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October 14, 2019

How Pumpkins Have Inspired Yayoi Kusama’s Avant-Garde Art for Decades

Yayoi Kusama has carved out a name for herself as a top contemporary artist. Throughout her illustrious career, the Japanese creative has developed a signature approach to her craft. Characterized by polka dots, bold color palettes, and organic forms, her aesthetic is perhaps best typified by her pumpkin art, a collection of works celebrating the subject’s “generous unpretentiousness.” Rooted in her childhood, Kusama’s love of pumpkins has significantly shaped her practice for over 70 years.

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October 14, 2019

The Sky Turned Electric Purple Just Hours Before Typhoon Hagibis Hit Japan

As people in Japan prepared to evacuate their homes before Typhoon Hagibis’ arrival, they looked up to see a strange phenomenon—an electric purple sky. The unusual sunset might look beautiful, but it was an indicator of the devastating destruction to come. Killing at least 40 people, the powerful typhoon was the worst storm to hit the country in decades.

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October 13, 2019

Hand-Knitted Beer Socks Look Just Like Two Pints of Ale for Your Feet

Some people argue that drinking boozy beverages can make you feel warmer, which is perhaps the inspiration behind these super-cozy, hand-knitted beer socks. Designed and crafted by Serbian textile artist Vicky Djokic, they feature golden, ale-colored wool; a soft, frothy white trim; and knitted beer glass handles. Each novelty pair allows you to quench yourself with a refreshing, soft blend of mixed wool and yarn.

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October 12, 2019

Eye-Opening Poster Chronicles and Compares the 100 Largest Islands in the World

With ancient origins, the practice of mapmaking may seem like chartered territory. Today, however, contemporary cartographers continue to plot out new ways to keep the age-old craft alive. Leading the way in this modern map movement is David Garcia, a cartographer born in the Philippines and based in New Zealand. With this background, it is only fitting that many of Garcia’s projects focus on isles, including his popular poster, Hundred Largest Islands of the World.

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