Russian embroidery artist Krista Decor hand stitches her designs onto tulle—a fine net-like fabric with a shimmering, translucent quality that makes her designs look as though they are floating in mid-air.
Krista first learned to make “real haute couture embroidery” using tulle when she collaborated with designers during an internship at V. Yudashkin—a fashion-house in Russia. Since then, the artist has been creating exquisite, nature-inspired embroidery designs, with flowers, leaves, and birds as her primary motifs. Krista mostly uses colorful cotton and wool embroidery threads of various thicknesses and textures; however, she also embellishes her designs using silk ribbon, beads, pearls, and natural stones, which add a touch of dazzling luxury to each piece.
Krista often updates her Instagram page with new designs, as well as progress shots and videos.
Embroidery artist Krista Decor stitches her designs onto see-through tulle fabric.
Autumn leaves appear to float in the embroidery hoop.
Japanese cranes fly among cherry blossom trees.
She also uses metallic yarn and beads to embellish her designs.
Tribal, animistic, sophisticated and codified. Although Japan and West Africa are oceans apart, these were some of the similarities that art director Serge Mouangue identified during his trip to Japan back in 2007. And in hindsight, this was the birth of Wafrica: an African kimono that blends Japanese refinement and attention to detail with West […]
Hostels have come a very long way since their darker days (or since the thriller came out and thwarted travelers from booking a hostel ever again). These days, the standards travelers hold for hostels are much higher. Instead of having to question a hotel’s sketchiness or cleanliness, travelers are wondering if it’s designed nicely, has a story behind it, serves fresh food that’s local to the city or looks Instagrammable (okay, that might be just me). Cutting to chase, the brand new Long Story Short hostel and cafe in Olomouc, Czech Republic meets all these standards and beyond, making it clear that hostels can be comparable (and even preferable) to 4-star hotels.
The name of the hostel is derived from the rich history of the building as the hostel takes up the entire first floor of an actual fortress from the 17th century, known as Podkova. The project was initiated by Eva Dlabalová who pulled in interior designer Denisa Strmisková to essentially create the hostel from scratch and turn the floor into a contemporary suite of accommodations for modern travelers.
Strmisková worked on the hostel for two years and chose a soft pastel color palette accented by black details and lots of pure white negative space. A majority of the modern furnishings are all custom made. The beds, mirrors, lamps, shelves and bathroom equipment were all made to measure by local artisans including brands like Master & Master and RAV Slezák. Classic modernist designs of the previous century was chosen by Miroslav Miroslav Bednář from Prague’s Retroobjects shop. Bakelite switches by Berker, lamps by Marset, interior lighting by Bulb and Ewerel, and original artworks by Czech artists David Minařík can be found around the grounds of the hostel. Czech graphic designer Jan Košátko worked on the identity and visual style of the hostel (notice the playful long ‘O’ in the signage).
There are total of 56 beds belonging to a variety of dorm rooms, private rooms and even a wedding suite. Guests staying in the dorm rooms have access to well-equipped bathrooms while guests staying in the private rooms have their own private bathrooms.
The arched doorways look different from every perspective with the influx of natural light that comes through the hallways and guest rooms.
This central room acts as an all-in-one, serving as the reception, common room and cafe in the heart of the hostel. The hostel has a U-shaped layout (hence the name Podkova which means Horseshoe) which coils around the building’s central courtyard. As the hostel expands, more common areas will be extended to an outside terrace with an original kitchen island and cocktail bar under a pergola. Plans to add a cafe and restaurant are also in the works.
What: The Long Story Short Hostel Where: Koželužská 945/31, 779 00 Olomouc, Czechia How much? Prices start at just $16 per night! Highlights: Not many can say that they stayed in a beautifully designed hostel, let alone one that belongs inside a 17th century fortress! Design draw: While the hostel resides inside a historic building, the furnishings and fixtures are all contemporary designs created by local Czech artisans and artists. Book it: Visit the Long Story Short Hostel’s website
Des artistes réunis autour du thème de la mobilité urbaine, c’est la promesse de la smart electric base qui se tient actuellement au coeur du 9ème arrondissement de Paris.
