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Vagina-panties: for the man who secretly wishes he has one

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Thursday 5 July 2012

What a steal! For just $128, men who secretly wish they had a vagina can purchase these faux-gina panties and have their fantasies fulfilled. Trust Japan to come up with this creation. It’s actually a sex toy, so you won’t have to stretch your imagination far to figure out why the front has a hole […]

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Pop culture cross-stitching by Jaqueline Gable

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Pixel People is a neat little cross-stitch series featuring pixelated pop culture characters. Jacqueline Gable, of Canada-based Wee Little Stitches, is the brain behind it all, proving that embroidery and cross stitching doesn’t have to be old-fashioned and boring.

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Fashion for Apple fanatics

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By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Back in the day (1986, to be exact), Apple had its very own clothing line bursting with tees, tennis visors, trackie dacks, belts and hats adorning the funky-coloured, old school Granny Smith logo. Shock horror! As cool as being born or growing up in the 80s was, I can wholeheartedly say that I am glad these babies have ceased production. The very thought of Apple fanboys and fangirls rocking such apparel today is on par with the unfashionable heathens who think it’s socially acceptable to wear Crocs.

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Jawbone-style sunglasses by Emma Montague

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By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Emma Montague, an artist who has handy connections with the British Deer Society, is the creator behind these incredible deadly shades. They’re constructed using real deer jaws, black horn and acetate. Montague was inspired by the relationship between the shape of the jaw bone and sunglasses when the history-enthusiast put her Ray Bans down beside a mandible.

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An art series where Barbie Dolls are restrained underwater

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Not a fan of Barbie? Then I bet pennies you’ll enjoy Daena Title’s work. Her latest series DROWN the DOLLS does just that: it restrains Barbie underwater in the name of feminism and saying “no” to the narrow parameters that this role model presents. You know, that the iconic doll represents a womanly figure that is fake and unattainable (disproportionately large breasts with a teeny waist). Deep and meaningful words aside, I’m captivated by Title’s technique, the broken refracted colours, and screaming subtlety.

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Bizarre candle fragrances that appeal to ‘real’ men

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By Michelle Wilding in New Products on Wednesday 27 June 2012

Avid Seinfeld viewers would be familiar with the episode where Kramer whips up the crazy idea to manufacture a cologne that makes people smell exactly like they had just spent the day at the beach. Calvin Klein went on to steal the idea off him, aptly titling the scent, Ocean. The point of my TV comedy […]

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Human body paintings by Gesine Marwedel

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Tuesday 15 May 2012

The human body is a literal canvas for Gesine Marwedel. The 24 year-old German artist paints her subjects as an animal or with detailed, jaw-dropping sceneries that look mega fantastic under black light.

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The upside-down house in Austria

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By Michelle Wilding in Architecture on Saturday 12 May 2012

Disclaimer: stop reading immediately if you’re easily-dizzied. For those that aren’t, you’ll be totally gobsmacked by this real life Upside-Down House.

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New ink sketches by Brandon Boyd

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Saturday 12 May 2012

Brandon Boyd has been quite the busy bee. Between touring on road with his band Incubus, he’s managed to squeeze in drawing a set of six brand new ink sketches as part of a group show of drawings at Skotia Gallery in Culver City.

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Sydney’s annual Duck Fashion Show

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By Michelle Wilding in New Events on Saturday 12 May 2012

Think you saw it all on the Australian Fashion Week runways? Then think again. Only our crazy city could invent and get away with a duck fashion show. Feathery friends parading flamboyant frocks in true red carpet fashion at the annual Pied Piper Duck Fashion Show; a highlight of the Royal Easter Show. There’s even a video. Now, I don’t know whether to call the RSPCA or be vexed that these amazing animal couture pieces aren’t available for humans.

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Edgy Australian fashion label Romance Was Born

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By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Saturday 12 May 2012

Cutting-edge label Romance Was Born (run by Australian design duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales) set the bar high on Day One of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in Sydney’s Walsh Bay. The superhero-themed collection abounded with garish comic book colours, zigzag prints, models with David-Bowie-inspired fire red hair, and the A-list front row that comes […]

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Cherry Blossom mosaic made from 10,000 cupcakes

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By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Friday 11 May 2012

Yes! After seeing about a billion everyday objects used to create awe-inspiring murals, I’ve finally come across one of my favourite items in the world hit the spotlight: the humble cupcake. London-based bakery Crumbs and Doilies baked more than 10,000 cupcakes to form this Cherry Blossom mosaic for Japanese TV show, ITTEQ.

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Zoom: a new song from Brisbane band Last Dinosaurs

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By Michelle Wilding in New Music on Saturday 17 March 2012

Brisbane four-piece, Last Dinosaurs, recently dropped their debut album, In a Million Years, and it’s one of the best indie albums to come out of Australia in a long time. I’m currently hooked on the track, Weekend. They’re amiable boys. Now support them already, k?

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New paintings and illustrations by James Jean

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By Michelle Wilding in New Illustration on Friday 16 March 2012

Take note of the depth in these recent drawings and paintings by James Jean; a Taiwanese-American artist who never ceases to amaze me. If you’re intrigued, too, check out Jean’s blog, Process Recess, where he sometimes likes to display his illustration process by showing initial sketches and the final colouring.

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Edgy jewellery design by New York-based Anna Sheffield

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By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Friday 16 March 2012

New York-based artist Anna Sheffield recently designed a few edgy pieces for the haute-costume jewelry line, Bing Bang. I’m loving the silver wolf studs. Crazy!

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