Japanese Artist Creates Incredible Realistic Intimate Garments from Ceramics

Masami Yamamoto is a Japanese artist based in Kanazawa largely working in the medium of ceramics. Since around 2011 the artist has been developing a series based on used—often intimate—clothing as a means of creating portraits of the owner of that item.

The folds, wrinkles and details are all manually carved by the artist, rendering the ceramic objects in realism that is seemingly lightweight but also possessing strength and density.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/japanese-artist-creates-incredible-realistic-intimate-garments-from-ceramics/

Creative Fashion Designs by Kansai Yamamoto in the Early 1970s

Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto (February 8, 1944 – July 21, 2020) was a fixture of the 1970s and ’80s fashion scene, and his avant-garde kimonos gained popularity thanks to one big-name fan: David Bowie.

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Yamamoto’s floaty womenswear creations helped cement Bowie’s androgynous look during his Ziggy Stardust tour, and a long-term relationship was born. “Color is like the oxygen we are both breathing in the same space,” Kansai once said of his work with Bowie.

Kansai opened his first boutique in Tokyo in 1968 and eventually expanded worldwide. His collections debuted in the United States in 1971 at Hess’s in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a department store known for its controversial fashion shows of American and European styles selected for their potential to influence ready-to-wear clothing designs.

That same year Kansai became the first Japanese designer to show in London, where his clothing was seen by David Bowie; Bowie later commissioned Kansai to create the wardrobe for his Ziggy Stardust stage persona. The designer was again featured in Hess’s showing of Asian trendsetting fashions for fall/winter 1973 at One World Trade Center in New York. All of the Kansai ensembles on view in this gallery were modeled at the New York event; several were shown earlier in London.





SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/creative-fashion-designs-by-kansai-yamamoto-in-the-early-1970s/

‘80s Pop Culture Icons as McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys

McDonald’s launched the Happy Meal across the US in 1979, and it will forever feel very ‘80s. (Especially if you grew up in the 1980s.) Like so many ‘80s icons, the Happy Meal’s combination of tasty concept and slick packaging make it a design classic. The Toy Zone, a toy retailer, worked with CGI artist Jan Koudela to cook up imaginary Happy Meal toys and boxes in the style of our favorite and most iconic ‘80s screen heroes.

Top Gun

“Sometimes serving your country and quietly believing yourself to be “the best of the best” is not enough. Sometimes you want a trophy that says TOP GUN on it, too. When you’re casting that kind of arrogance, only one man will do: The Cruiser!”

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“Matthew Broderick wasn’t a bad boy. Okay, so he nearly triggered global thermonuclear war in WarGames. And he became the poster boy for playing truant as Ferris Bueller. But these against-type roles worked just because he looks kind of smart and reasonable.”

The Shining

“Do you remember the Batman Returns Happy Meal? Millions of traumatized ‘90s kids can’t forget it. As it turned out, Batman Returns wasn’t a kids film, nor very ‘happy.’ “I think I upset McDonald’s,” recalls director Tim Burton. “[They asked] ‘What’s that black stuff coming out of the Penguin’s mouth. We can’t sell Happy Meals with that!’”

Sadly, a Stephen King Happy Meal would probably suffer the same fate. A shame, cos Dads in McDonald’s across the States would have loved tearing a tiny, ax-wielding Jack Nicholson out of the Happy Meal box and yelling, “Here’s… Ronny! McDonny!” at their confused offspring.”

The A-Team

“Our A-Team project posed a unique problem for our design team: which member of the “crack commando unit sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit” would be in the box? Leader ‘Hannibal’ Smith might have been our choice in the ‘80s. But, since his most iconic feature is his thinking cigar, we decided that wouldn’t cut it in a kid’s toy for the ‘20s.

With B.A.’s gold chains, muscles, and mohawk, it had to be Sergeant Bosco Baracus, instead. After all, “Bad Attitude” famously prefers milk to less unwholesome drinks and was tricked onto a plane when Murdoch pulled the ol’ switcheroo on his burger. Drink your milkshake, sucka!”

