Mind-Blowing Matchstick Sculptures by Patrick Acton Patrick Acton is behind some of the mind-blowing, highly detailed matchstick sculptures you'll ever see. Though as a child he always had a penchant for woodworking, it wasn't until he was fresh out of college when he built a small model of a country church and then one of the USS Constitution that he found that his wintertime hobby was now a full-fledged passion. For nearly 10 years he would painstakingly cut off the heads of matchsticks until he contacted the Ohio Blue Tip Company to see if they might sell the matches without the sulfur tip. It was only after that discovery that they would, that he was able to work much faster. It became the turning point where he started working with not just hundreds of matchsticks but hundreds of thousands. The Iowa-based artist has now glued 3.5 million ordinary wooden matchsticks into more than 60 magnificent models. If you're interested in creating your own matchstick sculptures, Acton has a few techniques he shares on his website. Other Work:
1920's Cherries-Novelty Sequin Embroidery Gold-Lame Cloche Hat at 1stdibs Breathtaking 1920's metallic-gold lame & black net-tulle flapper semi-sheer cloche hat. This is, without a doubt, the most extraordinary antique cloche I have ever laid my eyes on. Sparkling sequin cherries with embroidered 3-D leaves in the most amazing art-deco design. It is shocking that a hat with this amount of detail and presence can literally feel almost weightless but it does. Perfect to wear all night long. Headpieces were very popular in the 1920's and where the crowning jewel for any flapper. This headpiece will fit a range of sizes from 22 to 23 inches around.
Walt Curlee digital Illustration/Fine Art Paintings/Prints CHEEKY SPANKING STORIES and 5 More Favorite Covers of 2012 Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (The Dial Press) I love that this takes the classic silhouette image and incorporates it with other important images from the book. I may get this as a tattoo. You heard it here first: Bear, silhouette, teapot is the new rock, paper, scissors. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (Grand Central Publishing) A crinkled fast food wrapper for a book about an obese woman and her relationship with her family and her relationship with food. Paris I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) This is so sexy and sparse, plus I heart the clever little symbols. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig (Angry Robot) There is so much going on here: It’s a woman, made out of birds. Mr. Cheeky Spanking Stories edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cleis Press) I really like this one, too.
The blooming Underground: RHS Chelsea Flower Show Tube Map The 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show is well under way: the blossoms have been installed, the gnomes have been allowed back in and the Royals have had a nose around. Now all that’s left is to celebrate in the best way we know how – with a Tube map of course. Here’s the London Transport Museum ‘s floral tribute to the annual bouquet bash. Plant buffs, can you guess the flowers for each line? For the less green fingered amongst us. Here’s the cheat sheet… Grey Hydrangeas – Jubilee Line Chocolate Cosmos – Bakerloo Line Green Chrysanthemum – District Line Blue Tulip – Piccadilly Line Black Pansy – Northern Line Red Rose – Central Line Himalayan Blue Poppy – Waterloo & City Line Maroon Lily – Metropolitan Line Blue geranium – Victoria Line Allamanda Cathartica – Circle Line Pink Gerbera – Hammersmith & City Line Orange Gerbera – East London Overground Line Read about the highlights from the last 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show .
The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever By Internet standards, a perfectly timed photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met: 1. Perfect Place 2. Perfect Time 3. Perfect Angle Sometimes the holy trinity of perfectness is achieved and you get an Internet classic like so many of the photographs below. Enjoy! Photograph by MARTIN BERNETTI (via rusrep.ru) If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends: Old people looking at their younger selves in the mirror Old people looking at their younger selves in the mirror Photographer and artist Tom Hussey portrays old people looking at their younger reflection in the mirror. View Tom’s photos on his website. We feel all sad now, we never knew that we’d get old.
