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Edible Chocolate Art Supplies

With the holidays just around the corner, I’ve had gift exchanges on my mind lately. This year, I’m participating in two and of course, I don’t want to go wrong in my gift buying. I’m on the hunt for some unique presents, but naturally those are going to break my wallet slash could require high costs for shipping if it’s made internationally. Yeah, whatever, we don’t mess around when it comes to presents.

I came across this Edible Chocolate Art Supplies set designed by Nendo, but unfortunately couldn’t figure out where to even purchase it. So there’s that. Can we just talk about for a second though how everything is edible?! Each paint tube is filled with a different flavor. Yum. This is the perfect gift for someone who as a child so badly wanted to eat the crayons in Kindergarten.

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Color Coded Candy

For the first time in a long time, I had a lollipop today. I know, what am I – 7 years old? My office has an entire box of caramel apple pops, which used to be my favorite candy as a kid. According to my co-workers, no one eats them nor did they ever as a child. I figured once a favorite, always a favorite. Wrong. I ate that sucker and my mouth was a sticky sugary mess. It was slightly embarrassing also because I’m pretty sure no one else is eating a lollipop in the office in the middle of the the afternoon. I may have grown out of my candy, but I can appreciate some art when I see it.

Emily Blincoe created these arrangements of candies by color and I think they’re kind of pretty and nostalgic. To view the rest from the Austin-based photographer, click here.

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Whimsical Illustrations Out of Everyday Objects

Using everyday objects, art director Javier Pérez has been constructing whimsical pieces and documenting them on his Instagram account.

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Brick Facade Appears To Be Melting Off Building

Photo by Stephen O’Flaherty

Created by British designer Alex Chinneck this melting brick installation is effortlessly cool. Entitled “From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes” the piece is now a part of the English town Margate. If locals happen to stumble upon the piece they won’t find any information or explanation for why the building looks the way it does, but that was the artist’s decision to keep people guessing.

Chinneck spent the better part of 12 months engineering the installation and worked with several companies that offered to donate materials. He tells Dezeen that he’s fascinated with spectacles and that he “wanted to create something that used the simple pleasures of humour, illusion and theatre to create an artwork that can be understood and enjoyed by any onlooker.” The piece will be on view for a year before the building is eventually demolished. Read and see more over on Dezeen.

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Photo by Stephen O’Flaherty
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Fashion In Leaves

As Paris Fashion Week comes to a close, I wanted to make sure I got this post in about Tang Chiew Ling’s gorgeous “Fashion in Leaves” project. I love how this project reflects similarly to fashion sketches and Ling kept it super simple by just using one kind of leaf for each set. It’s really very gorgeous.

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A Map of Manhattan From Hand-Written Directions

Direction-challenged  is maybe one way someone could describe me (among my many other qualities, of course.) Last weekend, I found myself lost on the way to Jennie’s house in Queen Anne. It should have been a straight shot, but then I ended up too close to the water, on Aurora,  off of Aurora, and finally 25 minutes later at my destination. Some people hate asking for directions, but I’ve never been someone who has been too afraid to ask for help. People are always willing, right?

A New York conceptional artist named Nobutaka Aozaki decided to embark on a project asking strangers for directions in order to piece together “Here to There.” The project is a collection of hand-drawn maps and it’s actually quite interesting!

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Optical Illusion House Makes A Home in London

all photo cred | Colossal

A new optical illusion installation can be found in London! Designed by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich, visitors have been able to play around with the new attraction and making it look like they can defy gravity by walking up a house. The photographs are made possible through a giant mirror reflecting off of a print of a Victorian house.

The installation opened yesterday and is free to all visitors until August 4th. For more photos, click here.

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Food Playing

photo cred | Hong Yi via Colossal

Almost every day for the past month, artist Hong Yi has been playing with her food; an act that was frowned upon growing up. Using her food, she was able to create quirky images and photograph them for documentation. The rules of her playing were as follows: the image could only be made out of food on a white plated backdrop. To view the entire series of her food photographs, click here.

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Fireworks In Reverse

For New Year’s Eve this year, we ran as fast as we could to catch the fireworks in San Francisco. Unfortunately, all we got were the sounds and not the visuals! That’s okay though because this video above makes up for it. Filmmaker Julian Tay shot this video of the fireworks in Melbourne, Australia over New Year’s Eve, reversed it and put some pretty music behind it. How can you not love this?

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Frame of Mind

Ben Boutwell and Steven Alan shot this short film in Hawaii using frames and it’s pretty silly.

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Esther Stocker’s Geometric Rooms

Italian installation artist Esther Stocker has created some new geometric environments for people to explore and wander through. Apparently, each piece was constructed to follow a very specific equation that includes linear patterns and planes enabling a transformation of a physical pace.

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Half Graffiti Hotel Room

Graffiti artist, Tilt, has recently created a masterpiece out of a French hotel room. One half of the room is completely done in graffiti and it looks AMAZING. I can’t even begin to imagine the patience and time it took to get this right. This piece of interior design along with five other pieces can be found at the Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille, France.

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“I Haven’t Been To An Airport In Awhile…”

I have got a very strange love/hate relationship with airports. Well, how many times have I started a blog post with that sentence? Plenty probably. Frankly, I enjoy being in airports because of all the people. Have you ever stopped to think about how many people are traveling at the same time as you are? Some will be on your flight, but chances are you’re only going to recognize the faces of the six people that are sitting near you. Many of those people are traveling to a couple states over, across the country, to another continent. They could be they for a few days, a few weeks, or years. The idea of that many people moving about within one place is incredible to me.

The only thing I don’t like about airports is that knot in my stomach I get when a flight first takes off and the huge breath I take in and hold right before we land. Also, people getting motion sickness around me isn’t ideal.

My yearning to be in an airport was sparked by this post I found on Colossal on this set of screen prints by Nomo Designs of airport runways. Designer and architect Jerome Daksiewicz has created screen prints for some of the more popular airports, but has plans to expand the collection to include five more cities. Crossing my fingers for a Seattle! To purchase, click here.

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Yo Gabba Gabba: To Give A Present

I promise I haven’t traded in my regular television shows for children’s show, but this stop motion video is too cute. The children’s television show, Yo Gabba Gabba, asked animator Kirsten Lepore to design a video explaining what it means to give a present and this warmed my heart.

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Choi Jeong-Hwa’s 1,000 Doors

At ten stories high, this public installation made of 1,000 reused doors was designed by South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa. The article I read speculates that this piece may have been installed back in 2009 near Seoul, but there’s no word yet on whether or not it is still standing. For more pictures and the source, click here.

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