Swen Swenson

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Swen Swenson has a talent for capturing the beauty in ordinary situations in his minimal illustrations. Serene camping scenes, the fear of a platform diving board, and so many more scenes are brought to life through superb attention to detail. Swenson also designs some fantastically graphic skateboard decks that you can purchase, as well as prints of his artwork.

 

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Happy Weekend

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1/ Cheryl Sorg
2/ All Things Coffee
3/ Daniel Taylor
4/ Marc Figueras
5/ Mix&Match
6/ All Patched Up
7/ Rice Krispie Treats 12 Ways
8/ Tom Blachford’s Midnight Modern
9/ Alessandro Calabrese’s A Failed Entertainment

 

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1/ Russian family poses for sweet and surreal photos with a real bear in the woods.
2/ Exploding paint cans in slow motion.
3/ Camera traps capture striking photos of African animals at night.
4/ The crazy things you can use as tiles.
5/ Mesmerizing acrylic and resin swirl table brings the universe to the dining room.
6/ Technicolor rainbow tape floor installations by Jim Lambie.
7/ The Moment, a short animation that will punch you in the gut with emotions.
8/ A stunning house that can change colors like a mood ring.
9/ An antique piano cut in half, connected only by a wishbone.

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Alessandro Calabrese / A Failed Entertainment

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Alessandro Calabrese‘s A Failed Entertainment series was created with the help of Google’s Image Reverse Search, with the goal of questioning the role of photographer as author. It investigates photography as a medium rather than communicating a story or feelings. The process is really fascinating.

Using a custom plugin built by a friend, I obtained a random selection of these related, anonymous images, and printed each one on separate acetate sheets [a type of transparent sheet] at the actual download size. The next step was overlaying the original photographs – my photographs – with those Google had returned as similar. Finally, I backlit and scanned each group of photographs into a single image.

 

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Rice Krispie Treats 12 Ways

August means back-to-school and school means rice krispie treats – it’s simple math really. When I was in elementary school few kids had crazy food allergies like today, so it was always exciting when one of my classmates had a birthday and their parents sent along a classroom treat to celebrate. My favorite was always rice krispie treats. I loved their texture and the sticky way they pull apart, and I still do. Check out these twelve recipes for some creative takes on the classic!

 

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Marc Figueras

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Spanish artist Marc Figueras captures the best street scenes. Women walking and biking through urban backgrounds that he paints in an almost sartorial light, nearly always from behind with the occasional three-quarter view. I like to imagine where they’re headed or what exactly they’re on vacation from.

 

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All Patched Up

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Photo by Martha Moore Porter

Hot on the heels of the enamel pin trend is another – embroidered patches. As the temperature slowly starts to dip into autumn, jean jackets are being pulled out and patches being sewn and ironed on with abandon.  And after searching to the edges of the internet universe I’m back with 72 pieces of my favorite patch flair!

 

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ROW 1: Make More Detours // In the Wilderness We Trust // Too Bad So Sad
ROW 2: Explore // Strength in Numbers // Sorry, Mom
ROW 3: Bandage // Oh How Punk // Woman Inherits the Earth
ROW 4: Feminist // Try It You’ll Like It // Peace

 

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ROW 1: Girl Gang // Sunset Cactus // Make Your Fortune
ROW 2: Good Luck Rabbit // Oh Yeah // Wink Set
ROW 3: Retro Cassette // Lucky Rose Horseshoe // Bullseye
ROW 4: Anatomical Heart // Best Babes // Feather

 

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ROW 1: Crying at the Party // Turntable // The End
ROW 2: Pinky Swear // Cosmic Cat // World’s Nicest Badass
ROW 3: Cool on the Internet // Moon // CMYK
ROW 4: Genuine // Eye Roll // Filthy Animal

 

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ROW 1: Tiny Clover // The Bolt // Grapefruit
ROW 2: Boss Lady // Be Kind // Moon Phase
ROW 3: Life of Adventure // Good Hustle // Baby Cake
ROW 4: I Will Seduce You // Laurels // Face of Paradise

 

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ROW 1: Happy Heart // Coulda Woulda Shoulda // Lips
ROW 2: Not Afraid of Love // Unlucky 13 // Misery is All the Rage
ROW 3: Crying Heart // Uterus // Pineapple
ROW 4: I Love Avocado // United States Flag // Society of Awesome

 

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ROW 1: Mini Ghost // Hard Times // White Rose
ROW 2: Light Bulb // Banana // Cat
ROW 3: Real Friends // White Star // Don’t Take Away Music
ROW 4: Lucky Rabbit’s Foot // Hamburger // Red Cross

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Tom Blachford / Midnight Modern

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If you’ve ever visited Palm Springs, California you’ve probably fallen a little bit in love with the desert town. Tom Blachford did. So much so that the Melbourne, Australia photographer has made the pilgrimage seven times to capture the mid-century architecture it’s known for by moonlight. Check out the entirety of his ongoing Midnight Modern series.

 

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MIX&MATCH

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Sophisticated yet fun, the Mix&Match collection is a collaboration between GAN and ceramic artist Flavia Del Pra. Each of the nine designs of hand-crafted ceramic sit on a copper-plated aluminum base. Serve drinks for cocktail hour, enjoy breakfast in bed, or use one for any other number of purposes – even just to bring a little pattern into a room.

 

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Dániel Taylor

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Budapest-based artist Dániel Taylor doesn’t shy away from experimenting with plenty of styles and mediums in his work. He does however stay true to what inspires him the majority of the time – the female form, nature, and the ethereal. Whether it’s through collage, double exposure, or silhouetting, Taylor captures beauty. Check out his Society6 shop to own some of Daniel’s art, including this series that’s my favorite.

 

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All Things Coffee

Maybe you’ve noticed the days getting shorter, or your kiddos are headed back to the classroom, or you just really love the stuff *raises hand*. It doesn’t feel like a day has truly begun until I’ve had a big mug of coffee. During the week I’m usually in a rush to get started working so I stick to standard drip in my Cuisinart, but when I have more time on the weekend to make coffee a ritual I opt for my french press or Chemex. I’m curious – how do you make yours?

 

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1/ Bamboo French Press Coffee Maker   2/ Emma Coffee Vacuum Jug   3/ H.A.N.D. Coffee Carafe Set   4/ Hario Nel Drip Set   5/ Pour-Over Kettle   6/ H.A.N.D. Stainless Steel Kettle   7/ Theo Coffee Maker   8/ Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker   9/ Stagg Pour-Over Kettle

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