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Archive for April 27th, 2009

Bitter Betty has posted this excellent tutorial for an authentic  mid century couch, straight from the pages of The Mechanix Illustrated How- To-Do-It Encyclopedia Volume 6, 1961 edition! 😀

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These breathtaking lightshades were made by artist Julia Lohmann on site at Galleria Nilufar –

“For the Saloni di Mobile in Milano we built a workshop in Galleria Nilufar.
Instead of finished products we brought 8 kg of kelp from Japan and Ireland and our tools with us and produced the finished pieces in the gallery. There was a real buzz about the new material and our visitors were very excited to be able to see the whole working process and touch the material in its different stages of production: dried, re-hydrated, stretched, varnished, unvarnished.”

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Life Is Suite are a UK based company who breathe new life into old furniture in the most imaginative and creative way.

“Using secondhand tea cloths and aprons, Life is Suite has created a sofa with a narrative. Pictures, homilies, poems and recipes tell a story of a Nan’s life, evoking happy memories tinges with nostalgia. As a chair for modern users there are pockets for remote controls, and other paraphernalia. The sofa has been created by Stuart Parker and Paul Green for Life is Suite.”

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Skinny LaMinx aka Heather Moore, shares her technique for making gorgeous paper cut-out art.

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Joel Cooper takes origami to a whole new level… check out his blog here and his Etsy shop here.

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British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster use piles of rubbish, accumulated by themselves and collected from London streets, to create their shadow art.  Each piece is carefully assembled so that when lit from behind, the resulting shadows depict surprising and accurate figures, often of the artists themselves.

Via Think Or Thwim

Dirty White Trash (with dead gulls)

Dirty White Trash (with dead gulls)

Real Life Is Rubbsih

Real Life Is Rubbsih

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He/She

International driftwood sculptor Heather Jansch makes these incredibly lifelike, full sized animal sculptures from driftwood she has collected from beaches after high tide.  Heather has a gift for capturing movement in her pieces… from a distance, they look like real animals.

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NY based artist Paul Villinski creates mesmerising art installations and pieces from found objects and trash, and his Beer Can Butterflies are among his most striking work.  In his own words – ‘Who leaves these crushed beer cans – forlorn evidence scattered in the streets of the city? I take these “dead soldiers” – every one of them once raised to someone’s lips – and breathe new life into them, changing them into images that suggest the possibility of change itself. A kind of conceptual unity develops between materials, process and imagery: my practice in the studio mimics the act of transformation that butterflies symbolize everywhere, in all cultures.’

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paul-villinski4Via NotCot.com

Before and after by Craftster.org member cause effect, who repurposed a stop sign and an old table into this really cool conversation piece… love it 🙂

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This tutorial by Sarah Whatley on HGTV.com gives full instructions for making a really eye catching lampshade from repurposed filmstrips.

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