Friday, October 31, 2014

Block of Wood Transformed Into a Japanese Kokeshi Doll

Yasuo Okazaki learned the craft of making traditional "Naruko" style wooden Kokeshi dolls from his father. Ten different styles of figurines were originally made as souvenirs to sell to people visiting the local hot springs in Northern Japan.

鳴子系こけし/こけしの岡仁 from dmp on Vimeo.

Via Colossal

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If Real Life Came With IKEA Instructions

Life would be so much easier if everyone read the same manual.

Illustrations by James Chapman
More: Buzzfeed

Syracuse’s Transylvania Twist — The Best Halloween Song You Never Heard

In 1963 Syracuse television station WNYS asked local audio tape genius Mike Riposo to write and record a pop-flavored jingle — a la The Monster Mash — for the station’s first-ever breakout star, Baron Daemon. Daemon's show was a horror series built around WNYS’ recent acquisition of a package of syndicated films that included some American International B-level horror flicks.

Riposo hired local group Sam and The Twisters to sing the song and the Bigtree Sisters to back them up. The problem was the girls, who were Mohawk Indians by birth, had never sung rock and roll before in their lives.

The youngest sister, Sandy, was so little she had to stand on a box to get up to mic level.

(My friend Thomasina passed this story along to me and she tells me that the Bigtree sisters were a big deal in Syracuse and Sandra became a rock and roll singer with her own band and worked in theatre in NYC and was a positive influence on young people during the turbulent 60s)

The Transylvania Twist became a local smash hit and the largest-selling local record in Syracuse history and still rises from the dead once a year to kick the Monster Mash’s ass.

Read the story of the recording session here


This video by Australia-based award winning cinematographer Chris Bryan is absolutely gorgeous.

SURFING @ 1000 FRAMES PER SECOND from Chris Bryan on Vimeo.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Life-Size Melting Wax House

"A pound of flesh for 50p"is a sculpture by artist Alex Chinneck. It is a two-storey house built of 8000 wax bricks that was designed to melt over 30 days. the  piece celebrates the history of an old candle-making factory situated in the area for a few hundred years.

More: HUH.

I have posted Chinneck's work in the past (here and here)

Pop-Up Cocktail Menu

I love this 3-D pop-up menu that paper engineer Helen Friel designed and constructed for the Art Deco Beaufort Bar at London’s Savoy Hotel. Turning the pages reveals an example of each cocktail offered at the bar.


Diptych Timelapse Of Paris and NYC

This time-lapse by filmmaker Franck Matellini shows the similarities that defy the 3,363 miles separating Paris and New York City, using the objects and architecture that define both destinations.

Paris / New York from MATEL on Vimeo.


The Big-Eyed Children

I remember the paintings of the children with the huge sad eyes that were ubiquitous in the 1960s. Walter Keane was feted for his sentimental portraits that sold by the million. But in fact, his wife Margaret was the artist, working in virtual slavery to maintain his success. She tells her story, now the subject of a Tim Burton biopic. It's fascinating.

Margaret and Walter pose with a selection of paintings in 1965.
Photograph: Bill Ray/The LIFE Picture Collection/Gett

Read Jon Ronson's story: The Guardian

Monday, October 27, 2014

Art From Repurposed Weapons

American multimedia artist Michael Murphy creates complex installations from repurposed weapons which shape a homogeneous piece when they’re gathered.

Via Recyclart

Language Tree

This diagram by graphic artist and story-teller Minna Sundberg charts the development and relationships of Old World languages.


Via perfect for roquefort cheese