Move over adorable rice pandas, we’ve found something even more squeal-worthy. Samantha Lee, a Malaysian mother-of-two, claims that she is not a professional chef and has not been to culinary school. Despite this, she has been able to produce some of the most impressive works of food art.
Lee began Bento making in 2008 while still pregnant with her second daughter. With a new baby on the way, she needed a method to encourage her eldest daughter to start eating independently. This is when her creativity and skilled hands took over.
Using ordinary household tools such as knives and scissors, Lee began turning her daughter’s food into adorable works of art that featured popular characters from mangas, movies, cartoons and more.
“I’m just an ordinary, regular and average mom, crazy about making mess in the kitchen.” Lee says. But thanks to this “mess,” Lee has become an international media sensation. Lee has grabbed the attention of people worldwide and is now a kids party planner.
Check out her must-see collection of food art. Trust us. After seeing these images, you’ll be positively envious of her daughters.
Though I may not be an art buff, I do appreciate my own fair share of museum trips, checking out the different pieces and installations that line the walls and fill the empty spaces. Seeing how people’s creative minds work is an absolute wonder and often times, puts me, and I’m sure many of you, in awe.
We’re more than happy to say that some of the best and brightest names in the art world are Asian/Asian American, and these following six installations are definitely proof of that. By challenging our ideas of space, medium, beauty, perception and so much more, they take us to a seeming other world that you simply have to marvel at.
While they say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” we would have to argue that these pieces are downright gorgeous.
Coffee art has recently been growing in popularity. No longer do we merely see images of a leaf or a heart on top of a latte. Artists have become more and more creative with their coffee art designs and methods.
One artist in particular has been catching quite some attention for his detailed work. Kohei Matsuno, a Japanese barista, turned his part-time job into his canvas.
Matsuno began by creating detailed images onto his coffee. Often, these images were of traditional Japanese landscapes, popular manga characters and realistic portraits. Then, he decided to take his art one step further.
Feeling limited by the flat surface of the coffee, Matsuno began creating 3D pop-up coffee art. Using large amounts of milk foam, Matsuno created cute shapes with sharp tools and toothpicks.
Of course, this is no easy task. The designs often remain simple because Matsuno has only five minutes before his medium begins to melt away. Luckily, no one seems to mind the simplicity of his work. In fact his adorable work has made him one of the most popular latte artists in Japan.
With Halloween around the corner, we can only expect the hype around these Disney Princesses to get larger. Year after year, more young girls wish to put on a costume of their favorite princess and act out a Disney fairytale.
But what if the tables were turned? Artist Isaiah K Stephens decided to show how some of our favorite princesses would look like if they dressed up as their favorite superhero or heroine for Halloween.
Some of our favorites include Rapunzel as Japanese manga heroine Sailor Moon, Tianna as Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Jasmine and Chun-Li from Street Fighter.
Check out more Disney Princesses dressed up and stay tuned for a second set which will include Alice, Kida, Megara, Jane Porter, Tinkerbell, Charlotte La boff, Esmeralda, and Sally.
When Miyazaki announced his retirement, fans quickly reacted. Suddenly, the already large fandom grew in number and in passion. His movies were popping up all over social media, children were cosplaying his characters left and right and suddenly everyone wanted to take part in the Ghibli fandom. Just last month, we reported on his retirement:
When news broke out that Hayao Miyazaki was retiring, fans everywhere wished it was simply a false rumor. For years, Miyazaki brought us whimsical animations such as My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. In 2003, the Ghibli studio co-founder won an Oscar for his breathtaking feature film, Spirited Away.
Although Miyazaki has shown a mastery of his craft, he has firmly stated that he is done with films. The 72-year-old confirmed that his film The Wind Rises is his last. The film, which focuses on a fictional biography of Japan’s Zero airplane creator Jiro Horikoshi, has already become a box-office hit in Japan since its release in July.
With a handful of awards, critical acclaim, and worldwide recognition, Miyazaki will retire knowing that he achieved what he set out to do. According to CBC News, Miyazaki commented, ”I wanted to convey the message to children that this life is worth living. This message has not changed.”
While our hearts are saddened by the finale of a talented individual, his work continues to live on.
Just as we expected, the fandom continued to expand and find different ways to honor Miyazaki. Aside from cosplaying, we noticed one thing in particular that Miyazaki fans were partaking in– re-drawing his art. Specifically, we found a number of art parodies to the famous rainy bus stop scene:
Wen Fuliang, originally a wood carver, has turned his talents on a different sort of canvas. Arguably much harder to work on than wood, Fuliang has decided to carve on one of the most fragile mediums ever, egg shells.
The amount of detail that Fuliang can capture on a single egg is simply unbelievable. The artist has spent 10 years perfecting his craft and and carves his masterpieces using a rotary tool with a diamond tip.
Fuliang begins by carefully extracting the yolk and egg white using a syringe. He then very lightly sketches his design onto the shell . Then, he gently holds the egg with one hand and carves away at it with another. As expected, this process requires slow, gentle and skilled hands. It is no surprise that this art is very time consuming.
