solar orb’s orangey glow, appearing to the passenger as an upside down city hanging off the clouds.. ”   Loz via [The Earth Story]

Image credit: Mark Hersch via APOD

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Sola Cube Shop & Minerals as Beautiful Food

01sola-cube-shop-minerals-as-beautiful-food-An edible rock and mineral specimen meal that was offered last year-

“3.8 billion years ago life began on earth. And over millions of years multicellular life evolved into land plants and forests. The colors and shapes of flowers, fruits and seeds all have unique purposes and are as beautiful as they are functional.
Intent on showcasing the wonder and beauty of mother nature, Koichi Yoshimura developed a way to exquisitely preserve plants in acrylic cubes. He called them “Sola Cubes.”
Each Sola Cube is handmade by Japanese craftsmen and contain a real plant.”

Usaginonedoko is a Kyoto shop where you’ll find natural artifacts and specimens of plants and minerals encapsulated in resin, the “Sola Cubes”.

In their cafè they offer a seasonal menu inspired by rocks, minerals and other objects of nature. Almost too beautiful to eat.

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05sola-cube-shop-minerals-as-beautiful-foodThe “Meteorite Curry” is a black rice and curry inspired by Tektite, natural glass formed from terrestrial debris ejected during meteorite impacts.

06sola-cube-shop-minerals-as-beautiful-food“kantenseki” was a wagashi take on crystals that was served in 2016 (no longer available)

07sola-cube-shop-minerals-as-beautiful-foodthe rock & mineral specimens meal that is currently being served

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Mika Suutari – Photographer of Mystical Nights

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Mika Suutari, photographer of mystical nights in Finland.

“I am an photographer from Southern Finland. I like pictures with a powerful athmosphere and I intent to have that in my photography. I hope my pictures convey the feeling I get when I capture those moments.” Mika Suutari

Website / Behance

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Song of the Day: Nobody Gets Out Alive by Le Castle Vania

Le Castle Vania is an electronic dance music project created by Atlanta-based DJ Dylan Eiland.

Eiland began DJing at warehouse parties and raves in Atlanta at age 16. He adopted the name “Le Castle Vania” with the release of his remix for Snowden’s song “Black Eyes” in 2006. From 2007 to 2012, Le Castle Vania hosted the “Fuck Yesss” indie electronia dance parties at venues such as The Drunken Unicorn and Masquerade in Atlanta.

Eiland uses a simple setup, including a laptop computer, a mixer, and two turntables. He writes his songs on his laptop, often while traveling on airplanes, and prefers to play a larger number of his original work compared to his remixes. At one point, his remix of Black Eyes by Snowden was the most requested song at a New Zealand radio station. He has also remixed songs by Daft Punk, Kaskade, and Klaxons.

The sound of Le Castle Vania is specifically intended to avoid the common southern influence of crunk, and focuses primarily on Euro-electro influences.

In 2008, URB Magazine included Le Castle Vania in their list of “Next 100” artists to watch.

In 2014, Eiland contributed to the soundtrack of the film John Wick with 4 original songs. He will return to compose original music for John Wick: Chapter 2 as well as making a cameo appearance as a DJ in the film.

On October 21, 2015, Eiland contributed three new songs to the video game Payday 2 as a part of the game’s yearly anniversary event, Crimefest.

Elland is the founder of Always Never, an electronic music record label and music/nightlife event production company.

He is the founder of the Fuck Yesss party held in Atlanta, Georgia.

He has a side project called Lies In Disguise. Eiland also releases more bass-music-oriented productions under the alias Twin Moons.

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Also known as DJ Dylan
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Electronica, alternative dance, electronic rock
Years active 2006–current
Labels Always-Never Records
So Sweet Records
Mau5trap
Website
  • lecastlevania.com
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Bökh by Ken Hermann – Gem Fletcher

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“Bökh was shot in the Grasslands on Inner Mongolia, an area of Northern China that has a strong Mongolian population. The Grasslands are vast open spaces that run from the mountains of Inner Mongolia to the border of Outer Mongolia and have been home to nomadic communities for centuries.

When a boy is born in Inner Mongolia, his family pray for him to become a wrestler. This ancient tradition is still a key status symbol in the nomadic community and the central focus of many young men’s lives. We were interested in this lesser known form of wrestling only found and practiced by a small group of men in Inner Mongolia. The strong cultural heritage and ritual of the sport intrigued us. We were particularly interested in how it governed status for young men within the community as well as defining manliness.” Gem Fletcher

Photographer: Ken Hermann 
Concept & Art Direction: Gem Fletcher

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New! Art History in Contemporary Life Alexey Kondakov

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Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov (previously) takes figures from classical and historical artworks and photoshops them into modern every day life, thus creating his ongoing series “Art History in Contemporary Life”.

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