Ces artistes ont été sélectionnés pour investir les murs du Morning Trudaine, une ancienne école abandonnée, désormais réhabilitée en espace de coworking. Dans leurs univers créatifs, ils expriment leur vision de la ville de demain et interrogent les valeurs environnementales de la marque smart, qui présente les derniers modèles de sa gamme électrique.
Mr Plant est designer végétal, pour l’occasion il a choisi d’habiller le toit d’une smart électrique avec un jardin éphémère. Il rappelle l’importance de la nature, dans un contexte urbain qui a souvent tendance à la mettre de côté.
Ludovic Fesson est sculpteur de Land Art. Il récupère les matériaux que la nature met à sa disposition pour réaliser des compositions éphémères remplies de poésie. Pour la smart electric base, Ludovic Fesson présente sa dernière série de photographies qui laisse transparaître la géométrie créative de ses sculptures.
Clément Laurentin réalise une intervention live sur les murs de l’événement, ainsi que sur une collection de smart miniatures. Le trait sensible et spontané de Clément compose un ensemble de créations qui empruntent autant à l’univers du street art qu’à la peinture tribale.
Le photographe Bilal El Kadhi s’est fait connaître en traversant la vague de la photographie urbaine. Petit à petit, il s’est fait un nom dans l’univers de la mode en proposant des compositions léchées et modernes, teintées d’une douce lumière rosée. Pour smart, il a fait poser le dernier modèle électrique de la marque.
LONDON (Reuters) – A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication is offering ‘muggles’ with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artifacts referenced in the popular series.
France-based street artist Mantra has been unveiling a series of trompe l’oeil murals that convert the facades of commercial and residential buildings into larger-than-life butterfly display cases in Spain, Austria, France, and Bogota. Seen here are a few pieces from the last year, but you can explore a bit more on Facebook.
El asalto de Apollo, 2017. Saragosse, Spain.
Mariposas de Aragón, 2017. Festival Internacional de Arte Urbano. Photo by Juanjo Fernandez.
18-year-old Harry Hambley is from Cardiff, Wales, and has been drawing for a long, long time. He’s gotten a lot of attention for his Instagram account, @ketnipz, and currently has over 150,000 followers.
His lighthearted comics feature a millennial pink, amorphous, androgynous, anthropomorphic bean, and his hand-drawn style and off-beat sense of humor calls to mind both artist David Shrigley and comic artist Matt Furie, better known as the creator of Pepe the Frog.
Ketnipz combines visual and word puns with a hand-drawn style that belies the depth of Hambley’s drawing abilities. He hints at it in some comics, which feature hyper-real elements that allude to the versatility of his talent.
What started as a way to relieve his ennui has become something of a phenomenon, as his growing cadre of fans love his creation so much that some have gotten it tattooed on themselves.
We spoke to Hambley about how he got started out, some of the biggest influences in his style, and his burgeoning line of Ketnipz merchandise, which has riffed on the oft-referenced Thrasher logo, but has grown to include several of his most memorable comics.
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How did you get into drawing comics?
I’ve been drawing for ages. I used to draw super-realistic stuff and portraits. I got bored a year ago, and I was just like: “I’m just gonna do whatever I want.” I started doing small comics and that kind of stuff. And now it’s Ketnipz.
Did you have any influences? There’s a bit of David Shrigley in your style.
I love David Shrigley. David Shrigley is so cool. But I also watched loads of cartoons growing up. I still watch Adventure Time, Regular Show, and stuff like that. I love the colorfulness of it, and that kind of inspires me.
When did you start Ketnipz and where did the name come from?
It was about a year ago. I had a similar name before. My old drawing account was called @catnipdraws, and I had that for like three years. But I like the sound of “catnip” as a name and that was taken, so I changed it a bit.
Where did the inspiration for the character come from?
A bit of everything. You know Lemongrab from Adventure Time?
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My really old stuff had more of a pointy-nosed style. I really took from that character, but then I kind of cute-d it up and tried to make it a bit nicer.
How would you describe the Ketnipz main character, is it a bean?
Yeah, it’s a bean. I don’t know; it’s kind of like an overly emotional bean.
Where does your sense of humor come from? I think more about the words before the joke, before the visuals. So I look at a phrase, something like, ”the bees’ knees,” and think: What can I do with someone calling someone ”the bees’ knees?” and I thought: ”What about having literal bees?” And I would just do something like that. It’s not that complicated.
