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Isobelle Ouzman is a very talented, young British-born artist and illustrator living and working in Seattle, Washington. Exclusively using recycled books, Ouzman magically transforms discards with only an x-acto knife, ink, watercolors, and glue into stunning book art. You can see more of her work, and even commission a piece, on her blog.

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It’s In the Bag

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Musician and writer Nick Cave just released a new book that provides a visual chronicle of a 22-city 2014 North American tour. The Sick Bag Song is an absorbing collection of poetry, lyrics, drawings, doodles, and ideas all captured on airplane vomit bags.

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Arranged in the geographic order of Cave’s 2014 tour schedule—Nashville to Montreal—The Sick Bag Song offers a unique glimpse into the ruminations and tangents of the artist’s mind.

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To promote the book’s release, cave will be appearing in live events in NYC, LA and London this month. He’s also releasing five short films to accompany the book on the project website here.

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Let Sleeping Giants Lie

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The always entertaining and imaginative NYC art collective Dawn of Man has been using projection mapping techniques in an intriguing project that transforms ordinary city walls into meditative works of art. Check out the fascinating video of “Projection Napping” below, which offers unexpected tranquil, intimate vignettes in the impassive urban landscape. Visit the Dawn of Man website for more on the project and the group.

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Art of the Journey

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Back in 2013, Dutch designer/curator/agency director Jeroen Smeets launched a brilliant project that combined his love for art and for travel. The Jaunt recruits artists to visit a place that they have never been and to create an original work of art inspired by the locale. Once they have returned, a limited edition print is produced and then sold to finance the trip.

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Thirteen artists have participated in the project so far and now ten of the trips are documented in “The Jaunted Book”. The inspiring volume (which is available online) offers uncommon insights on the impact of travel on the artistic process.

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The video below chronicles project artist David Shillinglaw’s visit to Denmark for The Jaunt.

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Paris: 75 Hours

Paris: 75 hours in under 2 minutes is a wonderful timelapse video documenting London-based French illustrator Guillaume Cornet’s project drawing a Parisian neighborhood.

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Beautiful Barcelona

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If you have ever visited Barcelona, you likely returned home raving about the city’s stunning architecture. Now along with Barcelona’s grand townhouses, mansions, museums, churches, and historical sites hundreds of late 19th and early 20th century small retail buildings are getting special legal protection from alteration or destruction.

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City planners have designated more than 200 cafés, pharmacies, bakeries, clothing shops, and other retail spaces built in Barcelona’s home-grown art nouveau modernista style as off limits to developers. Among the architectural treasures being protected are the famous Els Quatre Gats café, the Pastisseria  Escribà on the Rambla, and the Café de L’Opera in the Bari Gotic.

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Listen to the sound of the rain

James Chapman is a doctoral student in physics with a consuming passion for comics, graphic design and art.

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Maybe They Should Call It Seussville

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Springfield, no not the home of the Simpsons, but Springfield, Massachusetts the home town of Dr. Seuss, has announced plans to open the world’s first museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is set to open in June of 2016 as part of the Springfield Museum complex. The “Seusseum” will include books, artifacts, artwork, and recreations of a “Seussian” version of locales in old Springfield that inspired Theodor Seuss Geisel’s iconic books. The museum will also expand the current adjacent Dr. Seuss National memorial Sculpture Garden.

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Whimsical Landscapes

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Even in this golden age of digital travel photography, I still love old fashioned travel postcards. I’m not embarrassed in the least to admit that I still return home from most trips with a stack of kitschy cards.

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The very talented London-based, Italian artist Caterina Rossato has elevated the humble travel postcard to high art with her remarkable 3D collages. Layering cut-outs from multiple postcards, she creates unique sculptural landscapes.

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Rossato is currently the artist in residence at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Massa in Venice. You can see more of her imaginative work on her website.

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Back to basics

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Visitors to the U.S. are often shocked to discover that we have only one truly nationwide bookstore chain remaining. That company, Barnes & Noble, has just 700 stores unevenly spread around the country. The past few years, B&N has strayed widely from its literary roots with more and more shelf space devoted not to printed books, but to gifts, gadgets and e-readers. But now the chain is once again promoting itself as the place for books with a neat set of shopping bags that feature the first pages of classic novels, such as Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, The Wizard of Oz, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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