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Gears and Levers and Cams: Like I'm Five

Does this exist? I want a 3D simulation program where I can experiment with gears (including bevel gears), slots and slides, eccentric cranks, levers, maybe even chain drives and belts and pulleys. Ideally I'd be able to change sizes, numbers/shapes of teeth, location of the drive shaft, etc. to see how those changes affect the motion of the gadget. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

 

Can art/music/writing/film change us?

I'm looking to freshen up the assigned readings for an undergraduate writing class that I'm about to start teaching. The theme of the class is art (by which I mean not only visual art, but also music, film, and writing) and social change--that is, whether the former can actually help to achieve the latter. I have some readings on the topic but am looking for more. Help me, hive mind!
posted by chicainthecity on Jan 12, 2014 - 18 answers

What are some blogs that spotlight Etsy art?

Are there blogs that catalogue great finds on Etsy? I have been searching the official Etsy blog, but are there others? Beyond blogs, do you recommend great Etsy artists who can spruce up the walls of my new office where I'm training as a therapist? I've seen these questions and have followed many of their links. [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Jan 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me overcome analysis paralysis and be more process-based

I am a writer in several genres, a visual artist,and a photographer. Lately I've been suffering from a terrible case of "analysis paralysis" where I overthink everything and can't make even small decisions about something I'm creating. I have big problems with perfectionism, and I'm far more product-based than I'd like to be. My intuition seems quieter than usual; I'm sure not trusting myself is a major player right now. I'm working on this stuff in therapy, but I wanted to see if anyone here had suggestions as well for overcoming this block. I have found mindfulness meditation and Buddhist perspectives to be helpful and have been trying to incorporate more mindfulness around daily living tasks. I also like Present Perfect by Pavel Somov, a book about using mindfulness to combat perfectionism. But I would like suggestions on other reading or processes or things that might help me get past this. Things designed with creative types in mind would be especially helpful, but I'll take anything.
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Ink on Paper Drawings — What Materials to Use?

I'm a doodler that likes to make abstract drawings. I'm interested in actually spending some time "doodling with purpose" with an eye toward making something(s), eventually, that might be worth hanging, framed on my wall. I primarily do black ink on white paper. What kind of ink/pens should I be using? What kind of paper?
posted by papercake on Jan 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Discussing art -- structured vs unstructured?

Art and philosophy people -- I need your help figuring out how to talk about the difference between art that is highly constricted by form vs. art that is very open-ended -- sonnets as opposed to free verse, men's clothing as opposed to women's clothing, calligraphy as opposed to sketching. [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy on Jan 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Modern creative types whose success came late?

What are examples, in the last 20 years, of musicians, artists, dancers, writers, and so on who labored long in obscurity and only achieved success, financial and otherwise, after the age of 40? And for those people, how did their success finally come about?
posted by shivohum on Jan 8, 2014 - 40 answers

Gift certificate for art?

What's the best website/company from which to purchase art prints or art for your walls? I'd like to get some good friends who just got married a gift certificate to somewhere they can order art or art pieces for their apartment. [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Jan 8, 2014 - 9 answers

What is this four headed snow monster which has cut off one head?

This is a piece of folk art(?) in a house with many such things. I am house-sitting. Owner is away unreachable and in the past when I have asked her the story behind pieces, she doesn't know; she just buys them because they appeal to her artistically. I keep thinking there must be more of a story to it. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jan 5, 2014 - 4 answers

In Search Of Post Time

I'm looking for an amazing 2014 wall calendar. [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Jan 3, 2014 - 8 answers

science + art = ?

Please help a generalist brainstorm on what to do for a living. I'm finishing up a PhD in the physical sciences, and I love art and design. I'm happiest if I can constantly learn new subjects and if I can make things every day. How do I bring the parts of science and the parts of art that I love into the working world? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Dec 27, 2013 - 20 answers

What should I title my porn-related art project?

