Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Netherlands Time Lapse

7685 Frames of Netherlands is a time lapse video taken in Delft, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Pantone Packaging Matches Beer Inside

Spanish creative agency Txaber uses Pantone swatches to show the colour of the beer inside the can.

Via Foodiggity

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sophia Narrett's Needlework

Sophia Narrett creates detailed needlework fantasy landscapes that appear to be dripping off their canvas. They inspire me to pick up my own long neglected embroidery.

The Serious Side of Three Dreams, 2014, Embroidery Thread and Fabric

Still Burning, Embroidery Thread and Fabric, 2012, 33 x 48 in

The Animation of Hands, 2013-14, Embroidery Thread and Fabric, 14 x 22 in
Via Blort

Gerrymandering Explained Using Cute Animals

The redrawing district lines to favor a certain political party is called gerrymandering. But how does this process actually work?

If you want to see how it works in real life take a look at the case of popular Cleveland Congressman, Dennis Kucinich, who fell victim to right-wing gerrymandering.

Via Holy Kaw!

Ask the Past

Ask the Past is a blog that gathers advice from the past and applies it to the questions of the present. It is edited by Elizabeth Archibald, who has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University. If, like me, you have wanted to know how to make dainty sport with a Cat then this is the blog for you.

Apparently this is how folks played with cats back in 1658:

"If you will have some sport with a Cat, then get a little Bel, such as the tame Hawkes have at their legs, and tye the Bell something hard at the end of the Cats tayle, and let her go, she feeling of her tayle smart, and hearing of the Bel gingle, she will run up and down as if she were mad, flying against the walls and windowes: then if she can, she will get into some hole to hide her selfe, but when she wags her tayle never so little, then out she comes, and is as mad as before, and never will rest quiet till it be taken off, or she can get it off her selfe."  - John White, A Rich Cabinet with Variety of Inventions

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dishes Crawling with Hand-Painted Ants

Would you like to eat a meal served on these dishes? German artist Evelyn Bracklow's collection of porcelain dishes and tableware is covered with ants. The formicidae are hand-painted but still...

They can be purchased at the La Philie Etsy Shop.

More: Colossal

Thanks Bruce!

Burning Man

Trey Ratcliff is a photographer, artist, writer and adventurer. He has taken a whole whack of spectacular photos at Burning Man .

You can purchase prints here. His other portfolios are lovely as well.

Thanks Bruce!

Hidden Mothers

Photographer Laura Larson has a collection of tintype photos in which the mother of the child was included in the photograph, but obscured. The mother's presence was necessary to keep the little ones calm during the long exposure required by the tintype process. She would hold her child, with a cloth or props hiding her from the lens or she would be painted over by the photographer after the image had been taken. Sometime only her arm was visible, holding the child in place.

“The hidden mother speaks to the fragile balance a mother must maintain in raising a child—cultivating both attachment and autonomy,” says Larson.

More: New Republic

Illustration Sums Up the Entire Plot of ‘Harry Potter’

“The SummHarry” by artist Lucy Knisley summarizes the entire plot of Harry Potter in one illustration.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Winston Churchill’s Life Pod

“To protect the precious bulk of Winston Churchill in wartime a special one-man pressure chamber was built for the personal plane which carried him many times across the Atlantic and to Casablanca, Moscow and Yalta. Churchill was warned by his doctors that it was dangerous for a man of his age and physical condition to fly above 8,000 feet. The solution was a pressure chamber complete with ash trays, telephone and an air-circulation system good enough to prevent smoke from the ubiquitous cigar from fogging the atmosphere.”

- LIFE Magazine, 1947