Cinemagraph: 28 Still Photos With Subtle Motion today we’re going to showcase animated GIF artwork but there are not the regular GIF we use on websites. These are beautiful twist from somehow nasty animated Gif artworks with the use of high quality photos from modern photography, and the pioneer, Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg called it – Cinemagraph.

(Image source: From Me To You)

Like what you’ve seen in most GIF animation, cinemagraph is a product of still photo with minor elements moving on. It’s nothing impressive on technique but what makes cinemagraph unique is it brings back certain part of the photo to life, thus making the entire photo more realistic, attractive and sometimes even thought-provoking, just like the magical newspaper from the movie Harry Potter.


‘femmage’ submission to urban dictionary rejected.

Schapiro’s work from the 1970s onwards consists primarily of collages assembled from fabrics, which she calls “femmages”
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Femmage is a type of collage with a female aesthetic made by women out of collected scraps of material.
Femmage is a term used to describe an art form characterized by the use of collage particular to women’s work such as patchwork and paper scraps, long before artists like Picaso became accredited to the collage aesthetic.
by ukvk on Nov 10, 2013tags: collage, femage, female collage, femenine aesthetic, patchwork.

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Femmage is a type of collage with a female aesthetic made by women out of collected scraps of material.

Femmage is a term used to describe an art form characterized by the use of collage particular to women’s work
such as patchwork and paper scraps, long before artists like Picaso became accredited to the collage aesthetic.


Latisse and the Medicalization of Human Diversity – @TheSocyCinema


“Tags: bodies, commodification, consumption/consumerism, gender, health/medicine, marketing/brands, human diversity, medical sociology, medicalization, 00 to 05 mins
Length: 1:02

Summary: This commercial featuring actress/model Brooke Shields is for Latisse, a prescription drug approved by the FDA for “inadequate or not enough lashes.” The ad claims that Latisse can be used to treat symptoms of hypotrichosis, a condition characterized by a “less than normal” amount of hair; advertisements for Latisse have appeared in beauty magazines such as Allure. This clip is excellent for teaching students the concept of medicalization, the process by which normal life conditions (such as menopause, childbirth, aging, or death) or issues not traditionally seen as medical come to be framed as medical problems (e.g. alcoholism, eating disorders, compulsive gambling) (Conrad 1992). The Latisse commercial is particularly powerful when shown alongside a typical mascara commercial (e.g., here); while the latter claims to be a cosmetic product and the former claims to treat a “medical problem,” both are clearly targeted toward women and share many similarities — e.g., promises of “better” (i.e., longer, darker, and/or fuller) lashes, before/after shots, celebrity actress/model spokeswomen, and scenes of attractive women having “fun,” suggesting that longer, darker, and fuller lashes can result in happier social lives for women. Moreover, both commercials imply that women, and not men, should be concerned about their eyelashes, even though men can also have sparse, short, and/or light-colored lashes. While the producers of the commercial never say Latisse is developed for use by people with hypotrichosis (this message is only written in a caption at the bottom of the screen), a classroom discussion can underscore the blurring of the medical and the cosmetic in this advertisement. Instructors can point out that the active ingredient in Latisse is used to treat glaucoma. When some glaucoma patients began to notice more prominent eyelashes, they perceived this as a desirable side effect of their glaucoma medication since longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes on women are symbolic of beauty in our culture (Law 2010). Class discussion can then lead to a conversation about human diversity, in which the diversity of eye color and eye shape, as well as the length and thickness of eyelashes, among the world’s population can be examined. The Latisse commercial can prompt students to question whether eyelash hypotrichosis and other medical problems (e.g., andropause, erectile dysfunction, short stature, ADHD) (Conrad 2007) are medical problems or natural human conditions and/or characteristics that create human diversity. Advertisements such as this point to the commodification of such naturally occurring human conditions.”

The Youtube link was inactive but a quick search turned up this, although I am still to watch it so not sure how relevant it is although looks to be taking the same point of view.

New Images Of Revamped Battersea Power Station | Londonist

New Images Of Revamped Battersea Power Station | Londonist.

I would have thought the old building would have a made a great art gallery but apparently we need another shopping center?!

Contemporary fairy tale artists –

Contemporary fairy tale artists –


Contemporary fairy tale artists

I’d like to start a thread where we can recommend the work of contemporary artists who are creating fairy tale and myth related art.

