175 posts tagged Creativity
175 posts tagged Creativity
Last year Annabel de Vetten, the baking maven behind the Conjurer’s Kitchen (previously featured here), created an entire Christmas dinner, roast turkey and all the trimmings, using cake.The dinner was prepared for a 2012 Imperial Fringe event called the Imperial College ‘A Feast for the Sciences’. The Imperial Fringe is an ongoing series of free public events exploring the unexpected side of science at the Imperial College of London.
Annabel made the entire meal by hand in only a few hours using sponge cake, chocolate, buttercream frosting, marzipan, and edible paint. The gravy was made of chocolate caramel sauce and the wine was fruit-flavoured gelatin. Even the candles, created by Cake For Breakfast, were made of solid chocolate.
The idea behind the sweet dinner was that visitors to the exhibition would eat it - but in typically British fashion, people were too polite to touch the art, much less take great bites out of it. Annabel said: ‘We took the dinner along to the exhibition for people to eat but to begin with everybody was a bit shy about trying tucking in. Once the first person tried a bit though, everybody else joined in and it was gone within 30 minutes.’
We think the mere idea of cake for dinner is great, so this awesome holiday spread is a spectacular feat of edible art. Click here for more photos.
Israeli designer and makeup artist Tal Peleg uses her own lovely eyes as a canvas for beautiful ocular illustrations. Anne Frank writes in her diary by candlelight, an insomniac’s sheep jump over a fence, and little Moomintroll picks flowers with the Snork Maiden. For “The Princess and the Pea” Tal used a green contact lens as the pesky pea. For “The Ugly Duckling” she used one eye for the brood of ducklings and the other for the splendid swan that the homely duckling became.
She even created a tribute to Breaking Bad by painting Heisenberg’s unmistakable mug on her eyelid, using her eyelashes as his mustache.
Visit Tal Peleg’s DeviantART gallery to view more of her marvelous cosmetic creations.
These adorable Sushi Trucks are the work of Japanese artists Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano. They created this awesomely kawaii method for transporting pieces of delicious sushi to hungry customers in order to demonstrate how serving food can be a fun and creative enterprise.
Of course, no matter how hungry we were, we wouldn’t be able to resist the opportunity to drive our sushi trucks around the bar, pretending to be voracious kaiju, before driving them right into our mouths. Om nom nom nom!
New York-based photographer Ryan Burke is a master of self-transformation. He spends anywhere from three to eight hours skillfully using makeup, clothing, and creative props to achieve each new appearance. However Ryan rarely plans an outfit in advance. Instead he allows each look to evolve organically. Once he has completed the awesome transformation process, Ryan documents each new manifestation by taking a stunning self-portrait. As you can see from the ten examples above, each new guise is nothing short of jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
Mr Burke grew up in Virginia and has spent time living in both Los Angeles and New York. His work has been influenced and shaped by his experiences with artists, drag queens and other colorful people during his travels.
He told the Huffington Post of his photo project, titled ‘Self’: ‘My self-portraits are a documentation of my life. When you spend three to eight hours putting together your face and outfit, an iPhone picture just doesn’t seem like enough.’
Ryan keeps an ongoing public record of his favourite guises, which you can follow right here on Tumblr.
Dark Roasted Blend recently assembled an impressive collection of Extremely Weird Bus Stops & Shelters. Our favourites include the fabulous disco bus stop, kawaii fruit and fish-shaped bus stops (that are, of course, located in Japan), a hungry bunny bus shelter (caught in the act of devouring two ladies oblivious to their peril, and the ferocious great white shark bench in Bangkok, Thailand (previously featured here).
Visit Dark Roasted Blend to view many more strange and wonderful bust stops.
We just learned about a wonderful new addition to the Department of Awesome Parenting. It’s a family tradition, called Dinovember, created by writer Refe Tuma and his wife. Every night in November, after their children have gone to bed, the pair set about creating a new scene involving their children’s dinosaur toys which makes it appear as though the tiny dinos came to life overnight and had all sorts of mischievous fun. They cook, paint, pretend to be knights and dragons, take other toys hostage, and play the kids’ boardgames. They’ve even teepeed the bathroom.
Tuma explains, “In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs. Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”
The photos you see here are just a small sampling of this delightful project. Follow each new installment of Dinovember over on Facebook.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
It’s a delightfully unconventional play on classic colouring books. But jeez, we never realized that Jessica Rabbit was suffering from such severe spinal curvature. Ouch.
[via Obvious Winner]
Beth Klosterboer of Hungry Happenings is a festive food maven. One look at her amazing Candy Corn-stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey Cake and we’ve completely forgotten about eating actual roast turkey. Who has time for dinner when dessert is as awesome as this?
The turkey is a layered, frosted yellow cake with wings and drumsticks hand-molded using a paste made of frosting and mashed cake. The impressively realistic stuffing is a combination of toasted cake cubes and crumbled bits of frosting/cake paste dusted with cocoa powder. And the veggie trimmings are made of fondant and modeling chocolate.
But wait, assuming you have any leftovers the day after Thanksgiving, you can create a whole new dessert by using slices of turkey cake to make turkey cake sandwiches. Om nom nom nom!
Entitled The New American, this awesome motion graphics animation video was created by designer Nando Costa using a painstaking method we’ve never seen before: each of the 800+ animation frames used to create this video is a laser-engraved block of maple. Nando’s meticulous process took nearly two years to complete.
"As seen in the video, each frame is unique. Aside from the design of each frame itself being distinct, small variances that naturally occur in the laser engraving process as well as the different wood grain of each frame naturally created subtle shifts of the position of the artwork. An effect that I was particularly interested in and that could naturally be achieved in digital assembly, but that I was much more excited about re-creating with real objects."
Some of the wood block frames used to created this video are available for purchased via Etsy.
Obvious Winner recently shared a few tentacular pieces of artwork by Singapore-based artist Keng Lye (previously featured here). You may recall that Keng creates these amazingly lifelike depictions of aquatic animals by gradually layering containers with acrylic paint and resin. The end result is a painting of a creature that looks like it’s about to wriggle out of its container and onto your lap.
Visit Keng Lye’s DeviantART gallery to view more of his awesome artwork.
[via Obvious Winner]