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Pearl Skull Art Transformation


Shinji Nakaba has been making brilliant pieces of jewelry, and everything he designs is wearable. If you ask the Tokyo-based artist, he will say his creations are “wearable sculptures.” The artist uses unconventional material for his creations, and pearls are probably his favorite.

Nakaba’s primary goal is to give life to common materials. He uses precious metals, stones, aluminum beer cans, plastic bottles and other pieces of garbage. That’s what makes his creations so special.

Nakaba started carving corals, crystals, ivory and other precious stones. Pearls without cores turned out to be his favorite. These pieces provide smooth carving, and there’s almost no risk of shredding or peeling.

The artist notes that he has experimented with different materials to carve out skulls, adding that pearls are most durable. Turning pristine pearls into skulls is a completely different approach, and it outlines the link between the pure and the dark.

You can find a lot of creations on Nakaba’s website, and you can pick your favorite. He makes necklaces, rings and even brooches. Oh yes, he is also great in arranging flowers. Have you ever heard of ikebana jewelry?

Artists like Nakaba give us a different definition of life and art. Every type of art is special, but how often do you see pearls carved into skulls? We’d definitely like to have one of these.


Cardboard Art by Monami Ohno

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Artist Monami Ohno is formally trained in 3-D animation, but the Japanese creative has made a name for herself as a sculptor. Instead of clay, wood, or other conventional materials, however, Ohno has opted to specialize in an unusual medium: cardboard. Specifically, Ohno uses discarded Amazon boxes to her create her collection of jaw-dropping and detailed cardboard sculptures.

Using the recycled paper products, Ohno crafts an eclectic array of cardboard art. Some of her most impressive sculptural works of art are high-spirited creatures and monsters (including a miniature Godzilla), realistic representations of food and drink, functioning shoes, and elaborate vehicles. Each piece is composed of multiple parts intricately pieced together, allowing Ohno to impressively achieve various textures, patterns, and features. Given the level of detail apparent in each piece of upcycled art, the simplicity of Ohno’s tools may surprise you. To make her striking sculptures , she uses only a pair of scissors, a standard box cutter, a ruler, glue, and masking tape.

Ohno began working with the uncommon material when she realized that, due to the cost of shop fees, she did not have the resources to animate as frequently as she’d like. As she sought another artistic outlet to take up, she began experimenting with some old Amazon boxes she had been holding on to. “I tried making something out of [the boxes],” she explains, “found out that cardboard is a surprisingly fun medium to work with, and from there I really started getting into creating with it!” Now, she spends most of her time pursuing—and perfecting—the cardboard craft.

See some of Monomi Ohno’s amazing cardboard box art below.

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Book Select: How I make a Picture Norman Rockwell

“I try to use each line, tone, color . . . each person, facial expression, gesture . . . for one supreme purpose – to tell a story.” And here Norman Rockwell tells the story – in his own words and pictures – behind the creation of the paintings that have made him America’s most beloved artist. Written at the peak of Rockwell’s career and never available before in any bookstore, this intimate and inspiring book is now available to the public for the first time – the most revealing book on this great artist because the author is Rockwell himself. Open this lavishly illustrated book and you’ll see Rockwell in action, surrounded by his friends, his models and all the unpublished sketches and studies that show the artist’s mind at work. You’ll step into Rockwell’s studio in Arlington, Vermont, meet the neighbors who were models for hundreds of his unforgettable characters; see him direct his “actors” to produce just the right facial expressions and strike the most telling pose to convey joy, outrage, or just a sneeze. You’ll learn how he searched out the right locations, props, and costumes for the authentic Rockwell look – literally buying clothes off people’s backs to clothe the models for HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Most fascinating of all, Rockwell tells (and shows) you how he conceived the ideas for his famous paintings and then developed a picture like, “The First Day of School,” from the earliest doodles through more elaborate drawings and color studies to the final, immortal painting. Every page of HOW I MAKE A PICTURE glows with Norman Rockwell’s enthusiasm, humor, creativity, and affection for the typical Americans who fill his canvasses – and who have loved his work for many years. Radiant with Norman Rockwell’s personality – in words, drawings, and paintings – HOW I MAKE A PICTURE is the great illustrator’s ultimate self-portrait. 176 pages. 10 x 13 inches. Over 50 color plates and over 400 black and white illustrations. Index.