I'm doing a rather extensive art project that uses images from porn magazines in various ways. I don't think it's important to discuss all those particulars but can leave a comment with them if that would help. Anyway, I'm having trouble coming up with a title for the overall series. I've considered synonyms for porn, words for porn in other languages, porn terms (like "money shot" and such), lines from famous quotes about porn, and a variety of other titles, but none seem right. Does anyone have suggestions? Even if you have a general suggestion (like "why don't you read x website?") rather than a specific phrase, that would be helpful. Thanks.
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 27, 2013 - 24 answers

What is this method of painting method called?

I have a couple small (approximately 3"x5" in) paintings that I picked up in a thrift store. Likely not worth much, but I like them and would like to find out more about them. Here is one, here is the other. [more inside]
posted by BeBoth on Dec 27, 2013 - 5 answers

“Original” self-marketing ideas

I'm looking for original self-marketing ideas for a writer and/or a designer. Okay, social media is important: Design your own page, update it frequently and get your friends to like it and promote it to their friends. But I'm looking for those kinds of tips that you've read and thought to yourself "Well that's original!". Something on par with Nine Inch Nails'/H2DA/Radiohead's decision to give their music for free "lest they come to the unique live concert experience" marketing ploy. Have you ever come across a Seth Godin or a Malcolm Gladwell book (or anything else) and was struck by something interesting?
posted by omar.a on Dec 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Book / textbook recs for learning basic (art) painting techniques?

Decided to take a break from photography. Would like to learn how to draw / paint. Can anyone recommend a good book / textbook for reference purposes?
posted by NYC-BB on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

perfume dabblerey

For some time now I've had an on-off fascination with scent and perfume, particularly the artistic side of scent. How can I further explore this? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Resources on Alan Moore's process

I couldn't find any information as to how Alan Moore goes about writing his comics (namely Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell). I found an excerpt from his Watchmen script which shows how incredibly detailed he is in describing each panel. I once read that on Watchmen, it was a back-and-forth between him and Dave Gibbons, where Gibbons starts off with roughly sketching out the panels, gets comments from Moore, gets greenlit, then proceeds to drawing the final version. Any more information on Moore's process? Any other scripts you know of and is his writing as detailed for all his projects as detailed (I know that From Hell has labyrinthine appendices that almost match the work itself in length for example)?
posted by omar.a on Dec 17, 2013 - 3 answers

Too late to study art?

I'm interested in studying 2D Animation later on in life but is this idea feasible or just a pipe dream? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Dec 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for a history-of-fashion art book, please!

I'm looking for a nice art book covering fashion and (particularly) hairstyles, both men's and women's, in America in the 30s, 40s, and/or 50s. This is a gift for a hairstylist, so pictures are key - the text is much less important. Price range up to $200. Thanks!
posted by restless_nomad on Dec 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Quality oil painting lessons online

I am an amateur painter. Never taken lessons, but I really enjoy it. I am looking to improve my technique - particularly working with texture and light. My paintings are pretty flat now. I want to learn how to add depth and contour. I want to paint in a realistic style, not abstract or impressionist. Looking for some good starting points for online videos and resources to get me to the next level.
posted by SarahBellum on Dec 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Cheapest site for photo or art mugs?

I have some artwork that I want to put on coffee mugs for friends. Though I see a few DIY sites, I am not sure what resin to use to hold up in microwave so would like your recommendations on commercial sites. I may eventually do bulk orders if I decide to sell so if you have any recommendations that would be different for bulk orders, I am game for those suggestions as well. Vistaprint was around $20-25 after all was said and done. Thanks, and enjoy your weekend.
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Twee

I'm looking for recommendations for twee art. You can define this as broadly as you like, and if you want to include how you are defining the word, feel free. But I am looking for art that you actually like that is nonetheless decidedly twee. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 12, 2013 - 48 answers

I need to find a substance with the following physical properties:

I need to find a substance that is : a) transparent over the visible or infrared, b) melts between 10 and 100 degrees C c) has modest freeze/melt expansion e)is at least a bit volatile in the liquid phase. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Dec 11, 2013 - 9 answers

secret-ish art adventures

on the hunt for international art destinations -- ones that are off the beaten path, and maybe even require some adventure to find? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Dec 10, 2013 - 36 answers

What are some good online tutorials/resources for making art?

