5-year-old Iris Grace from UK teaches us that nothing
will stand in front of art. Monet used to paint when almost blind at an old
age, Iris spreads her brush while with autism.
Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most
children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with
speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when
they discovered her amazing talent.
Iris’s work is creating a buzz in the art world. A
private collector has bought last year, two of her original works for £1,500 each.
Prints are being snapped up for as much as £295.
Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder
that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social
interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent
example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional
focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful
paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.
distracted texters have been blamed for everything from inconveniencing others
with their slow pace to causing accidents. In order
to fix that, the chinese authorities came with a revolutionary idea. The city of Chongqing in China has reportedly set up the country's first
sidewalk for 'mobile phone addicts', with a lane specifically dedicated to
those glued to their screens.
Much like bicycle lanes, the street has images of mobile phones
spray-painted on the sidewalk, with arrows showing people which direction to
walk in as they use their mobiles.
the city's good intentions, the mobile phone-only sidewalk has generated
criticism and ridicule with some saying that the design only encourages bad
habits and will likely cause more accidents.
China already has an estimated 300 internet addiction centres, according to
a report on state broadcaster CCTV's website in February. It also cited a
survey showing there may be more than 24 million young Chinese addicted to the
isn't the first to create a "no cellphones" express sidewalk.
Washington, D.C. unveiled one earlier this summer, but as a stunt by the
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found an everyday material used in a sophisticated way that gives it unusual, but
beautiful shapes. I’m talking about the glass.
Usual is not
the word for David Patchen’s glass collections. David is an American glass
artist and designer who uses the Italian techniques of cane and murrine in an
American style. He begins creating a meticulous plan and design of colors and
patterns. After he pulls the cane and murrine, he carefully composes these
elements to design the final work, all days prior to blowing it.
work is an intensive exploration of patterns, colors and transparency created
through multi-layered cane and murrine (colored rods and patterned cross-sections
of glass). While varied in composition and design, I most often create work
within a series of graceful forms that I consider three dimensional canvases” –
David has 7
different collections: Bloom, Foglio, Resistenza, Parabola, Sphere, Piscine and
Allegro. Each collection presents glass in different shapes and with armonious
mix of colors.
diversity in my compositions reflects my desire to constantly experiment and
explore a variety of ideas simultaneously. Some themes in my work include
windows into or through a piece, things hidden & revealed and extreme
detail. Colors in contrasting and/or complimentary tertiary tones woven into
complex patterns challenge expectations of the amount of detail glass can carry
and its place in the art world. My influences include textiles, ethnically
distinct colors and shapes as well as the marine environment” – David Patchen
Don't throw away your old newspapers! That is if you still have old newspapers around the house and you didn't turn to the online editions. For those of you who are traditional, here are some ideas on how to reuse your newspapers and turn them into furniture or home-decor items.
In the future, houses will
adapt to the weather by rotating 90°.
Oh, wait! We are now in
the future, since the house has alreadybeen
invented by Tehran architects.
studio Next Office are the brains behind the Sharifi-ha House, which features
motorized rooms that pivot up to 90 degrees to face entirely in or out at the
push of a button, depending on the occupants’ mood or the weather.
The building was completed
last year. This interesting room feature was inspired by old Iranian mansions
that were traditionally built with both summer and winter living rooms.
Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who builds walking kinetic sculptures that
he calls a new form of life. His "Strandbeests" walk the coastline of
Holland, feeding on wind and fleeing from water.
The walking sculptures are made of plastic yellow tubes and look alive as they move, each leg articulating in such a way that the body is steady and level.
The artist has been working for 16 years to create these amazing sculptures. Each generation of his "Strandbeests" is subject to the forces of evolution.
Next spring it will be all about color, or not. The burst of colors mixed with interesting textures and simple lines. Or you can wear black and white outfits. WeConnectFashion made a Top 5 Fashion Trends for S/S 2015, from the latest fashion shows. We have minimal designs, feminine lines or tropical prints. All you have to do is play!
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