You can find this book for sale at ABE 

Discovering Ancient Board Games

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It seems like for as long as parents have needed to keep their cooped-up children occupied on rainy days, they have had board games to help. These games come and go, but which have been around the longest? We rounded up some of the world’s oldest board games, which have been played for centuries or in some cases, millennia. They have elegant rules, deep strategy, and tactical opportunities, and they all continue to delight modern-day gamers of all ages. 

  • Go l-go

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Go was first played in China more than 3,000 years ago. It’s believed to be the oldest continuously played board game. Today, the game is so popular in Japan that newspapers run columns about the game. Known as wei ch’i in China and baduk in Korea, it roughly translates to mean “board game of surrounding” or “encircling game.” It is truly the grandfather of all board games. Do not let this game fool you, the rules may be simple, but the strategy is thought to be more complex than chess.

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Although you may associate chess as a game of wits played between two European monarchs, the game actually comes from south Asia. Chess can trace its roots to a game called chaturanga,which was played in India around 600 A.D. Chinese chess (xiangqi) and Japanese chess (shogi) came into existence by 800 A.D. Circa 1200, Europeans began adapting the Indian game. Near the end of the 1400s, the bishop and queen were added to Western chess.

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Although it appears to be a much simpler game than chess, checkers (in American English) and draughts (in British English) offers plenty of strategic considerations for those who look for them. The modern variety is believed to have been derived from a similar Middle Eastern game called alquerque. There are a number of variations of checkers that have been played since at least 3000 B.C. Great thinkers like Plato and Homer both referenced playing the game. Checkerboards have even been found in Egyptian tombs.


  • Mancala board
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The word mancala means “to transfer” in Arabic. This game, which by some estimates is 7,000 years old, challenges players to move pieces from bin to bin in its special board. Many rule variations exist, and mancala is played in some form in almost every African country. There are over 800 different names for this turn-based strategy game. The boards can range from something simple with two rows of bins to more artistically-crafted designs made to look like things like seashells or animals. The largest of these games uses 400 pieces to play. The gameplay shares some similarities with modern-day backgammon.


  • Mahjong game
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With roots dating back to 800 A.D., mahjong is the youngest game on this list. Originally a card game, its current form is played with beautifully-etched tiles. The modern version of mahjong was probably first played sometime in the 1800s in China. Soon after, the game also made its way to England. With the advances in technology, it became a very popular computer game and a preinstalled feature on many computers. 

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The Treasures of Tanis

To the average person with a passing interest in Ancient Egypt, they will heard of The Sphinx, The Pyramids, The Valley of the Kings and the tomb of King Tutankhamen, the latter being arguably the great archaeological discovery of all time due to the vast amounts of treasure unearthed by explorer, Howard Carter. King Tutankhamen’s tomb is of course world famous, with sell-out exhibitions as the collection of priceless artefacts tour the world, most recently in Paris. But there is another royal Egyptian treasure trove that for some reason has escaped the limelight. It was found in the city of Tanis, located in the Nile Delta northeast of Cairo and, in many ways, it is actually far more spectacular than that of the 18th dynasty boy-king. It is known as the Treasures of Tanis and the priceless artefacts were found in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The excavated area consisted of an entire complex of royal tombs, and, unlike the tomb of Tutankhamen, one was found perfectly intact. In total the hoard of precious artefacts include four solid gold death masks, two beautiful and incredible solid silver coffins lined with gold and spectacular examples of Ancient Egyptian jewellery made from the most precious metals and stones. They were discovered by Pierre Montet but because of the Second World War, the finds from Tanis went largely ignored with the media focussing their attention elsewhere. Watch this video to find out about the Treasures of Tanis, about Pierre Montet, Pharaoh Psusennes, Osorkon and Sheshenq II, and why these stunning priceless discoveries made from gold, silver and gemstones could well be the greatest treasure ever discovered in Egypt.


Mystery of the Silver Pharaoh documentary by National Geographic…