These Notepads Come With Intricate Paper Sculptures Hidden Inside

Triad
Triad

If you like stationery that’s practical, you have plenty of options to choose from. But if you'd prefer something that's more beautiful than pragmatic, there’s the Omoshiroi Block. According to My Modern Met, each of the notepads from the Japanese company Triad contains a hidden paper sculpture. Tearing off sheets of the note paper reveals the secret design, one layer at a time.

The paper is laser-cut and assembled into a block that, at first glance, looks like a regular memo pad. Only when enough sheets have been peeled back does its detailed inner structure start to appear. Some of the notepad sculptures depict famous Japanese buildings, like the Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto and the Paris-inspired Tokyo Tower, while others are elegantly rendered miniatures of everyday objects like musical instruments.

Even the sheets themselves are tiny works of art. Some feature cutouts of leaves and flowers, while others reveal tiny silhouettes of people when they're folded. Once you use up all the sheets, you'll have a beautiful work of paper sculpture to adorn your desk.

You may have to wait a while to get your hands on one, though. Initially, the Omoshiroi Block was exclusively available at Triad's two stores in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan. The product has since sold out completely. There's hope that it will one day be available to international paper fanatics, though. For updates on when the Omoshiroi Block will be back in stock and ready to ship overseas, follow Triad on Instagram.

[h/t My Modern Met]

Show Off Your Love of Art With a Frida Kahlo Action Figure

Frida Kahlo Action Figure
Frida Kahlo Action Figure
Today is Art Day

If you're in the market for an action figure based on a real person, you've got plenty to choose from: Everyone from Snoop Dogg to the Pope is getting their own figurine these days. Now, Frida Kahlo has joined the ranks of icons who have become immortalized in plastic.

In 2017, Canadian art website Today Is Art Day (known for its Vincent van Gogh action figure) started a Kickstarter to give Kahlo the action figure treatment. The toy features the artist with a monkey pal on her shoulder, as well as a detachable heart and the faint smell of roses. The packaging has fun facts about the artist, along with some miniature artwork that can be cut out and affixed to a miniature easel.

“Not that I don’t like the great books and reproductions of artworks but, I think it’s more engaging to have a Frida Kahlo action figure on your desk rather than an art history book on your shelf," ‘Today Is Art Day’ founder David Beaulieu told Lost at E Minor during the Kickstarter campaign.

The Frida action figure is available on Amazon for $30.

Frida Kahlo Action Figure

Frida Kahlo Action Figure

[h/t Lost at E Minor]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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Rare Audio Clip of Frida Kahlo Discovered in Mexican Sound Library

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Even if they're not experts in art, many people are familiar with Frida Kahlo's most famous paintings. The Mexican artist's style, quotes, and artwork are still iconic 65 years after her death, but few people know what she sounded like. As CNN reports, the National Sound Library of Mexico recently announced the discovery of what could be the only surviving recording of her voice.

The clip comes from the 1955 pilot of the radio show El Bachiller. The episode profiles Diego Rivera, a muralist and Kahlo's on-again-off-again husband. In one section, Kahlo can be heard reciting a text entitled "Portrait of Diego" that poetically describes the appearance and temperament of her spouse.

Kahlo had already died when the episode aired, and the radio show notes that the voice being broadcast belongs to a painter "who no longer exists." The original recording of her voice likely dates back to 1954 or 1953 (she died in July 1954).

In a press release, the director of the National Sound Library of Mexico Pável Granados said that audio of Frida Kahlo is one of the most common requests they receive. The authenticity of the tape has yet to be confirmed, and authorities are currently investigating to see if the voice in the recording really belonged to the artist.

Surviving audio of Kahlo may be rare, but the painter left behind many artworks and writings that paint a rich picture of her life. Here are some facts about the icon.

[h/t CNN]

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