Category Archives: Art/Craft

“Piccalilli Moths” by Australian/Finnish illustrator and Graphic designer Vlad Stankovic – twinkling fluttering scenes of moths, larvae and flora commissioned as artworks for a restaurant in Culver City, California.

Rendered here as gifs, each piece was created in watercolour and pencil, transferred to Photoshop, then printed using a lenticular process that confers the illusion of depth and movement when viewed from different angles.

Previously: A Probing Expression

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In a world of paywalls and monetised content, fourteen Parisian museums including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais, and the Catacombs have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks by Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others freely available to the public via its collections portal. To wit:

Users can download a file that contains a high definition (300 DPI) image, a document with details about the selected work, and a guide of best practices for using and citing the sources of the image. Making this data available guarantees that our digital files can be freely accessed and reused by anyone or everyone, without any technical, legal or financial restraints, whether for commercial use or not,

Allez les musées!

Above (from top): Claude Monet’s “Soleil couchant sur la Seine à Lavacourt, effet d’hiver” (1880); Pierre Bonnard’s “Nu dans le bain” (1936); Paul Cézanne’s “Portrait d’Ambroise Vollard” (1899) and Eugène Atget’s “Coin des rues de Seine et de l’Echaudé, 6ème arrondissement, Paris” (1911).

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Extraordinarily realistic ‘pillows’ hewn from solid marble with a pneumatic hammer and other carving tools by Norwegian sculptor Håkon Anton Fagerås.

More of his work here.

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The beautifully handwritten, meticulously illustrated notebooks of author, artist and former aeronautical engineer José Naranja.

The mixed media journals, incorporating labels and postage stamps, document his ongoing, enviable globetrotting – each page themed around an experience or a thought he had while travelling through the area featured.

Isn’t it well for some?

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The adorably strange obsession of a young teenager preserved in the pages of a scrapbook from the early 1940s recently discovered in the Collingwood Archive of the Cardiff University Special Collections.

To wit: the scrapbook of Janet Gnosspelius (1926-2010), containing every whisker shed by her cats between 1940 and 1942, complete with the time and location of discovery.

Janet would go on to create other cat-related chronicles later in life, as you’d expect.

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