According to DailyMail, “He uses chicken, goose and duck eggshells to carve out places of interest, such as the iconic Dayan Pagoda in Xi’an.”
Interestingly enough, Fuliang allegedly lost his job as a wood carver in Shaanxi province and turned to egg shells simply to make ends meet. Through this, he became the first artist in China to specialize in the field of egg carving.
You read that correctly. Danielle, a five-minute video from filmmaker Anthony Cerniello, is nothing short of amazing. Cerniello wanted to emulate the aging process by creating a person, Danielle.
Clearly, this is no ordinary time-lapse video. Far more extreme than a “selfie a day”, Danielle shows the aging process of a young girl to an elderly woman.
Danielle was not shot over the course of a girl’s lifetime. Instead, Cerniello combined the faces of multi-generational family members. According to Colossal:
Last Thanksgiving, Cerniello traveled to his friend Danielle’s family reunion and with still photographer Keith Sirchio shot portraits of her youngest cousins through to her oldest relatives with a Hasselblad medium format camera. Then began the process of scanning each photo with a drum scanner at the U.N. in New York, at which point he carefully edited the photos to select the family members that had the most similar bone structure. Next he brought on animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle who worked in After Effects and 3D Studio Max to morph and animate the still photos to make them lifelike as possible. Finally, Nuke (a kind of 3D visual effects software) artist George Cuddy was brought on to smooth out some small details like the eyes and hair.
The final product is visually stunning. Make sure you don’t blink for even a second — you’ll miss out on years of aging.
For his series “Return to Sender”, photographer Tommy Kha has put together photos where he kisses strangers, lovers and friends. The best part? He looks awkwardly stoic in every picture.
It’s easy to react to this photo series with laughter. This is clearly just a ploy to practice his kissing skills, right? As it turns out, there’s a much deeper meaning behind these pictures. Although he admits that humor plays a large part in these photos, he also informs us that these photos are a commentary on the perception of Asians in the media.
Rather than playing the supporting role often given to Asian characters, Kha has decided to take the steering wheel and be his own protagonist. And his bored expression? Not only does he put a humorous and unique twist to the photos, he is also able to very clearly show his dissatisfaction with the representation of Asians in the media.
Throughout the series, Kha takes on the roles of actor and director. As the character, Kha is playing off the stereotype of Asians seen in mainstream media, though it isn’t the defining idea behind the series.
“My work has to do with our roles that, in varied ways, are defined by cultural indifference along with the experience of being ‘othered’,” he wrote via email. “Much of these notions are informed by the little representation I see in the media, and part of these notions exist stereotypically. Almost always, Asians are regulated to a supporting role, shown incapable or not on the same playing field as the protagonist.”
Kha said is he playing up that stereotype by appearing almost disinterested in the kiss, but his motivation for the work is really more about his own views of intimacy. “I think [the motivation] was wanting to belong, of wanting ‘to be seen,’ to be an object of desire (as the receiver of the kiss) but at the same time, to appear reserved and contradictory by denying the kiss.”
A main influence for “Return to Sender” is Lilly McElroy’s “I Throw Myself at Men,” which Kha said made him rethink the idea of self-portraiture. “To do self-portraitures, the artist is automatically the protagonist. I don’t find myself completely interesting, but things like family, race, sexuality, societal ideals, etc., are part of forming one’s identity, which changes over time and [is] not bound to formulaic boundaries. Much of what I like to explore is questioning my role as the protagonist, usually through being a supporting character, in the background, or behind the camera,” Kha said.
Scroll down for more seriously awkward photos, and read the full story here.
Film.com has compiled a gallery of illustrations inspired by the films of Wong Kar-Wai in anticipation of the U.S. release of his latest film, The Grandmaster. The illustrated pieces featured range from alternative movie posters to comic strips. Known for the rich aesthetics of his films, which include critic favorites Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love, Wong has explored love cinematically in a variety of settings, including ancient China and modern-day New York City.
Nearly 75% of the worlds toys are made in China. With so many of these plastic toys available to us at ease, we often forget the hard labor that goes into making them. Chinese factory workers must spend hours assembling, stuffing, painting, and working diligently to live up to the never-ending demands from the West.
Michael Wolf, a German photographer pursuing his career in Asia, decided to use his talents to remind us of the struggle that goes into making these toys. His website states:
“Wolf developed the idea around plastic toys, a fascination of his since they were off limits to him as a child. Over a period of one month, he collected over twenty thousand toys “made in China,” scavenging through second-hand stores and flea markets up and down the California coast. He transformed this vast collection into an installation, The Real Toy Story, which integrates portraits of workers in china’s toy factories into a series of walls covered entirely in plastic toys of all kinds. The result is an overwhelming, immersive experience; a graphic representation of the gargantuan scale of china’s mass production and the west’s hunger for a never-ending supply of disposable products. The gazes of the factory workers humanize this anonymous ocean of toys and invite us to reflect on the reality of trade in a world of consumer-driven globalization.”
Wolf effectively reminds us of the various faces that work endlessly to produce these items that we often take for granted. To get a full look at this series, click here.
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