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John Martin re-imagines characters from the San Francisco Opera

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San Francisco photographer John Martin has been working on a series, In Character, which features members of the San Francisco Opera in costume.  During intermissions, as well as before and after performances, Martin shot these backstage photographs of the opera artists in full costume. Martin’s photographs have the mark of a masterful portrait artist – . . . → Read More: John Martin re-imagines characters from the San Francisco Opera

A chandelier by Paola Pivi composed of miniature furniture from the Vitra Design Museum

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This chandelier composed of miniature models of iconic chairs will set the heart of furniture design junkies on fire.

The Nice Ball, by Italian artist Paola Pivi, is made entirely from 80 miniature chairs which are attached to an aluminum structure. Each chandelier measures approximately 28 inches in diameter and is made from . . . → Read More: A chandelier by Paola Pivi composed of miniature furniture from the Vitra Design Museum

Lyuba Haleva presents ‘Lily Lives in the City’

'Buy Me Something', part of the 'Lily Lives in the City' series by Lyuba Haleva

'Buy Me Something', part of the 'Lily Lives in the City' series by Lyuba Haleva

Bulgarian artist Lyuba Haleva creates amazingly vibrant and richly-colored mixed-media works. Her latest project called ‘Lily Lives in the City‘ is on exhibition at the Art Gallery Anima in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Pieces from ‘Lily Lives in the City‘ are . . . → Read More: Lyuba Haleva presents ‘Lily Lives in the City’

Amnesty International and Maarten Baas create an ‘Empty Chair’ to honor the work of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo

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To honor the 2010 Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, Amnesty International hired Dutch designer Maarten Baas to create an object which would represent Xiaobo’s “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Inspired by Xiaobo’s forced absence during the awards ceremony in 2010 (he was and is currently incarcerated as a . . . → Read More: Amnesty International and Maarten Baas create an ‘Empty Chair’ to honor the work of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo

Mrs. Jermyn re-purposes men’s old shirts into teddy bears

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I love this idea for re-purposing old worn shirts!

After looking for ways to re-purpose her husband’s worn and shrunken shirts, Annika (or Mrs. Jermyn) came up with the idea of turning them into teddy bears. “Knowing how much work goes into all that detail of making these shirts, I couldn’t let them go . . . → Read More: Mrs. Jermyn re-purposes men’s old shirts into teddy bears

Hans-Peter Feldmann fills a room in the Guggenheim with $100,000

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The German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann was awarded the 2010 Hugo Boss Prize, a biennial award bestowed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for significant achievement in contemporary art. As the winner of this award Feldmann received an honorarium of $100,000. For his solo exhibition at the Guggenheim, Feldmann has tacked up the same amount . . . → Read More: Hans-Peter Feldmann fills a room in the Guggenheim with $100,000

Benicia Gantner at the Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley

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Rubyspace + Sidestream, 2011 vinyl collage on acrylic panel 30” x 48”

Currently San Francisco artist Benicia Gantner has an exhibit called Eos at the Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley. In Eos Gantner investigates how our natural world collides with ideas and information from our technological age. Both worlds exists tenuously in a symbiotic . . . → Read More: Benicia Gantner at the Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley

Come craft with Etsy Labs in San Francisco and Los Angeles – Thursday June 2, 2011

A snapshot from last month's Etsy Craft Bar

A snapshot from last month's Etsy Craft Bar

This upcoming Thursday “Etsy: Craft Night” will be hosted at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles and the Craft Bar at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco.

Craft Night at Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in LA

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Find of the day: Spinal column candles

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How would you feel about seeing these white beeswax candles at your next romantic dinner? They are on sale at etsy for $150 for 3 candles, each about one foot long (or 31 cm). Not cheap but a definite attention grabber, in a creepy way…

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Stunning double exposure photos by Oliver Morris

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Photographer Oliver Morris has created a series of unusual double exposure photographs. Using great composition, Morris layers an anonymous figure with a landscape such that together they appear intricately enmeshed. Morris’ pieces have a sophisticated eerie quality.

See more of this photographer’s work at his flickr site.

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