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Interesting art pieces from around the world

Recently, I’ve been into art that involves geometric shapes and clean design. Mike Lythgoe’s work does exactly that. Settled in East London, Mike Lythgoe creates images using photographs of nature and colorful geometric shapes. He works as an illustrator and designer.

The shapes looks so carelessly placed on the photograph, yet it’s so meticulously finished. I think that the sharp lines and the perfectly proportionate figures add to the polished look. His color choices are also right on target as he uses kind of a vintage editing with dark colors (at least in these few photos) to create an cool, savvy look. Mike’s work really carefully mixes and matches different elements of this world and I like it! His abstract collages are the type that I would want to hang up at home. He uses some bright colors in his other illustrations, check them out here: http://likemike.co.uk/

 

Another artist that uses nature and shapes is Chris Seddon.

His work is more psychotic and colorful. The mix of pieces of photographs and shapes sometimes confuse you and make your head hurt but I think that’s what makes them so appealing. The colors really stand out and make the illustrations more vivid and surrealistic. Chris Seddon’s work is not entirely about these confusing illustrations. He has a wide variety of pieces that involve lots of geometric shapes and cool gradients and patterns. Make sure you check out his work at : http://www.cseddon.co.uk/index.php

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It’s that exciting time of the year again. New York Fashion Week! F/W 11 trends are fresh on the runway and I want to share some new trends that I noticed. Click on the pictures to enlarge!

(Alexander Wang, DvF, Tory Burch)

Glitter

Bold pants have always made a statement, but in F/W 11, pants have been transformed into sparkling glitters. Neutral colors have been paired with sparkles to give a polished look that catches everyone’s attention. If glitter pants are too much for you, don’t worry. Glitter has also been spotted on various tops and coats (Check out more DVF)!

(Marc Jacbos, Y-3, Tommy Hilfiger)

Polka Dots

Some are claiming the polka dots are the new stripes. Polka dots are definitely the new pattern to be looking out for this season. Marc Jacob’s new collection incorporates everything polka dot, from stockings to dresses. Other brands such as Y-3 and Tommy Hilfiger have also followed this trend. You can use subtle polka dots (Y-3) or go for bold dots like Marc Jacobs. Dots are easy to incorporate into your daily outfit!

(Rag & Bone, Y-3, Thakoon)

Red and Blue

Bright colors have been gracing the runway for S/S collection, and the same goes for F/W 11! The combination of red and blue has been seen most often on the runways. Combine two bright colors together to create a neat, yet vivid look. Wearing red and blue separately with more neutral colors to provide a spark for a boring outfit has also been seen! Try it out.

All photos from style.com

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Artists have been called many things before, but probably never… a dictator. However, New-York based Phillip Toledano declares himself a dictator. In an interview with Dazed Digital, Toledano states: “in a way, to being an artist, in that you have to create your own world and then populate that world with believers – people who believe in your creed your ethos.”

And if you know anything about art, you will definitely agree to what Phil is trying to say. As an artist, you have to create your own world that nobody has ever done before. You have to believe in yourself to be able to take a creative and innovative idea and transform it into a piece of art. It’s not always the easiest thing to do! So you definitely have to surround yourself with people you know and trust will help you with your process. Discouraging individuals must be separated, immediately.

So, I find Phil’s new project, Kim Jong Phil, insightful, but mostly witty and humorous. Pay attention to the titles of the paintings as well as the image:

A sporting chance. Oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

It's true. I'm utterly fascinating. Oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

Want to know something even more amusing? These prints were later sent to China to be copied. Does anybody see the iron in that?

Check out the rest of his project at http://www.kimjongphil.com

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Can you create these images? on your iPhone?

Created by Kristofer Strom, these images were drawn on hour-long bus rides that he takes every morning. And most amazingly, on his iPhone using Autodesk, a sketchbook app. More impressive than beating that Impossible Quiz app, huh?

