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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:, and
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!


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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