Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Dachshund

A rather new name in the field of origami, and an important one. This is just one example of what Quentin Trollip can create from one uncut paper square. First seen here.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Japanese cookies - too beautiful to eat

Little masterpieces - the cookies created by Japanese artist/baker Chihiro Ogura based on Japanese cultural motifs. First seen here.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Rock salad with crude dressing

An amazing advertising blast from the past. Hard to believe that there was a time that oil products would sell like this. First seen here.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Say what?

Taken from a 9gag post about unflattering animal shots. Love this one - possibly more to come the coming weeks. First seen here.

Friday, 27 May 2016

The Rainbow Mountains

This mountain range looks like something out of a fantasy novel. The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is the result of layers of red sandstone and various mineral deposits being laid down one after the other over tens of millions of years and then raised by tectonic activity. First seen here.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Aries

A chance encounter in one of the small streets of Kampen. The title? Ask my wife. Hint: I was born in April. First seen here.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Bailong Elevator

This must be one of the most amazing structures in the world. The Bailong Elevator in China transports 50 people in one go over a height difference of over 300 m in 2 minutes, First seen here.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Paper hearts

Amazingly detailed mechanical impressions of the heart. What makes these creations by designer Frank Tjepkema even more remarkable is that the only material used to make these is paper. First seen here.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Hasta la vista baby

I love this. Both the idea and the execution. More examples in the link: what do you get when you replace guns and other assault weapons in iconic movie scenes by selfie sticks? First seen here.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Recycling

You can say what you want about Trump, but he is clearly a fan of recycling. First seen here.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Audrey

So what's the point of sharing a picture of Audrey Hepburn in this blog? Well, amazingly, it is not her, but 17 years old Instagrammer Annelies van Overbeek, who can become the spitting image of Audrey Hepburn, Vivian Leigh, Keira Knightley, Anne Frank, and others. First seen here.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Ice cream van

A very nice piece of photoshopping indeed. Retrieved this one on Fukung, a site I never link to because of its extreme non-safe-for-work content.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Slow watch

The Swiss-made line of Slow watches share an intriguing philosophical approach to time keeping. There are no hands ticking away the seconds, or even the minutes - just one hand and a 24 hour dial. Food for thought. First seen here.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A sewing basket?

Well, not exactly a sewing basket, although you could fool most people with this picture - thanks are due to Carole Poirot for drawing my attention to this one some years ago. It is actually a cake, created by Meg Davis, a chef at North Devon District Hospital. This masterpiece is made of Madeira sponge and covered with sugar paste. All the contents of the box are individually made of sugar paste. The completed cake and decorations took some 30 hours to complete. First seen here.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Bell pepper dress

This is just one of the examples of how illustrator Edgar Artis combines items from real life and his sketches to beautiful creations. Many more in the link. First seen here.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Maddy Genets et son ensemble

This is beyond ridiculous. Taken from a post about weird album covers that goes beyond the usual dozen or so you see everywhere, First seen here.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Whale chair

Most of the animal chairs by Maximo Riera are ridiculous rather than special - in fact, I posted his rhinoceros chair earlier in the blog under Mixed Nuts here. There is somethin about his whale chair that I quite like though. First seen here.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Hand-Cut paper designs

Lacking the high artistic quality that I go for in Art for Art's Sake, but you have to admire the craftsmanship and end results of these paper cuttings by Japanese artist Hina Aoyama. With a simple pair of scissors as her only tool, Aoyama says her passion is “to create a finest cutoff beyond the level of the very time-consuming needle lace making.” First seen here.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Mirror marble cakes

These culinary creations by Russian confectioner Olga look too good to be true - as well as too beautiful to eat. First seen here.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Star Wars bookends

Star Wars remains a source of inspiration for all kinds of designs, and bookends is yet another example. There are more in the link, but I quite like this one based on the AT-AT nachine. First seen here.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Black velvet nebula cake


This cake, one of a series of food items inspired by the galaxy, looks both amazing and delicious. First seen here.

Monday, 9 May 2016

The vice lolly

From the controversial London ice cream company Icecreamists, that made headlines previously with ice cream based on breast milk, comes the gun-shaped vice lolly. This pistol-shaped specialty is made from Lourdes holy water, 80% alcohol absinthe and sugar. Bon appetit. First seen here.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Head over Heels

French photographer Patrice Letarnec's series Head over Heels shows models in a surreal world, their bodies upside down and their clothes the way they are usually worn. First seen here.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Neill Cameron's A to Z of Awesomeness

A wonderful find by regular contributor Jenny Downing some years ago: British freelance illustrator Neill Cameron, who specialises in manga and comic-book influenced artwork, created an alphabet in that style, which he called the A-Z of Awesomeness. Love his take on Q, with Star Trek and James Bond characters in a recurring drawing. First seen here.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Virgin Rainbow

Virgin Rainbow is the name given to a stunning piece of opal discovered in 2003. First seen here.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Skeletal Stiletto heels

On the border line between special designs and mixed nuts.... First seen here.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Pet butt covers

Only in America - where else could someone think of a way to hide the open butt hole of some dog breeds from the easily offended public eye. The mind boggles. First seen here.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Flower bed

Nowadays there is always the suspicion of PhotoShop in images like these, but I prefer to believe it is real. First seen here.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Body art

Another one of those entries on the fence between Art for Art's Sake and Potpourri - but eventually falling into this blog. Thanks to Jenny Downing for a buzz on this one a few years ago. Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector are artists out of New York City currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Using bodies as their canvas, they sure get amazing results. First seen here.