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Stunning Photos Capture the Otherworldly Beauty of Antarctica's Icebergs

Stunning Photos Capture the Otherworldly Beauty of Antarctica's Icebergs | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Tokyo-based nature and wildlife photographer Martin Bailey captures the otherworldly beauty of Antarctica in this captivating photo series. While the frozen continent is home to many seals and penguins, Bailey chose to photograph the sweeping landscape without any signs of life, instead focusing on the harsh and ethereal beauty of 1,000-year-old icebergs and glaciers.
With a gorgeous palette of pure white, icy blue, pale aqua, and deep cobalt, Bailey's stunning photos draw parallels between manmade civilizations and the isolated, natural allure of Antarctica. Towering, monolithic ice formations evoke the imagery of architectural forms like grand palaces, impenetrable fortresses, and even great pyramids. Resplendent in snow and ice, the frozen tundra's spellbinding beauty looks like something from a dream or another world.
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The Marche is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. The Italian name Le Marche is the plural of marca, and literally means "the Marches", originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo.
The Marche are located in the Central area of the country, bordering Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi linked the Marche along the coastline of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows little travel north and south, except by rough roads over the passes.

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Intricately Detailed Millennium Falcon Model Made From Cardboard Boxes

Intricately Detailed Millennium Falcon Model Made From Cardboard Boxes | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Instead of tossing out a basement's worth of cardboard boxes, animation artist Thomas Richner gave them new life as an immaculately detailed model of the Millennium Falcon. The final product measures five feet in length, and was made entirely from cardboard, glue, and a little tape. Modelled after original photos, concept drawings, and memorabilia from the Original Trilogy era, Richner reproduced the enormous replica with precision detail such as the six rear vents, the wiring running around the side, and even functioning retractable landing gear.
The photos seen here were taken in front of a green screen at the Columbus College of Art and Design, where Richner is an Associate Professor of Animation. Relishing the 140-hour project, Richner took it as a chance to increase the challenge and scale of the model work he enjoyed as a kid. As a final touch, Richner captures the awe and wonder of the legendary vessel by adding computer rendering to some of the shots, setting a scene of…
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Photographer Captures Inner Clockwork of Old Calculators

Photographer Captures Inner Clockwork of Old Calculators | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
In his series Low Tech, photographer Kevin Twomey gives us a glimpse of the convoluted inner workings of decades-old calculators. The San Francisco-based Twomey brings the countless levers, springs, and motors of these machines to life by employing theatrical lighting techniques. In addition to this keen application of lighting effects, each image is composed of multiple shots at different distances that are then layered using a digital tool called Helicon Focus.
Twomey first took on the project at the behest of collector Mark Glusker, who owns the pictured calculators. Over the course of this project spanning several years, Twomey's series of photos has accumulated dozens of pieces. As Twomey writes on his website, he "delights in raising the most mundane objects to an iconic level," and by getting underneath the coverings of these old devices, he affords the viewer an exquisitely produced and awe-inspiring look at the computer's early ancestor.








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Newborns Resemble Innocent Angels in Photography

Newborns Resemble Innocent Angels in Photography | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Photographer Erin Elizabeth has a knack for taking adorable photos of newborns. In fact, the award-winning photographer is also one of Australia's most recognized for newborn photography. Since 2008, she's been capturing babies from a few days old to a few weeks old in her studio using only 100% natural light. Her photos could rival those of another Australia photographer Anne Geddes, but they have a more timeless feel to them. This Perth, Australia-based photographer likes to swaddle her subjects in cloth or place them on a warm wooly blanket.
The ideal time to capture newborns is during the first 14 days of their lives (between 5 to 10-days-old), Elizabeth states on her website. After they pass the 14-day mark, the newborns become less sleepy and much harder to pose.
As the proud mother of two little girls she understands that youth is fleeting. "I’m constantly amazed at how quickly they grow and change," she states, "and forever thankful that I continue to take the time to capture…
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Mother Documents the Strange Objects Found in Her Baby Son's Mouth

