Dioramas by Guillaume Lachapelle Suggest Infinite Space using Light and Mirrors

guillaume lachapelle sculpture
The Cell, 2013

Canadian artist Guillaume Lachapelle explores the concept of infinite, evoking a sense of mystery and almost fear, with his series of miniature sculptures that have interiors that seem to expand without limit. Titled Visions, the series is composed of several 3D-printed dioramas employing light and mirrors to suggest boundless spaces.

Remember the novel House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski? In the novel, the Navidson family discovers a dark hallway that seems to continually expand. As the explorers venture deeper into the hallway, they become increasingly aware of their inability to comprehend or stay sane in a boundless space. Although Lachapelle’s dioramas are small and have finite measurements, their interiors appear to hide unknown amounts of space. Even in such small spaces, we can touch upon the surface of the concept of infinity.

“Lachapelle’s miniatures act as a threshold between what is seen and not seen,” writes L. Sasha Gora in her summary of Visions on Art Mûr.

The artist’s sculptures inspire intrigue, and perhaps fear of the unknown. They beg the question, “What is hiding further in?”

Guillaume Lachapelle is a sculpture artist residing in Canada. His series Visions was on display at the art gallery Art Mûr in 2014.

(via Colossal)

infinite parking lot
Nuit étoilée, 2012

office space mystery
Dernier étage, 2014

empty train car frightening
Metro, 2013

optical illusion diorama
Détour, 2014; and Awaiting Knowledge, 2013

secretive path
Vie secrète, 2014

design with mirrors
Rêve collectif, 2014

4th of July Ideas Supporting Small Businesses

local independence day ideas

Shower thought: Every year, we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and gaudy décor. How much of the party supplies we buy, however, are even made in the US?

One of my favorite Independence Day pastimes is spending the evening at a barbecue with close friends and sipping on an ice-cold, fruity beverage, as neighbors in the distance shoot fireworks into the sky.

The red, white, and blue palette is an obvious choice for such a patriotic holiday, but do we undermine patriotism by buying Independence Day-themed top hats and table linens that aren’t produced right at home? The color palette isn’t reserved for only Americans to use, of course, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be more mindful of where we source our goods from.

The debate might be better saved for another day, but you can still celebrate the hard work of American producers by shopping at your local farmers market. Instead of going for the gaudy décor at a big chain store, which probably won’t be produced in the US, shop local. You can create Independence Day-themed snacks and pick out a few decorations from producers just a drive away.

1. Bake and sip with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to feed the need for red, white, and blue.

Farmers markets are ripe with summer berries in July. Depending on climate, some ingredients might not be available. No worries. Substitute away.

4th of july drink
(Real Fruit Spritzer via Apron Strings Blog).

4th of july vegan ideas
(Festive Raspberry & Blueberry Tart via Blissful Basil).

rustic 4th of july
(Berry Cake via i heart eating).

2. Decorate with red, white, and blue produced right in the US. Better yet, make it a do-it-yourself project.

independence day candles
(American Flag Mason Jar Candles via Sweet Sarahlynn’s).

You might not be able to pick up 4th of July-themed candles from a craftsperson near you, but look no further than Etsy for producers just a few states away.

independence day flower delivery
(Flowers via Helen Olivia Flowers).

Support small businesses by calling your local florist for your own personalized centerpiece. Although they might not have the inventory, you can always ask if they carry US-grown flowers.

How will you celebrate Independence Day mindfully? Answer in the comments!

Artist Paints Pop Culture Characters onto Thrifted Art

diy thrift store painting
(via Dave Pollot).

One’s trash is another’s treasure, and artist Dave Pollot demonstrates just how thrift store finds can receive a fresh breath of life with paint and humor. By repurposing thrifted paintings to include the likes of characters from the Mario franchise, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and more, Pollot paints touches of humor into otherwise run-of-the-mill thrift store art.

The Etsy artist’s thrift art series began as a joke. According to his shop page, a joke made in passing at a thrift store to paint monsters into old prints became reality.

Although Pollot initially only painted generic monsters and robots into his scenes, he then later began adding recognizable characters to parody popular culture. Armed with oil paints and his brushes, he re-creates landscapes and picturesque scenes to include Yoshi next to a mountain river, or the Kool Aid Man bursting through the walls of a red brick townhouse.

yoshi in realistic setting
(via Dave Pollot).

90s crossovers kool aid man
(via Dave Pollot).

With their roots in humor, these repurposed prints are also meant for enjoyment and laughter.

According to Pollot’s Etsy, his hope is to take old art finds full-circle, so that they may once again hang proudly on walls for the viewing pleasure of others.

star trek uss enterprise painting
(via Dave Pollot).

doctor who weeping angels fan art
(via Dave Pollot).

ghostbusters car painting fanart
(via Dave Pollot).

mario ghosts painting
(via Dave Pollot).

What would you paint onto a thrift store find? Comment below!

Flower Petal and Ink Illustrations

cabbage flower
(via Meredith Wing).

Combining ink and found objects in art form is nothing new, but inspired by blooms and flower petals, Meredith Wing has created a collection of beautifully illustrated – well, flower girls.

flower shaped dress
(via Meredith Wing).

The colorful petals of tulips, sunflowers, roses, and more grace Wing’s sketches, creating unique patterns and soft textures. With each petal intentionally placed, different shapes are created. The same number of hydrangea petals can form a voluminous, billowing skirt or the trumpet of a piece drawn to cling around a figure.

The New York City-based interior design and fashion aficionado values the ephemerality, or fleetingness, of her flower girls. According to Wing on her website, none of these pieces is glued to keep. They are memorialized only by her sketches and the photos she takes.

Full of whimsy and elegance, these designs are the fusion of a love for fashion, illustration, and the beauty of flowers.

meredith wing design
(via Meredith Wing).

flower petal dress
(via Meredith Wing).

dress made of rose petals
(via Meredith Wing).

fashion in flowers
(via Meredith Wing).

floral skirt
(via Meredith Wing).

yellow skirt with trumpet
(via Meredith Wing).

diy flower projects
(via Meredith Wing).

Sweets Diagrams by Song Sweet Song

Bunny parfait and apple carving by songsweetsong
Bunny parfait and apple carving diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

In this combination of food and design, a Thailand-based interior designer creates fun diagrams of recipe how-tos. The materials, procedure, and assembly are illustrated using Copic markers, while an iPhone depicts the final product.

Bunny sugar cookie by songsweetsong
Bunny sugar cookie diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

The designer and foodie, who goes by Song, “loves baking and sharing tutorials” (Song Sweet Song). Song’s food creations are shared via social media, including Facebook and Instagram. Leaning on the side of cute food design, posts include edible versions of animal characters, Disney characters, and more.

According to her posts, Song draws diagrams to plan recipes based on the materials in her refrigerator. Although overly meticulous for a snack plan at home, the product is a detailed and eye-catching collection of illustrations.

Dougnut pop by songsweetsong
Dougnut pop diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

Honey toast and bunny ice cream by songsweetsong
Honey toast and bunny ice cream diagram (via Song Sweet Song).