Eco-Art

"Bignik," the World's Largest Picnic Blanket, Engulfs Swiss Town

BIG DAY OUT But “art has to have a clear function,” the Riklins believe. To that end, the duo has invited locals and tourists to picnic on the checkered spread. PHOTOS |…

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These Yummy Treats Want You to Donate Your Old Clothes

Don’t let your clothes become food for moths when they can warm the needy. That’s the message behind a series of witty posters that reimagine castoff garments a hamburger, a…

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Brut Cake Upcycles Vintage Chinese Fabrics Into One-of-a-Kind Items

Brut Cake is the innovative brand behind these creative ceramics, textiles, and furniture pieces handmade in a Shanghai-based studio using a beautiful array of local and natural…

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Artist Beili Liu Sits, Stitches Beneath 1,500 Suspended Scissors

In 2011, Chinese-American artist Beili Liu held court in a gallery in Austin, TX, beneath a firmament of sharp, open-gaped scissors, 1,500 in total. Visitors to the space offered Liu…

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Eliza Bennett Embroiders Her Flesh as a Statement on "Women's Work"

Textile manipulation, embroidery, and ornamental decoration have long been seen as residing within the realm of the private feminine. Backbreaking and dirty manual labor is…

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This Video of Unraveling Designer Sweaters is Mesmerizing, Horrifying

Amsterdam artists Lernert & Sander’s new piece takes overpriced designer sweaters into their own hands- unraveling them one expensive thread at a time. For Maastricht’s TEFAF…

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Sebastian Errazuriz Immortalizes Ex-Girlfriends With 3D-Printed Shoes

SHOE LOVERS At first, Errazuriz tried to exorcize his exes by painting their portraits, but obtaining their permissions proved difficult. He then toyed with the idea of shoes because…

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David Catá Embroiders Portraits of Loved Ones Into Palms of His Hands

SKIN AS CANVAS “Every person we meet marks us in some way. Their image projects onto us, reminding us where we come from,” says Catá, who has sewn the faces of his…

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Plant-Based Breathing Apparatus is a Dire Warning for our Planet

Designer Chiu Chih has transformed the disgusting reality of high pollution levels with this stylish breathing apparatus, showcased in some breathtaking photos. The plant-based device…

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Check Out Adidas Originals' 2014 Footwear, Rendered in Cardboard

The Chimp Store won’t be stocking Adidas Originals’ Spring/Summer 2014 collection till January, but that isn’t stopping the Leeds, England-based boutique from giving…

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Anna Dumitriu Embroiders Deadly Bacteria, Antibiotics Into Textiles

Using one of the most unusual materials you could imagine, artist Anna Dumitriu transforms superbugs into unique items of clothing. The artist sterilizes strains of deadly bugs that…

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Shape-Changing Hunting Jackets Embody Plight of Endangered Animals

HUNTER OR HUNTED? People have been wearing animal skins since time immemorial, Chhabra reminds us. Before the invention of khaki and camouflage, men donned tiger pelts and bearskins to…

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"Plastic is Precious" Provokes Consumers Into Rethinking Plastic Bags

Few would quibble over the plastic bag’s marginalization over the years. The ubiquitous carriers siphon off diminishing petroleum reserves, suffocate sea life, clog drains, and…

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Are Givenchy's Glitter Masks the Next Big Fashion Trend?

The models at Givenchy at Spring/Summer 2014 Paris Fashion Week dazzled the crowd with their crystalline faces designed by makeup artist Pat McGrath. But sometimes beauty is no easy…

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Hand-Stitched Banners Spotlight Fashion Industry's Myriad Inequities

Photos by Robin Prime for Craftivist Collective The Crafivist Collective is fighting fashion with fashion, by launching a campaign of hand-cross stitched miniature banners that plea…

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PHOTOS: Oklahoma Artist on a Mission to Knit, Catalog 52 Forms of Fungi

MAGIC MUSHROOMS For Martin, mimicking Mother Nature in all her colorful, diverse glory is more than a test of her skills; it’s also an exercise in individual growth. “[The…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Fashion Tips From Nature

Bird and Moon’s Rosemary Mosco has drawn an amusing cartoon with fashion tips from Mother Nature. Want to tell people to stay away? Clad yourself in the Monarch butterfly’s…

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Algaculture: A Symbiosis Suit That Uses Algae to Grow Food From Light

Designers Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton envision a future where your clothes also supply nourishment! The Algaculture Symbiosis Suit, which debuted at The Algae Opera at London’s…

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