Most famous diamond in the world
The Hope Diamond, also known as “Le bleu de France” is a large, 45.52-carat (9.10 g). Deep-blue diamond, now housed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. In fact, it is blue to the naked eye because of trace amounts of boron within its crystal structure. However, it exhibits red phosphorescence after exposure to ultraviolet light. Meanwhile, it has a long recorded history with few gaps in which it changed hands numerous times on its way. In particular, from India to France, then to Britain and to the United States. Described as the “most famous diamond in the world”, according to belief, it is also the second most-visited artwork in the world, after the Mona Lisa.
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Most famous diamond in the world
Artwork by Ali Gulec
Turkish artist and graphic designer Ali Gulec has an eye for images that oscillate between the macabre, irreverent, and absurd. Ali Gulec, also known as İkiiki – illustrator and T-shirts designer, creating amazing collage artworks. Living and working in Istanbul, Turkey, he specializes in illustration, collage, and apparel graphics. According to the artist, he has been drawing since childhood. Meanwhile, his creative and innovative design studio İkiiki offers specialized artistic solutions to renowned domestic and international brands.
Delicate illustrations by Gabriella Barouch
26-years old illustrator from Israel Gabriella Barouch creates amazing illustrations. According to the artist, she graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. And currently Gabriella Barouch lives in Paris, collaborating with various publications around the world. Meanwhile, final project done by Gabriella Barouch at Bezalel Academy Of Art And Design – beautiful and delicate illustrations.
This post features her illustrations accompanied with a compendium of limericks by Edward Lear in the Book of Nonsense.
Kinetic sculptures by Claire Oswalt
Brooklyn based artist and craftswoman Claire Oswalt has created these remarkable life size pieces, that will change your whole perspective on anthropomorphism. Working on a true to life scale, her massive mixed media sculptures are built from a machined wood then jointed and layered with illustrated paper. In essence she’s created life size paper dolls able to be moved about and interact with each other. The message is striking, her hollowed 2D creations portray a flat life of despondency, strife and struggle. They wrestle with each other, fighting for love or attention, a planed reflection of our own static puppeteen lives.
Trend Setting Movie Posters of 1920’s Russia
Undoubtedly, the innovative and revolutionary duo, brothers Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, left an undeniable mark on design history. Growing up in Moscow during a time of huge upheaval, their talented quickly established them as members of the avant-garde during the 1920s and early 1930s. Indeed, their movie posters are incredible in their innovative visual aspects. In particular, using elements of Dada photo-montage, implied motion, an exaggerated scale, distorted perspectives and a dynamic use of color and typography. Unlike most posters of the era, the brothers often used stills from the featured film collaged into the works. It was a style, quickly imitated by others.
Scalpel work by Georgia Russell
Scottish artist Georgia Russell is well-versed in manipulating two-dimensional prints into highly textured images with the aid of a knife. Utilizing the sharp edge of a scalpel, her body of work adds a fleeting layer organic curves and scores that often move in a gesture similar to a feather or fur. Russell has been represented by England & Co since she graduated from the Royal College of Art. And her numerous solo and group exhibitions with the gallery have led to her work being acquired by The Victoria and Albert Museum. In addition, exhibitions in museums in Europe, Canada and the USA, including the Museum of Art & Design, New York for Slash: Paper Under the Knife in 2009-10. Russell featured in the England & Co exhibitions Persistent Obsessions and The Map Is Not the Territory Revisited, and the gallery at the Zoo Art Fair in 2009.
Matthew Cox embroidered x-rays
American artist Matthew Cox has created a body of work that combines the traditional medium of embroidery with plastic x-ray films. Proportionally true to the body part being pictured, the injection of stitches often depict elements of flora in a dream-scape-like scenery. The wildly contrasting materials are together read as something new and different from their original purpose.
“Redefinition motivates me to create my embroidered x-rays. The stark clash of two such divergent materials, cloth and plastic, is the simple catalyst. One tactile and labor intensive, the other technical, and quickly a finished product. There’s a wide historical context, one ancient, decorative, and artisan, the other contemporary and devoid of aesthetic intention. By simply placing one of these materials on top of the other the understood purpose of each is redefined”.