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Reid Peppard

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Yes, that is a guinea pig comb/head piece. It was created by Reid Peppard, a British taxidermist. Her pieces take animals commonly perceived as vile pests and turns them into fashion items. Peppard says, “…when they become sculptural headpieces, necklaces and cuff-links, the specimens cease to be waste and become objects to behold. RP/ENCORE makes use of the city’s leftovers.” Would you be comfortable wearing this stuff?

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Keetra Dean Dixon

Keetra Dean Dixon

Keetra Dean Dixon has a treasure chest of innovative projects. Made from silk velvet, “The Great Slumber A.K.A. Blood Puddle Pillows” is, in her words, “inspired by those suspenseful moments when a sleeping loved one is a little too still for a little too long”; these humorous pillows parallel sleep and death.

I’ve also gathered a few of her neat type creations, a hug-worthy performance piece, and a blanket that does more than keep its user warm.

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Aoi Kotsuhiroi

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Aoi Kotsuhiroi’s Wet Moon collection is quite dark — made up of real human hair, crystals and pit fired ceramic skulls her “body ornaments” merge high-end fashion with Gothic craft. I love these pieces, and am surprisingly not put off by the use of real human hair, I’m impressed by how versatile hair is and how it can be transformed in many different pieces.

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Kimiko Yoshida

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Torero by Picasso

“Painting” is the name of this recent series of self portraits from Japanese artist Kimiko Yoshida. In each photograph, she attempts to replicate a character from a painting. More after the jump.

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Kotama Bouabane

Kotama Bouabane

Toronto-based photographer Kotama Bouabane has an incredibly poignant series called “Melting Words.” The ice letters form typical break-up phrases, with their indelible messages transcending the medium’s own impermanence.

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Masashi Kawamura

“日々の音色 (Hibi no neiro)” is the name of this new music video for the band SOUR, directed by Japanese designer/art director/video guy Masashi Kawamura. The amount of choreography involved in this video, which is comprised of clips of fans shot on their webcams, is so staggering I don’t know how they possibly could have done it…but I also don’t know how they could have faked it. After the jump, more work from Kawamura, who’s done a lot of other cool, clever stuff in various mediums.

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Robin Burkinshaw

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Above is an image capture from Alice and Kev, a project from British game design student Robin Burkinshaw. The project, presented as a frequently updated blog, tracks the lives of a homeless father and daughter family Burkinshaw created in the Sims 3. She guides the two characters as little as possible, instead relying on AI and their set personality traits (the father is insane, while the daughter is compassionate). The amount of conflict created by these two characters is on par with pretty much any soap opera – and despite being completely artificial computer game characters, the humanity of them is plainly evident in the entries’ comments, in which readers express sympathy for various characters and contempt for others.

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Sam de Groot

True True True owner and designer Sam de Groot hails from The Netherlands. I purchased And yet, and yet…(four short bittersweet reflections by Dutch writer Nescio–all written between 1914 and 1943) and Andy de Fiets: Letter to Robin Kinross (22-year-old Andy de Fiets, on the verge of graduating from his graphic design studies, writes to his hero: Hyphen Press publisher Robin Kinross). After the jump are spreads from Letter to Robin Kinross and picture of the knick knacks I asked Sam to send. Ahh…I love snail mail!

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