Various Artists: Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’

Completed before the death of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, this tribute to the band’s most celebrated album takes a relaxed, occasionally unconventional approach.

Unusual Trees and Topiaries Sprout Alongside Buildings in a Photo Series by Sinziana Velicescu

The places where organic growth and human-made structure meet draws the eye of Los Angeles-based photographer Sinziana Velicescu. In her series A Tree Grows In…, Velicescu documents trees and shrubs growing alongside, or in spite of, pastel-hued buildings and fences in the Los Angeles area. Some, like the door-flanking cypresses above, dwarf the built landscape. In others, tightly trimmed topiaries mirror the industrial shapes of rooftop HVAC systems.

“Part of my process is walking or driving around neighborhoods in and around the greater Los Angeles area and coming across these scenes spontaneously,” Velicescu shares with Colossal. “The trees I seek out are ones that have a personality, so much so that they could almost replace human subjects. I’m drawn mostly to the trees that feel trapped by the urban landscape in which they find themselves or are trying to overcome their surroundings in some way.”

The photographer is currently working on Fabricating Desert, a project that explores the fabricated relationship between landscape and architecture in the desert Southwest. You can see more of Velicescu’s photographs on Instagram and Tumblr, and find prints of her images on Uprise Art. (via Ignant)

The Moving Drawings of Ed Merlin Murray

Ed Merlin Murray's riveting drawings both enact and emulate motion. His movable creations, in particular, feel akin to the work of Terry Gilliam in his animation days. In his intricate line drawings, Murray offers entrancing and illusionary explorations of the human form.

Cupid on the otherworldly beauty looks he created for Willow Smith’s album

Cupid Willow Smith

Earlier today, Willow Smith dropped her third album, an impressive feat considering the musician is just 18 years old. An experimental pop record, Willow explores themes of female empowerment and relationships. Accompanying the music is album artwork which sees Willow with nature-inspired ornate face adornments, from mossy swirls to petal eyelashes. The distinct, visually stunning beauty looks are instantly recognisable and could only be the work of…

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A 20-Foot-Wide Tapestry by Vanessa Barragão Recreates the World in Textural Yarn

In celebration of a partnership between London’s Heathrow Airport and Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, fiber artist Vanessa Barragão (previously) was commissioned to create a massive botanical tapestry. Using a range of techniques including latch hooking, felt needling, carving, crochet, Barragão mapped out and built up a textural surface that emulates a map of the world.

Earth’s diverse climates and topography are represented in yarn: the deserts of Australia and Africa are conveyed in warm, low-pile colors, whereas Barragão represented the lush rainforests of South America and the high peaks of central Asia with shaggy deep greens and coiling crocheted ridges. The artist also incorporated native plants like China’s Gingko biloba, European Cypripedium calceolus (lady’s slipper), and the coffee of Africa.

Barragão spent 520 hours on the piece, which is completely handcrafted and spans nearly 20 feet wide. The work is on view at Heathrow Airport’s departure area, echoing the diverse and globe-trotting guests who cross its path. To see more from the Porto, Portgual-based artist, follow Barragão on Instagram.

 

A 20-Foot-Wide Tapestry by Vanessa Barragão Recreates the World in Textural Yarn

In celebration of a partnership between London’s Heathrow Airport and Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, fiber artist Vanessa Barragão (previously) was commissioned to create a massive botanical tapestry. Using a range of techniques including latch hooking, felt needling, carving, crochet, Barragão mapped out and built up a textural surface that emulates a map of the world.

Earth’s diverse climates and topography are represented in yarn: the deserts of Australia and Africa are conveyed in warm, low-pile colors, whereas Barragão represented the lush rainforests of South America and the high peaks of central Asia with shaggy deep greens and coiling crocheted ridges. The artist also incorporated native plants like China’s Gingko biloba, European Cypripedium calceolus (lady’s slipper), and the coffee of Africa.

Barragão spent 520 hours on the piece, which is completely handcrafted and spans nearly 20 feet wide. The work is on view at Heathrow Airport’s departure area, echoing the diverse and globe-trotting guests who cross its path. To see more from the Porto, Portgual-based artist, follow Barragão on Instagram.

 

Robert Proch Passes Away at 33

Painter, animator, and muralist Robert Proch has passed away at the age of 33. The Polish artist was known for a dynamic blend of the figurative, architectural elements, shifting perspectives, and an innovative, kinetic energy coursing through his works. Collaborators KIRK Gallery and Thinkspace Projects both confirmed his passing after a message was posted on his Instagram account Thursday evening.

Sophie Apollonia on navigating the world of ballet as a woman of colour

Sophie Apollonia

Sophia Apollonia is a dancer, model, movement director and actress. After training at the Royal Ballet School, Sophia has danced in productions like Swan Lake and Manon as part of The Royal Ballet. She has also performed at events including the BRIT Awards and The Royal Variety Performance. As a model, Sophia has worked with publications including Vogue and iD magazine and commercial clients like Vivianne Westwood, Charlotte Tilbury, Gareth Pue, Gucci, and Roberto Cavalli.

My…

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