Posts by Kelly Richman-Abdou


August 16, 2017

Illustrator Perfectly Captures the Overlooked Joys of Living Alone

Known for her beautiful background paintings, Los Angeles-based artist Yaoyao Ma Van As boasts an impressive professional portfolio. In addition to her collection of commissioned work, the painter, illustrator, and “occasional animator” also creates charming personal pieces that explore the overlooked benefits of living alone. Each playfully drawn depiction features a female figure (undeniably rendered in Ma Van As' own likeness) demonstrating the perks of single life.

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August 15, 2017

Trees with “Crown Shyness” Mysteriously Avoid Touching Each Other

If you look up toward certain types of towering trees—including eucalyptus, Sitka spruce, and Japanese larch—you may notice a unique phenomenon: the uppermost branches don't touch. Known as “crown shyness,” this natural occurrence results in rupture-like patterns in the forest canopy that seem to perfectly outline the trees' striking silhouettes. Since scientists first started studying the topic in the 1920s, crown shyness has been observed between trees of the same and different species in locations across the globe.

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August 14, 2017

Every Iconic Outfit From Beloved Films Are Arranged as Fashion Shop Windows

A master of movie posters, artist Jordan Bolton is known for identifying, arranging, and photographing objects from favorite films. From Hayao Miyazaki's animated movies to quirky cult classics, Bolton dissects cinematic masterpieces into neatly organized collections of props. For his most recent series, the artist has opted to narrow this object-based focus, concentrating specifically on well-known movie fashion.

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August 11, 2017

Unraveled Rope Installations Form Delicate Networks of Roots, Branches, and Veins

Using unraveled rope as a sculptural medium, Janaina Mello Landini creates intricate art inspired by branches. Cleverly titled Ciclotramas—a combination of the words “cycle” and trama, a Latin weaving term—the series of rope installations transforms an ordinary and overlooked material into an eye-catching artistic tool. Most of Landini's Ciclotrama sculptures are composed of a single piece of colorful rope attached to a canvas. By meticulously unbraiding certain sections of the twisted cord, the artist creates a complex network of intertwining branches.

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