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I Believe In Unicorns

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C.W. Moss, the Unicorn behind such B/D blog posts as “5 Reasons to Subscribe” and “Godspeed, Unicorn Riding Fei,”  will be in a group show opening tomorrow, June 11 at WWA Gallery.Curated by Industrial Squid, “I Believe in Unicorns” assembles a group of optimistic talents who fearlessly employ rainbows, joy, candy-colors, and yes, even the shining beacons of hope and goodness that are unicorns. I’m sick of self-deprecating hipster irony, bring on the celebration! Word on the street is that Unicorn may be paying a visit and you might even be able to take photos with him. (You can also be his friend on facebook.) Flyer after the jump!

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Vintage Photographs Of The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Thanksgiving Floats

In lieu of kitschy turkey paintings I decided it would be fun to collect a few vintage images of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The earliest of these was taken in 1931, and the newest in 1975.

The tradition started in 1924, tying in for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States along with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a staple of New York life since the late 20’s; the popularity grew as the parade started to get televised in the 1950’s. Till’ this day, there’s nothing more iconic than the giant balloons that stroll across the city during this time of the year.

Until 1980-90’s the balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade came in two varieties. The first and oldest is the novelty balloon class, which fit on the heads of the performers. The second, and most famous, is the full-size balloon class, primarily consisting of licensed pop-culture characters.

On behalf of the B/D team, we want to wish you all a very happy thanksgiving. May you spend this day with your loved ones, and yummy food!

(Images via Daily News & Huff Post)

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Studio Makgill

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UK’s StudioMakgill creates big, bright presence in packages of all shapes and sizes.

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Ryan Peltier

Ryan Peltier’s mix of delicately shakey line work and elongated figures are inspired by American and European folk art.

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Nicholas Hanna’s Marvelous Bubble Machine Is A Work Of Wonder

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At first glance, media artist Nicholas Hanna‘s installation looks like some kind of DIY gallows. It’s sparsely constructed: just wood and string set before a simple $20 table fan. Below the string, a tray filled with liquid soap — death by Mr. Clean, perhaps?

Then the machine kicks into gear, dipping the string into the soap, drawing it up slowly, and suddenly an iridescent bubble blooms out of nothing. Magic.

Hanna works seem to incorporate one part engineering and two parts childhood wonder. One of his other pieces is a Beijing tricycle that, as the rider pedals, uses water droplets to write Chinese calligraphy in Courier New. Another piece utilizes motion sensors to cause a cascade of light depending on how a candle flame is shielded by a hand. And another still is a long gunmetal trumpet mounted on a toy truck, labeled simply as “Fire Truck #1.” What does the fire truck do? It starts sounding the alarms at 7:30 p.m., of course.

The bubble machine — “Bubble Device #1,” naturally — is another one of these curiosities. It’s unusual to see beautiful bubbles created by something as sterile as Hanna’s spare framed machine, in an environment as austere as a plain white-walled room. But the wonder is still there.

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Rachel Wolfe

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It was a relaxing way to start my day off with some of Rachel Wolfe’s photography. Her work reminds me of some of my favorite Sigur Rós songs, it starts off quiet, serene, but loud in the vibrations of either storytelling or sense of nostalgia. Some of my favorites of her work are Liminal Metanoia and Eleven Winter.

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Food Art, Part 2

Fulvio Bonavia, "Untitled", A Matter of Taste, 2008

Fulvio Bonavia, "Untitled", A Matter of Taste, 2008

As I mentioned last week, I thought it’d be interesting to round up a collection of artists who make art out of the surprising medium of food. Read on to find out today’s round up!

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Leaves Transformed Into Fashion Illustrations

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Malaysian based artist and designer Tang Chiew Ling creates illustrations using unconventional illustration materials. Using things like cotton and leaves, Ling will create a fashion illustration around these objects, recontextualizing them into an interesting new design. For these particular illustrations, Ling uses the natural beauty and curves of leaves found in her garden and in drains to illustrate high-end fashion for various models. With her careful and deliberate arrangement of decaying and dead leaves, Ling transforms nature into fashion. (via design boom)

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