4 Awesome Disney Princess Interpretations

July 17, 2014
Representations of Disney Princesses

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Like most stories that have been told and retold for generations, Disney princesses have come a long way since their early days as fairy tales. Fans and artists have also taken liberty with the fictional characters, recreating them in a variety of settings and styles, using every artistic medium under the sun. Which of these Disney princess interpretations do you love most?

Annie Leibovitz’s Star-Studded Photography

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These Vintage Travel Posters Will Make You Want To Say “Bon Voyage” To The Present

July 16, 2014

People can spend years writing about a specific place and its people; so how do we present our best selves to “the unknown” with only color and a sheet of paper? While modernism and all of its “instant” capacities are all the rage, there is still a place in the art world that holds tight to its older sensibilities. And the rich, graphically simplistic art of vintage travel posters is as varied as the countries that they represent.

Whether originating from a travel agency, tourism department or airway, they strike with an instant attraction intended to lure the potential traveler to part with a lump sum of money and head off to their unique destination. Decades of posters from dozens of countries have created a specific niche for art collectors; many of these vintage posters capture a perfect (and occasionally propagandistic) snapshot of the culture they depict. Combining beauty and history, this particular medium has retained popularity well past its heyday:

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Vintage Travel Posters Australia

Showing that Australia is not only for the nautical minded, this poster from the Trans-Australian railway puts an emphasis on speed and comfort. Source: Diesel Punks

This poster intended to draw visitors to the Great Barrier Reef gives a taste of what’s waiting in ‘the land down under.’ Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Austria

Austria is a beautiful land known for Mozart, strong coffee, and the Alps. It is also apparently home to wandering bands that cruise the countryside. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Vienna

Austria is also known for Vienna; this poster gives just a hint at the art and beauty that is to be found in the country’s capital. Source: Diesel Punks

Bangkok

Though Siam is no longer the name of the area, this poster from Bangkok, Thailand still holds much visual interest. Looking both classical and futuristic, this artist was ahead of his time. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Java

A selling point of being “Only 36 hours from Singapore” sufficiently dates this poster for Java. The poster also hints at the exotic location that would await you if you had the time to make the trip. Source: Diesel Punks

Cleveland

The only U.S. entry on this list, this poster’s beautiful depiction of Cleveland, Ohio’s New Union Terminal challenges the city’s derisive nickname, “the mistake by the lake.” Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters French

This poster for a French cruise line seems to step on its own feet in the captions that read: “The gentle art of civilized living” and “Bits of France afloat.” Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Germany Hamburg

An advertisement from Hamburg idealizing the benefits of Mediterranean cruises was surely a hit for weary German citizens wanting to relax and unwind. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Germany Motoring

What’s the best way to experience the countryside of Germany? According to this poster (and such a German response), it would be through the automobile. Source: Diesel Punks

Holland Lady

Holland is known for its windmills, wooden shoes, and…yodeling women with handkerchiefs. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters India Baby

With colors and fonts indicative of the area, India also tries to sell us on the merits of carrying babies on your head. Source: Diesel Punks

Darjeeling

If babies in baskets didn’t snare you into visiting India, here are llamas playing horns at a llama dance. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Ireland Bray

When you think about Ireland, the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t strolls down the coastline on California-style boardwalks. This poster shows that in Bray, that is exactly what you should expect. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Ireland Rail

This poster wants you to know that Ireland is “the land of eternal youth”, as well as a great place to travel by train. Source: Diesel Punks

Garda Italy

While impressionistic and colorful, it’s difficult to tell what the artist’s vision was as far as attracting travelers was concerned. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Italy

The second example from Italy better shows how to attract new visitors. Boats on the serene water and an old castle in the background were sure to garner the interest of many an adventure seeker. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Mexico Bullfight

Touting one of Mexico’s oldest—and imported—traditions, this poster intrigued tourists looking for a taste of Mexican culture. The artist brought out the intensity of the event but in a way that isn’t too graphic. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Oaxaca

This colorful entry by the Oaxaca region of Mexico draws one in with bright colors and a promise of traditional culture and ritual. Source: Diesel Punks

Mexico

Xochimilco, Mexico appears to be quite proud of a river industry of local trade. If river culture is relevant to your interests, this poster probably would have hooked you in for a trip. Source: Diesel Punks

New Zealand Native

Who knew native New Zealanders looked so much like Native Americans? Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Orient Calls

An exercise is cubism, the ‘Orient Calls’ from 1936 is from pre-World War II Japan. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Camel

This poster has a striking resemblance to a ‘Joe Camel’ advertisement. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Palestine

Depicting the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, this poster targeted those seeking a religious pilgrimage to the holy land. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Paris

The official poster for the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, France; this poster holds extra collectability as it stands at the crossroads between vintage travel collectors and World’s Fair collectors. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters French Line

