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Porcelain boxes designed to look like they’re overflowing

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By Barry Morris in New Art on Friday 15 June 2012

Koji Shiraya crafts simple porcelain boxes with a difference: they have oozing, overflowing lids making the container appear alive with white gelatinous liquid.

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Zombie Garden Gnomes by Chris Stever and Jane DeRosa

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By Barry Morris in New Products on Wednesday 6 June 2012

Ever wondered what happens to all those garden gnomes you’ve had over the years who’ve been broken whilst your kids play football, cracked due to the frost and bad weather? Some go to gnome heaven and the bad ones, well, they end up in gnome hell. But when gnome hell is full, the dead gnomes […]

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Beautiful linocuts by Chris Bourke

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By Barry Morris in New Art on Wednesday 6 June 2012

Former skateboarder Chris Bourke mixes his love of tattoos, religious iconography, music, nature and politics to create stunning linocuts. Images of stormy seas, birds and lyrics culled from bands such as The Smiths pepper Bourkes hand-coloured prints, making up a beautiful portfolio of hope and inspiration for a disillusioned modern world.

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Haniedan’s artwork critiques objectification of the female form

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By Barry Morris in New Art on Friday 25 May 2012

Netherlands-based artist Haniedan uses layers of vintage pin-up girls, currency, posters, typography and icons to create ornate and nostalgic compositions. However, underneath the faded glamour lies a message about the brutality of this objectification of the female form, hinting at the sinister side of this supposed flawless and glamorous lifestyle presented in the seductive poses of the scantily clad girls.

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New music by Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men

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By Barry Morris in New Music on Friday 25 May 2012

Hailing from Iceland, this six-piece band, whose fantasy world is brought to life in their music, have been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire, Laura Marling, and elements of Bat for Lashes, and a sweeter dash of The Vaselines. They meld traditional sea-shanty folk, using male and female vocals, and beautiful harmonies, with tales […]

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Beautiful lino-cuts by John C. Thurbin

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By Barry Morris in New Art on Thursday 24 May 2012

London based illustrator and printmaker John.C.Thurbin uses lino-cuts as his weapon of choice to create beautiful prints of his traditional tattoo inspired illustrations.

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New paintings by Ian Francis

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By Barry Morris in New Art on Wednesday 23 May 2012

Ian Francis’s art is all about exploring notions of the Internet, celebrity, cinema, global fears and threats, pornography, the over saturation of the mass media, and thirst for news coverage of sex, death, war. Using vast and often empty landscapes, with hints of despair, melancholy and alienation, Francis plays figurative elements against abstract backgrounds, using the act of painting as a way of processing the information gathered from Internet binges and forging a world of escapism within his paintings.

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Skull chair

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By Barry Morris in New Products on Wednesday 23 May 2012

The simple ideas are often the most cleverest, and that’s certainly the case in this design, taking the classic white garden chair and transforming it into a skull. Genius.

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Fabulous Depictions of Tyrants, Dictators and Popes

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By Barry Morris in New Art on Wednesday 23 May 2012

Kim Jong Il wearing heart shaped Elton John style glasses, what’s not to like? Scheidly’s excellent series of paintings entitled Portraits: A Series of Fabulous Depictions of Tyrants, Dictators and Popes is bound to entertain and shock in equal measures.

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Science-themed jewelry design by Wendy Leah Dawson

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By Barry Morris in New Design on Wednesday 23 May 2012

North Wales based jeweller and silversmith Wendy Leah Dawson’s work bridges the worlds of jewellery and mechanics beautifully, marrying scientific investigation and body adornment, providing the wearer the chance to explore their curiosities, the world around them, and, indeed, themselves.

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