Mother Documents the Strange Objects Found in Her Baby Son's Mouth | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
As anyone who's ever watched over a toddler for more than ten minutes knows, babies will pick up just about anything and put it in their mouths. British conceptual artist and full-time mother Lenka Clayton explores this adorable yet exasperating behavior in 63 Objects Taken From My Son's Mouth, a project documenting all the miscellaneous objects that that she's been forced to remove from her son's mouth for safety reasons from the time he was 8 to 15 months old.
An astounding list of those items: acorn, bolt, bubblegum, buttons, carbon paper, chalk, Christmas decoration, cigarette butt, coins (GBP, USD, EURO), cotton reel, holly leaf, little wooden man, sharp metal pieces, metro ticket, nuts, plastic “O” polystyrene, seeds, slide, small rocks, specimen vial, sponge animal, sticks, teabag, wire caps, wooden block, and (not pictured) rat poison, of all things.
Clayton's work represents much more than just a catalog of different things. She completed the project over the course of…
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Breathtaking Photos of Wild Foxes in Russia's Snowy Landscape

Breathtaking Photos of Wild Foxes in Russia's Snowy Landscape | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
In the cold depths of Russia's northeastern Chukotka region, Magadan-based photographer Ivan Kislov captures colorful signs of life in the snow through his breathtaking images of foxes in the wild. Kislov, who enjoys hiking to distant spots and photographing wildlife in between his long shifts as a mining engineer, presents a stunning look at the foxes who live and hunt in the icy region.
Set against the vast, empty landscape, Kislov's furry subjects display a wonderful personality and spirit, simultaneously playful, mischievous, affectionate, and fierce. Although Kislov photographs all sorts of wild animals, from reindeer to bears to wolves, he says that foxes make for some very willing models, thanks to their curiosity and bold nature. He tells Bored Panda, "Foxes are curious and can come very close, and I shoot with wide angle and telephoto lenses."
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Impressive 3D Street Art Created with Recycled Materials

Impressive 3D Street Art Created with Recycled Materials | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo, aka Bordalo II, uses mixed media to create his own interpretations of the urban landscape and environment. He often composes his works using various found items that he merges together into beautiful forms. In that sense, his street art is unique because it appears slightly three-dimensional and is presented in surprisingly tactile formations.
Recently, Bordalo II was invited to produce an installation as part of WOOL, an urban art festival in Covilhã, Portugal. It took him a little more than one week to create Owl Eyes, a collaged owl composed of found trash and recycled materials. The piece towers high over pedestrians in a rusty compilation of metal, tires, and paint. Bordalo II then painted the background with a vibrant green and colorful polka dots. By transforming the otherwise dank, empty space into a work of art, the artist told WOOL that he intended to send a message "that culture and education are being neglected in this place."…
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Giant Head Sculpture is Covered with Wads of Chewing Gum

Giant Head Sculpture is Covered with Wads of Chewing Gum | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
So this is what it looks like when you give people free reign to put their chewing gum on a sculpture! Artist Doug Coupland created this seven-foot black, resin and polyester sculpture of his own head and then encouraged the public to engage in his work by applying their own chewed gum on it. The statue, called Gumhead, was put in place on May 31 and sat on Howe Street outside the Vancouver Art Gallery until September 1. Slowly but surely it was colorfully dotted with pieces of gum. Towards the end, you could hardly see the figure's face.
Metro conducted a funny Q&A with Coupland in which he said about the public's reaction: "I’ve been everywhere and I’ve never seen people interact so intimately and for such a long time as they do with Gumhead. And people who drive past it every day like to monitor its progress. It’s eight pieces in one: a self-portrait, a still life, a landscape, social sculpture, performance art, conceptual art and time-based art. And it wants to be your friend."
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Fjaðrárgljúfur, The Most Beautiful Canyon in the World