These graphics are proof of how technological our era is. Even 5 years ago, if somebody had said you could created amazing thing using your mobile phone, I bet nobody would have believed them. The strides we have made in technology over the last few years are surprising and shocking: multi-tasking phones, tabs with apps, robot vacuum… and the list goes on! It’s no surprise that artists are taking advantage of this technological age in order to create new, creative pieces.

In this era, in order to not be left behind, artists must use new mediums and ideas to experiment with. The traditional style of art is dying. Like during the Victorian Era when there was a shift in art styles, there is a massive shift happening in our century. Artists have moved from solely traditional ways of creating art such as oils and watercolors to using fabrics, photographs, and iPhones to express their ideas.

However different art mediums may be, the goal stays the same: to spread and convey a message through an image or concept.

View more of Kristofer Strom’s work:  http://ljudbilden.tumblr.com/

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Okay, I have a confession to make. I am somewhat materialistic and I tend to feel a warm, fuzzy feeling inside of me when I see a new product of article of clothing in my hands. When I make the purchase, I glow with happiness and imagine the many different way I can use it. This happiness lasts for days, maybe even weeks – that is before I have another urge to buy something else.

Some people may disapprove of such behavior, but I think why not? I make purchases I know I can afford and will use. The bubbling sensation inside me is rare and priceless.

Many would describe this as “materialism” but I beg to differ. Materialism indicates the theory that material things are the only things that matter. However, I wouldn’t call my guilty pleasures the only thing that matter in the world. I care for my family and friends more than I would ever for all my belongings.

I believe that it’s important to possess greed for more material things. That way, you can push yourself to want better things for yourself. It’s always good to have ambition… but not to the extent where it controls every aspect of your life. Relationships with close people around you and far from you are the most important thing in your life that you must protect and create. In my opinion, the most important thing in life is to learn how to surround yourself with friends and family who truly care.

Material goods fade and new trends replace the old ones that had once brought so much pleasure to you. But a good friend will always stand by your side and be ready to give you a smile.

Although we all lead extremely busy and occupied lives… there comes a time when there is a need to kill time! I have made a list of the list of sites I go to whenever I wish to kill time!

  1. The first one is very cool… It’s a site that collects “Pictures of Walls”. I know it may sound boring but don’t let that discourage you! It’s a neat little site with pictures of… walls. The walls have funny or inspiring messages on them! These pictures will make you cry and laugh! Once you get started looking at these pics, you won’t be able to stop! Click: http://www.picturesofwalls.com/Index.asp
  2. This link will direct you to a simple, yet intriguing game. It’s “Guess the Google”! It will show  you boxes of pictures and you have to guess what the word was that showed these images on Google. Make sure you get your spelling correct! These pictures can sometimes be tricky. Once when I was shown sake (the Japanese beer), I kept writing saki and of course got it incorrect every time…
    Click: http://grant.robinson.name/projects/guess-the-google/
  3. This addictive interactive feature developed by zefrank called Scribbler is very addictive. Once you start, you will never be able to stop. It’s easy to use but creates something actually artsy and creative. If you show off to your friends that you did this, they will definitely be impressed!
    click: http://www.zefrank.com/scribbler/
  4. Here you can find a variety of different creative and artistic flash illustrations created by aron sommer. Click on all the interactive features to discover a wide range of interesting flash products. I warn you, the site if very pointless but interesting!
    click: http://www.aronsommer.ch/
  5. To look at new and innovative ideas of the 21st century, Share Some Candy is the way to go. On this website, you are able to discover new designs and illustrations that you have probably never thought of before. It provides really new and interesting products from the latest and hottest thinkers.
    click: http://www.sharesomecandy.com/

Now when you’re bored, no worries! Visit one of these five sites!

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    Watch the video!

    Whoa… didn’t that just blow your mind? Although one of the funniest videos I’ve seen (the various pictures and status update), it is also one of the most philosophical…

    Are any of you on facebook? I certainly am! I know firsthand that facebook is definitely an easy and effective way to keep in touch with old contacts and make new contacts. But I have never thought of its role as large as this video depicts it to be! The power of social networking must never be underestimated.

    How has facebook affected your life? Do you think you’ll spend your whole life on it?

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