Saturday, September 29, 2012

Left Brain Right Brain Illustration by Bryant Arnold

We already know about the different functions in human brain. But when I was a child, I personally had experienced little difficulty in understanding the intent of this difference. I mean, if "something" with a very complicated shape which is located inside my head it really has a different function for each part, and distributed somehow neatly into the left and the right side. 
Now, with the presence of many illustrators, such confusion is easily resolved. A description of brain function now can be illustrated through a very interesting and representative picture. If you ask google, you will find a wide range of illustrations that try to describe the function of the brain, and one of them is an illustration created by Bryant Arnold, an artist, cartoonist, writer, photographer, creative Swiss Army knife, based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bryant's "Left Brain Right Brain Illustration" has described in good detail the function of the left and right brain, not only through writing but also through form and colors he used. Admittedly, this could facilitate our understanding, especially when we have to explain this to the children, so that they can understand easily. At last, no more doubt that Bryant's illustration is one of the best I have ever seen.

For more about Bryant and his illustrations, you can visit his facebook page here! And follow him on Twitter @CartoonaDay!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chewing Gum Sculptures by Maurizio Savini

I have to say this first: I am not a fan of chewing gum! Even surprisingly I tend to keep my distance from it. But this Italian artist Maurizio Savini has spent the last ten years creating amazing sculptures out of thousands of pieces of bright pink chewing gum.
Chewing gum may not be the most common media of the art world, but to 39-year-old Maurizio Savini it’s the most versatile material available. It’s easy to manipulate when warm, and can be cut with a knife, just like clay. Regardless of what many may think, chewing gum sculpting is an established art form, recognized all over the world, and Savini’s artworks are eagerly awaited by critics and connoisseurs, alike.
To The Telegraph, the artist based in Rome, said: "The reason I like to use chewing gum is because it seemed to me an amazingly versatile material compared to those used by the traditional arts such as painting. Despite its history of it belonging to popular culture, chewing gum does not have a statute of its own within institutional art. I believe that in my work on this material is redeemed and acquires a capacity and it has an expressive dignity of its own.”
Disgusting as it may seem to some people, Maurizio Savini uses thousands of chewed up pieces of bubble gum for each of his sculptures. He molds them into the desired shapes and when the whole thing is done, he fixes the sculpture with formaldehyde and antibiotics. The amazingly detailed chewing gum sculptures of Maurizio Savini have sold from up to $60,000 each. Whether you like it or not, this is  the extraordinary level of talent and creativity of an artist. Here are some of his sculptures:


Daizy Shely - "Doll is The New Black" Final Collection

Photo by Saxon Shao, styling by Natalie Sarel.

One night, I accidentally watched "Elizabeth (1998)", a film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. Not only I do admire the plot of that film, but also the entire wardrobe worn by all the characters, especially Queen Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett). Then not long later I got a message from a friend named Daizy, a fashion designer from Israel, and now live in Milan. She just graduated from Istituto Marangoni fashion school. She told me about a special project for her final collection inspired by the queen Elizabeth the first and pierrot. What a coincidence! 
But really, when looking at the collection, it did make me immediately think of the dresses from the Queen, although at that time I did not know that she was inspired by the Queen. It's like looking back to the past, through the work of Daizy. With a touch of photography by Saxon Shao and styling by Natalie Sarel, I could still feel the classical luxurious impression. When asked about her collection, Daizy said:         

"I decided to design my collection “The Dark Kingdom” without any colors, just with black and white. Black-and-white is a form of visual representation that does not use color. That`s why I chose to express myself with volumes and silhouttes in this collection. The inspiration for this collection comes from a few different directions. 

One of the main inspiration is Pierrot – known as the sad French clown, he is based on a stereotype, and its origins are planted mainly in pantomime and comedy Del Arte in the late of the 17th century. The other inspiration for the silhouttes comes from the shape of the gorgera (neck and wrist ruffs) that was important part of the 1600th century fashion and popular during the term of the English queen Elisabeth the 1st. The Queen Elisabeth had dresses of all colors, but white and black were her favorite colors as they symbolized virginity and purity.

I took this amazing form of the volume of the old gorgera, that in the originally it was made from soft fabrics like lace and used as collar. I turned it into something completely different, i made the gorgera with hard fabrics as leather or taffeta and give it modern look. I play with the volume and the size of the gorgera shap and turned it into something else creating powerful dresses with lots of presence."

Photo by Saxon Shao, styling by Natalie Sarel.

Photo by Saxon Shao, styling by Natalie Sarel.

*If you want to know more about Daizy Shely, you can visit her Facebook page here!

Sleeping Woman Made of Candles

     Wax sculpture may already be familiar to you. But this sculptural installation, which combines sculpturing with the real function of the candles, is truly brilliant. "Sleeping Woman made of Candles" was created by Belgian fashion design firm A. F. Vandevorst. The sculpture is embeded with candle vicks and it was displayed at the 2011 Arnhem Mode Biennale.