Embroidered Portraiture

Posted in Art & Design by Natalie on September 30, 2011

These embroidered portraits by artist Cayce Zavaglia are truly stunning works of art. Zavaglia, who was trained in painting and drawing, says she drew inspiration from watching her mother cross stitch as a child. The way she renders shadow and color with the fibers is incredible. I’m curious as to how long these take to complete….and how many spools/yards of thread are used! But, hey, whatever it takes – these are amazing. I’d love to see one up close and be able to study all the fine lines and details of the threading.

Cayce Zavaglia

Via Design Milk.

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Why I will forever love Nicolas Cage…

Posted in Art & Design by Natalie on September 30, 2011

Nicolas CageVia The Whoa

Chocolate mustashe? Yes, please!

Posted in Art & Design by Natalie on September 29, 2011
Chocolate Mustache


Via Design Souffle.

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Posted in Art & Design by Natalie on September 28, 2011

Absolutely loving this guys work. CRAYONFIRE is the illustrations of Neil Stevens, an image and print maker from the UK. He does a lot of work for magazines, posters, and books. The precision, detail, and color of his work is astounding. I can’t stop scrolling through his website. You could stare at each piece for an hour and still not be able to take it all in. His cycling themed pieces are some of the best. Especially these ones depicting this year’s Tour de France stages and a cycling tour…



Why Have I Never Heard This Before?!

Posted in Video by Natalie on September 28, 2011

Lana Del Rey – Video Games

New favorite song.

The Search for the Best Slogans is On…

Posted in Advertising, Art & Design by Natalie on September 27, 2011

Creative Review is on a hunt. A hunt for the best slogans ever. A while back they published a compilation of the best logos, and now they are taking their search a step further. More often than not, when a brand really resonates with us and becomes permanently seared into our brain, we don’t just remember the logo, we also remember the catchphrase. Slogans take a logo and concept one stop further in representing a brand’s values and goals. From the classics like, “Just Do It” to Heineken promo below, it seems like we can’t have one without the other. Really, they go together like peas and carrots, so it’s only fitting for CR to find the best and brightest slogans….and, they are asking for readers opinions.

Heineken Poster

Heineken Advertisement

Labour Poster

British Political Advertisement

Via Creative Review.


Posted in Web by Natalie on September 24, 2011

Via Mashable

Historical Maps

Posted in Photography, Pittsburgh by Natalie on September 23, 2011
What Was There

Pittsburgh, PA

I’m totally loving this new site, What Was There, that joins Google Maps with historical photos of different cities, counties and states.  The team at What Was There sums up their mission best,

The WhatWasThere project was inspired by the realization that we could leverage technology and the connections it facilitates to provide a new human experience of time and space – a virtual time machine of sorts that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past.

The site depends on contributors, which allows for everyone and anyone to add a little bit to history. I think this can mean a lot for someone when, maybe, remembering their favorite hang out as a kid, or thinking of a place their grandparents used to talk about. The site is not only informative but personal. And, What Was There doesn’t just provide amazing black and white photographs, each image is accompanied by a short write up on the history of the location.

Here are some screen shots of my hometown, Pittsburgh:

Pittsburgh, PA

Close Up of Pittsburgh, PA

Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, PA

Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, PA

Luna Park, Pittsburgh, PA

Luna Park, Pittsburgh, PA

Forbes Field

Check out the Street View!

The Dance

Posted in Art & Design, Personal Work, Video by Natalie on September 22, 2011

Here is a found footage collage I edited together using Final Cut Pro a while back. I love the black and white tones, and was pretty happy with the overall rhythm of the piece. Also, don’t fret, nothing is wrong with the sound on your computer, the video is *silent.* While it may seem odd that images and video depicting music and movement would be silent, it was done intentionally so the viewer can focus on the juxtaposition of images and movement of the objects and frames. Plus, with no sound, the viewer is forced to create their own music in their head – which is something I do every time I watch 🙂

Need proof Graffiti is Art? Here you go…

Posted in Art & Design, Photography by Natalie on September 22, 2011

Check out this blog’s feature on Street Art in Europe. Great, stunning works featuring rich colors and textures. Plus, some moving images by Banksy.

Street Art

Street Art in Europe

(Via Light on the Rooftop)

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