The Flour Sack as Art

When Volkmar Wywiol discovered an empty flour sack washed up on the beach in Dubai in 1998 he could scarcely guess the consequences this find would have. But Wywiol’s interest in the subject of flour sacks had been roused, and back in Hamburg he gained the enthusiastic support of his business associates and Mühlenchemie’s employees for the idea of a flour sack collection. Since then, over 1,600 exhibits from five continents have found their way into the “Gallery of Flour Sacks”.
More info here.

In Case it Rains in Heaven

Kurt Tong's new photographic series In Case it Rains in Heaven, documents how the tradition of folded paper funerary gifts from China has evolved in contemporary culture. Traditionally, many Chinese believe that when a person dies, he leaves with no earthly possessions and it's up to their descendants to provide for them in their afterlife until reincarnation. In the last 50 years, more and more elaborate items are made out of paper as offerings for the dead. As consumer culture takes over China, paper products have become more and more outrageous.
See more of Kurt's work here.


Soundsuits

Nick Cave is an artist and educator who crafts wearable sculptures made from woven hair, found objects, ceramics and other things that rub together to make noise. His work explores the use of textiles and clothing as conceptual modes of expression and pose fundamental questions about the human condition in the social and political realm.
More info about Nick Cave here.

Looking into the Past

The Looking into the Past flickr project uses a simple and very effective trick. These amazing images are created by finding old photographs of places, printing them out, and then holding the print up in the modern day location that the original photograph was taken.
See more photos here.

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Vanitas

Taking inspiration from Dutch Vanitas paintings, Justine Reyes' photographs incorporate personal artifacts within the traditional construct of still life. Pairing objects that belonged to her grandmother with her own possessions speaks to memory and the lagacy that one leaves behind.
See more of Justine's work here.

Anatomy of the World

Elisabeth Lecourt is a a french artist who lives and works in London. She folds and cuts individual maps by region to produce clothes not to be worn but rather hung. To date she has pressed and ironed 60 pieces of faux garments, mostly pleated parochial dresses and button-down shirts made out of modern maps. Universal by nature, her work is popular wherever shown.
See more of Elisabeth's work here.

Archeology of Work

Fritz Fabert's portfolio is definitely worth a look. His Archeology of Work series documents "relics" from closed down businesses and hospitals. It's such a brilliant idea and it's such a great alternative to giving the world yet another series of abandoned buildings.
See more of his work here.

Evolution Store

A landmark in Manhattan's SoHo art district since 1993, Evolution sells unique natural history collectibles usually seen only in museums. These include butterflies and beetles, fossils, seashells, skulls and skeletons, medical models, and tribal art. They are a valuable resource for educators and students, and an "oasis" for children.
For more info visit the website here.

Photo courtesy of kchbrown

A Museum of Things

The Museum of Things  in Berlin features a diverse collection of manufactured objects from the 20th century. The shelves of the museum are stuffed with everyday objects, from hairbrushes and fondue sets to beach souvenirs and memorabilia. It's not a musty collection, but a sleek, minimalist room organised by themes such as 'yellow and black' or 'functional vs kitsch', rather than by era or type, so that the 'things' appear in new contexts.  
For more info visit the museum's site here.

Full Circle

Flickr user Fingerspitzengefuhl (Johanna Sjostrand) has uploaded her amazing collection of colorful vintage  trays, definitely some inspiring patterns. I've never seen such a great collection before and I must admit I'm very jealous.
Click here to view this amazing Flickr set

Typeset

Printmaker John Ruszel uses components of dismantled typewriters to generate images. The punched sheet metal pieces are arranged on the press bed then inked and printed in a manner similar to a woodblock or other relief plate.
Find out more about John's work here.

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Testing the Boundaries

Michael Samuels tests the boundaries and our preconceived ideas of objects and space, presence and absence and fiction and reality. Interested in sculptures formal language and its material presence, Samuels uses furniture sourced for its distinctive quality and appearance and reconstructs it through experiments in form, colour and placement. Reconstructed and refigured, sliced and spliced, the new forms created by the artist are deprived of their original function. Rather, they take the form of monumental and playful structures.
Find out more about Michael's work here.

Second Life

When company signs and logos are taken down, they get demolished. Helsinki-based company Character recycles letters and logos into individual design objects. They dismantle the letters, clean them up, add a new transformer, LED lights and the power cord, and put them back together.
For more info visit their online store.