You have merch, and you reference brands like Thrasher magazine in your work. Are you fan of streetwear culture?
Yeah, I love streetwear. I can’t follow it—it’s too quick—but I like stuff like that. I like Krooked and those kinds of brands. The Hundreds was pretty cool, but not so much now.
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It’s interesting you said Krooked, because Mark Gonzales is an artist in his own right, and there’s some similarities in his cartoonish style. Was he an influence at all?
A little bit, yeah. I mean, I really like that kind of style in a way, and that stuff that he did with Thrasher. I had that shirt and it was always in the back of mind, and I thought: ”Why can’t I just make something fun like that?”
You were also featured in Instagram’s newest campaign for Be Kind, which was about getting people to really be aware of what they are saying on the Internet.
Kind of. It was just about having a way of spreading positivity. Even in, like, a small way, a little emoji or a sticker. It’s just something and it was super cool. I had fun with it, it was nice.
As someone with a pretty large following, how often do you have to deal with trolls?
I don’t really mind if people aren’t super down with it, that’s fine. I know that there’s a group of people out there. The comics are so lighthearted and don’t really mean much, people can just indulge in them and take from that. I don’t really care about people having a go.
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You literally just posted a comic where you took ”HATE” and turned it to ”CREATE.” Was that in reaction to something?
Yeah, I guess I just looked at the word ”hate” and was like: ”Oh, it’s similar to create.” But also, I had some dude hating on my style, and he was messaging me. I was just like: ”You could do something way more productive with your time instead of just having a go because you’re bored,” you know what I mean?
But on the other hand too, your work has impacted people to the point where they literally have gotten it tattooed.
Yeah, that’s kind of weird.
How many people that you know of have gotten tattoos of your character?
It’s into like, the tens. I get a lot of messages. But, it’s cool, I don’t really understand it. But it’s nice gesture. And I think that the character can mean a lot to people. It’s hard to see the appeal of what you make—for me, anyway.
There are a couple of reoccurring motifs in the comics, like dogs, cats, and avocados. Are these references from your own life? Do you have any pets?
Yeah. I have two cats, and I like dogs. I wish I had a dog. But it’s just things that I like I guess, and I don’t think it completely reflects me. I think about what might appeal to someone, and then I riff off that. It’s nice, lighthearted kind of stuff. I mean, who doesn’t like a cat or a dog?
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Every comic is self-contained, which I guess works with how a lot of people access media on the internet.
Yeah. I think I did that without realizing. But everything is so quick, and I feel like if I tried to do a running story, I would lose a lot of people. It’s hard to get people that invested; the culture these days is just fast consumption of the Internet mess.
Are you currently watching any animated series?
Everything. I watch loads of Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty is okay…What else did I watch recently? There was the new one on Netflix with Jayden Smith, what’s that called?
Neo Yokio! I watched that. I was like: ”Oh, okay.”
What’d you think of it?
It was cool, but I got the impression that Jayden didn’t really want to be there. You know what I mean? I don’t know if you watched it but…
I watched the whole series.
Yeah. But there’s a lot of cool stuff, I liked the pop culture in it. I liked the fashion stuff.
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How do you interact with the Instagram comic community at large, and how do you think it differs from people creating on other platforms, like print?
I kind of see Instagram as a newspaper that anyone can really put their stuff on. I like the whole Garfield thing—where you go to the back of a newspaper and there’s a little comic, and it doesn’t really mean much, but it’s something that you can always go back to most days. I wanted to do something similar. I like online, because you can always just go online and find some kind of inspiration, or just something lighthearted.
What do you see happening in the future for Ketnipz? Are you planning on expanding the apparel line or pursuing a book?
Both of those things. I just want to do whatever. I don’t think it should be backed into a corner. I want to do the clothing side of things because I’m kind of interested in that, and my art looks quite appealing on a T-shirt, so I would like to go down that route. But then also, to have a comic book or some kind of longer series would be nice. We’re doing a campaign in Mexico, and we’ve got another pop-up in LA soon, and then we’re going to try for New York.
As art teachers, we have all experienced extra unplanned class time. Maybe a demo goes more quickly than expected, technology fails, and you can’t play the video clip you had planned, or your students finally figure out that cleanup routine. Whatever the case, you have a few minutes to fill, and you want to make them count!
