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  1. Swell Things No. 16

    September 30, 2014 by Erin Fletcher


    1. After reading an article about the difficulty in conversing with strangers on the train, my husband referred me to The Stranger Project 2014. Over the course of one year, the gentleman running this project, will connect with one stranger per day. Sitting down to discuss their lives and get to know them. The profiles are completed by a portrait.
    2. Motion Silhouette is a beautifully bound and interactive children’s book that utilizes the shadow cast on opposite sides of a center pop-up to create the narration on either side of the page. On one page a silhouette pop-up of a tree casts a tree-like shadow for a flock of birds, while on the other side becomes a massive lightning bolt over a city. Click here to watch a video of the book in action.
    3. Any Arrested Development fan will remember the Living Classics Pageant scene when George and Buster recreate Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. Little did I know that this was referencing Pageant of the Masters, which occurs every year in Laguna Beach, California. You can read more about it in this New York Times article here.
    4. The Future Library is an expansive project just introduced this year by creator Katie Paterson, a young Scottish artist. A forest of 1,000 trees was planted outside of Oslo in Norway; these trees will become the paper to publish the works of 100 authors picked once a year over the course of 100 years. 2014 marks year one and Margaret Atwood is the first author to participate. The work she writes will not be published until 2114, the year The Future Library will be released. I’m intrigued by this project, yet disappointed to know I’ll never get the chance to read this work by Margaret Atwood. Read more about the project here.
    5. Samantha Bittman is the textile artist I would have wished to be, if I had become a textile artist. Her black and white woven pieces are a maze for the eye, stringing your vision from left to right then back again. Just stunning work!


    6. Miniature Calendar has been churning out stunning miniature scenes since 2011. Each image is listed daily and uses everyday objects mixed with miniature figurines to add a bit of color and whimsy to your life.
    7. The Houghton Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts houses a collection of 20 miniature books written and bound by Charlotte Brontë and her brother Branwell. The two siblings, 13 and 12 respectively, created fantasy worlds called Angria and Glass Town. The books measure less than 1 inches by 2 inches and include minute script of wild tales and adventures.
    8. Anna Valdez is a magnificent painter who incorporates so much life and color into her work. Enjoy!
    9. Ever wanted to unleash the power of a Bookbook. IKEA’s recent ad campaign for their new 2015 catalog is brilliant. A geeky looking spokesman sitting in front of a whitish wall talks about the book as if it were a handheld device. Which it kind of is!
    10. Enjoy this elaborate paper animation: The Collagist, from artist Amy Lockhart.


  2. Swell Things No. 10

    November 30, 2013 by Erin Fletcher


    1. My husband is an animator for the Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston. At a recent event called Cosmic Loopsthe planetarium became the stage for musician Ian Case. As a treat from the regular space imagery, the animators got to play around with ethereal visuals to compliment the live music. 
    2. Korean artist Do Ho Suh just created his most impressive large-scale installation to date entitled Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home. The installation centers around the artist’s previous residences on a 1:1 scale. Each home is built within the next out of blue silk evoking a blueprint. His childhood home, a traditional Korean structure is suspended inside his first residency in the United States, a modern apartment in Rhode Island. 
    3. Behold the amazing woven optical illusions and other works of Samantha Bittman!
    4. Auto-aerobics is a wonderfully convincing 3d-illustrated series from artist Chris Labrooy. By experimenting with stretching, space and interaction, Chris is creating some fascinating and perplexing imagery.
    5. Just lovely, lovely fiber art from the talented Emily Eibel. Don’t glaze over the illustrations, they are equally spectacular! 


    6. After 5,000 hours of work over 3 years, Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has created his own version of the viola organista. The initial inspiration came from Leonardo Da Vinci’s 15th century notebooks containing page after page of various inventions. The instrument is quite striking in appearance and plays magnificently. You can check out the debut performance here
    7. Julee Yoo is quite a talented illustrator combining iconography from Victorian, Korean and Japanese culture with bright bold color palettes. 
    8. Mark Twain’s little-known book Advice to Little Girls was written in 1865 with wonderful illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky. In this short story he encourages little girls to think independently as opposed to following rules and social cues. 
    9. Have fun with the quirky work of illustrator/ceramicist extra-ordinaire Amy Louise Worrall
    10. Richard Balzer has been collecting vintage moveable imagery for the past 40 years. And during the past 5 years, he’s been curating a virtual gallery of his collection; turning 19th century vovelles into 21st century GIFs.


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