Shedding the Past

Creating garments from stitched-together snapshots, “wearable-photo-albums,” is a recent direction for artist Jane Deschner. She crafts a narrative in the snapshots she chooses, sometimes enhanced by an embroidered quote or image. The garment is a metaphor for ways we identify ourselves, as we do in the photographs we choose to take. Our photos, our clothes—what we shed when we pass on.
See more of  Jane's work here.

Letter Playground


Illustrator Nate Williams just launched LetterPLAYGROUND, a web community where type lovers can design and upload their own unique interpretation of letters and numbers. You can join and contribute your own work, or just browse the collection and and be inspired by the creative work of others.
Find out more here.

Text as Object

 Archie Scott Gobber's work is derived from what inspires him: words, language, signage, and the structures that support them. By depicting words, letters and phrases as “object”, he is able to influence their meaning pictorially through color, font, and context. Ultimately, his work seeks to engage the viewer as partner in an ongoing dialog while realizing the goal of the artwork is what it conjures.
See more of his work here.

Stapler of the Week

While not pretending to be the authority on stapling, the Stapler of the Week blog examines the memories and histories associated with the collection of a certain stapler enthusiast.
Check out the Stapler of the Week archives here.

Designing Domesticity

Lucienne Day, who has died aged 93, on January 30th 2010, was one of the foremost British textile designers of her period. Day's work combined organic shapes with bright patterns inspired by contemporary abstract painters such as Joan Miró and Paul Klee. She believed that good design should be affordable, and in 2003 told the Scotsman newspaper that she had been "very interested in modern painting although I didn’t want to be a painter. I put my inspiration from painting into my textiles, partly, because I suppose I was very practical. I still am. I wanted the work I was doing to be seen by people and be used by people. They had been starved of interesting things for their homes in the war years, either textiles or furniture."
Find out more about Lucienne's work here.

A Department Story

Lewis’s Department Store is an iconic Liverpool landmark that has traded for over 150 years. Its history and character has been the inspiration for a series of newly commissioned photographs by Stephen King, capturing Lewis’s fifth floor and the people that worked there.
Visit Stephen's photography website here.

Flowers

Allen Weaver is an artist with an incredible eye for movement. His latest collages are created using fragments of visuals found in vintage magazines. His work portrays the world as seen through a kaleidoscope.
See more of his work here.


Know your ABC's

Flickr user Pilllpat (Agence Eureka) has uploaded a wide range of illustrations from beautiful old French papercraft activity books and her own amazing collection of vintage ephemera. Her latest high-resolution scans of vintage ABC blocks caught my eye immediately!
Click here to view this amazing Flickr set.

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Photo Sculptures

In Photo Sculptures artist Alejandra Laviada portrays ephemeral sculptures created with found objects. Each of the sites that Alejandra photographs is in the process of being demolished or redeveloped, and she works only with the objects found in each space.
See more of Alejandra's work here.

The Altered Object

Artist James Michael Starr finds the aged and battered objects commonly employed in assemblage and collage to be both beautiful and moving, but he is weary of their tendency, as art mediums, to take themselves so seriously. He hopes to tweak that somberness and agenda, and make works that are more accessible, by evoking frivolous imagery from our collective consciousness.
Find out more about Michael's work here.

Playing with Pictures

Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage is a new exhibition to be hosted by The Met in New York. Sixty years before the embrace of collage techniques by avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century, aristocratic Victorian women were already experimenting with photocollage. The compositions they made with photographs and watercolors are whimsical and fantastical, combining human heads and animal bodies, placing people into imaginary landscapes, and morphing faces into common household objects. The exhibition features forty-eight works from the 1860s and 1870s, from public and private collections.

For more info visit the Museum’s website.

100 Chairs in 100 Days

Martino Gamper's "100 Chairs in 100 Days" project involves systematically collecting discarded chairs from London streets (or more frequently, friends’ homes) over a period of about roughly two years, then spending 100 days to reconfiguring the design of each one in an attempt to transform its character and/or the way it functions. Martino's intention is to investigate the potential for creating useful new designs by blending together stylistic or structural elements of existing chair types.
More info about the project here.

Let Them See Kitsch



Wayne White is an American artist, art director, cartoonist and illustrator. More recently he has concentrated on his painting career. He takes, cheaply mass produced lithogaphs which he finds in secondhand thrift stores and painstakingly writes phrases or words on them in a glossy 3-D style.
See more of Wayne's work here.