Artist Sam Barsky, rather than buying a t-shirt or a souvenir from a gift shop as majority of people do, does something very unconventional. He brings his own hand-knit, postcard sweaters of the locales he’s visiting.
In 2013, for instance, the Baltimore resident traveled across the pond to see places like Stonehenge and London’s Tower Bridge. To celebrate, he created garments that depicted each place. He then had his picture taken in front of them, all while wearing the sweaters. This meta move is very unusual, but it’s an endearing way to chronicle his travels.
Barsky has been knitting for 17 years, and he started when he was at a crossroads in life. “I have a learning disability and also a neurological disorder that makes me tired and weak at times,” he told The Yarn Loop. “In 1999 it forced me to leave nursing school—at first I didn’t know what I was going to do.” He learned the craft from the owners of a local yarn shop. “They agreed to teach me how to knit on the condition I buy their yarn. To make a long story short, I’ve fulfilled my yarn buying debt to them and a lot more!”
After first knitting two solid-colored sweaters, Barsky wanted more creativity in his garments. Unable to find something that suited him, he realized that he could “just try to knit a sweater without a pattern.” It was a success and launched Barsky on his long journey to illustrating natural wonders, bustling metropolises, and even creepy crawlers. Each sweater is completely unique—all told, he’s made almost 90 of them, with no plans to stop. We’re looking forward to seeing where his knitting takes him!
Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Stan Munro, a big fan of architecture, though not a student has first build a Toothpick City and then a Toothpick World which is in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records for the tallest toothpick structure: Burj Khalifa, Dubai (16ft.) entirely made out of toothpicks.
Stan learned everything through books, the internet, History Channel, and a little something called “8th-Grade Algebra.”
Toothpicking has been a hobby since his 5th grade art teacher brought a toothpick project to the classroom. Stan stayed with it, and almost 30 years later. Stan makes a living at it.
10 years ago, when his wife Suzi was suffering with some kidney liver disease and he had to stay home caring for her, he started toothpicking. In 2006, he sold his first Toothpick City exhibit to a museum in Spain. Suzi is getting better day by day and who is Stan’s inspiration, his muse, and the center of his world. They are located in Syracuse, NY.
He completed Toothpick City 1 (A History of Skyscrapers), which had 50 of the world’s tallest buildings, in 2005.
After its sale he decided to start work on Toothpick City 2 (Towers and Temples) which will have 40 buildings made out of four million toothpicks and 170 litres of glue.
It includes the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in Paris, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Parthenon in Athens.
So far Stan has created more than 100 unique masterpieces consisting famous structures from around the world which are entirely made out of toothpicks.
Toothpick Worldis a traveling exhibit – unlike anyone has seen before. It is a collection of more than 60 famous buildings from around the world–ALL built to the same 1:164 scale, and all out of toothpicks. It can be set up in any configuration, and in a number of different museum spaces. Toothpick World is a sensory experience of engineering, architecture, culture and just plain craziness. It ABSOLUTELY has to be seen to be believed.
In March, 2012, Stan formed Toothpick World, LLC, a traveling exhibit corporation. The purpose of the exhibit is to entertain, educate, and even enlighten, as museum-goers see what one man can do with a little imagination, a whole lot of time, and more than 3 million toothpicks.
Thanks to her mother who made her pictures go viral using her creativity and talent.
Los Angeles-based mother Laura Izumikawa Choi has a seemingly endless array of adventurous ideas for her four-month-old daughter Joey Marie’s nap time.
Her story is quiet similar to the one we published few months earlier. Both the stories are loaded with creativity and adventurous ideas. Have a look at the previous story images here which are even more adventurous than these ones by which this talented mom has narrated a totally different story in each image.
The baby’s photos have received more than 100,000 likes.
View Similar story here. The images narrate far more creative stories.
Julia Günthel, better known as Zlata, just might be the world’s most flexible woman.
Zlata and her jaw-dropping abilities were featured on a Discovery Channel show in 2010, where she said she’s one of only a handful of women in the whole world who can bend equally forward and backward, rare even among contortionists.
She earned herself a Guinness Word Record with the force behind her backbend, by bursting three balloons with her back in just 12 seconds.
Shadow of Knives: Incredible Silhouettes Cut from the Blades of Butcher Knives by Li Hongbo
For his latest exhibit titled “Shadow of Knives”, at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong, artist Li Hongbo, created a brand new series of metal silhouette sculptures cut from butcher knives. The cold, hard metal along with the simple, clean lines form a stark contrast to the messages that Li is trying to convey. “The sculptures are a warning to society” he explains, “Human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.”