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Chandeliers made with test tubes by Pani Jurek

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This is one of these “wow! I wish I could make one of these” ideas.

Using test tubes inserted in a circular frame, this chandelier brings the garden inside your home. Or if you don’t want a garden, fill the detachable test tubes with colored water, aquarium rocks, or even leave them empty.

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Embroidery on collages by Shaun Kardinal

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I love how Seattle-based artist Shaun Kardinal integrates hand-embroidery with his collages. He is so good with these circular forms. Splendid!

See more of Kardinal’s work on his website.

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Huey Ming Lee channels the discomfort of allergies into paper art

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Spring is coming, pollen fills the air, and I am suffering with a runny nose and clogged nasal passages. In my life, there is no relief in sight, but artist Huey Ming Lee was able to channel her experience with allergies into, of all things, paper art!

In the project called “”Noticing the unnoticed,” the paper artist and . . . → Read More: Huey Ming Lee channels the discomfort of allergies into paper art

More hyper-collages by Colin Johnson

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“Everything & Nothing”, 2011, 8″W x 10″H, Mixed Media on Wood

detail of “Everything & Nothing”

detail of “Everything & Nothing”

I love the quote that illustrator  Colin Johnson chose for his latest work (shown above) “Everything and Nothing” – “The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.” – by . . . → Read More: More hyper-collages by Colin Johnson

Typography by Dan Hoopert

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UK based designer Dan Hoopert re-created the alphabet with virtual nails and wire. The 18-year old university student did it using Cinema 4D, a 3D modeling, animation and rendering application. But it is still lovely!

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Aerial views of cramped apartments in Hong Kong

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Maybe it was the years of residing in dorms and studio apartments, storing my cooking utensils in plastic bins piled on top of books, because I am fascinated by living in small spaces. I see these living quarters as compelling portraits of the people themselves, as well as the society that produces such habitats.

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San Francisco Area Event Picks for February 21 – February 27, 2013

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“Actual Scale” at the Kala Gallery in Berkeley, CA

Thursday February 21, 2013

Event: “Actual Scale” a group exhibition that explores visual discrepancies and disorienting shifts in scale, and includes new works in photography, video, sculpture and drawing, Opening Reception When: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6-8pm Where: Kala Gallery 2990 San Pablo Av, Berkeley, CA . . . → Read More: San Francisco Area Event Picks for February 21 – February 27, 2013

Paper wigs for RED Valentino by the Paper-Cut-Project

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Big hair goes in and out of style every other decade but these will hit the fashion mark any day. They are by the Paper-Cut-Project, a company founded by Atlanta-based duo Amy Flurry and Nikki Salk. The Paper-Cut-Project creates paper designs for window installations, runway, catalog and advertising campaigns.

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Paintings on paint chips by Seonna Hong

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Seonna Hong is a southern California based artist whose work I’ve admired for a long time. Hong paints narrative scenes of children and animals in the natural world. Bears, birds, elk, children wander and play amid the trees, rivers, and encroaching urban structures. Hong’s works are disarming, filled with striking metaphors. Representing innocence and . . . → Read More: Paintings on paint chips by Seonna Hong

San Francisco Area Event Picks for February 14 – February 20, 2013

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“Venice” at the Modern Eden Gallery in SF (painting is by Melissa Hartley)

Friday February 15, 2013

Event: 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair – peruse and purchase rare items from medieval manuscripts to collectible editions of authors into the 21st century When: Friday, February 15, 2013, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m; Saturday, February . . . → Read More: San Francisco Area Event Picks for February 14 – February 20, 2013