The Breakfast Club

“There’s a whole other piece to be done about “X Molly Ringwald Princesses.” But in the meantime, we’ve chosen her Breakfast Club character for our Happy Meal take on John Hughes’ Brat Pack-defining high school movie. After all, she was affectionately labeled a ‘princess’ by Brian (the Brain), played by fellow Brat Packer Anthony Michael Hall.

The Princess and the Brain are put in detention with three other high school archetypes (The Criminal, The Athlete, and The Goth ‘Basket Case’). The Princess’s only crime? Skipping school to go shopping. Guess she was too old to pick up the My Little Pony bookmark that was in Happy Meals at the time (1985), though.”

Knight Rider

“The ‘tough guy with iconic vehicle’ franchise was hot stuff in the 1980s. But while Street Hawk had awesome graphics and Airwolf had that theme tune, Knight Rider had a not-so-secret weapon: The ‘Hoff.

David Hasselhoff played Michael Knight, an undercover FLAG agent with a talking Pontiac Firebird called KITT. (Acronyms were also big in the 1980s.) This was the show that made Hasselhoff a household name. And his perpetual low-buttoned shirt gave a preview of Hasselhoff’s next iconic role in lifeguard soap opera Baywatch.”

My Neighbor Totoro

“Disney and McDonald’s have been partnering up for as long as children have been eating processed food, but we really wanted to see them get onboard with Studio Ghibli. Disney and Studio Ghibli have a history of quibbling, but whatever side of the fence you fall, this collab is fire. Now, if there’s one thing the world’s not short of, it’s Totoro merchandise. But McDonald’s is short of intercultural toys. Sure, McDonald’s Japan has its own range of locally-inspired ‘Happy Set’ toys such as Cinnamoroll and Sumikko Gurashi. (You can even swap your toy for a book if your kids are more literarily inclined.) But what does an American have to do to get a slice of kawaii with their burger?”

Blade Runner

“McDonald’s wasn’t the first fast food joint to issue a movie tie-in kid’s meal. Burger Chef released a Star Wars Funmeal in 1978 when there was still only one Star Wars movie! But imagine if McDonald’s continued the science-fiction streak that began with the 1979 Star Trek Happy Meal tie-in by putting a grizzled Harrison Ford/Rick Deckard in lunchboxes…

The original Blade Runner came out three years after Star Trek. The Philip K. Dick adaptation achieved only moderate box office success at the time, and it took years to develop first a cult and then a mainstream following. For this reason, TheToyZone reckons the Blade Runner Happy Meal toy would be super-valuable and hard to find these days – a bit like those pesky replicants.”

Labyrinth

“You can tell a lot about a person by asking them to name one iconic movie from the ‘80s. If they say Labyrinth, they’re probably a bit of a dreamer, a bit of a dancer, and a lot of a David Bowie fan. Bowie wasn’t the world’s greatest actor, but he wore a wig and bizarro-costume like nobody else. That’s why Labyrinth is his most memorable screen role.”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/80s-pop-culture-icons-as-mcdonalds-happy-meal-toys/

The Creepy Doll Adoption Agency

So you’ve inherited your grandmother’s precious dolls, which she cherished, but you can’t stand them because they look so creepy? You aren’t alone, as many people end up with dolls that are ugly, haunted, or give off uncanny valley vibes. You could toss them, but that’s neither respectful to grandma nor is it environmentally-friendly. What to do?

Sara and Brian have found their niche in recycling. They run a program called Unsettling Toy Removal and Rehoming, in which they take in your unwanted dolls and offer them to people who are not so bothered. If you’re interested, you can look through the dolls that are available, or for a real horror show, scroll down to see their collection.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/the-creepy-doll-adoption-agency/

A Designer Assembled a Hundred Covers of Famous Music Albums from LEGO

Brooklyn-based designer Adnan Lotia has published almost a hundred of his unusual works in the last 4.5 months, trying to recreate iconic album covers from LEGO cubes. He posts his mesmerizing works on Instagram almost every day, in which he repeats the image of this or that cover.

