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Teeny Ted from Turnip Town: smallest book ever written

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By Nicole Steen in New Trends on Thursday 9 February 2012

Robert Chaplin is a man driven to accomplish the “never been done before”. A true maverick, he is the publisher of The Matchbook (a copy resides in the library of the Tate Museum) and also the smallest book ever written: Teeny Ted from Turnip Town written by Malcolm Chaplin has a total size of less […]

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Brilliant WeWereMonkeys directed video for Land of Talk

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By Nicole Steen in Video on Thursday 9 February 2012

Back in 2008, when I ran the Indie Music Video Festival, I was delighted to receive an exceptionally brilliant and weird music video called We All Belong To Our Before by Davide Di Silvio. So I was thrilled to discover his involvement with Canadian music videomaking team WeWereMonkeys, whose Land of Talk It’s Okay video […]

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Chris Crites paints mugshots on brown paper bags

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By Nicole Steen in New Art on Friday 3 February 2012

Incredibly detailed just using five colours or less, Chris Crites’ portraits of the seedier side of society are painted on brown paper bags. Mugshots from the past (including celebs Nick Nolte and Frank Sinatra) pinups, celebrities, nudes, and most recently, the faces of war.

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Astrostachel

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By Nicole Steen in New Fashion on Friday 3 February 2012

Astrosatchel is the brain-child of artist Janna Hurtzig. Purses, totebags, wallets and even diaper bags made from vegan friendly vinyl and recycled textiles. Artistic appliques and stitching, bold colours and kick ass designs make these bags stand out from the pack.

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12 stained glass windows dedicated to the cult of personality

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By Nicole Steen in New Art on Friday 3 February 2012

Sin or salvation? I was lucky enough to attend the opening of British artist Neal Fox’s Beware of the God exhibit in London this summer. A series of 12 stained glass windows made using traditional methods at Franz Mayer of Munich manufacturers dedicated to a cult of personality, revering such alternative saints as Billie Holiday, […]

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Gracie Kendal’s 1000+ Avatar Project

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By Nicole Steen in New Art on Friday 3 February 2012

1000 plus avatars and not all of them blue. In fact, these avatars are purely pixelated representations of residents of the virtual world of Secondlife and not a James Cameron film. Gracie Kendal, aka Kris Schomaker, is an artist in both worlds. The portraits explore the idea of the avatar as a constructed online identity […]

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Dirty Dishes Glove art

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By Nicole Steen in New Art on Friday 3 February 2012

Yellow, pink, blue, green, red, black, white, orange, hot pink, baby blue, the elusive mint green and the very rare purple dishwashing gloves are my canvases. No longer just a symbol of the drudgery of domestic work, these rubber gloves called Dirty Dishes are hand-painted with saucy ladies of playful adventure NOT relegated to the kitchen sink. Framedfor posterity under glass, every pair is unique and signed.

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