Paris based artist Christophe Guinet has quite literally grown the traditional slogan of Nike (Just Do It) into something completely new. His project is called “Just Grow It” and is a collection of handcrafted iconic sneakers covered in a variety of natural materials. Guinet uses anything from flower petals, buds, seeds, grasses, moss and bark to cover the synthetic shoe. The miniature trees and flower arrangements he plants within the shoe are actually able to continue growing within the soil base. Each shoe has a beautiful color palette, theme and matching stick, branch or flower. These living sneakers are just as thought out as one of Nike’s original designs.
By weaving Nike’s neon laces through these fresh organic flowers, and tacking rough bark onto the symbolic Nike swoosh, Guinet is making a clever comment on Nike’s obsession with new techniques and technologies concentrating mostly on improving nature. He says about his intention:
In these works, one can read a certain dichotomy between the marketing and media world in which we live and ethical values that are dear to me. This is an invitation for all of us to contemplate, to rediscover the beauty of a single seed of a wild grass, the delicacy of a flower, or the smell of the foam.
Even though the shoes are meticulously crafted, and obviously have had many hours of patience spent perfectly shaping the silhouette, Guinet often finishes a piece after a day’s work. Collecting the raw materials early morning, he spends the day finishing the piece and the night time photographing his living creation. To appreciate more of his hard work, go here. (Via FastCodeDesign)
The artist known only as strng on Flickr creates technically impressive and visually compelling collages. He combines imagery from human, animal, natural, and mechanical worlds into one image. Elements that don’t seem to have much in common become a part of each other, and strng illustrates these startling images in such a way as for them to appear natural or ordinary. Part of this involves strng’s aesthetic, which is resonant with the pages of anatomy and biology textbooks.
Illustrator Mike Bertino’s overwhelming amount of creative imagination, humor, and striking palette find their place in his illustrations. Though his loud and bright illustrations appear to be a constant streamline of drug-haze crazy, make no mistake – it is all held together by the attention to intricate design, and executed by a skillful hand.
For six years the Dutch photographer Willeke Duijvekam followed the lives of Mandy and Eva, documenting their inner and outer attempts to align their sex assignments at birth with their gender identity — both girls were born as boys.
“Willeke Duijvekam reveals how for both girls the radical transformation into self-confident young women was chiefly an internal process. Her subdued photographs show how Mandy and Eva are absorbed in their everyday activities, or in their own thoughts. They are two remarkably normal girls — the one more vivacious, the other quieter — who do nothing other than live according to the dictates of their feelings.” (Source)
Duijvekam presents this series as an ingenious photo book, Mandy and Eva. The best designs enhance the subject matter, bringing new interpretations and depth to the work without taking over the narrative. In Duijvekam’s book, the subtle photos of the two transgender girls are incorporated into an interleaved book. In the video of the book, the pages are separate but related, each girl always present in the other’s spreads, advancing and retreating at the turn of a page. It is a masterful match of form and content. The book progresses backward through time, reversing the expected progression and reinforcing that these are two girls. The bodies that they were born into are much less important than the bodies in which they have become themselves.
“In my work I am guided by what moves and surprises me. … Ideas for projects are constantly unfolding and possibilities reveal themselves around every corner. The trick is to be open enough to recognize them the moment they appear and driven enough to pursue them. Diversity is what draws me to the people I meet, but at the same time I’m fascinated by our similarities.”
These bizarre photographs by British artist James Ostrer feature himself and others covered in thick, sticky-looking layers of candy, frosting, and other junk food. Decadent edibles look hardened and become a strange replacement for conventional masks and armor.
Candy and sweets are often associated with joy, but looking at Ostrer’s work its hard to feel that way. They aren’t delightful, but are visceral. Frosting is slathered on haphazardly with licorice used to create outlines. Sometimes, the lines are droopy and it appears that the entire piece is melting. The result is a peculiar and unsettling group of photographs that speaks to the sickening amount of junk food we have available as well as a reinterpretation of the self portrait.
These photos are currently on display in his exhibition Wotsit All About at the Gazelli Art House in London through September 11th of this year.
Philadelphia based artist Erin M Riley creates incredible handwoven tapestries with hand dyed wool on nylon warp. Her work touches on issues of death, self exploitation through gender and the internet, addiction, and loneliness.