Fjaðrárgljúfur, The Most Beautiful Canyon in the World | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Have you eve seen a canyon so beautiful? Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland that's known for its breathtaking beauty. It's up to 330 feet deep and about one-and-a-quarter kilometers long, with a river called Fjaðrá flowing through it. Created by a progressive erosion of flowing water from glaciers through rocks, the canyon has been hallowed out for millions of years. The walking path along the eastern edge offers stunning views over both the plains and the glacial brooks below. Here are some of our favorite photos of the must-visit destination.
Photo: Valter Joannes


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Photo: Viktor Lakics


Photo: Bryan Swan

Photo: Guðjón Ottó Bjarnason


Photo: Jorunn Sjofn Gudlaugsdottir

Photo: Guilhem De Cooman


Photo: Guilhem De Cooman

Photo: Arnar Bergur Guðjónsson
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Pickup Trucks Digitally Manipulated to Look Like Pretzels

Pickup Trucks Digitally Manipulated to Look Like Pretzels | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
In artist Chris Labrooy’s series Tales of Auto Elasticity, he depicts vehicles doing the impossible. Vibrantly-colored pickup trucks are stretched and twisted in unbelievable scenes. They are from Labrooy’s imagination, and he digitally manipulates the autos into the faux, shiny sculptures that we see here. With his expert skills, however, they look as though they’re real rather than only fantastical creations.
Using abandoned parking lots as his canvas, the artist sets up interlocking Fords, and truck beds are elongated, corkscrewed, and fit perfectly around each other. It’s as if they are two pieces from the same puzzle. Labrooy’s cerulean blue and sunny yellows make the vehicles look especially inviting, and the playfulness of this series is engaging. We can’t help but wonder what it’d be like to try and drive these trucks!


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Colorful Coils of Paper Sculpted Into Beautifully Ornate Rug Designs

Colorful Coils of Paper Sculpted Into Beautifully Ornate Rug Designs | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Artist Lisa Nilsson recently began working on a new collection of finely detailed paper sculptures that, from a distance, look just like ornamental carpets. For the project, called Tapis Series, the artist crimps or curls long quarter-inch mulberry strips of paper into thick coils of color. Starting from the center and working outward, she arranges the sections together until beautiful, decorative patterns and designs begin to emerge.
Nilsson's process allows her to explore shapes and colors as the small-scale pieces develop. Throughout the very tedious and time-consuming process—some pieces can take months to complete—Nilsson creates interesting shapes within both the positive and negative spaces. The final results are visually captivating compositions filled with incredible swirling designs that are enclosed by a strong rectangular frame.
Lisa Nilsson's website via [Colossal]
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Groundbreaking Images of a Comet's Surface Taken

Groundbreaking Images of a Comet's Surface Taken | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
On November 12, 2014, history was made as the European Space Agency's Philae probe successfully touched down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, achieving the very first controlled landing on a comet. For more than a decade, Philae's mothership, the Rosetta spacecraft, has been following the comet around the sun and on its journey throughout the inner solar system in an effort to complete the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted.
The probe has been relaying panoramic images of its surroundings back to Earth since it landed, providing a glimpse of the mysterious surface of Comet 67P. The images reveal a dark, barren landscape filled with towering cliffs, dry dunes, and rocky terrain. While Rosetta continues on its journey, Philae will remain on the comet, analyzing the composition of the surface and sending data back to Earth to provide us with a clearer picture of unknown territory in the vast expanse of space.
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20 Stunning Autumn Photos That Celebrate the Color Changing Season

20 Stunning Autumn Photos That Celebrate the Color Changing Season | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
It's fall! Time to see the leaves change colors. Who wants to jump in a pile of crinkly leaves and hear them crunch? Better yet, why not check out these glorious photos that will make you want to celebrate the season. Today we've compiled 20 autumn images that remind you of what a colorful time it is right now. Make sure to step outside your door and breathe in the crisp, cool air. It won't be long before it's too cold to go outside!

