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Essence of Shape



mh11 Exhibition @ Beginnings Gallery, NYC

“The series (originally made for an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Kampen in the Netherlands) consists of 109 unique sculptures varying in size between 5 and 14 inches. I began the creation process by drawing objects that appear frequently in my work, for example, plants, faces and pottery in their most simple form, narrowing each item down to the essence of their shape. The drawings were then cut out of wood and finalized with house paint and acrylics. Being inspired by Art Brut and Folk Art I decided to paint what are rather abstract forms in a naïve way, using about 24 colors and a uniform brush size.”

Merijn Hos, 2012
Dutch illustrator and artist based in the Netherlands

See more from this series at and more from the exhibition in NYC here

via It’s Nice That.

Textile Art + Science

La Vie en Rose 2007. clothing. 25 x 18 x 19 cm.

Wildes Herz 2003. hair, wool, filling material. case: acrylic glass, wood, vanish 26 x 21 x 31 cm. Edition:15.

Bob 2004. hair, wool, filling material. 160 x 130 x 95cm.

= Fascinating. By Brigit Dieker. Photos by Thomas Jautschus.


Julian Germain: Classroom Portraits

Peru, Tiracanchi, Secondary Grade 2, Mathematics

Julian Germain’s “work ranks among the best in contemporary British documentary photography. The theme of The Future is Ours – Classroom Portraits 2004-2012 is as simple as it is rich: group portraits of children in their classroom. In this series, Germain reinterprets the traditional class photo in his own, perceptive way. He enters a classroom while a lesson is in progress, the pupils sit in their usual places and he only moves a child here and there to ensure no one is obscured by anyone else. He sets up his camera on the spot where the teacher usually stands, at ‘child height’. In some cases he also shoots a short video from this angle, for which the children have to sit completely still. They are thus aware of the photographer and look directly into the camera. As a viewer, you look at the photo and 10, 15 or 30 pairs of young eyes gaze back at you.

Saudi Arabia, Dammam, Kindergarden, Activities

By photographing in colour with a large-format camera, Germain captures even the smallest details. The children’s intent faces and the objects in the classrooms tell the story of the pupils and their environment. Germain also asked the children to complete surveys that asked both serious and playful questions. He converted the results into infographics, providing the viewer with more information about the children’s daily lives as well as their music preferences, aspirations and so on. Germain thus gives us a glimpse of how the children experience the world.

Brazil, Belo Horizonte, Series 6, Mathematics

The power of the images lies in their direct connection to us as viewers. We all think back to our own class photos and wonder what happened to our classmates. Germain’s photographs invite us to imagine what the future holds for these pupils; what their dreams, hopes and opportunities are. By presenting different countries, schools and age groups, he creates a picture of the similarities and differences in contemporary education across countries, cultures and social classes.”

EXHIBITION: The Future is Ours | Classroom Portraits 2004- 2012 | 02.JUN.2012_02.SEP.2012
Nederlands Foto Museum Nederlands Foto Museum

BOOK: Classroom Portraits | Julian Germain | ENG | Prestel Verlag | €59.95

via itsnicethat
words by nederlandsfotomuseum

I am tempted to hop on a train to Rotterdam …

Conversation: Documentation

Documentation: Transforming Our Perspective from Melissa Rivard on Vimeo.

Trees: Ever Changing Life Forms

“Trees are often regarded as objects and are removed according to the landscape plan ruthlessly. In the Netherlands trees typically reach only one tenth of the age that they could make.

For Raw Color and studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters, trees are anything but static. The are ever changing life forms that determine how we experience light, shade, wind and changes of the seasons. This observation, is translated to “illusions” of trees in different materials, that represent the life, dynamics and transformation of trees.

Invited by MU the project is part of Make a Forest, an international platform, founded by Joanna van der Zanden and Anne van der Zwaag.”

Leaves – Temporary Trees from Raw Color on Vimeo.

more HERE

Three Primary Colors/Colours.

Brining my computer into school on Monday… we had fun mixing our colors/colours with paint on paper, imagine how much fun we are going to have trying to re-in-act this! Catchy tune … super for english as a second language learners.

“Using new music written by OK Go, the video was conceived and directed by Al Jarnow, a pioneer stop-motion animator who made numerous classic educational and experimental short films in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s for Sesame Street, Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact, and other shows.

via swiss-miss via brain pickings

The Seed + The Making Of

The Seed from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.


Making of ‘The Seed’ from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.

Invisible Objects

by Sergio Dias of

Coloured paper, flour and invisible objects… looking forward to exploring this idea with the children in the weeks to come.


Kedublock “is a project by Sérgio Dias in a collaboration with Nature focused on creating original handmade wooden toys.”


Karyn’s House. Machine Paper Foundation Piecing : Houses. the workroom.Toronto, ON.May 2011

Working for a school which is owned by an apparel company means that we have an ample supply of fabrics, buttons and ribbons, hence my weekly check in’s with the workroom’s blog make something. Houses inspires me!

Agne’s Houses. Machine Paper Foundation Piecing : Houses. the workroom.Toronto, ON.May 2011

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