Burglars Return Loot To Group That Helps Sex Assault Victims : The Two-Way (Update at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 9: Click here for new information about efforts to help the agency pay for the damage done to its office.) Let's start our day with a feel-good story: The burglar (or burglars) who broke into the offices of the San Bernardino County (Calif.) The next night, someone returned the stolen goods and also left behind a note, as the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and local news outlets report. "We had no idea what we were takeing. Candy Stallings, the center's director, thinks she knows who spread the word that led to the stolen goods' return. Los Angeles' KABC-TV has a video report here. Update at 7:30 a.m. The agency says on its website that it is thankful for the "outpouring of support." (H/T to NPR's Kathy Rushlow.) Return to the top of this post.
Hilda, 1950s Pinup Girl, Makes Us Very Happy The phrase "pinup girl" often conjures up images of hourglass figures and vintage fashion. But how often are the pin-ups we see actually plus-size women? Not often enough. That's why we're so excited that Hilda, originally drawn in the 1950s by illustrator Duane Bryers, resurfaced on the Internet this week. According to the blog Messy Nessy Chic, Hilda is a vintage icon who was "one of history’s longest running calendar queens" alongside Marilyn Monroe and others. “She’s a creation out of my head. Click through the slideshow below for some of our favorite Hilda images, courtesy of Brown & Bigelow. [h/t Messy Nessy Chic]
Stunning Vintage Illustrations of Don Quixote by Spanish Graphic Design Pioneer Roc Riera Rojas donating = loving Brain Pickings remains ad-free and takes hundreds of hours a month to research and write, and thousands of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy and value in it, please consider becoming a Member and supporting with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good dinner: (If you don't have a PayPal account, no need to sign up for one – you can just use any credit or debit card.) You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: labors of love
Edward Gorey’s Never-Before-Seen Letters and Illustrated Envelopes by Maria Popova What a housefly has to do with Tim Burton and everything that makes snail mail great. It’s no secret I’m an enormous fan of Edward Gorey’s, mid-century illustrator of the macabre, whose work influenced generations of creators, from Nine Inch Nails to Tim Burton. Between September 1968 and October 1969, Gorey set out to collaborate on three children’s books with author and editor Peter F. Neumeyer and, over the course of this 13-month period, the two exchanged a series of letters on topics that soon expanded well beyond the three books and into everything from metaphysics to pancake recipes. Today, Neumeyer is opening the treasure trove of this fascinating, never-before-published correspondence in Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. In light of his body of work, and because of the interest that his private person has aroused, I feel strongly that these letters should not be lost to posterity. Illustrations © The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.
Salvador Dalí Illustrates the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac by Maria Popova From Aries to Pisces, by way of a confused lobster. After my recent discovery of Salvador Dalí’s little-known and lovely 1947 illustrations for the essays of Montaigne — following in the heels of his 1946 illustrations for Alice in Wonderland — I chanced upon an even more perfectly surrealist series: Dalí’s lithographs of the twelve signs of the zodiac, created in 1967 as a limited-edition of 250, which can be found in the occasional rare, pricey original folio and which Wisconsin’s revered David Barnett Gallery has recently made available online as individual signed lithographs. Gasp and dream — I certainly did. (And for a chuckle, consider the cancer — how amusing to reckon that Dalí, despite his culinary credentials, either didn’t know or chose to artistically disregard the difference between a crab and a lobster.) Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Complement with this omnibus of famous creators’ little-known art. Share on Tumblr
Salvador Dalí Illustrates Alice in Wonderland, 1969 By Maria Popova UPDATE: The best illustrations from 150 years of Alice in Wonderland Last week, we marveled at Leonard Weisgard’s stunning illustrations for the first color edition of Alice in Wonderland, circa 1949. But it turns out they might not be the most culturally intriguing. As reader Varvn Aryacetas points out on Twitter, exactly two decades later a collaboration of epic proportion took place as the Lewis Carroll classic was illustrated by none other than Salvador Dalí. Published by New York’s Maecenas Press-Random House in 1969 and distributed as their book of the month, the volume went on to become one of the most sought-after Dalí suites of all time. As you might expect, the book isn’t exactly easy to acquire — Amazon currently spots just a single copy, handsomely priced at $12,900, and there’s even a video tutorial on what to look for when you hunt for this treasure: