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Kansas-Based Stylist Transforms Hair Into Famous Works of Art

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In February, we covered Ursula Goff, an art-loving hair stylist, who dyes her clients' hair based on the color schemes of famous paintings. Now, the Wichita, Kansas-based colorist has taken the concept one step further, printing the artwork right onto her customers' hair.

As Laughing Squid reports, Goff is using hair dye to reproduce famous works like Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night and Pablo Picasso's Le Rêve. "Back in December, while I was in the middle of doing Airacha’s Van Gogh colored hair, I had an idea," Goff wrote on her blog. "I wondered how hard it would be to actually paint Starry Night—the painting—onto some hair. I thought it might be fun to try painting on hair instead of a canvas (for everyone needing a reason why I do anything)."

All the paintings are done by hand, without the help of stencils or projectors. Instead, Goff recreates the designs with hair dye (like Manic Panic and Redken) by first drawing a mockup. Then, she places a hair weft over the draft and "traces" it with a sable paintbrush. Take a look at some of her designs below.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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A Beached Whale Sculpture Popped Up on the Banks of Paris's Seine River
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In Paris, dozens of fish varieties live in the Seine River. Now, the Associated Press reports that the famous waterway is home to a beached whale.

Rest assured, eco-warriors: The sperm whale is actually a lifelike sculpture, installed on an embankment next to Notre Dame Cathedral by Belgian artists’ collective Captain Boomer. It’s meant to raise environmental awareness, and evoke "the child in everyone who still is puzzled about what is real and what is not,” collective member Bart Van Peel told the Associated Press.

The 65-foot sculpture has reportedly startled and confused many Parisians, thanks in part to a team of fake scientists deployed to “survey” the whale. One collective member even posted a video on social media, warning Parisians that there “may be others in the water” if they opt to take a dip in the river, The Local reported.

The whale sculpture is only temporary—but as for Captain Boomer, this isn’t their first whale-related stunt. Last summer, the collective installed a similar riverside artwork in Rennes, France, and they also once strapped a large-scale whale sculpture to the back of a truck and drove it around France.

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Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

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