The Beady Eyed Craftster is our embar­rass­ingly inter­mit­tent round-up of shiny (mostly) art, design, craft and illus­tra­tion related links from across the internets.

This time: double expos­ures, crock­ery tentacles, model birds, geo­graphic coast­ers, inter­act­ive amoeba and a beard.



• It’s good to remem­ber that doing clever things with pho­to­graphs didn’t start with Photoshop: take a look at these remark­able double expos­ure por­traits from Sarah K. Byrne. I love the eth­er­eal and vintage-y look. (There’s a link to a tutorial from the artist, in case you’re a non-digital pho­to­grapher who’d like to try it out). [Via Colossal]

• Also on Colossal: tentacles! Also, barnacles, sponges and star­fish. Check out this sea-life encrus­ted crock­ery from Mary O’Malley. Great for sip­ping tea in an octopus’s garden in the shade!

• Birds are one of my favour­ite things to illus­trate, so I’m in awe of these spec­tac­u­lar painted paper-craft birds by Johan Scherft. They really are incred­ible pieces of work, both in the design and in the paint­ing. “There’s a lot of trial and error involved before a model is sat­is­fact­ory”, says the artist, “Each spe­cies has its own dis­tinct­ive shape, so I never use a stand­ard design”. [Via My Modern Met]

• Also one of my favour­ite things: maps. Maps are cool. So are these DIY map coast­ers, and the straight­for­ward tutorial on how to make them. Set course for the Country Chic Cottage to find out more.

• Video time: Fiet is a sculp­ture that reacts to sound. It looks like a float­ing alien amoeba/cone thing, and it quivers if you shout at it. Every home should have one. [Via Design Milk]

• And finally, from the mys­ter­i­ous fantasy land we call ‘Etsy’ comes this amaz­ing cro­cheted Bombur hat, styled after Bombur’s beard in The Hobbit film. It’s not every day you see a hat based on dwar­ven facial hair. It might make a good gift for someone who is sadly unable to grow their own beard.

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