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Birds of a Very Different Feather

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To call Karley Feaver’s work strange would be an understatement. But undeniably, her collection from 2013 called Becoming Otherwise is fascinating, and draws you in with it’s unexpected twists.  Utilizing taxidermied birds, human hair, and other various elegant materials, Feaver creates one-of-a-kind works of art that almost defy description. High-class birds on a night out? Lifestyles of the Rich and Feathery? Whether you like the work or hate it, at least you’re letting your opinions take flight.

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CMYK 1964

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CMYK is a term that you’ll hear designers and printers use, meaning Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black). Used for four color printing, it has been co-opted in this sense for a wildly vibrant series by artist Mike Winklemann, who goes by Beeple. This color-soaked set of images is a time warp back to 1964, when the flower child was alive and kicking.

Under closer inspection, the images almost have an x-ray-like effect, giving the series an even more tripped-out feeling. Ahh, to be alive in 1964…. we can almost imagine it. Great work, via the artist’s Behance page:

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NASA’s Inflatable Greenhouse for Farming on Mars

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DesignBoom has a look at NASA’s prototype greenhouse, developed at the University of Arizona, which may travel to Mars in the near future and help astronauts farm their produce on the Red Planet. The structure is a cylinder in shape and can deploy quickly once at it’s destination. It uses both LED and natural light to grow, and has a sophisticated support system:

The 18 X 7 ft deployable greenhouse can also be used for air revitalization, water recycling or waste recycling. The idea is for carbon dioxide exhaled by the astronauts to be introduced into the martian/ lunar greenhouse, which is then used by the plants to photosynthesize and generate oxygen. the whole process is called a bioregenerative life support system.

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Growing lettuce aboard the ISS

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Adidas Futurecraft 4D Printed Shoes

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4D is the new 3D, it seems. Using a new process called Digital Light Synthesis, Adidas has partnered with Carbon to create a shoe sole that is not so much printed as it is “born” out of a liquid bath. Carbon is revolutionizing the 3D printing world with their technology, which promises to be 10-100x faster than traditional 3D printing, and allows for shapes that have never been seen before.  Adidas sees this as an opportunity to explore hyper-customized products that are specially tuned to a customer’s height, weight and size. Pretty awesome stuff. Via DesignMilk:

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Quin – Candy is Magic

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Never known to shy away from my sweet tooth, I usually have a little bowl of candy out at my house. Some friends have even taken to calling me ‘Grandma’ for my old-school habit. Life is too short to freak out about a little sugar. Everything in moderation, yeah? Well, Quin gets it, they’re on my side. A modern candy brand from my hometown of Portland, Oregon, Quin has been making beautiful sweets for the last few years, with real ingredients, and sexy packaging to make it even sweeter. Their lollipops come in flavors like blackberry (with seeds!), chai tea, and pinot noir, using hyper-local ingredients and no artificial colors. Their tagline? Candy is magic. I agree.

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Popcorn caramels, both salty and sweet

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Local blackberry lollipops with seeds

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Old fashioned hard candy, root beer, cinnamon, butterscotch

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Destroying Nature is Destroying Life

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A gorgeous and powerful campaign for environmental group Robin Wood features brilliantly rendered scenes of habitat destruction, superimposed in the form of the creatures they’re hurting.  The agency Grabarz & Partner created the posters using painstakingly rendered 3D forms, and adding in details like oil rigs, fires, and industrial machinery. Their tagline: Destroying nature is destroying life. The result is a painfully effective look at what happens to the natural world when humans act with indifference and greed toward nature. Beautiful and sad work, Via Behance:

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Cuba Through a Model’s Eye

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Model and fashion photography is often taken in perfectly staged locations. This collection by Sonia Szóstak is taken in Havana, Cuba, and has a much greater sense of authenticity and place than a normal photo shoot. The setting provides a great texture and color to the models’ style. It makes us want to visit Cuba more than ever. Via Behance:

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John Edmark’s Math-Based Sculptures

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Science Friday has a great video featuring mathematician and reluctant sculptor John Edmark. His fascination with spirals, and math-based sculptures, has made him somewhat of a legend. Utilizing the Golden Angle and the Golden Ratio, Edmark creates amazing pieces that seem to defy physics with the way they move, open, and spiral infinitely. But the designs are based on math, and nature has been building like this for millions of years. His work is available for purchase through 3D printing company Shapeways.  Definitely worth a watch.

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Modpools Shipping Container Pools

In-ground pools are amazing. They’re also incredibly expensive to build out, and once they’re in, removing them is an enormous task. Meet the Modpool, the next best thing to an in-ground pool. Utilizing a shipping container, Modpools transforms the container into a sleek, solid, transportable pool that installs quickly. The pool offers a large side window, and can be temperature controlled with a smartphone. Even better, a divider can turn half of the pool into a hot tub, with a powerful heater able to turn the water temperature up in just an hour. Built-in LEDs add light to the experience. Not cheap at $26,000, but compare that to a full in-ground project, and it’ll start looking quite the bargain. Made in Canada, via Uncrate:

Olaf Hajek’s Folklore-Rich Paintings

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South American folklore and mythology play a big role in Olaf Hajek‘s poignant and colorful portraits. The work is complex and filled with life, both literally and figuratively. Characters carry hair and beards overflowing with birds, flowers, monkeys and the like. The acrylic on wood paintings are beautifully flat and matte, versus shiny oil paintings. The work is timeless, we wouldn’t be able to tell if it were produced recently, or eighty years ago. Lovely collection, via Colossal:

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