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Artists Bring Kid's Imaginary Friends to Life (and it's Only a Little Creepy)

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Model by Becky & Joe, Blinkink, Photo by Rankin

The beauty of an imaginary friend is that they can be anything you want them to be. In the minds of creative tykes, a living, breathing, eight-foot dinosaur and a three-eyed girl named Chloe are just par for the course.

In a recent workshop, 60 kids were asked to draw detailed illustrations of their imaginary friends. Communications agency AMV BBDO then brought the drawings to model makers to turn them into a reality.

“Children create many amazing things. Take their imaginary friends for instance," said Arvid Harnqvist and Amar Marwaha, the creative team behind the project. "They are talked about all the time and often become part of the family. But when the child gets older, these marvelous creations fade away. This project aims to immortalize them.”

Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling (creators of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared), along with creatives like Aardman and Psyop, created beautiful life-size models of five of the illustrated friends. You can see a very tall dino, a striped cat, and a tennis-playing monster all at London's Museum of Childhood. The designs are so fun and imaginative, they give Bing Bong a run for his money.

“This was a really fun project to be involved in and it’s such a great idea,” Sloan and Pelling said of the collaboration. “Hopefully bringing the imaginary friends to life won’t give the children nightmares … we’re not sure we would want to hang out with Chloe ourselves!”

You can check out all the friends at the V&A Museum of Childhood until February 12. Admission is free.

Jamie the fox by Lily Whitby, model by dwarf

Lily the cat by Ruth Fekade, model by Psyop

Monster, the imaginary friend of Leo Georgiou. Model by Aardman.

Swerl the Lion by Eva Wood, model by Picasso


[h/t: Creative Review]

All images via Rankin.

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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

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Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Insects Using Bamboo
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Noriyuki Saitoh

Not everyone finds insects beautiful. Some people think of them as scary, disturbing, or downright disgusting. But when Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a discarded cicada shell or a feeding praying mantis, he sees inspiration for his next creation.

Saitoh’s sculptures, spotted over at Colossal, are crafted by hand from bamboo. He uses the natural material to make some incredibly lifelike pieces. In one example, three wasps perch on a piece of honeycomb. In another, two mating dragonflies create a heart shape with their abdomens.

The figures he creates aren’t meant to be exact replicas of real insects. Rather, Saitoh starts his process with a list of dimensions and allows room for creativity when fine-tuning the appearances. The sense of movement and level of detail he puts into each sculpture is what makes them look so convincing.

You can browse the artist’s work on his website or follow him on social media for more stunning samples from his portfolio.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

[h/t Colossal]

All images courtesy of Noriyuki Saitoh.

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