Above photo: Edwin Kats

Photo: Danny Dungo
Photo: Evgeni Dinev

Photo: Evgeni Dinev

Photo: Evgeni Dinev

Photo: Pawel Prus

Photo: Peter Lu

Photo: Stephen Scarlett

Photo: Robert Adamec

Photo: Dan Chan

Photo: Seung-ki Kim

Photo: Jong Gyu Kim

Photo: Cristi Kerekes

Photo: Chris Frank

Photo: Peter Lu

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Photo: Harald Naper

Photo: Teemu Tretjakov

Photo: Ginger Harris

Photo: Riccardo Casarico
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Infographic Visualizes Which Countries are the World’s Happiest

Infographic Visualizes Which Countries are the World’s Happiest | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Which country is the happiest in the world? To find the answer, you simply need to look at this infographic published by MoveHub.com, a resource for people who want to live abroad. They visualized the data of Happy Planet Index (HPI), which shows to what extent 151 countries across the globe produce long, happy, and sustainable lives for their citizens. The index measures three components: life expectancy, experience well-being, and Ecological Footprint. Those results are then compiled into one score.
The scale ranges in colors that correspond to low and high numbers. A deep red hue indicates a least-happy score that's between 20 and 30. It then transitions from orange to a light green, meaning a that's score between 61 and 65 on the HPI. According to this infographic, it appears that Costa Rica has everyone beat in terms of contentedness, and Vietnam is a close second.
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Pregnancy Book Changes in Size with the Expectant Mother

Pregnancy Book Changes in Size with the Expectant Mother | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Pregnancy is a special time for a woman, and Mother Book created by the advertising firm Dentsu Naoya documents it in an extra meaningful way. The beautifully designed publication is intended to promote Kishoka, an obstetrics medical service network in Japan, and it takes expectant mothers through the 40 weeks of their pregnancy.
This isn’t just your average book. As the weeks go by, it physically changes in size just like the soon-to-be mother. The beginning of every volume features small, concentric circle designs, and as you flip forward, they stack on top of each other until they form a baby bump. By the last several weeks, you see a whole belly emerge from the previous pages in the book. It’s a subtle and stunning piece that incorporates other minimalist images along the journey.
Women are encouraged to write their personal feelings on the pages and to consider it as a gift to their children. The thoughtful book has, not surprisingly, received recognition and accolades. Earlier…
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Regularly Proportioned "Lammily" Doll Promotes Realistic Beauty Standards

Regularly Proportioned "Lammily" Doll Promotes Realistic Beauty Standards | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
From a young age, many girls are exposed to the unrealistic beauty standards that traditional Barbie dolls set as a nearly unattainable ideal: tall, blonde, blue-eyed, heavily made-up, and extremely slender. With model-like proportions, these dolls are often difficult for young children to relate to. Digital artist Nickolay Lamm offers an alternative with his creation of the Lammily doll, the first fashion doll made according to typical human body proportions in order to promote more realistic beauty standards.
With a wider waist, shorter stature, rounder curves, and a kind smile, Lammily is much easier to identify with. Not to mention, she comes with clearly formed elbows, hands, knees, and feet; a wide variety of girl-next-door fashions; and a collection of stickers to mimic natural body marks such as acne, freckles, cellulite, and more. Highly customizable and more representative of a larger percentage of girls and young women, Lammily is a terrific alternative for those looking to…
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18 More Photos of People Awestruck by Nature

18 More Photos of People Awestruck by Nature | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
After we published our first set of photos that showed people awestruck by nature, we felt as though we owed it to you to find more. Here, then, are 18 more photos of people taken aback by their surroundings - whether that's by land, sea or sky. This time around, we listed the exact places where these people had their awe-inspiring moment in hopes that you may want to visit these places yourself.
Photo above, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, by: Svetlana Bogomolova


Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Photo: Stephen Alvarez

Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland Photo: Robert White


Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley, California Photo: Nagesh Mahadev


Coastal Region, Oregon Photo: Chris Burkard


Alberta, Canada Photo: Chris Burkard


Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland Photo: Chris Burkard



Dettifoss Waterfall, Iceland Photo: tarek touma


Changi Beach, Singapore Photo: Ragstatic


Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Photo: Michael Baynes


Norway Photo: Chris Burkard



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Top 10 Breakthrough Artists in 2014

