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29 APRIL, 2011

David Clemesha’s Hand-Lettered Nursery Rhymes

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Little lambs, little reds, little pigs, and a little hand-lettered typography.

We love children’s books, especially clever remixes and twists to them — from finding philosophy for grown-ups in children’s classics to The Little Red Riding Hood reimagined as an animated infographic to modernist fairy-tales by today’s leading authors to quirky coloring books for grown-ups. So we love the work of San-Diego-based elementary-school-teacher-turned-artist David Clemesha, whose remarkable, vibrant hand-lettered nursery rhymes, fairy tales and fables are equal parts whimsical and artful.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

The Cat and the Fiddle

Where Are You Going, Little Red?

Jonah in the Belly of the Whale

Wee Wee Wee All the Way Home

Mary Had A Little Lamb

This Little Pig Went To Market

Three Blind Mice

Jack Be Nimble

Yankee Doodle Went to Town

Follow Clemesha’s latest work on his lovely Posterous.

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26 APRIL, 2011

Tony Orrico: The Human Spirograph

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Mock-mathematics, or how to turn the human body into a graceful precision instrument.

Tony Orrico — artist, dancer, human spirograph. He creates remarkable large-scale mock-mathematical drawings with a savant’s focus and a marathoner’s endurance, sometimes drawing for up to four hours continuously, hitting our soft spot for the intersection of art and mathematics with delicious precision.

See him in action and marvel:

What makes Orrico’s art most remarkable is the complete grace and fluidity with which he renders seemingly mechanical drawings, transforming the human body at once into a precision instrument and a delicate paintbrush of the abstract.

Watch him work his magic at the National Academy of Sciences in D.C.:

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26 APRIL, 2011

Samuel Price’s Incredible Dog Portrait Collages

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What recycled magazines have to do with the essence of the canine soul.

We love dogs. From Tim Flach’s extraordinary dog portraits to the great mystery of how to photograph a black dog, we have a particularly soft spot for unusual ways to capture (wo)man’s best friend. That’s exactly what San Francisco collage artist Samuel Price does in his stunning dog portrait collages made of hand-cut photographs from recycled magazines.

And while the whole eco-art card may have been played and played again over the past few years, it’s worth noting that a single ton of glossy virgin paper, like that used for magazines like National Geographic, requires 15 trees to make about 1,100 magazines. Sam collages about 20 recycled magazines every day, or 48,000 over the ten years he’s been making his stunning collages — that’s 650 trees saved over the course of his creative career.

I study the image and focus on the details and subtle nuances of the mouth and eyes that make every animal unique. The relationship between the owners and their pet is special and I look forward to mirroring that affection in my work.” ~ Sam Price

For the dog lover in your life, Sam’s work can be commissioned for custom collages.

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