Archive for November, 2010
These interesting futuristic dresses were designed by Amila Hrustic, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.
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Roller derby is sweeping the country by storm and derby counterculture is in turn ballooning, creating an entire empire centered upon strong, sexy women. Armed with clever names and flashy outfits, these tough all-girl squads are kicking some serious butt.
Culture Vixen’s Gayle Wheatley tracked down Sandra Frame, storyboard and animation artist by day, who moonlights as the mighty Tara Armov of the LA Derby Dolls by night. In an exclusive in-depth interview, Tara shares insight into her two passions: skating and art.
Gayle Wheatley (GW): Which came first, art or roller derby, and how did you get your start in each? Which of these two passions is closer to your heart?
Tara Armov (TA): The art definitely came first! I’ve drawn for the majority of my life. Derby came along about seven years ago.
It’s hard to say which is closer to my heart as both have had a profound effect on me in different ways but sometimes over the same issues. Being insecure yet able to express myself through either art or derby are reoccurring thoughts and feelings in my life.
GW: What inspires you as an artist? How has roller derby played a part in your art?
TA: I think both art and derby let me express emotions and feelings that I can’t do any other way. I find inspiration in vibrant colors and dynamic compositions in art, usually figurative in one form or another. Derby just boosts what I already get inspired by to begin with.
Creative scenes from artist Sandrine Estrade Boulet.
Lovin’ this “Angry Birds” cake made by Anya Richardson.
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This innovative dress is crafted from recycled newspapers folded into origami cranes! Designed by Yuliya Kyrpo, it can be found in London’s Science Museum.
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This wonderfully creative, completely genius, inventive cake was hand-designed by my talented friend Katie! Isn’t it just amazing?
I’m always on the lookout for outstanding visual design, so when I came across the website of freelance web designer, writer, and speaker Simon Collison, I just had to share it with you. He’s got a very clean, pleasing layout accented with wonderful black and white illustrations (the blowfish is my personal fave) and sophisticated typography. It’s genius how everything completely adjusts itself depending on how wide you extend your browser window.
[ colly.com ]
These abstract paintings are by American painter George Morrison. Born on the Grand Portage Indian reservation in Northeastern Minnesota, his Native American name was Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo (Standing in the Northern Lights). Yet his paintings hint at his deep roots in abstraction, having studied in New York among Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Klein, before heading off to France on a Fullbright.
Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant in Pittsburgh that only serves food from countries the US is in conflict with. Started as a special project by John Peña, Jon Rubin, and Dawn Weleski, Conflict Kitchen serves take-out style food, and the entire restaurant identity changes every four months to highlight a new country. The first iteration of the project, Kubideh Kitchen, dishes up Iranian cuisine. For just $5, you can try a kubideh sandwich, a national dish in Iran consisting of spiced ground beef wrapped in homemade barbari bread with basil, mint, and onion. All this comes packaged in a custom wrapper with interviews from Iranians on a variety of subjects ranging from poetry to politics.
Celebrating Scandinavian Design in the Pacific Northwest
How do you make a splash in a city that oozes culture? Try playing Scandinavian design elements off Pacific Northwest ambiance utilizing two elements central to Seattle’s core: wood and water. What do you get? Iconic fish tanks filled with neon tetras and guest rooms accented in cobalt blues. A contemporary lobby outfitted in sleek, minimalist furniture that includes tangerine Arne Jacobsen chairs, natural wood tables, and high ceilings that show off floor to ceiling wood bookshelves and hanging twin lanterns. Add to the mix alpaca headboards, retro clocks, and FACE Stockholm bath products in all the guest rooms, then top it all off with an avant-garde celebrity chef restaurant that’s turning heads—and you know you’ve arrived at Hotel Andra.