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Italian multimedia artist Alice Pasquini brings a distinctive poetical and feminine feel to everything she touches. Based in Rome, she has also lived and worked in the France, Spain, and the U.K. and focuses primarily on painting, illustration, creating installations, and animation, showcasing the idea of people and relationships amongst one another and strong, independent women in a modern world. She has spread her talent through her travels around the world, in various formats – on walls in the streets, in galleries, and even in graphic novels – usually in spray paint and acrylics, or illustration inks on paper and Photoshop.

What I love about her work is the immediate perception of human emotions in her characters – the vibrant strokes are dynamic and full of hope and passion. They truly evoke a real sense of both strength and the softness of femininity.

Check out her Flickr gallery and her website for more amazing work.

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Ahh summer! As the soft breeze floats gently through my office window, all I can smell is the meandering waft of the neighbourhood BBQ joint, making me wish I was sitting outside somewhere eating a burger, feeling the grass between my toes…but alas, I am stuck at my desk, and have only my imagination and the vast expanse of the internet to entertain me for the next three hours. If only I could set up a BBQ right here at my desk…

Hammacher.com offers a solution for my dilemma,  with the Fold Flat Grill. Since it’s less than an inch thick, you can carry it around and set it up anywhere you want! It unfolds to a respectable size (17 3/4″ L x 13″ W x 13″ H) and boasts a 17 1/2″ x 13″  cooking area. There’s vents that let air in to the charcoal well, that doubles as an ash receptacle, which is easy to empty, and there’s a 3″ shelf created by the sloped sides of the grill for indirect heat to reach buns and veggies. For under $80, you can still afford to grab a case of beer to go with your meal!  Another option is the Carry & Go Briefcase BBQ, which fits snugly into a briefcase so you can take it anywhere. Sounds like it would be a hit at  my next meeting! Both are also available on iWOOT (but may currently be out of stock!).

If you’re looking for something smaller and more lightweight, you can always try the Grilliput. This little grill stands only 6 inches tall and weighs in at less than a pound, which is awesome for long hiking and camping trips. The entire grill collapses into one of the tubes, which adds less than a foot in length and one inch in diameter. Imagine, a grill that fits in your pocket! You can find this tiny wonder at outdoor outlets such as REI and Campmor.

With any of these three awesome travel Q’s, I could potentially be the office hero!

Art lover? Tired of unsightly speaker cables running through your house and clunky speaker boxes taking up too much space? SoundArt has devised a simple solution that incorporates the aesthetic of a canvas print and the functionality of a distributed mode loudspeaker, alongside a powerful and sleek looking subwoofer. It also features an uncomplicated and effortless install – simply hang the device on your wall, plug it into a music source, and voila! The best part is that it works with almost any format – from your old school HiFi, to your iPod, CD/DVD player, and AV system outputs.

Traditional speaker systems usually function by pushing air, whereas SoundArt speakers generate acoustic sound via vibration, creating a more natural sound that fills the room without the use of moving parts. Spruce up your interiors with a wide variety of images and sizes to choose from or get them custom designed to suit your decor. At around $3700 a pop, they’re not cheap, but they’re quickly making boxy speakers a thing of the past for hipsters worldwide!

To find out more from SoundArt UK, visit their website.

Canadian sculpture artist Calvin Nicholls has a penchant for getting down to basics and working with paper and scissors to create incredibly detailed bas relief sculptures of wildlife and landscapes. He’s been perfecting his craft since the mid-1980’s and has created a large body of work that has been used in advertising campaigns, institutions, book publishing, corporate gift companies, galleries, and private collections. He started out in the world of graphic design, studying at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, and after running his own freelance design studio in Toronto, eventually made the switch to working entirely with paper sculpture. One of his most prolific collections is located in McHenry, Illinois for the Follett Library Resources and includes over 75 pieces.

As an artist for conservation and a Canadian naturalist, Nicholls carefully creates his pieces using only white and off-white shades of archival paper (occasionally dipping into a few sedate colour palettes for effect), cutting and scoring each tiny piece through a series of techniques that he’s devised with the use of scalpels, scissors and X-acto knives. Working slowly and applying the tiniest amounts of glue on the ends of toothpicks, he avoids creating any ripples in the paper, working the layers up from the bottom, like shingles on a roof. The result is nothing short of amazing.

To view more of his work, and to learn more about Nicholls’ methods, visit his website.

There’s something surreal about Mark Jenkins’ street sculptures – eerie, static humanoids placed in odd locations in major cities worldwide. Rome, Washington D.C., Baltimore, NYC, Rio De Janiero,  Belgrade, London, Dublin, Moscow, Katowice, Tudela, Winston-Salem, Seoul, Royan, Bordeaux, Puerto del Rosario, Barcelona, Malmö…these are just a few of the many places you can find these installations.

Jenkins originally hails from Alexandria, Virginia, is currently living in Washington D.C. and has been mostly known for his street sculptures created from casts of his own body constructed with clear box sealing tape. Eventually, he started dressing the casts in order to make them more realistic and began referring to his sculptures as the “Glazed Paradise”.

The driving force behind his work is to be able to transform the street into a stage, where average pedestrians can become the actors in his world, including the authorities who have occasionally tried to intervene. Musing on the illegality of street art, he once said in an interview with known art critic Brian Sherwin, “There is opposition, and risk, but I think that just shows that street art is the sort of frontier where the leading edge really does have to chew through the ice. And it’s good for people to remember public space is a battleground, with the government, advertisers and artists all mixing and mashing, and even now the strange cross-pollination taking place as street artists sometimes become brands, and brands camouflaging as street art creating complex hybrids or impersonators. I think it’s understanding the strangeness of the playing field where you’ll realize that painting street artists, writers, as the bad guys is a shallow view. As for the old bronzes, I really don’t see them as part of what’s going on in the dialogue unless addressed by a new intervention.”

To check out more of his installation work, visit his website.

To see more of Jenkins’ Glazed Paradise transposed into surreal environments, visit glazedparadise.com.

Isaac Cordal’s miniature street sculptures can be found all over Madrid and are capturing the attention of street art enthusiasts worldwide. Originally from Galacia, in the north of Spain, he focuses on tiny concrete sculptures of people in real life situations and has them evoke a multitude of emotions. Most of them are devoid of colour, and they blend seamlessly into their urban environment and work with it in order to create new meaning and can be found in the most unlikely and unusual places such as on top of buildings or bus shelters, and in gutters along the road.

Most recently, Cordal has been working on an outdoor installation entitled “Waiting for Climate Change”, which is exhibited on the beach of De Panne, as well as in a historic villa occupied by Chalutier. It focuses on how different people deal with the issue of climate change in their individual ways.

To find out more about Isaac Cordal and where to find his installations, visit his website.

Wide Open Walls is an Art Safari project that began in October of 2010 that involved 1000 cans of paint and 8 artists working over a two week span in a small village in Gambia. These are a few of the works created by global graffiti artist ROA, who hails originally from Ghent, Belgium. I’m a huge fan of his illustrative style.

To read more about Wide Open Walls and their current projects, visit their blog.

To see more photos of ROA’s work check out his flickr gallery, or peruse his stuff on unurth.com.

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