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This very cool free software download is available from AndreaMosaic – it will generate a mosaic image composed of your own stored pictures.

andrea-planet-mosaic-pic

The Rasterbator is a free online tool that creates huge, rasterised posters from any image you upload from your computer, which you can then download as a PDF.  This one is slightly different from the last poster generator I blogged – these images are composed of dots, which produce some very cool results.

Black & White Vector Rasterbation by JessicaC

Black & White Vector Rasterbation by JessicaC

Adam Kalkin makes prefab houses from shipping containers – his 12 container house is by far the most impressive.  Although Adams’ ones don’t come cheap, container houses are catching on worldwide as a green, affordable alternative to conventional buildings.  Watch this space….

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This very clever tutorial over on Curbly.com shows you how to hand-draw your own repeating pattern.  Seems simple when you know how… 😛

hand-drawn-pattern-on-curbly

I love browsing Etsy.com for unusual prints, posters and original pieces… here are a few current faves.

bluish-minibot-johnwgolden-on-etsyBluish minibot print by John W Golden

no-splishing-john-w-golden-on-etsyNo Splishing, No Splashing print, part of the hilarious By Order Of The Management series by John W Golden

pleasebestill-on-etsyEverything is going to be ok large print by Pleasebestill

agilmore-on-etsyPrint by agilmore

jeffrey-richter-on-etsy-printToaster Reflection 8×10 print by Jeffrey Richter

bad-luck-chris-cave-on-etsyBad Luck limited edition signed and numbered print by Chris Cave

Crafters and quilters can now design their own fabric at Spoonflower.com. Spoonflower lets you upload your design, and will print it onto quilting weight 100% cotton, for $18 per yard (no minimum order).  Fat quarters and swatches are also available.  They are based in North Carolina, but ship all over the world.

Milagro by Raul Aguilar

Milagro (fabric) by Raul Aguilar http://www.RaulAguilar.com

The Dublin Flea –  ‘a bizarre bazaar of vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and what nots in Dublin’s city centre’ – takes place on the last Sunday of every month, and their posters, which are specially designed just for the Flea, are available to buy for a measly 5 euros!  They are printed professionally on card and the money goes directly to the artist.

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Felice Varini  ‘paints on architectural and urban spaces, such as buildings, walls and streets. The paintings are characterized by one vantage point from which the viewer can see the complete painting (usually a simple geometric shape such as circle, square, line), while from other view points the viewer will see ‘broken’ fragmented shapes. Felice argues that the work exists as a whole – with its complete shape as well as the fragments. “My concern,” he says “is what happens outside the vantage point of view.’  (Check out his Wikipedia page here.)

His home page is in French, but is actually quite easy to navigate even if you don’t speak French.

Sept Couronnes Excentriques

Sept Couronnes Excentriques

Five Dancing Circles

Five Dancing Circles

Three Ellipses For Three Locks

Three Ellipses For Three Locks

His work is awesome on first sight, but you really don’t appreciate the scale of it until you see it from the other vantage points…

three-ellipses-varini

While searching online for recycled and repurposed craft ideas, I kept coming across Stuart Haygarth.  Stuart takes ordinary, everyday discarded man-made objects, and makes them into show-stopping works of art.

Disposable

Disposable

Made from disposable plastic wine glasses, lit by a fluorescent tube.

Spectacle

Spectacle

Stunning chandelier made from discarded pairs of spectacles.

Tide Chandelier

Tide Chandelier

The original Tide chandelier is – ‘part of a larger body of work based on the collection of ‘ man made’ debris washed up on a specific stretch of Kent coastline’.


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