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Rune Guneriussen

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By Zara Picken in New Photography on Tuesday 4 October 2011

Rune Guneriussen’s installation and photography artwork places man-made objects in the natural landscape of Norway, giving the impression of a surreal and dreamlike narrative.

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Illustrations by Bristol-based Zara Picken

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By Zara Picken in New Illustration on Tuesday 4 October 2011

I am an illustrator currently living and working in Bristol, England. Creating images for a wide range of clients (as well as the occasional self-initiated illustration), I approach subjects with an open mind and focus on conveying concepts with a warm and graphic aesthetic.

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Koalas to the Max

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By Zara Picken in Cool Websites on Tuesday 4 October 2011

If you happen to be a fan of both time wasting and the art of pointillism (and let’s face it, who isn’t), Vadim Ogievetsky’s Koalas to the Max is the perfect site for you. Bringing together circles and experimental interactivity, users can reduce the size of the dots until an Easter Egg of sorts appears.

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Brilliant Tom Waits and Cookie Monster mash-up

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By Zara Picken in Video on Tuesday 4 October 2011

I’m ashamed to admit that after 26 years on this planet, I only recently started listening to the outstanding musical offerings of Tom Waits. However, it is true that he does sound a little like the Cookie Monster. This video collides their worlds to joyous effect.

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Maskull Lasserre

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By Zara Picken in New Art on Tuesday 4 October 2011

Maskull Lasserre is a Canadian artist who sculpts anatomical forms into everyday objects, such as teeth in a wooden frame or a human spine into an axe handle. The effects are both humourous and macabre, which happen to be two of my favourite effects.

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Hand-crafted wooden toys by Take-g

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By Zara Picken in New Products on Tuesday 4 October 2011

I’m a huge fan of the hand-crafted wooden toys by Takeji Nakagawa, aka Take-g. These clever pieces feature futuristic objects such as spaceships and robots, lovingly rendered in teak and walnut, which give these ypically cold and remote technological concepts a warmer character.

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Czech Matchbox Labels

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By Zara Picken in New Design on Tuesday 4 October 2011

As someone with a propensity for collecting anything and everything, my current obsession is mid-century paper ephemera. Or, if we’re going to be more specific than that, superbly designed Czech matchbox labels. When I’m not sourcing them myself, I seek them out online. One of the best collections I’ve found is Kindra Murphy’s Flickr set.

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