Posts Tagged ‘Illusions’

3D Doodle Kit

Published October 21, 2009 by Molly

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There’s a reason why everyone in 4th grade math doodled cubes, barns and bubbly letters: creating the illusion of 3-dimensional objects satisfies some basic human urge. There is probably an evolutionary cause for it––some sort of adaptive benefit obtained from cool shading techniques and eye-popping shapes. For now, we’ll just call it fun.

Luckily, the feeling of sketching a sweet 3D shooting star can be recaptured. Not only recaptured, in fact, but improved upon! These days you can get 3D drawing kits that include a pad of stereoscopic graph paper (intersecting red and blue lines) and 3D glasses. It works like this: first, you sketch with a regular black pen. Then you put on the glasses. The filters in the 3D specs allow each eye to see only the opposite color on the graph paper, and as the brain melds the two images together our focal point is pushed backwards. Voila: the illusion of depth. Really, it never gets old.

NYC Special

Published October 14, 2009 by Molly

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In honor of the New York City premiere of Where The Wild Things Are it seems appropriate to give a nod to NYC by featuring this sweet pizza pouch as an accessory. The wallet is creepily realistic and comes with a delicious mixture of pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper and onion toppings. There might also be some sausage on there! Beats a Mets hat any day.

Get Socky

Published October 7, 2009 by Molly

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Nothing is better than pulling on a spanking-new pair of socks. One of the key metrics of popularity in grade school was whether you had box-fresh socks on your feet every day; better yet if you had box-fresh novelty socks on your feet. Luckily, most of the sweetest socks of memory are somehow available in adult sizes, like these illusion high-top socks and gun-holster cowboy socks. So good you’ll want to throw your shoes in the rubbish bin.

For Tiny Little Wild Things

Published September 18, 2009 by Molly

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Haven’t you always wanted to cuddle with a tree? We’re nuts about these pillows, which are knitted to resemble Cottonwood trees that have been nibbled down by beavers. Just imagine how satisfying it would be to construct a giant log cabin fort out of them: so satisfying.

What an adorable way to bring nature indoors!

Micro-Questionnaire: Vanessa Dualib

Published August 26, 2009 by Molly


A few weeks ago we featured the inimitable Edith Zimmerman as an examplar of high-concept food trickery. Well, it turns out there’s more than one way to impart human characteristics onto vegetables!

Meet Vanessa Dualib, a 29 year-old Brazilian artist and photographer living and working in São Paulo. Her book, “Playing With Food”, documents the mind-expanding convergence of her three favorite things: food, photography, and humor. Get a comprehensive preview at Vanessa’s Flickr page, and read on for a micro-questionnaire.

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Hey Vanessa! What do you like about working with food?

The possibilities! Truly. They are absolutely endless! I honestly tell people that there are some fruits and veggies in this world that are ‘born’ to be something else. It’s not really how I look at them, but more of how they look at me.

Do you work in other media too?

Currently I am focusing on photography– I still have a lot to learn. And most important of all, I’m still trying to convince my mom that what I do can be considered a form of art. The last time she saw me photographing one of my creations she looked at me with that familiar disapproving look and said “I sure hope you plan on eating that once you’re done playing with it…”

Yes, mom. I will.

Have you read “Where The Wild Things Are”?

I was pretty young when I first read Sendak’s book and it was totally different from anything else I had ever seen or read. The illustrations blew my mind and there was also this other ‘thing’ about this book, something that only later on my life I could define better. And that was actually that for me the essence of WTWTA lies in the genuine ability of the book to portray the feelings and fears of a child…

What are your favorite foods to work with?

Fruits and veggies. Any kind. I got a soft spot for eggs too. By now all my friends are very likely getting nervous when they invite me to lunch or dinner at a public place… probably thinking “Oh my… if she makes the olives talk to the waiter again I’m never going to invite her for lunch ever again!!”

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