Margarita Checa

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Widely considered to be the most significant female sculptor in South America, Margarita Checa’s work is epic in its eloquence, breathing new life into archetypal symbols and dreams. Her hauntingly beautiful figures are at once mystical and primal, conveying an emotional experience unbounded by time. Checa hand-carves ancient olive wood taken from trees that were planted by the Spanish during their conquest and colonization of the Incas. Into this olive wood Checa imbeds inlays of silver, bronze, bull horn, or other exotic South American hardwoods. Checa relates that this aspect of her work attests to her deep ties with her homeland of Peru: “I went to live in Costa Rica in 1992. There I had the strongest sensation that regardless of where I might find myself I carried with me my entire country – its culture, its history, like tattoos all over my body. It was at that moment I started to inlay woods in the different colors and hues offered to me in Costa Rica.”

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John Holcroft

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” I grew up in the sleepy Lancashire village of Parbold and when I was 9 my family moved to Yorkshire where I spent most of my childhood drawing, painting and making stuff from what ever I could find. During my collage years I became a fan of artists like David Cutter, Ian Pollock and Edward Hopper. I left with an HND in Graphic design and was proud of my achievements only to end up in the 90s recessional jobless queue. My past clients include: BBC, TUC, Reader’s Digest, Financial Times, Walker books, The Guardian, The Economist, Haymarket, conde nast, TES.” – John Holcroft

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Moby Pick Party Picks

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‘When there’s a party on the horizon, make sure you have the proper harpoons to skewer your snacks. Moby Pick is here to help. We’ve packed one porcelain whale and 32 spouting picks in each colorful printed giftbox.’ Buy here.

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Dana Park Weiser

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” As a Korean-born adoptee, raised in a Jewish-American home in a large, mid-western city, I use my childhood experiences to explore questions of lost identity, multiple identity and racial identity. I use my personal memories, followed by research, to explore current incidents of racial stereotyping and to reflect on, and bring a unique focus to, contemporary observations on our society. My work is inspired by everyday words and gestures or movements. While my sculptures are often seen as figurative, I prefer to describe them as gestural. The larger works are often a vehicle for capturing a seemingly small gesture or act, which is better captured and understood in a larger context. My sculptures are often literal representations of idioms, such as My Thoughts Exactly… and Child Overboard. While my figures mimic the most simple translations of these words, their connotations are considerably more complex.” – Dana Park Weiser

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Offices for Junta de Castilla y León by Alberto Campo Baeza

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Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza has concealed an office block with walls made entirely of glass behind a sandstone enclosure in the Spanish city of Zamora. The project was completed in collaboration with architects Pablo Fernández Lorenzo, Pablo Redondo Díez, Alfonso González Gaisán and Francisco Blanco Velasco. Link here.

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Kamil Mirocha

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” I guess the line between being paranoid and being an artist is smaller than one would expect. My name is Kamil Mirocha and I’m utterly devoted to graphic design and batik. Having graduated with an MA in Applied Arts, I moved to the UK, where I’m currently working on a new series of paintings. Constantly discovering the secrets of the batik technique, I have developed my own style, which I hope you will enjoy.” – Kamil Mirocha

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Rainbow Pencils

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Made from recycled paper, rainbow pencils let you create beautiful paper rainbows every time you sharpen them. Rainbow Pencils function like regular wooden pencils, and are the same size and weight, but they’re not made from wood, they’re made from lots of layers of recycled waste paper. This means the shavings/sharpenings look like rainbows. Each pencil has a 6-layer rainbow core and comes finished in either black or white. There’s 5 in a pack and the simple design makes a great gift. Click here for the link.

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Alan Sailer

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These incredible set of high speed photographs are the work Alan Sailer. Wow.

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Alessandra Celauro

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A series called Vanishing by art student and photographer Alessandra Celauro based in Asuncion, Paraguay.

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Lola Dupré

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Lola Dupré is a collage artist and illustrator working in the Alpujarra de la Sierra, Andalucía, Spain. The collages are handmade with paper, scissors and glue on wood panels.

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