This Paris French Line cruise poster depicts the S.S. Paris, a ship that looks amazingly similar to the Titanic. Tragically, it suffered a fate similar to the Titanic, as it caught fire and capsized on April 18th, 1939. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Krakow

Although the gothic art on this poster from Poland is stunning, it likely scared away more vacationers than it attracted. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Odessa

The major seaport city of Odessa, USSR (Now part of Ukraine) really plays up its scenic sea view and marine based industry in this travel poster. The poster also shows the strong loyalties held to the USSR. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Sweden

Promising the “Most picturesque trip in Sweden”, this poster for the Gota Canal looks as though it could be the cover of a mystery novel. Source: Diesel Punks

Vintage Travel Posters Vikings

The colors, subject, font, and titles seem to have hit the bull’s-eye of what the artist was intending; “We come from the lands of the ice and snow…” Source: Diesel Punks

This Woman Has Mastered The Art Of Facebook Cover Photos

July 11, 2014

The relatively new cover photo feature in Facebook has provided an expansive template for creative individuals to express themselves. Enter Nikki, a Reddit user who has figured out how to insert herself into popular television shows and movies by masterfully interplaying her Facebook cover photo with her profile picture. Enjoy her brilliant Facebook cover photos below:

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Alex Queral Takes Your Old Phonebooks And Makes Art

July 11, 2014
Alex Queral Rowan Atkinson

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Alex Queral is a Cuban-American artist who has carved himself out a very unique place among his peers; while other sculptors may work with a more traditional medium, Alex possesses a very specific specialization: carving three dimensional portraits of pop-culture icons into phone books.

Alex Queral Two Obamas

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It takes a very delicate touch and sure hand to bring these celebrity portraits to life. Cutting through page after page of each book (that most of us throw away or recycle), these masterpieces infuse beauty and innovation into an object we see as teetering on obsolete, and give a whole new meaning to the term “pop-up book”.

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXIII

July 11, 2014

Photographer Visits Mountain Peaks Around The World And Delivers These Fantastic Photos

Caught the travel bug but not the budget? Fear not; photographer Max Rive is here to help. Rive’s mission as a photographer is to take us to the world’s highest mountain peaks and document the rich topography below. Through his perspective, Rive leaves us in awe and feeling humbled at the same time. See more at My Modern Met.

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23 Artists Who Upcycle Old Texts To Create Beautiful Book Art

July 7, 2014

Depending on whom you ask, repurposing books is either beautiful or blasphemy. The very idea of cutting up pages with an X-acto knife or pulling a leather cover off an old novel to make a purse is enough to make some book lovers wince. But the artists featured below argue that they are not so much destroying as they are giving forgotten volumes a new life.

Many of the pieces here were created from books that nobody had cracked open in years, and like outdated science textbooks would probably have soon found their way into the recycling bin. Of course, this argument doesn’t work as well for the art pieces fashioned out of still-revered vintage novels. Although book upcycling is a controversial art, its physical beauty is undeniable.

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Book Art Landscape

“It is recycling, but not just in the material sense; it’s a recycling of ideas, images, text, and textures from our cultural past. We pull from the past to make something new, the way art always has.” --Brian Dettmer, from the preface of Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed Source: Wordpress.

Book Art Bearings

“Baby, I’ll give you the stars!” This piece, Bearings, is from an exhibit of cut book illustrations by Thomas Allen called Beautiful Evidence. Using only science textbooks for the series, he created sweet--but not saccharine--little scenes of people interacting with astronomy and other scientific concepts. Source: Inhabitat

Book Art Book Lamp

This beautiful lamp, Orbit, is just one of several styles of “booklamps” made by Michael Bom and Antoinet Deurloo of Bomdesign in Rottingham, the Netherlands. Source: Travel Between The Pages

Book Art Bridge

Jodi Harvey-Brown of Wet Canvas Art in Delta, Pennsylvania, sculpts books to reflect the stories they tell, like the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” and the classic Johann David Wyss novel, Swiss Family Robinson. This one, Parisian Bridge, was commissioned by a jewelry designer and depicts a couple in love in the City of Lights. Source:

Book Art Cascading

Alicia Martín’s Cascading Books, or Biografias, was an over the top, 5,000-book art installation featured in various locations across Spain and the Netherlands. A wire mesh frame gave the mass of unused volumes the illusion of being poured like a liquid. In 2012, she also created an upcycled book art installation in which hundreds of novels were shaped into a giant doughnut. Source: PXL Eyes

Brian Dettmer Art

To say that New Yorker Brian Dettmer’s book autopsies are complex is a massive understatement, as the work here proves. What’s even more amazing is that he doesn’t plan ahead before he carves. To see a bit of his process, watch his profile on CBS News. Source: Blogspot

Headboard Art Work

Kassandra Utzinger of the blog Design Every Day in Vancouver, Canada, concocted this oddly soothing headboard idea. DIY here. Source: Design Everyday

Jewelry From Books

Jeremy May has created a unique and environmentally-friendly process of jewelry-making. Each piece consists of hundreds of book pages that are pressed together, laminated, and shaped. The book that gave its pages to create the ring, bracelet, or necklace then becomes a jewelry case; the carved-out space holds the piece perfectly. This necklace is named “O MΕΓΑΛΟΣ ΨΑΡΑΣ,” which, according to Lexilogos, is Greek for “The Big Fisherman.” Source: Little Fly

Book Art Log

Made from old paperbacks, Julie Dodd’s art installation, Illegal Logging, was meant to call attention to how far the logging industry oversteps its boundaries and to the plight of old-growth trees that are in danger of being felled. Source: Seattle Pi.

