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11 Geeky Craft Creations, Including Rainbow Brite vs. Strawberry Shortcake

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There's a lot of variety in geek crafting. Whether you geek out over Star Wars, Pokemon or marine biology, there are plenty of subjects for you to enjoy, whether you prefer them rendered via crocheting, sewing or felting.

Cross Stitch

If you spent your childhood playing Nintendo, then you'll recognize the screen this cross stitch has captured so perfectly. In fact, it’s easy to expect the cacti to start dancing like they do in the game. Cross Stitch Ninja of Radical Cross Stitch definitely nailed the game's look and feel.

For those with a soft spot for both 80s cartoons and the era’s violent fighting games, this delightful cross stitch featuring Rainbow Brite battling Strawberry Shortcake should be just up your alley. Of course, if you prefer watching Care Bears fight to the death, then you’ll be happy to know that Jude Buffum also stitched one of those for your viewing pleasure.

If you’re more into modern geekery, then perhaps you’ll prefer this great meme cross stitch featuring Keyboard Cat. While it was originally created by Julie of Subversive Cross Stitch, it has since been removed, although you can still view it over at BoingBoing.

Sewing

For something a little more practical, this Keyboard Cat quilt by Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com could keep you warm as well as entertained. Of course, if you prefer your meme kitties in Nyan form, then she’s got you covered there as well.

History buffs, your interests aren’t exempted from this geek craft roundup. Whether you actually prefer the true story or the television drama version, these Tudor dolls by DeriDolls are a great way to reenact your favorite scenes from the lives of Henry, Catherine, Anne and the rest of the king’s wives.

Crochet

This Salacious Crumb plush might just be one of the cutest geeky crafts ever made. In fact, it’s amazing how much a little crochet work can create something far more adorable than the original puppet used in Star Wars. To see more work by artist Allison Hoffman, don’t forget to click on the link to visit her blog where you can see other great creations, including her take on the Flaming C (Conan O’Brien’s superhero character).

Ms. Hoffman has quite a talent for making great geek crochet creations and has not only worked on Star Wars and Conan characters, but also on creatures seen on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, including Chairry, Pee Wee, Jambi and this Magic Screen that operates as a whimsical and adorable picture frame.

If you’ve never played any of the Katamari games, then not only are you missing out on one of the most delightfully strange video games, you’re also keeping yourself from being able to appreciate why things like this magnetic crocheted katamari by Amy Shimel are so wonderful. For those of you who do understand the power of the rolling katamari and who know how to crochet, you can get a pattern to make your own over on Amy’s Babies.

The great thing about crochet is just how versatile the craft is. You can use it to make anything from plushies to picture frames to blankets, like this delightful afghan throw in the shape of a Bulbasaur from Pokemon. Its creator, Craftster forum user SoreLoser, spent a whole year making this blanket that features over 848 small crochet squares.

Felting

For marine animal lovers, particularly those who enjoy the intelligence and sensitivity of cephalopods, there is always this fun, felted octopurse which is just as fashionable as it is a good conversation starter. You can buy your own from Etsy seller Galaflic.

Knitting

If you’re looking for a great geek craft that you could ask your grandma to make you for Christmas though, perhaps you should send her a picture of this Contra sweater now so she has plenty of time to knit it. The design, shared by Reddit user don_majik_juan, is delightful in that it perfectly blends the classic cheesy Christmas sweater with the imagery of the classic side scroller.

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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