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Dammit Brooklyn: ‘Upcycled’ ladder shelving unit just $395
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“Upcycling” refers to the fabrication of a new product from old materials. How this is different from “recycling,” I cannot exactly pinpoint, except that there appears to be an aesthetic milieu attached to “upcycling”- something of a millennial take on shabby chic. Call something “recycled,” it’s someone else’s old crap. Call something “upcycled,” you can sell it on Etsy.

Take, for example, this… shelf, available for the low, low price of $395, a price for which you could afford an actual antique shelf. The seller, however, appears confident that his creation is just as good as any old piece of legitimate furniture. From the Craigslist ad:

This rustic ladder shelving unit is made from a 12’ ladder with two upholstered burlap boards. The ladder comes apart and folds up and can easily be taken apart for transport. I also have another ladder shelving unit that was made from the same original ladder and is also available upon request.

As one of those working class young Brooklynites currently sitting on a dilapidated IKEA couch, in front of a 3,000 pound television set, which lives on planks of wood perched atop cinder blocks, I know how to be resourceful on a budget, and I know how to make due with cheap and free materials. I also know the difference between real furniture and an amalgam of building materials. And building materials, no matter how expertly stacked, do not cost $395.

Thinking, of course, that this must be a Craigslist prank, I was delighted to see that the seller also has an Etsy store, where he does appear to sell some actually cool stuff. Then I saw this:

“Retro Early 1980s Baby Bouncer”
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“Retro Animals Print High Chair”
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No, Brooklyn Upcycler! Old baby shit is not “retro!” Old baby shit has been recalled. Because baby furniture used to be comprised of nothing but sharp metal and a series of nooses! Baby technology advances because babies have lost their damn little baby limbs on unsafe high chairs and bouncy seats! Old baby shit is neither functional nor aesthetically pleasing! Damn, Brooklyn Upcycler, sometimes you just have to throw old shit away!
Via Brokelyn

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‘One of Us:’ Stunning portraits of origami masks
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Designer Francesca Lombardi has created a menagerie of haunting origami animal masks, which have been photographed in beautiful black and white portraits by fashion photographer Giacomo Favilla for a series called “One of Us.”

Via the excellent arts blog Yatzer:

Titled ‘‘One of Us’’, the project consists of black and white portraits of people sitting in a vintage armchair, while wearing beautiful origami masks. With the intention creating an impression of an imaginary world, where animal and human natures blend together as one, each mask has been laboriously folded over and over again to resemble a different animal. Be the animal a puma, a rabbit, a crocodile or a cat – they all take their turn in ‘‘being the face,’’ be that temporarily, of a person sitting to have their photo taken where their most striking feature is the fact that they have no eyes – they are in fact stylised blindfolds in the shape of animals.

DM readers in London might like to know that the series will be exhibited at The Book Club beginning on November 28th. Or 28 November, if you prefer.

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LEGO record store
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A miniature record store made entirely of LEGO bricks by Ryan Howerter (AKA eldeeem). This is so damned adorable it’s adorable.

The blue milk crate at the bottom is a nice touch.


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Beautiful homes made from cargo containers
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Recycling shipping containers to make desirable homes. One container can make an appealing guest house or office, while several can be used as building blocks to create larger, more spacious housing.
More container homes, after the jump…

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Anatomical artist figure boasts unprecedented realism, and is weirdly cute, too
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I hereby confess: I’m a recovering art school grad. I’ve spent more hours and tuition than I’d care to recount in life drawing and portrait classes, trying to hone my ability to render a figure or a likeness. More recently, I’ve even hopped the Dr. Sketchy and Drink & Draw trains, and yet, to this day, I still can’t draw hands for shit. Before, and even many times since the advent of reference models online, I’ve used the classic wooden articulated figures that artists have used since approximately the invention of pencils. If a picture isn’t forming in your mind, Dada/Surrealism leading light Man Ray featured them in a series of photos in the 1940s.
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Real mature, there, Manny.

But as you can see, they have plenty of limitations. You can get the basics of a pose from them, but come on, nobody looks like that. Nobody has a honeydew melon for a shoulder or a Magneto helmet for a head. But necessity being the mother of invention, someone has at long last addressed this glaring deficiency in this most basic artist’s tool. Via RocketNews24, meet S.F.B.T.-3 (Special Full-action Body Type v.3).
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Ten years in the making, this girl has 80 moveable parts in her body, allowing for an unprecedented number of poses and anatomical designs. We take a look at the doll’s amazing details and see how it performs in some popular anime poses for the illustrator’s eye.

Manufactured in Japan by Dolk Station (the site’s in Japanese, sorry), it has articulated eyeballs and toes, for God’s sake.  Hans Bellmer may be bonering in his grave. There’s a write-up at CrabFu Artworks, and it’s a very favorable review. Understandably so. The attention to realism in the musculature is astonishing. The big downsides are that the slender female that looks like a much friendlier and somewhat more human version of the creature from Splice is the only body type available, and it’s priced at an ouch-worthy $300, and that’s before international shipping. But still, its mere existence is a start - there may be hope for my hand-eye coordination, yet.

