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Philly-born Matt Wisniewski is a young web developer who’s taught himself to create artistic “visual experiments,” as he likes to call them, using beautifully photographed portraits to create airy and ethereal collages infused with natural elements. Currently based in Brooklyn, he is finishing a computer science degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and works alongside photographers and artists in his free time.

Visit his website to see more of these simply gorgeous collages.

Alternatively, you can visit his tumblr, and read more in an interview at Yatzer.

 

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Hailing from the hipster capital of Portland, Oregon, Janell Anderson’s line of organic (and vegan), soap has some of the most adorable packaging and photography that makes it so enticing that I almost want to buy one of every kind. Using the simplest, all-natural ingredients, Anderson creates these lovely soaps using the traditional old fashioned methods of soap making, including a 4-week curing process. The packaging and photography really help these products stand out as premium handmade items and make them to die for. You can even get them as wedding/party favours!

Where’d the name come from? Anderson says that “Prunella (Princess Prunella…to be exact) was a nickname given to me by my mom when I was a little girl because I would stay in the bath too long…my fingertips would turn to ‘prunes!'”

Visit her shop on etsy to buy these delightful soaps!

Artist and musician Ben Giles has a penchant for vintage printed ephemera and uses elements to create his delightfully quirky collages in an often humorous way. He’s quickly becoming popular and his prints can be found on Society 6 and Etsy.

To see more of Giles’ work, visit his website.

Street art and graffiti have almost always received a bad reputation for tarnishing the urban landscape. Most artists have to conceal their artistic process by cover of night, and try to maintain anonymity for fear of prosecution. The existing laws worldwide are harsh on street artists and the punishments are exceedingly excessive, and thus creates a criminal stigma that pervades the practice, forcing it to remain below the surface of accepted society.  Street artists and graffiti writers are starting to take a stand – if they can’t paint on public surfaces, they’ll create surfaces on which to work themselves – and Cellograff was born.

Stringing cellophane between trees, poles, light posts, pillars, and any other form of structure creates a fresh canvas that incorporates itself into the urban landscape without damaging the surroundings. When you remove the vandalism and damage to public property, you remove the criminal element, and make it safer to create street art outside during the day. Take that, law enforcement!

I’m not sure exactly how this phenomenon began, but it is said that in 2006 Kanos and Reci Xelecce formed the Politically Correct crew and wanted to add their artistic mark to the streets of Paris without vandalism or permanently scarring the environment. They decided to string up temporary canvas using cellophane and began the trend. Kanos was later joined by Astro and took a more graffiti oriented slant to their work. Several crews in Europe are spreading the technique around so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of this in the near future. It’s amazing what they can create and the possibilities are virtually endless! What I’d love to see is more work that includes the landscape around it as an artistic element of the piece itself – wouldn’t that be cool!

To learn more about Kanos & Astro, and to check out more of their work, visit their website.

Here are some great examples of cellograff (most are from Paris)…

 

Taylor Holland’s photographs are so aesthetically pleasing and each series is so diverse, that I wanted to show you another collection – these are comprised of details from European tour bus designs, shot in Paris, circa 2011. I love the modern clean lines and bright colours, and he’s managed to frame them in such a way that they truly become works of geometric abstraction. He’s even published them in a book entitled Eurobus, available now on Matmos Press (Montreal, 2012).

If you liked the past two series, check out some of his other work, such as his collection Public Sleeping.

 

Taylor Holland’s Frames are a beautiful sight to behold – so beautiful in fact, that they belong in a museum…oh wait – they are in a museum! The Louvre to be exact. Holland creates these strikingly textured images by photographing frames from the great works that are hanging in the Louvre and digitally filling them in with content extracted from the very frames themselves. Currently he is working with Sainthill Lijsten, a company that deals in antique restoration to create physical reproductions of this concept – using antique frames and creating hand-crafted moulds with which to fill them in. What a gorgeous concept!

Check out his website if you want to see more of his lovely photography.

 

…And to top it all off, a Burberry pancake! (Unrelated, but whimsical none the less!)


Brandon Ballengée is a unique environmental artist – he has found a way to bridge the gap between art and research biology. His obsession with amphibians and fish has driven him to start collaborating with the scientific community and expand on his techniques in commercial photography.

Creating alien-like ecological projects with techniques learned from biologists and researchers, he’s found a way to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces of environmental art using real biological specimens that he spends hours collecting, and translates them into art.

To find out more, and see the entire process (which is super fascinating), check out his website.

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