In particular, I'm interested in videos or other tutorials related to making collages, stencils (for street art) and screen printing. My equipment at home is pretty rudimentary, especially when it comes to screen printing, so techniques that are more DIY than super sophisticated are appreciated. I'm very interested in tutorials that take a specific work of art and show how it was made with steps along the way. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Dec 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Name that book: does art have to be bellicose?

At some point in the last five years or so, I read a recent book about art that took a critical look at -- for lack of a better term -- art machismo: the notion that good art is merciless and disruptive and basically must take a confrontational stance. I'm about 80% sure it was written by a woman. It was pretty accessible; I think I found it through a review in a general-interest publication. What might I have read?
posted by sculpin on Dec 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Cost of a New York City misdemeanor prosecution?

An activist performance artist is currently facing a year in jail for a 15 minute protest in a New York bank; the Manhattan District Attorney’s is charging him and his choir director with “riot in the second degree, menacing in the third degree, unlawful assembly, and two counts of disorderly conduct”. The case is well publicized and has first amendment issues; I’m curious about its economic implications. How much money will New York City spend bringing this case to trial? What if the trial goes past the one hearing? How much does it cost to jail someone for a year? Courtroom use; judge and prosecutor time; trials for other crimes having to start later, appeals: added up, what do these parts of a misdemeanor prosecution cost NYC in cash money?
posted by Haere on Dec 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for a good/high-quality print-maker in the Willamette Valley

Hi MetaFilter! I'm looking for a good printer-maker in the Willamette Valley, Oregon region. Anywhere from Eugene to Portland proper, but a shop than can produce high-quality prints (preferably something along the line of the new Giclée printing process, but not necessarily Giclée prints). [more inside]
posted by jibberish on Dec 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Vista-enabling in London's Southbank?

On the South bank of the Thames in 2002 (and maybe still there), there was a structure, like a piece of public art, in which you could place your body and it would support you at a slight angle, enabling a wonderful view while totally relaxed. It was a tilted section of a cylinder, made of dark metal. Does anyone remember/know of this? An image, location, or name of the artist would be wonderful!
posted by indecision on Dec 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Where does copying begin?

Images of a work incredibly similar to one made by my partner have been published and we do not know if there is a copyright infringement or what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Can you recommend a basic "drawing package" of art supplies?

I was fortunate enough to score a portable camera Lucida via this Kickstarter project. It is a Christmas present for my crafty SO. I want to supplement the tool with a package of basic art supplies: paper, pencils, pastels, water colors. Nothing too advanced, just enough to allow him to explore his possible interest in the (very cool) equipment. I've searched such kits but am kind of overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices, and would appreciate some guidance. [more inside]
posted by Puppetperson on Dec 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Need Pens in Sydney - Help (Wedding Invite Disaster Version)

Where can I buy pens in Sydney, and/or who has a wide variety of pens (gel pens, paint pens, that sort of thing)? I am working on my sister's wedding invitations and am rather pressed for time... I am especially interested in the Sakura Souffle pens, if you know of anyone who carries them. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Dec 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Short. Sweet. Macabre.

An artist friend makes charming decorative lettered signs with uplifting, inspiring words on them. 'Growth.' 'Love.' 'Inspire.' 'Dream.' I asked her if she had 'Vengeance' - regrettably, it was not in stock. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Nov 30, 2013 - 58 answers

What are the oldest art collections depicting life in Poland?

I'm looking specifically for paintings/art that depict what daily life was like for non-royal people in Poland. It's easy to find lot's of art depicting royalty but I'm looking for the oldest paintings that captured what the houses and villages and people looked like outside of the castles and royal families. [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find the NM secret sandstone caves

I'm in northern New Mexico for a few days and would like to visit the caves discussed here. [more inside]
posted by doctord on Nov 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Best paint to use for a portrait on a toaster oven?

