Author Archives: Chiara.

Adršpach-Teplice Rock Town

The Adršpach-Teplice Rocks Town is not a town built by people but an unusual set of huge rock formations in northeastern Bohemia, Czech Republic. “The rocks take the shape of pillars, columns and walls and create a fascinating labyrinth to … Continue reading

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Poem of the Day: Mirror by Sylvia Plath

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. What ever you see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful— The eye of a little god, four-cornered. Most of … Continue reading

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Clever Handmade Animal Vases by Yoshiko Kozawa

Illinois-based artist and potter Yoshiko Kozawa of Studio Giverny creates these clever and adorable handmade animal vases . “I took my first ceramics class in 2010 as a college student, and I have been a student ever since! I stretch … Continue reading

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Realistically Detailed Animals on Stones by Akie Nakata

Self-described “stone artist” Akie Nakata paints outstanding realistic and detailed animal depictions on the surface of stones. “My stone art is collaborative work with stones, bits of this Earth we live on. I never alter the shape of the stone … Continue reading

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Victor Castanera Designs Balancing Lamp

The Balance lamp was designed by Spanish designer Victor Castanera for young Swedish brand Oblure. It is made up of a number of spherical components, sized to achieve a “perfect balance”. “From the beginning, Balance was a true challenge,” said Castanera. “We … Continue reading

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The Finalists of the 14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest

© Michael B. Hardie. All rights reserved. Over the last 13 years, readers have submitted nearly 350,000 images to Smithsonian’s annual photo contest. These photos have transported us to the far corners of Earth, captured spectacular, split-second moments and introduced us to fascinating people … Continue reading

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Insect Embroideries by Humayrah Bint Altaf

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 … Continue reading

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Kyoto Winter Wonderland

Image via sugar9717 Take a look at some spectacular photographs of Kyoto covered in snow. Ginkakuji (photo by @_nanashina_) Kinkakuji (photo by ui_hii618love) Image via dianasip Image via Juezba Image via gentasekikawa Image via shiny_choi Fushimi Inari-taisha (photo by @mayu_sakurai11) … Continue reading

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Origamigeschirr – The Origami Tableware by Moij Design

“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 … Continue reading

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

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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