Fifty and Fifty is a project where 50 designers take their state motto and illustrate it into a modern representation of a little piece of history. Here's my favorites, take a tour through the U.S. and choose yours!
Sorry I ran away from the internet for awhile...but I'm back now! I just saw this art work today over on Books, Paper, Scissors and I loved it immediately. It's by Jose Rivas and he also recently did some custom painted TOMS shoes at one of his gallery showings as well, which makes me like his work all the more. I interned briefly with TOMS years ago and it really is a sincere company. I wish that could have turned into a long term gig, but rent had to be paid and I ended up working elsewhere, just a month or two before they expanded out of the tiny townhouse and into their currrent giant warehouse.
These antique sand art pieces were created in the 1800's by Andrew Clemens, an Iowan artist who as a young child, took ill and as a result lost his hearing and speech abilities. He spent much of his youth around the Pikes Peak State Park at an area called Pictured Rocks. Here the limestone has been pulverized to sand by natural elements and the waters running through the limestone have carried the sands down through minerals, changing the colors to all the shades of Clemen's work. Clemens made each piece with nothing more than a jar and sand and a few handmade tools of his invention and he made many of them upside down, due to the nature of using a bell jar to contain them. His work is so beautiful and once you know the story of how he created them, it's even more amazing. They sold in his day for .50 to a few dollars and now each one is rightfully so, worth thousands.
I've long been a fan of Sophie Blackall's Missed Connections drawings (pictured below) that relate back to a personals ad from Craigslist and now she has a new project based on her dad's stories from the war, traveling and even being the son of a spy. The first drawing is great, I love the girls wrestling in sardines and the description, or her dad's story, makes it even better. Definitely following this project and I suggest you do the same!