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Uncommon Objects

10 Apr

There are plenty of traditional forms of art out there that can be used to make awesome and geeky creations. But the artists featured this week have thought outside the box and transformed common, everyday objects and tools into items to help you geek out your living space in an unexpected way.

I never thought of looking for Cthulhu on a spoon, but here he is!

Cthulhu Spoon Set by GreenwoodCreations13

Cthulhu Spoon Set by GreenwoodCreations13

I’m a huge Fallout fan, and although I wouldn’t want my house to look like a Vault (talk about claustrophobic!), this light switch cover is too awesome for words.

Vault Tech Light Switch Plate Cover by CratersideSupplyinc

Vault Tech Light Switch Plate Cover by CratersideSupplyinc

There are some unique lamps out there, but this industrial/found object lamp is certainly at the top. It’s made from iron pipes and a vintage skull vodka bottle. And the rotating faucet is the on/off switch!

Crystal Head Vodka Lamp by newwineoldbottles

Crystal Head Vodka Lamp by newwineoldbottles

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Outdoor Art

27 Mar
Copper Dragon Handmade Garden Art Sculpture by CedarMoon

Copper Dragon Handmade Garden Art Sculpture by CedarMoon

In case you’ve been sitting the basement for too long and haven’t noticed – it’s almost spring! I hate winter and can’t wait to start planting flowers and enjoying the outdoors. Not all of us have the luxury of large yards or gardens, but you can still perk up the outside of your house or apartment after a dreary winter with some beautiful art. I’m not a big fan of pink flamingos, masses of windchimes, and lawn gnomes littering one’s yard, but a few choice pieces of geeky outdoor art will let the neighbors know how awesome you are.

Piranha Plant Super Mario 3 Garden Art by pixelparty

Piranha Plant Super Mario 3 Garden Art by pixelparty

Garden Stakes by HarleyQuinne

Garden Stakes by HarleyQuinne

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The Color of Things

6 Feb
Allure by black-dicefish

Allure by black-dicefish

A couple of years ago I discovered that I have Synesthesia – a neurological condition that causes different senses to be combined, rather than separate. A common trait of people with Synesthesia (synesthetes) is always perceiving letters, numbers, and words with certain colors attached to them. For example, ‘A’ will always be red to me, ‘B’ is brown, ‘C’ is yellow, ‘D’ is navy blue, etc. I also see colored shapes when I hear certain sounds, and perceive textures when I smell certain things. My sister also has Synesthesia and she is the reason I discovered my own. Up until that point, I thought seeing each letter as a color was normal. There are over 60 known kinds of Synesthesia and my sister has traits that I do not, such as tasting voices and perceiving numbers with personalities.

Synesthesia by ThePathOfDreams

Synesthesia by ThePathOfDreams

Most people with Synesthesia are creative and artistic by nature. And since this condition involves a lot of color, I thought I’d gather a collection of pieces with beautiful color palettes, and also include art by syesthetes as well. And even if you don’t have this condition, everyone loves color!

Rainbow

The following pieces are filled with many vibrant colors!

League of Legends - Zyra Fanart by  alexnegrea

League of Legends – Zyra Fanart by alexnegrea

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Go Bold

30 Jan

You can tell by my hair that I don’t like to be subtle in my appearance. This sometimes applies to the jewelry I wear as well. I like all kinds of jewelry, but occasionally, I want something that makes a statement. Fortunately, if you feel the same way, there are many artists out there that create such pieces. Prepare to be noticed!

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven  Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

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Inspired by Vintage

23 Jan
Vintage Typewriter Illustration by BearAndRobot

Vintage Typewriter Illustration by BearAndRobot

In Boise, Idaho, there’s an amazing place called Antique World Mall. I could spend days wandering through the huge expanse of aisles, looking through the crowded shelves and glass cabinets and never see everything. They have everything vintage and antique imaginable and every time I go there I find something I have to take home with me. They are items that were probably commonplace and taken for granted, but somehow survived for decades without being discarded. And really, it’s those everyday items that help sum up an era of time and speak volumes about the people that lived then.

Mint Green Custom Painted Olivietti Typewriter by ClaireLaSecretaire

Mint Green Custom Painted Olivietti Typewriter by ClaireLaSecretaire

I love vintage and antique items, and am a little disappointed that collecting them is a trend now. I collect typewriters, among other things, and used to hunt through the discarded electronics in the backs of thrift stores for them. I once found a 1920’s Corona this way, priced at only $4.50. Those days are long gone. It’s difficult to find a typewriter for under $100 now. However, it’s much easier to find art and crafts inspired by vintage and antique items, or that have been incorporated into something new. Check out the wonderful items below!

Miniature OOAK Handmade Primitive Vintage Teddy Bear by RaggyBears

Miniature OOAK Handmade Primitive Vintage Teddy Bear by RaggyBears

Asteroids ATARI Video Game Clock by RecyclingTime

Asteroids ATARI Video Game Clock by RecyclingTime

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Here’s to the Geeks

26 Dec
Nerd. by KyraTeppelin

Nerd. by KyraTeppelin

Growing up, I never thought of myself as a geek or a nerd. For one thing, those terms didn’t have the same complimentary air that they do today. And I never thought I fit into a label. I was just me. But it was obvious that my best friend and I were drifting apart. She was into sports and fashion and boyfriends, and although I enjoyed those things too, I was more interested in books, video games, and drama club.

Clink Illustration Print - Rosy Pink Cheeks Nerds Kissing by GenevieveSantos

Clink Illustration Print – Rosy Pink Cheeks Nerds Kissing by GenevieveSantos

It was only until a few years ago that I discovered a lot of styles and interests that are considered “geeky” are also my own styles and interests, and I found I could identify with this term, among others.

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth by  IndelibleInkWorkshop

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth by IndelibleInkWorkshop

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