Book Art Longmen

Guy Laramée carves landscapes and scenery into books, painstakingly shaping them to reflect actual artifacts and terrain, like China: this one, Longmen, is from his Great Wall series. Source: Guy Laramée

Nancy Drew Clock

This adorable Nancy Drew clock is made from a real copy of The Secret of the Old Clock. Brandon Wiley of Wiley Designs stocks his Etsy shop full of a variety of books converted into clocks. Source: Etsy

Book Art Nightlight

A circus elephant night light for a nursery or bedroom. Using a vintage dictionary print and a standard electrical box, The Rekindled Page in Savannah, Georgia created this delightful little lamp. Source: Etsy

Ekat Panikanova

Russian-born artist Ekaterina Panikanova, who now splits her time between her hometown of St. Petersburg and Rome, created this work using vintage books, paint, and a visionary mind. This is just one piece from her stunning Errata collection, in which she approaches the books’ pages as part canvas, part mosaic. She uses open books to symbolize the human psyche, allowing her to search within herself, page by page. Source: Lamono Magazine

Sherri Green Book Art

Sherri Green of The Library Laboratory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, turns old books into planters and sells them at local craft fairs. She has two day jobs, so the fact that she got some good press from the Huffington Post in December 2013, should be a big help in getting her business off the ground. She takes orders via her website. Source: The Library Laboratory

Susan Hoerth Book Art

Susan Hoerth of The Abandoned Attic in McAllen, Texas, started with an old illustrated book of Edgar Allan Poe tales and came up with this macabre offering. Pictured here: “The Black Cat,” “The Gold-Bug,” a pile of plague-ridden skulls from “The Masque of the Red Death,” and many other bizarre characters and objects from his spooky and often grotesque stories. Source: Etsy

Book Art Skullduggery

It’s about time we hit upon some graphic novels. James Allen of Seattle calls his work “excavations.” As he cuts, he reinterprets the book’s narrative by creating new scenes with its existing artwork. This piece is entitled Skulduggery after the only word Allen chose to unearth. Source: The Huffington Post.

Book Spine Rug

This may look like a cool floor mat, but it’s really too fragile for everyday use. For the art piece Bibliophilism, Pamela Paulsrud of Chicago, Illinois transformed leather book spines into a rug that would be quite at home in a dusty Victorian-era gentleman’s study. Can’t you just smell the pipe tobacco? Source: Pamela Paulsrud.

Stack Paintings

Los Angeles artist Mike Stilkey builds his canvases with stacks of books, then paints on their spines using a mix of ink, lacquer, paint, and colored pencil. His work mainly consists of portraits of pensive humans and anthropomorphic animals; this one is titled Times of Uncertainty. Source: LA I'm Yours

T Rex

Madame TRex is an art print on an antique dictionary page by Madame Bricolage of Warsaw, Poland. Works like these are all the rage on Etsy.com (for the Etsy-uninitiated, it’s a website where artists and craftspeople sell their wares); many shops offer similar prints. Source: Etsy.

Book Art Tree

A little clay man sleeping under a book tree. This sculpture, one in a series, was created from books and clay by Daniel Lai, aka Kenjio, of Knoxville, TN. Source: Over Blog.

White Rabbit Art

Janie Jones of Madame Treacle in London, UK, cut a page from a vintage copy of Alice in Wonderland and added this color print of the ever-nervous White Rabbit, who is obviously late for an important date. Source: Etsy

Wreath From Book Pages

Paper flowers are certainly nothing new in the arts and crafts canon. But Katie Lloyd of Anthology on Main in Houston, Texas has taken the craft to a higher level in her variety of wreaths, bridal bouquets, and other gorgeousness folded from old book pages. The joy of catching the bouquet at a wedding fades over time as natural flowers wilt and die, but book-paper flowers can continue to display that joyful memory for many years. Similarly, this wreath can be stored and reused. Source: Green 4 U.

Su Blackwell Book Art

We’ve saved the best for last. This woman’s art may stop your breath as you scroll through her website’s gallery. Su Blackwell of London, UK, creates the inner world of a book, often famous novels or fairy tales, in intense three-dimensional detail. This work, A Guide to Edensor, Derbyshire, shows how intricate her art can be. Source: The Break's Over.