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Curiosities: Olivia Knapp

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Although I’ve chosen to share previous works of a more simple variety, Olivia Knapp’s crosshatch style is delightfully intricate. She has a new series completed called Prehensility, and it is on view at the Hellion Gallery in Portland. Her drawing style is influenced by European line engravings from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and she utilizes methods called “line to dot” and “dot and lozenge.” The result is extraordinary, and the subject matter surreal. Personally, hands and eyes are my two favorite objects that she draws. Her portfolio and blog are both worth a look. She shares many up-close images which show you the incredible detail if you aren’t able to view it in person.

Design Curiosities: The British Library’s Mechanical Curator

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The British Library holds the largest collection of cataloged items in the world, a staggering 170 million items. Recently the library joined a whole host of world-class educational institutions on The Commons, Flickr’s ever-growing collection of publicly-held photography assets. It took mere minutes to find this great set of images.

Observed: Hyuro doesn’t paint on the streets

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Some of Hyuro’s work feels like panels in a comic book, but in a very large way. Her illustration style is beautiful, and really clever. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much information about the individual pieces, but they are all worth a look even if the meaning isn’t clear.

Design Curiosities: Jason Edmiston’s Eyes Without A Face

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Photography Credit: Nick Simonite

Artist/illustrator Jason Edmiston explores some of the most iconic eyes in pop culture in his latest exhibition, Eyes Without A Face. The show will be up at Mondo Gallery until April 4th. If you’re in the Austin area I’d check it out for sure.

Good Goods: Sugar and Rice

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We first saw Sugar and Rice at the MFAH bookstore, and we purchased it on design alone. It wasn’t until later that we realized what a great read it was. It’s an independent magazine devoted to the food and culture that can be found on the Gulf Coast. Great content and beautiful design. You can find retailers/purchase this issue on Sugar and Rice. The design team behind the publication is an office located in Houston called Always Creative. They do great work.