In the Upcoming Publications thread above, I recommended the work of Virginia Lee, who is the daughter of the English illustrator Alan Lee and Dutch artist Marja Lee Kruyt. She’s a young, enormously talented painter and sculptor, and her new web site is a delight. In addition to her own work — rooted in myths and fairy tales — she has also worked on some of the set sculptures for the Lord of the Rings films. Her web site is: I think she ought to be doing children’s books. (I hope any children’s book editors visiting this board will take a look.)

I’d also like to recommend the charming Muse Hill web site, created by a 17-year-old Australian art student, Oliver Hunter. His work is bears the clear influence of Brian Froud — yet it’s quite accomplished for own so young, and will no doubt take on more and more of his own style as he matures. (I shudder to think what I was drawing at that age…. Nothing half so good.) The URL is

Third, I want to recommend a *fabulous* new book of graphic works by the great Paula Rego, which includes her drawings based on Peter Pan and nursery rhymes. Rego is a Portugese-born artist who now lives in Britain (where she’s close friends with fairy tale scholar Marina Warner); I tend to think of her as the visual art world’s answer to Angela Carter — her work has that same sly, dark, sensual, fantastical edge. You can view some of her work at Information on the new book, Paula Rego: The Complete Graphic Works, can be found on the Thames and Hudson web site: The book is on the pricey side, but worth every penny.

What is graffiti knitting? Graffiti knitting explained | Whodunnknit

What is graffiti knitting? Graffiti knitting explained | Whodunnknit.

What is graffiti knitting? Graffiti knitting or yarnstorming or yarnbombing or guerrilla knitting is the art of using items handmade from yarn to create street art. The artist creates an item using knitting or crochet, they take the item into a public place, they install the piece in that public place, they run away giggling. It’s really as simple as that.

What’s the point? That’s a bit like asking how long a piece of string is. There are loads of reasons why people make woolly art. Each yarnstormer has their own reason. I guess you’ll have to ask them.

Isn’t it a bit of a waste of yarn? I mean shouldn’t you be knitting for homeless pre-mature penguin babies with TB? I always find this question oddly narrow minded. Would you tell a painter or sculptor to use their materials for something more practical? “Hey, Michelangelo! What do you think you’re doing carving a giant naked chap when you could be making a nice functional bathroom set for your local hospice?” “Oi! Da Vinci! Cease painting that smirking brunette and give a few coats of that precious paint to that dedilapidated school house in the slums.”

If you really want to get picky then you could well ask the questioner why on earth they would ever do anything fun, creative or unusual when they could be doing something helpful and practical. The electricity used to watch that episode of Eastenders could be used to run x amount of life support machines. Right?

We all have to live but how we live is up to us. George Bernard Shaw one waffled “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” There is art in every single thing around you from your slippers to the station stairs on your morning commute. Some art is a little more slap-in-the-face obvious but what a beautiful world it is when art rears its interesting head.

Are there different kinds of graffiti knitting? There are a few types of graffiti knitting:

Cosies: Graffiti knitting began with people installing of ‘cosies’. These are basically handmade covers for items. The idea is attributed to have been started by Magda Sayeg of the Knitta group in Texas (they covered street furniure such as lamp posts) and by Knitted Landscape in Denmark (they covered rocks and made flowers). Think of the ‘cosies’ movement as “Oooo look! There’s unexpected knitting covering that thing! How cool!”

It can be a very effective style of graffiti, especially on a grand scale.

Stitched Stories: The Stitched Stories style of graffiti knitting moved on from ‘cosies’ to artists using amigurumi (knitted toys) and other styles to add a theme or story to their installation. It gave the woolly street art a bit of a voice. This first popped up in London in 2009 when graffiti knitting collective Knit the City’s Web of Woe was created under Waterloo Station. Think of the ‘stitched stories’ movement as ‘Oooo look! There’s unexpected knitting on that thing! And it’s got something to say too!”

Like its cosy sister style it can be epic and full of many tales or a teeny tiny scene with only a few characters.

My Part in the Graffiti Knitting Tale

What does the Stitched Stories idea have to do with you then? In 2009, after a handful of ‘cosies’ done on my own and with Knit the City, I was already bored of knitting square and socks to make cosies. I had the wild idea that I wanted our woolly street art to have a bit more of a purpose than simply being ‘knitting on something’.

I’m a storyteller at heart so it made sense to me to tell a story with my stitching. I planned out Knit the City’s Web of Woe, a 13-foot spider web full of screaming and struggling creatures, and KTC and I brought it to life. The internet went wild. Blimey.