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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.

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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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