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Happy Holidays! Festive Header Illustration by Hiné Mizushima

Hiné Mizushima

It’s the last new header illus­tra­tion of 2014! If you look at the top of the page, you’ll see part of this fes­tive arrange­ment by crafter Hiné Mizushima. The delight­ful image fea­tures small objects like pep­per­mints, a snow­man, and ever­green trees. This isn’t the first of Hiné’s col­lage pho­tographs that have caught my eye. Camp­ing, New Years, and sci­ence are just some of the other ones she’s made.

I talked to Hiné about her pic­ture in a short interview.

Loca­tion: Van­cou­ver, Canada
Web­sites: www.hinemizushima.comwww.flickr.com/photos/sheishine, and  www.hine.etsy.com
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? I wanted to be a girls’ Manga artist, really!
Your pro­fes­sion now: Needle-felter / Slow Crafter / Illus­tra­tor / Pup­pet Stop-Motion Ani­ma­tion Video Artist
hine2What’s your favorite thing to make? Octo­pus, squid, slug, etc…
How did you cre­ate your illus­tra­tion? Was it any dif­fer­ent than your reg­u­lar process? For minia­ture col­lages, there is usu­ally a theme, so I look for minia­ture items which fit the theme. I look in my minia­ture col­lec­tion boxes and at felt stuff that I have already made. Then if I needed them, I make more hand­made items from felt/fabric/paper/wood, and buy more plastic/wooden minia­ture items from online shops & local stores. At the same time, I choose the back­ground color. And then I com­pose all the items on the back­ground, and pho­to­graph it! It’s much sim­pler than my felt sculp­ture process.

Hiné Mizushima Where do you find all of these delight­fully small objects? Have you always been a col­lec­tor? I’m not a col­lec­tor, but I have always liked small vin­tage things. Ever since I started work­ing on stop-motion video jobs for They Might Be Giants, I have been con­sciously col­lect­ing small things which I might use in videos. I usu­ally find small objects at Japan­ese online shops, or on Etsy, or when I travel. So recently, when I started this kind of illus­tra­tion (minia­ture col­lages), I already had lots of small objects!
Do you have any excit­ing projects on the hori­zon?
Yes! One of them would be a com­mis­sioned adver­tis­ing project for a big non-profit orga­ni­za­tion in US. I have been mak­ing a minia­ture col­lage which I will pho­to­graph. They will use it for posters, web­sites, etc. The other com­mis­sioned project is for a cool mak­ers’ lab/cafe in Tokyo. For that one, I can make a ‘thing’ with some beau­ti­ful recy­cled dried flow­ers that they will pro­vide, and I can use their laser cut­ting machine & 3D printer for mak­ing any­thing I want (I send them my Illus­tra­tor data, they send me back the actual items). Then they will exhibit my fin­ished art­work at their lab. And I just got a new book cover design job yes­ter­day!

Thanks, Hiné!

Photography

Sebastian Bieniek’s “Doublefaced” is a Series of Optical Illusions

Sebastian Bieniek

The por­trait series Dou­ble­faced by pho­tog­ra­pher Sebas­t­ian Bie­niek fea­tures a woman who drew a face (or faces) on her head and posi­tioned her­self in such a way that it she appears to be not one, but two peo­ple. This project is an opti­cal illu­sion, a bit of a mind ben­der, and over­all pretty clever, if not slightly creepy. I think that the ele­ment of con­fu­sion is what makes it suc­cess­ful, and I espe­cially like when Bie­niek ven­tures into pub­lic. I’m sure that the model’s pres­ence elicited some strange reac­tions and dou­ble takes from passer­bys. (Via iGNANT)

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Photography, Time Travel Tuesday

Ventriloquist Dummies’ Portraits: Strange, Yet Beautiful?

 Ventriloquist Dummies

Remem­ber Time Travel Tues­days? When I’d find old gems to share on this blog?  I haven’t done it in a while, but recently spot­ted por­traits of old ven­tril­o­quist dum­mies on Junk Cul­ture. They are apart of the book  Talk­ing Heads: The Vent Haven Por­traits by Matthew Rol­ston. He has built his career enter­tain­ment pho­tog­ra­phy. Not just enter­tain­ment, but enter­tain­ment. Think Tay­lor Swift, Michael Jack­son, Lady Gaga, and more.

As you can imag­ine, being in that indus­try means a lot of your work is micro­man­aged. Matthew needed another cre­ative out­let. When he saw a NY Times arti­cle on the Vent Haven Museum’s col­lec­tion of ven­tril­o­quist dolls, he felt a con­nec­tion to them.

If you hate the uncanny val­ley, you prob­a­bly won’t like these dum­mies. But, I think they are amaz­ing. I’ve never really exam­ined them up close, but Matthew’s por­traits are clear as day. You can see all of the details and con­struc­tion. The sur­face design is often gar­ish, a styl­ized rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a human. They pro­vide a look into his­tory, when the art of ven­tril­o­quism was pop­u­lar.  (h/t Junk Cul­ture and Slate)

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