A coworker of mine often complains that we do not have a toaster in the office. I have an unused one, and would like to paint her portrait on it as a humorous secret-santa gift for our office xmas party. I like to work with acrylics and india ink, but am afraid that they will peel off when they get hot. What paint/technique do you think will work best?
posted by DaveZ on Nov 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for new-to-me abstract artists, especially painters

I love abstract art and recently did a very thorough self-led course through its history. (I decided I am most a fan of lyric abstraction, if that helps at all.) Now I'm trying to get schooled in more current abstract artists (particularly painters), but it's hard to know where to go for info, especially for artists who are under the radar. I've been reading the major websites and I also looked into all the artists mentioned in this wonderful article: The Golden Age of Abstraction: Right Now and liked a lot of what I saw. I don't live in a big city and don't travel to cities often, so those aren't viable options for me. If you have any names for me to investigate or websites, etc. that feature exciting new abstract artists, please share. (I say new,but they don't have to be brand new--just don't try to introduce me to Damien Hirst or Jackson Pollock.)
posted by mermaidcafe on Nov 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Oh the fun you'll have!

Magical video of festive people speaking lines in rhyme about life and fun? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Nov 25, 2013 - 2 answers

To sign or not to sign

I'm doing a series of digitally printed images on canvas for a show. I've only done this screen printed before, so this time with the digital prints, I'm not sure what to do about signing and numbering them. Is this something I should do? Not? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Nov 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Best way to get a weird and wooden object framed?

How best can I frame a wooden star that has survived since the 1960s? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Retro Comic Artist

I'm looking for current amateur/underground artists who have a style similar to late 70s/80s X-Men artists Dave Cockrum and Marc Silvestri. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Nov 19, 2013 - 0 answers

Articles / books comparing writing to other artistic mediums

Can anyone point me to articles or books which investigate the artistic advantages and disadvantages of writing vis-a-vis other mediums like film (e.g. what effects can written documents have that movies cannot, and vice-versa)?
posted by shivohum on Nov 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Making something pretty from old slides

I need ideas for an art project using old 35mm slides. I have looked at the lampshades and curtains. The problem is most of my slides are a black background with very fine colored lines forming the image (they're protein structures, this picture here is a good example of what's on my slides). I worry any lampshade I formed with these wouldn't highlight the images on the slides the way I see in photos because so much of the slide itself is opaque. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Searching for a searchable directory of line art

I'm in love with these wedding place cards, but I'm having trouble finding online sources of line art I can use. Specifically, I would like to find an online directory of line art - the kind of black and white image that would accompany a dictionary definition. Ideally, it would be open source/taken from old books but I'd be willing to pay if I could find the right images. I've tried searching Google images with the line art function, but it's pretty limited in the results and often too cartoon-y for what I"m looking for. Additionally, if you could think of any additional search terms for that style of art it could be very helpful. [more inside]
posted by fermezporte on Nov 13, 2013 - 7 answers

It rubs the lotion on its skin...

I'm looking to find / make / adapt a costume for a fine art photoshoot that I'm currently planning. The character in the picture is one from myth, who is said to have a skirt made from flayed human skin. Short of sending Ramsay Snow's a raven or becoming Buffalo Bill, how can I put together a costume that will look as creepy-beautiful as I need? [more inside]
posted by gmb on Nov 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Apps created by artists or as part of an artistic project

I'm a journalist looking to write a series of profiles on artists who are using apps, not to create their work, but as part of their output. If you know of any, or where I should look, could you let me know? Cheers.
posted by quarsan on Nov 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Plastic liquid that dries clear?

My aunt is dying of cancer, and I'd like to help her relive a happy memory. Sometime in the late 80s, we made wire flowers and dipped them in a strong smelling plastic (?) that hardened into clear colored panes. Neither of us can remember what it was called or very many specifics beyond that. It came in a can and we dipped the wire loops directly into it. It hardened relatively hard, and took maybe overnight to cure. What was it? Where can I get some? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

How to Visit an Art Gallery

I've only been going to art museums, but lately, I've been wanting to explore and go to art galleries. Problem is, it's a bit of uncharted territory, and so I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you identify this artist?

I just bought this nice painting and would like to know who painted it. Here's a close-up. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Nov 9, 2013 - 7 answers

There's got to be a better deal - help me find it!

Posting for a friend: Help me find the most affordable plastic snow globe kit! I need to purchase at least 200 for use in an art show next spring. I am searching for a plastic snow globe kit just like the one in these photos. [more inside]
posted by kelegraph on Nov 7, 2013 - 9 answers

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