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31 August 9
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Carlos Meira’s paper sculptures

Under - Advertising, Art, Illustration, Inspiration, Media

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Meira’s artistic endeavour began when he joined the printmaking course at the School of Fine Arts at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

In early 1990, Carlos moved to Portugal where he developed his unique style of paper sculpture. He returned to Brazil in 1996 and settled in Florianopolis where he further strengthened his illustration side. He has held six solo exhibitions and illustrated several books since then.

Carlos Meira has now devoted himself to illustration and paper sculpture having worked as an artist, designer and art director within the advertising industry. He also runs his blog where you can catch-up on his latest work.

View more of Carlos Meira’s work here

27 August 2
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Photography by Andrew (aka Cuba Gallery)

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

Andrew is one of New Zealand’s leading Graphic Designers, a career which has lead to his interest in photography. Based in Auckland the majority of Andrew’s work is done in New Zealand and Australia, however his love for photography has taken him to the USA, Japan, Europe and the Pacific Islands.

His work is heavily influenced by his design background in the graphic use of colour, light and composition.

View more of Andrew’s work here

22 August 4
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Kate D. MacDowell sculpting nature’s love

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature
Casualty

Casualty

From teaching high school students to producing websites for hi-tech companies, and from meditation retreat in rural India to getting inspiration from Italian Renaissance, Kate D. MacDowell eventually settled on creating ceramic masterpieces.

Kate’s hand-built porcelain sculptures are in part responses to environmental threats and their consequences, revealing the rifts and frictions in the union between man and nature. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. Her work has been shown throughout the US, and in Japan, the U.K. and Europe and in the Art Amsterdam, Art Hamptons, and NEXT Chicago contemporary art fairs.

She won several national clay awards in 2008 and 2009 including Best of Show for Feats of Clay, the NICHE awards (Hand built Ceramics), an Award of Excellence for CraftForms , first prize for Viewpoint: Ceramics , and first prize for Clay? II . In 2007 she was given full funding summer scholarships to the Penland School for Crafts and the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Her images have been published in 500 Ceramic Sculptures, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Calle20 (Spain), O.K. Periodicals (Netherlands), Creative Review (UK), Ceramics Monthly, and Hi-Fructose and online at notcot.org, formfiftyfive.com, abduzeedo.com, treehugger.com, juxtapoz.com, beautifuldecay.com, and many other sites. She recently exhibited in the NCECA Invitational exhibition “Earth Matters” in Philadelphia in spring 2010.

Catch

Catch

Goodbye Kiss

Goodbye Kiss

View more of Kate’s work here

17 August 2
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Ghost by Marco Brambilla

Under - Art, Inspiration, Media

GHOST is a study of model Natasha Poly. An investigation into the obsessive behaviour of the public eye and it’s lingering effects on those chased and caught by it. The piece utilizes multiple shots, all presented head-on, giving the audience an opportunity to experience the deconstruction of an icon as it strips the beauty out of fashion.

16 August 2
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G20 Wall

Under - Art, Inspiration, Photography

G20 Stories wall seen at Nassau Street, Kensington Market, Toronto. Photo by WVS.

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12 August 4
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Simon Schubert and the reality of a blank sheet of paper

Under - Art, Inspiration

What can be created with some folds and creases on a paper?

Looks like paper edges are the only limit to Simon Schubert’s imagination. Based in Cologne, Germany, Simon perfected this unusual form of art over two years. The blank paper sheets are meticulously folded and creased to render lasting impressions. The end result is formed by the light and shade – very subtle yet very engaging to draw you into the details.

View more of Simon’s work here

9 August 14
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Magdalena Wasiczek’s magic garden

Under - Art, Inspiration, Nature, Photography

These macro photographs by Magdalena Wasiczek from Trzebinia, Poland, takes you into a magical world that might exist just outside your door or window on any green patch. Born in 1973, Magdalena is a graduate from Jagiellonian University in Philology with a passion in photography – especially nature at macro level.

View more of Magdalena’s work here

30 July 1
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RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Media, Resources

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

This is probably one of the best animated illustrated presentations that I came across online recently. Adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates people at home and in the workplace.

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is a registered charity in England and Wales and has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress for over 250 years.

Our approach is multi-disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting edge research and policy development with practical action.

We encourage public discourse and critical debate by providing platforms for leading experts to share new ideas on contemporary issues. Our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and our work is supported by a 27,000 strong Fellowship – achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive social change.

View more enlightening presentations here.

22 July 7
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Nicoletta Ceccoli

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration
Crows

Crows

Surrealism, fantasy, magic, strange creatures and a beautiful doll-like character among all these with very distinct innocent facial features. There’s definitely much more in Nicoletta Ceccoli’s work to make you feel absorbed in a timeless and spaceless world she paints. I came across this brilliant Italian artist’s work through Bak Magazine and enthralled since.

Nicoletta Ceccoli, an award winning children’s book illustrator, has illustrated over 30 books since 1995 mainly with USA, UK , and Italian publishers. Her clients included among the others Random House, Simon and Shuster, Houghton Mifflin, Mondadori, and Grimm Press.

In 2001 she was awarded the Andersen prize ‘Baia Delle Favole’ as the best illustrator of the year in Italy. In 2006 she was awarded with a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York. Nicoletta Ceccoli has exhibited her work in group and solos shows across Europe and North America.

The Magician`s Assistant

The Magician`s Assistant

Contrary Mary

Contrary Mary

View more of Nicoletta’s work here

25 June 1
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Amy Casey and the nervous state of world affairs

Under - Art, Illustration, Inspiration
Keeping it together

Keeping it together

Urban landscape cluttered with debris, bunched up houses that are connected with cables and electric wires, and resting on uncertainty. Amy Casey paints the nervous state of affairs the world seems to be in.

Inspired by natural and unnatural disasters, personal fiascos and the never-ending stream of bad news coming in from the media, the world inside my paintings has been turned (sometimes literally) upside down. The ground has crumbled underneath them and the sky is falling. In the wake of this, my created world bands together to come up with coping plans. This lets me explore ideas of anxiety and vulnerability, community, and the illusions of safety. I’m fascinated by the resilience of life. Every disaster is followed by rebirth, where we try to cobble together a plan b. out of what remains. My paintings celebrate this fascination and my love of the urban landscape and its creatures.

Begin again

Begin again

Bridging

Bridging

City walls

City walls

Pulling in the slack

Pulling in the slack

Neighbourhood web

Neighbourhood web