Category: Art

ArtDispatchwork Teaches Old Bricks New Tricks

 
Colorful, plastic brick by tiny brick, Jan Vormann is brightening the landscapes of the world in a most unexpected, and smile-inducing, way.
 

Toulouse, France


This project, called Dispatchwork, has taken the German artist all over the world, “repairing” (as he calls it) crumbling buildings, monuments, and more with hundreds of LEGOs and the assistance of eager helpers. His inspiration?

“The Lego brick has a nostalgic value amongst different generations worldwide, but at the same time it is all up to date. The combination of stone bricks and plastic bricks creates all kind(s) of different contrasts that, in my eyes, illuminate(s) relationships between aesthetics and functionality.”
 

Bocchignano, Italy (and below)

Tel Aviv, Israel
 

Delightful as it is, Vormann’s vision is about more than simply dazzling the eyes of passersby. His work in Berlin, filling bulletholes and other damage left from World War II,  was meant to “draw peoples’ attention to the bright Lego, and hopefully they would ask themselves why the Lego was there.” (Telegraph)
 

Barcelona, Catalunian Empire 

Arnsberg, Germany

Genk, Belgium and Zürich, Switzerland

(Images courtesy of Dispatchwork and Street Art Utopia)

ArtDIY: Wrapping with Fabric

 
Getting sick of the same way of wrapping presents? Here is a fun technique that is a great alternative to wrapping paper: wrapping with fabric! The art of furoshiki gift wrapping is an ancient Japanese tradition that has dated back to the Nara period. It’s a wonderful way to re-use fabric originally intended for other purposes like a scarf, head piece, or even a tablecloth. Your friends will be blown away with this awesome technique! 
It is really quite simple to wrap this way:
 
1. Go to a fabric store and buy about a yard of fabric.
 
2. Place the cloth on a table at a diagonal, with the print facing down on the table.
 
3. Put the gift in the center of the cloth.
 
4. Take one corner of the fabric and wrap it over the gift. Repeat on the other side.
 
5. Take the two remaining corners and tuck them in a little bit so that you have nice gathers.
 
6. Pull each side up towards each other so that they are at the center of the gift.
 
7. Finally, tie the ends together using a square knot.  
 
 
Here is a video tutorial to give you a visual of what I am talking about:
 
Enjoy wrapping!
(photos courtesy of pinterest.com)

ArtGranny Goes Guerrilla: Yarn Bombing Rages On

 
Remember how badass your grandma always looked, sitting there in her rocker, knitting afghans? Yeah, me neither. Which is why yarn bombing (guerrilla crochet, knit graffiti, yarnstorming, or any combo of the former…) is so freakin’ awesome. Sorry Nana.
 

 
The mother of the yarn bombing movement, Magda Sayeg, ambushed ninety-nine(!) trees with some shock and awe here in Texas (above), the birthplace of warm and cozy graffiti.
 
 
This world-brightening practice has gone global, and it manifests itself in a variety of styles, from subtle pops of color against the drab landscapes of the world…
 
 
…to full-fledged assaults on cars, buses, phone booths, you name it!
 
 
Who knew knitting could be so awesome??? I also LOVE what Juliana Santacruz Herrera has done on the streets of Paris, with her own special, super creative take on knit graffiti, below.
 

Called projet nid de poule, or Pothole Project, Santacruz Herrera takes unsightly cracks and potholes in the pavement and transforms them into beautiful works of art that are sure to put a smile on even the crustiest old curmudgeon’s face.

So rage on, knitters! I salute you!

 

ArtSparks Fly: the Artwork of Ignacio Torres

A brief statement from the artist: “This project began from the theory that humans are made of cosmic matter as a result of a stars death”.
Enjoy.
See more of the work by Ignacio Torres here!

ArtDIY: Things to do with Old Wine Corks

 
 
Ever wonder what to do with all of those wine corks? Being a wine enthusiast myself, I thought there had to be a better way than just tossing the old corks out. I did a little research and found out a bunch of awesome things we could all do with them! Corks are derived from the Cork Oak Tree. Corks can be reused for so many projects, so why waste them? 
 
Wreath:
 
Supplies
 
-Corks
-18” wreath
-Hot glue gun
-Florist’s wire
-Fabric for a bow
 
Instructions
 
*Glue corks to wreath, staggering them as you go. Continue all the way around wreath. Tie a bow around the florist’s wire and attach to the wreath.
 
 Arrangement:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Empty vase
-Glass candle holder
-Candle for center
 
Instructions
 
*Clean your empty vase well.
*Place candle into your glass candle holder.
*Place candle in the center of the vase.
*Proceed to fill corks in all the way around, leaving some space at the top.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Cork Curtains:
 
 
 
Supplies
 
-Heavy string
-Needle
-Beads
-Small wooden beam
-Hammer
-Nails
 
Instructions
 
*Use the needle to string the corks. Alternate between beads and corks for a beautiful arrangement.
*Hammer nails into wooden beam 1/2 inch apart, leaving nail head sticking out halfway.
*Wrap excess string at end of bead chain around the protruding nail and tie off. 
*Hammer the nail the rest of the way in.
*Repeat until finished!
 
 
 
 
Bulletin Board:
 
 
 
 
Supplies
 
-Any kind of base board (matte, foam board, etc.)
-Hot glue
-Push pins
 
Instructions
 
*Simply hot glue the corks onto whatever base you choose.
*Let dry before hanging on wall.
*Use push pins to hang up little notes!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Place Card Holder:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Razor blade
-Sandpaper  
 
Instructions
 
*Flatten one edge of the cork by sanding it down
*Use a razor blade to cut an even and thin notch through the rounded side of the cork
*Add a name tag and you’re done!
 Cork Ornaments:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Paper clip
-Ornament holder
 
Instructions
 
*Cut a paper clip in half and shove both ends into the cork
*Use an ornament holder to hang on tree
 
 
 
Coasters:
 
Supplies
 
-Hot glue
-Ribbon
 
Instructions
 
*Arrange corks however you see fit
*Glue together as you place them next to each other
*Put a decorative bow around arrangement and glue, securing ribbon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Jewelry: 
 
 Supplies
-Long necklace
-Jewels or gemstones
-Small rings
 
Instructions
*Cut cork into think slices
*Paint the corks, glue on jewels, it is up to you!
*Fasten corks by drilling a small hole in each end of the cork. Bring together with rings
*Break the old necklace in half and attach each end to the small loops
 
Check out this AWESOME cork window display I saw in an Anthropologie window that inspired this blog:
 
 
Enjoy! 
 
(photos courtesy of pinterest and nikki in stiches)