He has had albums by such stars as Pink Floyd, Beyonce, The Prodigy, The Beatles, Madonna, Aphex Twin, Daft Punk, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones.

Adnan Lotia is a teacher in Brooklyn. He recreates album covers in his spare time.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/a-designer-assembled-a-hundred-covers-of-famous-music-albums-from-lego/

Clay, Chaos and Urban Detritus Merge in Daniil Antropov’s Ceramic Sculptures

Created from a heady swirl of colours and textures, each of Daniil Antropov’s sculptures is its own distinct ecosystem: the surface of a distant planet, or a visceral memory hardened in ceramics.

Antropov seems to have an infinite interest in playing with the medium’s variables: harnessing chaos and experimenting with shapes, whether abstract or more figurative. “Sculpture is a shape, and you can play around with a shape infinitely,” he says. “But in ceramic sculpture, material is also a factor, and a single lifetime would not be enough to learn everything about its nature. It will never be boring. There is always a challenge.”

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/clay-chaos-and-urban-detritus-merge-in-daniil-antropovs-ceramic-sculptures/

Playfully Illustrated Surfboards By Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien is known for his installations which feature cartoonish characters. Now, he has collaborated with surfboard manufacturer Fernand to create cartoonish surfboards.

The four characters, which feature two grinning fish, a whale, and a seal, are all hand-drawn by Jullien on the foam boards. The boards are then glazed by Resin League, and then polished by Paul Hyde.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/playfully-illustrated-surfboards-by-jean-jullien/

Impressive Unique Art Dolls By Helena Oplakanska

This a World of fantastic dolls. Helena creates very special art dolls for collectors. It is unique and one-of-a-kind.

According to an artist’s sister: “Hi everyone, my name is Elena and I’m posting on behalf of my sister Helena, who is an artist. She has been creating dolls for the past 16 years or so. All of her dolls are handmade and one-of-a-kind. She does everything herself, from the hair itself to creating a hairstyle, shoes, and even dresses. Helena also makes the sculpture itself, so every face she carves out is unique.”

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/impressive-unique-art-dolls-by-helena-oplakanska/

Artist Jim Bachor Fills Potholes With Funny Mosaics

For many years Jim Bachor has fixed potholes in Chicago with playful mosaics. It’s his own contribution to country’s infrastructure.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/artist-jim-bachor-fills-potholes-with-funny-mosaics/

Brzilian Street Artist Goes Viral After Using Trees As ‘Hair’ For His Women’s Portraits

Urbanism and nature seem like contradictory things, but this is not always the case. Sometimes if one’s imagination can allow, the two can be combined just like bread and butter, forming a collaboration that creates something really special and unique.

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Works by a certain artist in Goiânia, Brazil, are becoming more and more known worldwide. Artist Fábio Gomes Trindade makes street art that can leave one speechless upon seeing it. Why, you might ask? Fábio is well known for his art on the walls which depicts amazingly detailed portraits of women and children wearing the branches of trees and bushes as “hair.” His work quickly overtook social media all over Brazil and is now spreading all around the world.

Oscar-winner Viola Davis re-posted one of the images depicting Fábio’s art on her social media and said she “loved it.” The mother of singer Beyoncé, who has more than three million followers, was also equally impressed and said it was: “a beautiful way to use a tree.”

The artist Fábio Gomes makes paintings under the leaves of trees, giving the impression of it being the hair of the women and children he portrayed. On his Instagram, the artist said that he was overtaken by inspiration the moment he saw an acerola tree planted 20 years ago in the backyard of a humble house in the city, and now, the said tree also is part of the artist’s best-known work.






SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/brzilian-street-artist-goes-viral-after-using-trees-as-hair-for-his-womens-portraits/