The Beady Eyed Craftster is our weekly round-up of shiny (mostly) art and craft related links from across the inter­nets. It’s a little late this week – sorry about that.






Over on Colossal, sculptor Guy Laramee makes amaz­ing carvings out of old books – check them out. Very cool suff, a lit­eral mater­i­al­isa­tion of the abil­ity of books to evoke a sense of place.

Origami time! Lot’s of great stuff on Andrea Russo’s Flickr stream – I par­tic­u­larly like this take on Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa.

Actually, lets have more ori­gami; father-son duo Martin and Erik Demaine pro­duce lovely curve-crease paper sculp­tures. “We are explor­ing what shapes are pos­sible in this genre of self-folding ori­gami, with applic­a­tions to deploy­able struc­tures, man­u­fac­tur­ing, and self-assembly.”

And here’s another piece of art influ­enced by older works:  Chen Chun-Hao uses nails (and a nail gun) to rep­lic­ate tra­di­tional Chinese land­scape paint­ings. Impressive work; I have enough trouble get­ting a nail in the right place to hang a pic­ture, let along mak­ing a pic­ture out of the nails!

Time for a video: here’s a great anim­a­tion from the Royal Observatory Greenwich about Measuring the Universe. Very nicely designed and inform­at­ive too. Apparently it takes more than just a very big ruler.

And finally, this will be of par­tic­u­lar interest to fans of Wes Anderson’s films; Beth Mathews has made this cool chart show­ing the col­our palettes used in six of his movies. Fascinating to see how dis­tinct­ive the col­our choices are.

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