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DIY Ouija Board Coffee Table
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When I first saw this DIY Ouija Board coffee table on Instructables, I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. But the longer I looked, the more my Native American spirit guide, White Feather, convinced me that it was pretty rad…

Purpletheory writes:

I was inspired by old Ouija Board designs, which had wonderful curved typefaces and intricate illustrations. This was a fun project and cost me around $120 to complete, and requires only basic tools.

There are 11 steps involved if you wanna try making this on your own. All the instructions are here.

I noticed someone in the comments section followed Purpletheory’s step-by-step instructions and posted photos of the finished table. I think it turned out rather nicely.

Photo by insilvermoonlight.
With thanks to Michelle Ma Belle!

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Slip slidin’ away: Derelict house transformed into an unusual work of public art
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Artist Alex Chinneck has transformed a derelict house in Margate, England, to make it appear as if the frontage is slowly sliding down into the street.

The mid-19th-century town house was bought under compulsory purchase by Thanet District Council, who allowed artist Chinneck to create a public artwork.

Ten different companies donated materials to create the sloping facade at Godwin Road, Margate, which Chinneck has called “From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes.”

London-based Chinneck said the idea was “self-initiated”:

“Initially I wanted to do it in London and I wrote to various people to try to get it off the ground. I was offered a huge number of properties, including a multi-storey car park, but I then decided I wanted to do it in Margate because I was excited by the arrival of the Turner Contemporary art gallery.

“I was aware of this idea that people have a choice whether or not they go through the doors of an art gallery, and often they don’t because they feel intimidated, so I think public art is important.

“I wanted to create something that captured humour, illusion and would be accessible to people from all types of different backgrounds. The response has been very positive.”

The building will be on display for a year, before it will be brought back into residential use. See more of artist Alex Chinneck’s work here.

H/T Rebecca Thompson!

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Pulp fiction: Classic works of literature with hard-boiled covers
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Pulp! The Classics publishes classic works of literature with retro-pulp fiction covers. The books are redesigned and reset with the original texts, while the covers mash-up images of such Hollywood stars as Marilyn Monroe as Tess of the D’Ubervilles, and Humphrey Bogart as Heathcliffe on the cover of Wuthering Heights. Others include Colin Firth as D’Arcy in Pride and Prejudice, Alistair Sim as Scrooge, Ryan Gosling as Dorian Gray, and Alan Ladd/Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby.

The covers were painted by David Mann, who explains the story behind the covers on the Waterstone’s Blog. Here he explains his cover for Thomas Hardy’sTess of the D’Ubervilles:

This version is a second attempt. Watch what you say about the body because that’s my wife! No seriously, that’s my wife. The head is that of a famous Hollywood sex object from the olden days. There was going to be a rustic pipe dangling from her mouth in keeping with Tess’s agrarian credentials. However somebody at the New York Times (fancy!) made the suggestion of a bottle of whisky and a smattering of pain killers. No pain killers (leaning too much towards MM reference), but here’s the whiskey…. with a comedy straw. My personal favourite of the covers.

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This cover was originally painted only as a sample for the publisher, but ended up being published on the first Pulp! The Classics. I used a photo of Colin Firth to paint from, as I felt that he’s still the definitive Mr Darcy for most people, the aim was to produce a Colin Firth-esque visage, not necessarily a bang-on portrait. I’ve subsequently been told it looks just like him/ nothing like him / a bit like him / just like myself!


The cover is a pastiche of the old Alan Ladd movie poster (but you knew that right?). I’ve made the cross-reference to Robert Redford in the head area.


Another mash up, featuring Alistair Sim’s mug, but the body is courtesy of Googling ‘scrooge’ . My rendering features the threat of a possible ultra-violent outcome, for increased comic effect.

More pulp classic covers, after the jump…
Via Waterstone’s Blog

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J. G. Ballard: A gallery of 1980s book covers
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James Marsh designed these iconic covers for J. G. Ballard’s novels in 1985. His style, a mix of Surrealism/Futurism/Art Deco and Allen Jones-ish fetishism, certainly captured something of the themes contained in Ballard’s beautifully constructed fictions.

I had quite a few of these (and most of the David Pelham’s Penguins), as they were eminently collectible. Marsh also supplied memorable covers for Kurt Vonnegut, Doris Lessing, Ray Bradbury, Angela Carter and Lewis Carroll.

Amongst my favorites here are the instantly recognizable covers for Crash, Hello America and the beautiful one he did for The Crystal World. If you look closely, you will also note a small portrait of Ballard contained within the rear-view mirror for Concrete Island.

These images were uploaded by Wire-Frame, and there is a fabulous collection of other covers on his or her Flickr page. There is also a good article over at Ballardian on the artwork for Ballard’s novels.

More on James Marsh can be found here.
More images of the near future, after the jump…

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Ginormous Vincent Price ring
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Just your average (ENORMOUS) sterling silver Vincent Price ring by artist Paul Komoda! Apparently only three of these rings were made. You can get more info about ‘em here

Previously on Dangerous Minds:

Vincent Price: A thrilling selection of his movie trailers

Vincent Price talks Art and Acting: A scintillating interview from 1974

Vincent Price & Peter Cushing: On location filming ‘Madhouse’ in 1974

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