Chika Usui and her family of scarecrows

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Japanese artist Chika Usui has a thing for scarecrows. So much so that she decided to only feature them as the main theme of not one but two photographical projects, in which she also poses.

Arranging the scarecrows in life-like positions and sitting or interacting with them, Chika’s photos could almost look like candid family portraits… only with stuffed puppets instead of real human beings. The result is both cute and disturbing, but definitely worth a look!

(via Frankie)

LiDAR – or how technology can help archaeology

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A 3D LiDAR map of the Maya site of Caracol in Belize
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(copyright of both images: A&D Chase)

For centuries, the common way of finding archaeological sites was to prospect for possible signs of early settlements and then proceed to dig and hope for the best. Thankfully, a revolutionary tool called LiDAR has made this prospecting job a much easier task, by mapping the ground and reveal structures and objects that would have otherwise remained invisible.

Used in the 70s by the US army for space exploration, LiDAR’s technology is based on laser sensors shining from the air to the ground, emitting a pulsation of light that is then reflected back and measured. The data gathered by the pulses are then computerised and used to build a 3D map of a geographical zone. This method has led to amazing discoveries such as a lost Mayan city in 2010.
Although this new technology has its flaws: it doesn’t work underground or through densely wooded areas, it remains a major advancement and an incredible tool for the archaeology of today and tomorrow.

Staying in with Chloe Joyce

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There is something very comforting about Chloe Joyce’s illustrations. Perhaps it is her use of somewhat muted colours in warm shades of pink and green, or perhaps it is because they show scenes of time spent in the intimacy of home. These private and cosy moments make me feel close to these women as I identify myself with them.

No need to say that I find these illustrations oh-so-lovely, and if you fancy seeing more of Chloe Joyce’s work –which I strongly recommend; you can do so via her website or her Etsy shop.

Lorien Stern

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Usually, sharks don’t really strike as the friendly type. But pair them with bright colours and they look much more fun, almost cute! Lorien Stern is the genius behind this idea, and creates shark heads in rainbow colours with ceramic and an obvious sense of humour. I really love those heads, and wouldn’t mind one or two in my living room!

(via Jealous Curator)

Charline Giffard | La Chambre de Marie

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La Chambre de Marie is a homage to the artist’s grand-mother as well as to every woman. Marie, or Mary using an English spelling, being one of the most common names in the western world, Charline Giffard wanted to echo the feminine sensibility by taking her grand mother as a starting point. La Chambre, meaning the bedroom in French, relates to the intimacy of the artist in this conceptual space that she created. Beautiful and secretive.

(via Jealous Curator)

Fow Eating Skyr Photography | Lazzari Winter 2014 Lookbook

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I don’t know much about Fox Eating Skyr, except that they are a video and photography production company based in North Italy, and that they produced this beautiful series of photos for the Winter 2014 season of fashion brand Lazzari. I fell in love with these when I saw them in Frankie Magazine and they reminded me a bit of the aesthetics of Wes Anderson: frontal photographies, colourful shots and a touch of the 70s. Aren’t these just great?

(via Frankie)