If you ever feel like you can’t create art in the middle of snowy field, think again.
via Simon Beck
If you don’t know Saimir Strati’s work, its about time you add his name to your list of inspirational artists. Strati has taken his skills of restoring archeological sits in Albania to becoming and artist with 6 Guinness World Records creating breathtaking large mosaics using materials like nails, toothpicks, corks, sea glass, eggshells, coffee bean and amount other materials. Strati continue so push limits proving that one can successfully unite traditional techniques and modern materials in today’s time. (via visual news)
Street artist Bored has taken the initiative to remind the people of Chicago that life is a game in the sense that you, the player, always have choices. Creating iconic pieces from the game Monopoly out of plywood and paint, it is not uncommon to see a stack of ‘Chance’ cards, dice, and different parts of the board walk stenciled onto the sidewalks of Chicago. So, what’s your next move? (via Colossal)
I’ve recently been drawn to the idea of stained glass; in particular, how light passes through color and can be completely transformative. Its something we don’t get to see much in the modern world, and a craft that seems to be fading away. I saw this posting of NY artist Tom Fruin who recently did an installation on the Brooklyn skyline in DUMBO and was taken back. Using scraps and salvaged plexiglass and steel, Tom has created a spectacular Watertower sculpture that will also be accompanied by daily light shows starting at dusk. This piece can be viewed from Lower Manhattan, FDR Drive, and the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. You all know what I’ll be doing this weekend! (via design you trust)
Saw this article in the NYTimes Design section of a wonderful artist, man, and friend, James Nares and his beautiful collaboration with Coach in creating these limited-edition canvas bags. Its hard to not be drawn to his enormous paintings in person, and now, you can have the pleasure of having it next to you wherever you go. Bags come in black, green, blue, orange and fuchsia. What a gift! (click here to watch video)
Susan Dwyer, founder of Up in the Air Somewhere in Chicago, creates these elegant and precious paper vessels. A great gift for the paper aficionado!