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Denise Chandler
By September 23, 2010

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I fell in love with this design monster when browsing web designer Denise Chandler‘s portfolio. (It helps that I’m a sucker for hand-drawn typography and graphic design elements too.)

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Iceland’s Wild Culinary Traditions: Hákarl + Brennivín
By September 21, 2010
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Hákarl (bottom center in the white cup) with fish stew, smoked trout, and smoked lamb on volcano bread and dried fish (top cup).

Hákarl, also known as Putrefied Shark, is perhaps Iceland’s most infamous traditional delicacy. This eye-popping blast to the palate will drive tears to your eyes, and likely cause your gag reflex to flare up at first bite. Most commonly served with toothpicks as bite-sized cubes resembling cheese, these harmless looking babies reveal no hint of the overpowering aroma that awaits adventurous foodies.

Experiencing Hákarl

Hákarl’s distinct ammonia-heavy scent is reminiscent of rotten cheese mixed with industrial-grade cleaning products. Moist, with a fishy texture and a consistency slightly akin to bamboo shoots, this pungent dish packs a serious punch. Said to be an acquired taste even for Icelanders, brave travelers can try pinching their noses to take the shock value down a notch, but they’ll still have to contend with the strong ammonia aftertaste that lingers as a result of tasting even the tiniest morsel.

Eric Stine, and the Monsters in his Closet
By September 20, 2010

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Eric Stine is an artist based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, who makes some pretty cool handmade products like monster playing cards. I love his crazy creations from his series Monsters in my Closet.
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By September 17, 2010

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These unique graphics were created by SHOTOPOP, a group of graphic and interactive designers based in London.
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Moss Rings!
By September 15, 2010

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This ring is alive! You’re looking at a real bed of moss set in wood. Yes, that means you have to water it. This charming ring was a collaboration between Cometman, a jewelry designer, and Kokeya, a bonsai designer. You can buy your very own through Ladestore.

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Rahel Winiger
By September 14, 2010

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I’m lovin’ these colorful, fun children’s book illustrations by Rahel Winiger.
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Mark Bradford
By September 10, 2010

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L.A. artist Mark Bradford’s abstract, large-scale mixed media paintings are big, colorful compositions to behold in person, loaded with all kinds of funky organic shapes, metallic paints, and glue remnants from peeled away surfaces, as a result of layers and layers of paper manipulated with nylon string, caulking, and sanding.
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Mark hails from Leimert Park in South Central Los Angeles, where he used to create signs for his mother’s beauty shop. He went on to study art at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and now maintains studio space in the same building that once housed his mother’s hair salon.
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“I always made stuff but never thought, I’m going to be an artist. I was in charge of painting signs at the beauty shop (PRESS AND CURL $25; JHERI CURL $45). I did home movies. About the time I was 7, I got really into black-exploitation films, so I made my own Wonder Woman, but I made her black.” —Mark Bradford via

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Mark’s work is currently on view until October 10th at:

Wexner Center for the Arts‎

The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43210

The exhibition will also travel to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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Amy Casey
By September 8, 2010

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Amy Casey is a painter based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her paintings focus on buildings that balance wildly at the most compelling angles. So what’s behind all these crazy balancing acts? In Amy’s own words:

“For about the last eight years, I’ve been experiencing a sporadically recurring dream about the end of the world. Animals stampeding and buildings falling into dust around me. I wake up in a panic and with a heavy sense of inevitability. Although I’m not trying to recreate this dream in my work, I think that like my dream, my paintings reflect my view of the nervous state of affairs the world seems to be in.” —Amy Casey

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Leigh Taylor Mickelson
By September 5, 2010

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Leigh Taylor Mickelson is a ceramic artist based in Ossining, New York whose sculptural creations showcase botanical forms in a funky, imaginative way. LeightMickelson 3 Leigh Taylor Mickelson art LeightMickelson 4 Leigh Taylor Mickelson art

“My ceramic sculpture explores the different components of self, sexuality and family, and how these components relate and conflict with one another. I use forms from nature, especially ones found in plant life, as a means of expressing these components. Being full of dichotomy, the elements of natural forms act as a metaphor for the spiritual, emotional and physical extremes that exist within our selves, our love relationships and our family units.”
-Leigh Taylor Mickelson

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Barbara Kelley
By September 1, 2010

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Barbara Kelley is a painter and printmaker who runs Moon Catcher Studio, located right by the Pacific Ocean two hours north of San Francisco, in Sea Ranch, California. Her paintings have a dreamy, ethereal hint to them, and her vibrant colors pack a powerful punch of energy. When describing her art practice, Barbara lists the following among her arsenal of unique printmaking supplies: “salt, vegetable oil, alcohol, antique laces, embossed papers, and found objects such as leaves, sea weeds, bird feathers, nests from birds and wasps, and even the skin shed from a Pennsylvania Black Snake.” Barbara’s work can be found in collections in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States.

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When asked about her artistic influences, Barbara recalls: “My work is influenced by many things, including places I’ve lived or traveled to, Alaska, New Mexico, Washington, China, England, among others, or images and ideas from a good book or troubling or joyous events. The colors and shapes in paintings and prints become the visual language reflecting those experiences.”

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Visit Barbara’s website to learn more.

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