Happy Winter Solstice, PRHS! The December solstice marks the exact moment when the sun’s most direct rays reach their southernmost point south of the equator, along the Tropic of Capricorn, at 23.5 degrees south latitude. This year’s solstice occurs at 11:28 a.m. (B Lunch!) Eastern Time on Dec. 21st.
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Matt Wilson, South-Carolina based artist, brings old silverware to life in his beautiful welded sculptures of birds and other wildlife. Fastened to pieces of driftwood or mounted to old lumber, the pieces seem to capture the lifelike essence of the creatures they represent. You can explore more of his work on Instagram and in his Etsy shop.
Jae Yong Kim, South Korean ceramicist, creates deliciously glazed donuts out of clay, glitter, and swarovski crystals. The faux desserts present a glossy perfection in their paint application, yet contain an irregularity in shape to trick the eye into believing they might be an edible treat. YUM!!!!
Paulina Bartnik, Warsaw-based embroidery artist, stitches colorfully lifelike brooches of birds and other tiny creatures in a dense style called needle painting. Each object begins as a piece of wool which she prods with a special needle in a process called dry felting which results in a surface ideal for embroidery. She then paints with a needle directly on the felt and embroiders the finer details!
For over 15 years, Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi has rendered the subtle details of mountains, cherry blossoms, and dense forests with the most unlikely tool: Microsoft Excel. The 77-year-old illustrator shunned the idea of paying for expensive painting supplies or even a basic drawing program for his computer, saying that he prefers Excel even over Microsoft Paint because it has “more functions and is easier to use.” Using simple vector drawing tools developed primarily for graphs and simple shapes, Horiuchi instead draws panoramic scenes of life in rural Japan.
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