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Dec 05, 2011

77 Essential Holiday Gifts for Artists and Creatives

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Design überblog Core77 are sharing their holiday shopping recommendations, featuring, not what else?, seventy-seven creative tools and design gifts for makers and… read more

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Dec 05, 2011

This is Your Brain on Art School: Brilliant Advertising for Creative Education

The College for Creative Studies has released this amazing series of ads that show parents the dangers of letting your kids experiment with art.

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Dec 05, 2011

Original Artwork...Drawn By Trees?

Artist Tim Knowles has created a series called, "Tree Drawings", in which he connects pens and brushes to the branches of trees, allowing their natural sway in movement in the wind to create the design.

The results are amazing, and quite surprising. Check them out:

created at: 12/05/2011

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"A series of drawings produced using drawing implements attached to the tips of tree branches, the wind’s effects on the tree, recorded on paper.  Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree."

Reminds me a bit of the bicycle drawing machine.

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Dec 05, 2011

How to: Make a LEGO Millennium Falcon Ornament

Last season, artist Chris McVeigh offered plans for a very fine LEGO Death Star ornament, and this year, he continues the cheer with the Millenium… read more

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Dec 05, 2011

Brilliant Space-Saving Idea: A Completely Foldable Kitchen

created at: 12/03/2011

It's pretty unbelievable what is able to pass as an "apartment" these days. One of the key requirements of a modern apartment, obviously, is that it has a kitchen (is that so much to ask for?).

I know people here in NYC who live in glorified closets, with kitchens consisting of a sink, a hotplate and a fold out ironing board that doubles as a counter. For anyone who's living in similar circumstances, I'd suggest looking to this foldable kitchen for inspiration on how to save some… read more

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Dec 02, 2011

How to: Make a Geometric Holiday Garland

created at: 12/02/2011

Heads up, cool kids: Math is way hip. Particularly, geometry, facets, and gem shapes have been everywhere designy for the last two years, and there's no reason the holidays shouldn't be included in the trend.

Case in point: this geometric garland. It looks nice and handmade, is holiday-neutral, and the colors are winter-y enough that you could leave it up through… read more

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Dec 02, 2011

The 5 Best Toys of All Time

Many of the best memories of childhood are remebrances of play, and the wonderful things that the imagination can dream up. In that spirit, Wired has assembled their top five toys of all time...

...none of which you can actually buy at a toy… read more

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Dec 02, 2011

A Peek at Manhattan's 2011 Holiday Windows

Every holiday season, there are some things you can always count on: Santa Claus will always wrap up the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, some adult contemporary crooner will release another album full of the same ten songs, and the windows of Midtown's historic department stores will be decked out like the best of 'em.

If don't find yourself in NYC this December, the New York Times has some excellent photographs from Barney's, Sak's,… read more

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Dec 02, 2011

Scale Models of Neglected Buildings Made From Photographs

created at: 12/01/2011

Growing up in Iowa, I saw countless abandoned barns and shacks along the roadside that were slowly being consumed by nature. The peeling paint, rotting boards and collapsed roofs were oddly…beautiful. This series of small scale models of neglected buildings by Ofra Lapid reminds me of the same type of surreal… read more

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Dec 01, 2011

How to: Make a Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

When I was a kid, my sister always battled to be the one to put the angel on top of the tree, but my favorite part was always finding where our family had boxed up the bright red nutcracker, and place him somewhere where he could guard our presents against any potential evil mouse kings.

Any the best part? Our nutcracker could actually crack nuts. Nowadays, a functioning nutcracker is nearly impossible to find, and the ones availble in craft stores are kinda junky, poorly assembled, and not something that would fit in any sort of contemporary decor.

So, I decided to give that classic shape a clean and contemporary makeover. And you… read more

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