Add Creativity & Inspiration To Your 2014- Beautiful/Decay’s Annual 50% Off Sale!

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To make sure you start the new year full of inspiration and creativity we are extending our holiday 50% off sale until January 10th! Now you can get 50% off all books, magazines, and artist shirts and get inspired by the thousands of artists and designers that we feature in our pages. Just use discount code “happyholidays50″ during checkout and save big!

 

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We’ve Got A Special Gift For You, Our Readers!

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Fear not! We don’t want to give you another pair of socks or an ugly Christmas sweater, we want to give you the gift that keeps on giving: a shiny new portfolio site! The holidays are a time to take stock, evaluate our to do lists and figure out how we want to start the new year.

Beautiful/Decay wants to help you start the new year off right by helping you get your online portfolio site built in a flash. Made With Color is offering our readers a special discount for 29% off your first year. You can get your custom site up and running before the egg nog runs out.

Just  sign up at Madewithcolor.com and use discount code “happyholidays” in the payment area and get your new site ready to share with the world!

 

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Santa And His Crew Are Naughty When They Aren’t being nice

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Tis the Season from Jens & Anna on Vimeo.

Ever wondered what Santa and his crew are up to during their time off? Watch the above hilarious short animation by Jenns & Anna and find out.

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Eoin Duffy Brings You 47 Seconds Of Christmas Fun

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Snowflake from Eoin Duffy on Vimeo.

Sometimes small packages pack a big punch. For instance this short 47 second animation by Oscar nominated director/animator Eoin Duffy will start your Christmas Eve on the right foot. Enjoy!

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Today Is The Last Day To Get Your BD Online Shop Order By Christmas And Get 50% Off!

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Today is the last day to place your online order on the B/D shop and get your books, magazines, and shirts in time for Christmas! All orders received between now and 5pm PST will be shipped out today using USPS priority mail. And to sweeten the deal we’re giving all online orders 50% off! Just use discount code “happyholidays50″ during checkout!

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Made With Color Presents: Janet Decker Yanez’s Hallucinogenic Portraits

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It’s time for our weekly exclusive artist feature in partnership with premiere website builder Made With Color. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color is a website builder that helps artists create gorgeous mobile/tablet optimized websites and allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are happy to share the work and website of Janet Decker Yanez.

Nashville, Tennessee based artist Janet Decker Yanez latest series of paintings “Unwinding Sheets” is a psychedelic exploration of portraiture, color, and abstraction. Using furniture moving pads and spray food coloring, Yanez’s experiments have taken her on a hallucinogenic ride full of colorful possibilities.

Discussing this body of work she states:

There’s a death that happens in the moving process: death of the physical space once occupied, of relationships with people and of things that break or don’t have a place in the new home. There’s also new life that happens while unpacking, as demonstrated in this series called “UnWinding Sheets.”

 

After unpacking my whole house and giving away all the boxes and most of the paper—for the second time in less than a year—I was left with roughly 20 large furniture paper pads, “economical, multipurpose, and reusable 3-ply recycled paper.” Some days I just wanted to wrap myself up in one of those blanket-sized sheets and hide away in some old box. As an alternative, I brought them to the studio.

 

Using food coloring and spray-painting techniques, I began creating non-representational heads/portraits. Starting with the basics of facial anatomy, ephemeral, shroud-like faces emerged from these lifeless, linen-like materials approximately 4 feet by 6 feet. Features developed as the coloring puddled or ran depending on whether I was working on a flat surface or vertically and as I used a layering process that included several spray applications and airbrushing.

 

A cast of characters unfurls from this paper that once wrapped and protected all my fragile household items.  Through the title process I found some have namessome speak of their past with terms used to describe the condition of the objects they once wound around, while others merely echo precautionary statements.

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Rhiannon Schneiderman Takes On Ideals Of Beauty And Grooming In Her Hilarious “Lady Manes” Series (NSFW)

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Rhiannon Schneiderman‘s self portrait series “Lady Mane” takes on societies ideals for women but with a hilarious tongue-in-cheek spin. Striking the same types of poses you’d find in fashion magazines with hip accessories across a neutral background, the artist stares into the camera while long wispy ponytails, four foot hair braids, and jheri curls dangle from her crotch. In a recent interview with Design Taxi Schneiderman states about the project:

The Lady Manes is a series of eight self-portraits. In each image I’m standing in your typical feminine pose in an outfit or article of clothing, and I’ve accessorized each outfit with its own unique, stylized ‘Lady Mane.’ A ‘Lady Mane’ is just a somewhat empowering pseudonym for a bunch of pubes, a “bush,” your “hair down there”… And that’s what the series was about for me: empowerment. I can’t really pinpoint any one source of inspiration for the project because it really was a culmination of so many things going on at the time; I’d moved to and lived in Daytona Beach, the armpit of Florida and possibly all of civilization, for almost two years (for school) during which time I’d witnessed and been subject to some pretty amazingly sexist ordeals. I was moving more into my hardcore feminist phase, which I think every lesbian in their 20’s goes through, and just so happened to have a hardcore feminist, fine-arts-major professor who had been giving me a semester of the most intense and life-altering class critiques I’d ever experienced. I’d been introduced to Cass Bird’s “Rewilding”, an amazing body of work that continues to influence me. All of these things, and maybe a few Lady Gaga songs, were inspiration enough to create a series that kind of laughed at conventional gender norms. I wanted to tell people that they were ridiculous, make them uncomfortable for a change. I wanted to challenge femininity and the objectification of women that is still so incredibly prevalent in society. I guess it was my way of saying, “Fuck you. Enough is enough.”

 

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