Top 10 Breakthrough Artists in 2014 | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The best of the best! It's that time of year again, time to look back and list the Top 10 Breakthrough Artists of the Year. What does that mean? These are the artists, designer and photographers that took the world by storm. They're the ones who decided to push their creative limit, introducing a new form of beautiful, breathtaking or funny art. We admire these ten individuals for making a creative contribution to this world. From Chino Otsuka's heartfelt project that photoshops her present-day self with her past self, to Paul Cummins' beautifully tragic installation around the Tower of London, each project made us reflect on both ourselves and the world at large. Congrats to those who made the list! (See who made the list in 2011 and 2012.)


10. Jordan Mang-osan
Philippines-based artist Jordan Mang-osan harnesses the power of the sun to create striking pyrography drawings. The artist, who is an ethnic Igorot hailing from the mountainous Cordilleras region, stays close to his roots…
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Artist Boldly Reimagines US Currency with Modern Design

Artist Boldly Reimagines US Currency with Modern Design | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Blending vivid colors, sleek geometric patterns, and minimalist elegance, American designer Travis Purrington offers up a bold new vision for US currency. As part of his design school Master's thesis, he set out to conceptualize a set of bills that shift the focus from enshrining long-deceased American leaders to highlighting America's modern scientific, economic, and environmental achievements.  Purrington's concepts feature such landmarks in the country's history as Chicago's Willis Tower on the ten-dollar bill, and its pioneering role in space exploration on the fifty-dollar note.

The Basel, Switzerland-based designer accomplishes this emphasis on modern America with an equally modern and adept combination of minimalist aesthetics and vibrant pallete, while still retaining some iconic features of currently circulated bills. Alongside the greater richness and prominence of the featured images influenced by the Swiss Franc, the concepts preserve the Federal Government and Treasure…
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Hilarious Mashup Reimagines Sloths on Famous Album Covers

Hilarious Mashup Reimagines Sloths on Famous Album Covers | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Do sloths make everything better? Matt Tucker, the Picture Editor at Buzzfeed UK, thinks so. He’s the mastermind behind this hilarious series of sloths that replace humans on iconic album covers. With a mix of classic and contemporary favorites, these adorable creatures are transformed into musicians like The Beatles and Adele, as well as the naked swimming baby from Nirvana's album, Nevermind.
The Internet seems to love sloths, and the covers are a fun and silly pop-culture mashup. We enjoy seeing these sleepy-looking mammals take the place of mega stars, and how effortlessly their clawed toes stroke luxurious locks of hair. The sloths also look great wearing the musicians' costumes. It’s as if they were born for these roles!
Matthew Tucker on Buzzfeed via [Laughing Squid]
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Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture of a Monk Distorted by Glitches

Hand-Carved Wooden Sculpture of a Monk Distorted by Glitches | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Perth, Australia-based artist Paul Kaptein explores themes of emptiness and time in his new sculpture titled and in the endless sounds there came a pause. Hand-carved from jelutong, a Malaysian wood, the work depicts a monk-like figure sitting in a meditative pose, his body and features distorted by a powerful and visually arresting "glitch" effect.
"My works in themselves are deliberations on time, mediated through the synthesis of divergent temporal phenomena," Kaptein tells us about this piece. His statement continues, "This work considers two strategies for disrupting the flow of temporal perception. The first can be seen as a mental process, as a way of sitting outside time (meditation), while the second refers to the kind of glitches encountered when pausing or stretching tape based media, as a method of controlling time. Both suggest the extension and distortion of a single moment, and point to the dichotomies between various models of time and and how these consider the…
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Luminous Modern Furniture Sculpted with Ancient Wood in Resin

Luminous Modern Furniture Sculpted with Ancient Wood in Resin | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
At first glance, it's easy to mistake the ultra-modern furniture made by Italian design collective Nucleo for blocks of marble, translucent amber or cracked ice. But look closer: these gallery pieces are actually made by encasing household objects and organic materials in industrial resin. Submerged under the sleek, transparent exterior, chairs, tables and hunks of wood remain rough and natural, surrounded by glimmering suspensions of bubbles.
Resin, better known as the shiny floor coating ubiquitous in hospitals, elementary schools and cafeterias, is harder than concrete and comes with a perfectly smooth finish. "It’s not a fine material, and many people don’t like to work with it," says Nucleo director Piergiorgio Robino. "There is no guidebook for it, but that also means there is a lot of opportunity to be really creative." His series "Souvenirs of the Last Century" uses resin to create décor objects out of rustic old furniture, while the "Quartz" and "Jade" series transform…
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"Skeleton Flowers" Turn Beautifully Transparent in the Rain

"Skeleton Flowers" Turn Beautifully Transparent in the Rain | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The Diphylleia grayi is an extraordinary flower with white petals that turn beautifully transparent upon contact with water. During light rain showers, the delicate blooms transform into blossoms as clear as glass, fitting its common moniker "skeleton flower."
The plant can be found growing on moist, wooded mountainsides in the colder regions of Japan and China come late spring. The Diphylleia grayi is recognizable by its large, distinctly umbrella-like leaves topped with small clusters of pearly white blossoms that undergo a magical transformation in the rain.
To see the wondrous work of nature in action, be sure to check out the video below.
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Galaxies Projected in Magically Surreal Photos

Galaxies Projected in Magically Surreal Photos | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Sofia Ajram is a Montreal, Canada-based photographer who creates surreal photos filled with beautiful light. Whether her subjects are being magically lifted into the air or dancing to the beat of their own drum, each person is consumed by the moment. Not much is known about the artist except that she's currently working on a Bachelors on East Asian Studies & Women's Studies at McGill University. Her bio states:
"My given name is Sofia Ajram. I come from the Third Planet. I am fastened to the sensuous of the inner universe. I want to share with you the galaxies projected within and without: absolute space and absolute time. I want to share with you the stars contained by the new souls of my race, humanity, in its infancy. Let me show you something electromagnetic. Let me take you to the place where Their dreamscapes and Our reality exchange glances. Let me help you remember."
Sofaia Ajram's website and Filckr
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Delightfully Whimsical Tea Bags are Shaped Like Goldfish

Delightfully Whimsical Tea Bags are Shaped Like Goldfish | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
A hot cup of tea can be the perfect complement to a cold winter day. And, even more so when your tea bag is shaped like a goldfish! The Taiwanese design firm Charm Villa produces these whimsical creatures that simultaneously brew tea and “swim” in your cup when you tug on their cotton strings.
As you might imagine, it’s not exactly easy to produce these exquisite and delicate tea bags. Each one is the result of a complicated 16-step process, nine of which require handcrafted skills. This is done to maintain the integrity of the design as well as express the artistry of the object. Once they’re full of water, the specially-cut bags are meant to mimic the natural rhythm of a goldfish. So, you’ll not only savor the tea, but enjoy the experience of brewing because of this delightful creation.
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Beautifully Ornate Mongolian Wedding Costumes Made of Paper

Beautifully Ornate Mongolian Wedding Costumes Made of Paper | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Russia-based artist Asya Kozina crafts paper into all kinds of beautifully elaborate sculptures. Her collection of Mongolian costumes was inspired by the artist's fascination with the idea that ethnic wedding dresses are a dying out tradition, often only found in photographs. She develops these paper artworks as a way to preserve the memory of these traditional, luxurious styles.
The extremely delicate forms were designed to fit a life-sized model. They are covered with elegant details in "stylized and exaggerated forms of traditional costumes." Kozina chose to structure each piece completely out of white paper in order to emphasize the shape and form, and not to distract with bold colors.
If you enjoy these stunning designs, you may also want to check out Cardboard Couture, a series of playful costumes developed by design students at Strode College in the UK.
Asya Kozina's website via [Fubiz]
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