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Artist Makes Nature-Inspired Rugs From Carpet Scraps

Alexandra Kehayoglou’s distinctive rugs look like they belong in a woodland fairytale. As inhabitat reports, the Argentine artist recycles leftover carpet scraps to make rugs that resemble vibrant, natural landscapes.

The textile trade runs in Kehayoglou’s blood: Her Greek grandparents used to weave Ottoman-style carpets in Turkey, and her family currently runs a carpet factory in Buenos Aires. Inspired by tradition, she began using the factory’s discarded wool and thread scraps to create something that was completely her own.

Kehayoglou tufts most rugs by hand to make pieces modeled after the forests, grasslands, deserts, and Patagonian glaciers of her native Argentina. Each work of art can take several months to complete, with some spanning areas larger than 1500 square feet. For an idea of the work that goes into making a carpet that size, you can watch the video above.

Select pieces are currently for sale on Kehayoglou’s Artsy page, with prices ranging from $15,000 to $30,000. If you’re looking for a similar item that’s more affordable, you can always try growing your own moss rug at home.

[h/t inhabitat]

Primary/banner images courtesy of Alexandra Kehayoglou via Instagram

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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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.

A book is open to reveal a spiralgraph inside.
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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.

The cover of This Book Is a Planetarium
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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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