Here are my 3 favorite activities to productively use 5 spare minutes in the art room.
1. “4 Corners”
My first encounter with this game was at a roller rink in middle school, and I still love it today. The premise is simple. You call out a question, and the class divides itself into the four corners of the room depending on their response. It’s kinesthetic, it’s academic, and it guarantees 100% participation.
The set up for this game is quick, easy, and lasts all year. Start by making signs for the four corners of your room. Labels them 1-4 or A-D. However you like! You can even add additional signs to accommodate other types of questions (True/False, Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down, etc.) Tape your finished signs to the walls or hang them from the ceiling.
Then, think about the questions you will ask. You could pre-write the questions to fit your curriculum, or just use your instinctual teacher questioning methods on the fly. Start with a few fact-based questions related to your learning objectives. Then, advance to asking for opinions, perhaps to critique an image or an idea.
Here are 3 examples of fact-based questions with some potential choices.
Question: Which type of line is this? (Draw a line on the board.)
Choices: Vertical, Horizontal, Diagonal, Wavy
Question: Where is Adinkra Cloth traditionally made?
Choices: Asia, Africa, Europe, Central America
Question: What style of art is this?
Choices: Realistic, Non-Objective, Abstract, Not Sure
Once students have had some practice with the game, you can move onto opinion questions. There are many approaches you can take. One idea is to show 4 different images with the same subject matter portrayed in 4 diverse styles. Then, ask students to choose which artwork they like best. This usually opens up a dynamic debate. You can even have students try to convince one another to change their votes.
Another idea is to limit the choices to “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” and then ask a controversial question.
Here are a few examples:
Should American museums display art removed from Egypt?
Should offensive art be displayed in schools?
Does one person have the right to own a famous masterpiece or should it belong to a public institution?
If your friend gives you an idea and you use it for your art, is it still your work?
As you play, if there is a “right” answer to a question, any students who choose that answer get to keep playing while everyone else must return to their seats. If it’s an opinion question, then the whole class plays for the entire time as no answer is ultimately “correct.” Feel free to pause for a lively discussion or debate!
2. “Fix 3 Things”
Once, during a particularly messy day in the art room, I was lamenting my current state of disorganization to a co-worker. ”It’s okay, Lindsey, “ he said, “Nobody ever trusts a skinny cook or an art teacher with a clean room.” Although his words made me chuckle and warmed my heart, I still admit to feeling more level-headed when my room is at least semi-clean.
“Fix 3 Things” is a quick activity to help cut the clutter and promote student responsibility.
Here is how it works. When you find yourself with five extra minutes, instruct your students to individually and independently find three things to “fix” in your art room. They could pick scrap paper up off of the floor and put it in the recycle bin. They could sharpen pencils for the next class. They could sort sketchbooks or any other organizational task. Permit them to seek out any odd jobs that need to be done!
To add an extra incentive, you can pre-determine a “secret mission,” and write it on a folded slip of paper. If someone in the class happens to complete it, the whole group receives a reward. In those cases, I like to give extra points toward my classroom management system.
This activity has value beyond preserving your sanity. Caring for art materials and artmaking spaces is a valuable skill and part of the process of making art. Additionally, your students learn to take ownership over the state of their art studio.
3. Art “I Spy”
“I Spy” is a classic game, but it can also be a powerful formative assessment tool. If you aren’t familiar with this simple childhood game, the caller announces, “I spy with my little eye, something (insert color here).” Then, everyone has to guess what the caller has in mind.
The next time you have five extra minutes, expand the game to use any term you have been studying.
For example, you might say things like:
I spy with my little eye something symmetrical.
I spy with my little eye something that has complimentary colors.
I spy with my little eye, a printmaking tool.
As students strive to guess which item in the classroom you have chosen, you can gauge understanding. If the guesses are consistent with the new learning, you can feel confident in their knowledge. However, if the student guesses do not reflect accurate understandings, you can plan to reteach in the next class period.
In addition to formatively assessing your students, this game also demonstrates directly how art learning translates to the real world. Playing “I Spy” can prove your curriculum’s relevance.
So, the next time you have several extra minutes, switch up your regular classroom routine to add a valuable activity to your instructional sequence!
What is your favorite way to use five extra minutes?
What other games do your students enjoy in the art room?