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Creature Couture by Heidi Gardner

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By Piera Tocci in New Design on Thursday 27 September 2012

Heidi Gardner is a lesson in not judging a book by its cover. One would never guess that this beautiful, petite, blonde woman is the brains and the brawn behind the jewelry line Creature Couture, a line of intricate pieces that revel in all that is cadeverous and eerie. Gardner has been able to translate her penchant for skulls, whether they be human or animal, and other parts of the skeleton into hauntingly beautiful pieces. Want one of your own? You can fill out a simple form on her website and Gardner herself will design a “creature” based off of your answers. Her pieces have been featured in magazines globally and have been bringing beauty to people’s dark sides, including Madonna’s, since 2011.

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New paintings by William Binnie

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By Piera Tocci in New Art on Thursday 27 September 2012

William Binnie is a multi-talented Texas-based artist who is not afraid to explore numerous mediums to create his often-macabre pieces. His oil paintings are flawless. The meticulous detail in each piece makes the viewer feel as though they have been transported back in time. (Raw meat never looked so noble). Binnie’s bleach on denim pieces are hauntingly beautiful, and his drawings are intricate and complicated, especially a series of cobwebs with apocalyptic sayings seamlessly woven into them. For an artist with as much talent as William Binnie clearly has, one can only look forward to the future.

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New photography by Tessa Beligue

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By Piera Tocci in New Photography on Thursday 27 September 2012

Tessa Beligue’s photos are truly some of the most well-composed and stunning photos out there. She finds beauty in the often-stark urban landscape that is New York City at night. Her portraits, in both color and black and white, capture their subject in what seems like happenstance moments that Tessa stunningly freezes in time with her camera for all of us to enjoy. Take a moment, peruse her website, and prepare to get transported by Tessa Beligue’s awesome work.

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The infamous Grape Lady video is almost 5 years old

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By Piera Tocci in Video on Wednesday 26 September 2012

Think back to where you were half a decade ago when this gem of a video was first put on YouTube. Over 12 million views later, the Grape Lady Falls, rated one of the 50 best videos on YouTube by Time magazine in 2010, is still spreading guilty laughter across the globe. Let’s take a […]

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Sunsick: new music video by Fort Lean

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By Piera Tocci in Video on Thursday 20 September 2012

This video for the latest track, Sunsick, from BK-based band Fort Lean off their soon to be released EP, Change Your Name, will definitely make you feel those familiar twinges of nostalgia for Summer and possibly a few guilt pangs for all the partying you did. Directed by Ethan Berger, this video combines the weird […]

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Fairy Tales for the Fatherless by Danny Musengo

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By Piera Tocci in New Design on Thursday 20 September 2012

Danny Musengo is using his prophetic words as art, all over Brooklyn’s Williamsburg. Simple black type on a white background never had such an effect. His short musings tend to tug at the heartstrings. I like to think of his posters as nuggets of inspiration that help get you through the day. Musengo’s tumblr page contains more of his philosophies, along with random photos and captions.

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Zoe: Olive oil and art as one

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By Piera Tocci in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 20 September 2012

Going against the grain of more traditional tin designs and bottle labels, Zoe olive oil employed a young, then unknown, artist to create the patterns for its signature brand. Then Zoe for Kids was born and the company reached out to another relatively unknown graphic artist to design the tin. Zoe hope to find more artists who are willing to create patterns for other products. If you’re up to the challenge, contact them for more details.

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Deep Creek Hot Springs in San Bernadino National Forest

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By Piera Tocci in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 September 2012

The gorgeous Deep Creek Hot Springs are located at the base of a very steep 2.5 mile hiking trail in the San Bernardino National Forest, just outside of Hesperia in Southern California. They can also be accessed via a 6 mile hike along the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). About a 2 hour drive east from […]

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