Upon hearing the words “Tooth Fairy,” most of us probably conjure up sweet, fluttering little fairies. Invictus Designs has a different idea:
Yes, kids…all the times you thought this was visiting you in your sleep…
Shhh…don’t tell the others.
Leslie Ann O’Dell uses photography and digital manipulation to create haunting portraiture, often with superimposed landscapes.
My kindred spirit Cat referred to Spoon Theory today in a kind comment about my health. I immediately wanted to symbolically give her a special spoon, and the best way I could think to do so was with an image search for the most bizarre renditions of the final Hey Diddle Diddle lines.
Even as a child, I thought this Mother Goose nursery rhyme was truly ridiculous. I guess all nursery rhymes are. But if you need a refresher for this one:
Turns out anthropomorphized plates and flatware inspire a wide spectrum of artistic interpretation, both vintage and modern. Take a look!
Lukas Brezak paints plenty of things other than cats, but I’m going to focus on cats. Because…cats.
The following image reminds me of how I often wonder what my little darlings Dr. Morbius and Ms. Nimbus are dreaming. I have yet to dress them in teeny night caps (you might peg me for a cat dresser-upper, but no).
I’ve posted many images of gorgeous paper cutting over the years, but Cybele Young has her own spin on papercraft: constructing miniature exact replicas of real world items, and juxtapozing them in a kind of dialogue.
Hikari Shimoda blurs the boundaries between cuteness and horror in her neon-spattered manga style depictions of children (often in heroic costume).
I just browsed about 400 embroidered Temari Balls, and I’m blown away by this art form.
Flickr user Nana Akua has uploaded a giant collection of these marvelous pieces, all crafted by her 92 year old grandmother (who, incidentally, has made over 500 balls).
From my article source:
They are traditionally cherished as objects of friendship and loyalty. The bright colors symbolize luck and happiness for the recipient of the gift. And it isn’t only considered an honor to receive a Temari ball, but also to produce them. To qualify as a Temari ball artist, the individual has to display a high level of skill and technique.
Temari were often given to children from their parents on New Year’s Day. Inside the tightly wrapped layers of each ball, the mother would have placed a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish for her child. The child would never be told what wish his or her mother had made while making the ball.
I’m so impressed with the flow of the designs, the skilled use of geometry and color…the symbolism. I want to make one of these for everyone who has stood by me (and continues to do so) through my health troubles. What a meaningful gift.
See many more and prepare to be amazed HERE.