Crashing waves frozen into elegant glass vessels

April 7th, 2015|

These beautiful glass sculptures depicting ocean waves were made by Paul DeSomma and Marsha Blaker, a husband and wife team, known internationally for their glass and ceramic art. They work mainly with hot glass and create pieces from both blown glass, which ends as a hollow piece, or solid works, which are large pieces of […]

How to create Easter space eggs

April 6th, 2015|

Over at Dream a Little Bigger, Allison Murray created a fun tutorial that teaches you how to make easter eggs covered in tiny galaxies and other comsic phenomena using acrylic paints, sponges, and a little ingenuity. Learn more here.

Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope

April 2nd, 2015|

Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the Phenakistoscope, a device that is largely considered to be the first mechanism for true animation. The simple gadget relied on the persistence of vision principle to display the illusion of images in motion.

He was the first person to demonstrate the illusion of a moving image. To […]

Custom Glass Planets Containing the Cremated Remains of Loved Ones

March 31st, 2015|

Merry Coor produces ethereal designs from cremated remains within custom glass beads. Coor crafts each bead by hand, first melting glass into a round bead, then spiraling the design out of ashes on top, and finally sealing the design with an outer layer of clear glass.

For each bead she not only requests a 1/2 teaspoon of […]

Extreme Plastic Surgery – A New Kind of Beauty

March 26th, 2015|

Extreme plastic surgery is becoming more common place. There is no doubt. And there seems to be little stopping its continued influence on our culture and perceptions of beauty. Phillip Toledano, an amazingly talented photographer born in London and represented around the world by some of the most respected photographic galleries, recently took it upon […]

Frozen acrobatic dance in powdered milk

March 25th, 2015|

Brussels-based photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte and film director André (Nicolas Vantomme) has created a photo series and film that beautifully capture a dancer’s elegant movements with expressive bursts of white powder.

The concept was created by creative agency Norvell Jefferson and CD director Jurriaan Eversdijk.

The whole photo/video shoot was organized as an advertisement for Campina Friesland Kievit, […]

Forget the Chalet, Cozy Up at the top of AirBnB’s 200 Ft Historic Ski Jump

March 25th, 2015|

It was the site of the 1952 Winter Olympics and still sees some of the most daredevil ski jumpers from all over the world flying off its ramp into the Nordic sky. But at the very top of the superstructure, where competitors would anxiously await their take-off in front of up to 30,000 spectators, the little elves of […]

Portraits of patients from West Riding Asylum, 1869

March 15th, 2015|

Mania of suspicion, monomania of pride or acute melancholia are just osme of the obsolete diagnoses that would be seen as part of wider mental illnesses today. The men and women in these portraits became the labels themselves, rather than people first.

Still, by the 1800s, psychiatry was becoming established as a medical speciality and treatments were considered more humane, with […]

In the ’80s, cat heads on human bodies was possible without Photoshop

March 4th, 2015|

In the ’80s, photographer Terry Gruber didn’t need Photoshop or Instagram to cash in on his goofy cat pics, and he didn’t have Tumblr to land a book deal either. It took countless trips to thrift stores, a photography studio and friends who accepted payment in wine.

Cat High, originally published in 1984, is a parody […]

Meet Zeus, the blind owl with stars in his eyes

March 2nd, 2015|

Meet Zeus, a blind Western Screech Owl with some pretty incredible eyes! Zeus was found injured in Southern California after it flew into the wall of a house and hit its head.

After a quick vet visit and a clean bill of health, the owl has found a permanent home at the Wildlife Learning Center in […]