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Delicate Vessels Sculpted with Pressed Flowers by Ignacio Canales Aracil


Spanish artist Ignacio Canales Aracil creates vessels reminiscent of upside-down baskets using nothing but pressed flowers.

Mushroom Book Installations by Melissa Jay Craig


Cast and hand-shaped abaca, embellished with cotton rag; each copy 14-18″H x 15″W x 16-18″D. Edition of 99.

Chocolatexture: A Series of Chocolates to Represent Japanese Words For Texture Created by Nendo


Japanese design office Nendo has created 9 different types of chocolate. While each are the same size, not a single piece from the Chocolatexture collection look alike.

Scientists Develop Hydrophobic Metal That Causes Water to Bounce


Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics led by professor Chunlei Guo have developed a new type of hydrophobic surface that is so highly water repellant, it causes water droplets to bounce off like magic.

New in the Colossal Shop


Over the last few weeks we’ve added tons of fun new stuff to the Colossal Shop including Karina Eibatova’s illustrated Aves Playing Cards, a whole line of novel die-cut flipbooks from Seigensha Art Publishing, our favorite Field Notes memo pads, and a fun pair of mugs lettered by Hallie Bateman.

Intricate Modular Paper Sculptures by Richard Sweeney


Inspired by the organic forms of nature like mounds of snow and clouds, English artist Richard Sweeney creates delicate modular sculptures out of paper.

Surreal Portraiture and Cubism Combine in Beautiful New Illustrated Tattoos by Artist Duo ‘Expanded Eye’


The work of artist duo Jade Tomlinson and Kev James of Expanded Eye (previously) spans paintings, installations, street art, sculptures and most importantly tattoos that blend line work, typography, and geometry.

Iced Flowers: Exotic Floral Bouquets Locked in Blocks of Ice by Makoto Azuma


The self-described botanic artist Makoto Azuma is trying to change the way we look at flowers. He’s used water and the stratosphere as backdrops for his exotic flower arrangements but now he’s experimenting with ice.

Soundweaving: Artist Converts Folk Embroidery Patterns into Paper Scores for Music Boxes


Soundweaving is a recent project by Hungarian design student Zsanett Szirmay that turns patterns used in traditional folk embroidery into music by translating them into laser-cut punch cards fed through a custom music box.

Mathematically Precise Kinetic Sculptures and Transformable Objects by John Edmark


If you enjoyed John Edmark’s trippy 3D-printed zoetrope sculptures last week, you might also enjoy some of his kinetic sculptures that rely on excruciatingly precise laser-cut wood and internal mechanisms to create optical illusions and other unexpected behaviors.

Sinister Architecture Constructed from Archival Library of Congress Images by Jim Kazanjian


Inspired by in part by the classic horror literature of H.P. Lovecraft, artist Jim Kazanjian (previously) assembles foreboding buildings using snippets of photographs found in the Library of Congress archives.

The Rescued Film Project Discovers 31 Rolls of Undeveloped Film Shot by an Unknown WW2 Soldier


Founded by photographer Levi Bettwieser, the Rescued Film Project obtains unclaimed film rolls from the 1930s to the 1990s and develops them for the first time, salvaging hidden memories than might have otherwise been completely lost to time.

Your Face in a Vase: Custom 3D-Printed Vessels Containing Multiple Profiles


Currently funding on Kickstarter, Fahz is a concept for a 3d-printed vase that contains multiple profiles of friends or family members embedded at different intervals around the surface of the vessel.

Enchanting European Landscapes Inspired by Brothers Grimm Folk Tales Photographed by Kilian Schönberger


Brothers Grimm’s Wanderings is the second in a series of European landscape photographs by Kilian Schönberger (previously) intended to reflect the feeling of Brothers Grimm folk tales.

A Rare Flipped Iceberg in Antarctica Photographed by Alex Cornell


While on an expedition to Antarctica last month, photographer Alex Cornell witnessed a massive iceberg flip, revealing a strangely translucent blue underside that’s completely free of snow and debris.

Fascinating 3D-Printed Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures


These 3d-printed zoetrope sculptures were designed by John Edmark, and they only animate when filmed under a strobe light or with the help of a camera with an extremely short shutter speed.

Illustrator Christoph Niemann’s Quirky Visual Experiments Shared on Instagram Every Sunday


New York-based artist and illustrator Christoph Niemann sees the world a little differently. You might recognize his covers for the The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, or perhaps one of his Google Doodles or even his I LEGO N.Y.

Animator Dillon Markey Reinvents the Failed Nintendo Power Glove as an Indispensable Stop-Motion Animation Tool


First off: language warning for the kiddos. Stop-motion animator Dillon Markey works on projects for animation powerhouses like Robot Chicken and PES.

Dreamy Black and White Watercolors by Artist Elicia Edijanto


There’s an innate relationship between children and the animal kingdom. Our children sing songs about animals, the have toy animals, they have books about animals and they dream about animals.

50 Years of David Bowie’s Hairstyles in a Single GIF


To celebrate his 68th birthday last week, illustrator Helen Green created an animated gif of every one of David Bowie’s hairstyles from 1964-2014.


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