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Artist Transforms Old Louis Vuitton Bags Into Stunning Star Wars Sculptures

Gabriel Dishaw
Gabriel Dishaw

Jedis are known for their fighting skills, not their fashion sense. But when artist Gabriel Dishaw discovered a treasure trove of designer suitcases while thrifting, the Star Wars fan couldn’t resist the urge to use them as the basis for a series of artworks inspired by the franchise.

“I was in northern Michigan on vacation and came across a stack of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage from the 1970s at a small antique store,” Dishaw tells Mental Floss. “A spark of creativity came over me. I knew that I could use these somehow, and had to have them before I left. They didn't come cheap, but as soon as I got home I started the painstaking process of taking them apart.”

While dissembling the suitcases, Dishaw became inspired to create upcycled homages to his favorite film. “I really enjoy taking two different ideas, or concepts that you wouldn’t normally consider together, and mashing them up,” he says.

Dishaw spends his days working in corporate retail, and devotes ”every waking moment outside of work” to his art, he says. Each work in his Star Wars series took a different amount of time to complete, but Dishaw says that a Darth Vader bust typically takes more than 40 hours, while an Imperial Walker requires around 100 hours of work.

Check out some of Dishaw’s Louis Vuitton Star Wars sculptures below, or visit his website to check out more artworks made from upcycled materials, e-waste, and found objects.

A Star Wars mask crafted from upcycled vintage Louis Vuitton handbags, created by artist Gabriel Dishaw.
Gabriel Dishaw

A Star Wars mask crafted from upcycled vintage Louis Vuitton handbags, created by artist Gabriel Dishaw.
Gabriel Dishaw

A Star Wars mask crafted from upcycled vintage Louis Vuitton handbags, created by artist Gabriel Dishaw.
Gabriel Dishaw

A Star Wars mask crafted from upcycled vintage Louis Vuitton handbags, created by artist Gabriel Dishaw.
Gabriel Dishaw

A Star Wars mask crafted from upcycled vintage Louis Vuitton handbags, created by artist Gabriel Dishaw.
Gabriel Dishaw

A Star Wars mask crafted from upcycled vintage Louis Vuitton handbags, created by artist Gabriel Dishaw.
Gabriel Dishaw

A Star Wars mask crafted from upcycled vintage Louis Vuitton handbags, created by artist Gabriel Dishaw.
Gabriel Dishaw

[h/t Mashable]

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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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