One thing that most of us have learned first-hand in the past two years is how many different tasks can be accomplished entirely online. While nothing feels the same as celebrating special occasions face-to-face, we’ve created innovative ways for ‘virtual events’ to bring people together in a safe space when circumstance dictates that we must limit in-person gatherings. The pandemic won’t stop people from having Birthdays, getting Married or having Babies, and a great way to let friends and family know that you have something to celebrate is by crafting custom invitations or announcements to send out. Not sure how to get started? Check out Basic Invite, an online stationary store where you can design the perfectly personalized card or invitation for almost every major life moment including weddings, showers, birth announcements, birthdays, graduations, and more!
While most of the street art that I discover on my adventures is clearly tagged, sometimes that tag is hard to decipher, and I need some assistance identifying the artist. By connecting with artists on Instagram, I’ve learned that they all seem to know and support each other, which is cool and very helpful. If I don’t know the artist behind a work that I want to put on the blog, and the first person I ask doesn’t know, then they know someone who does. This is how I ended up connecting with the creator of an unsigned series of works that I’ve been seeing on the streets, and documenting, since around Christmastime last year. Each of the paste-ups in this very distinctive series features one to three still life images accompanied by a one-word title, and the artist’s signature conspicuously absent. If you live in the east village or downtown, there’s no way you haven’t seen them. All I can say is that they speak to me.
Portland-based street artist MC Monster travelled all the way to NYC to put up this epic fantasy mural depicting the mysterious yet peaceful confrontation between a Wizard in a Moon-shaped boat and what is either a Dinosaur, or the Loch Ness Monster. To say that this tranquil scene encourages imaginative extrapolation is an understatement. The mural went up in November of 2018 at the First Street Green Art Park (located at 33 East 1st Street, NYC), and those murals tend to change every three or four months, so don’t wait too long to go check it out!
Update: As of March 16, 2019 this mural has been painted over.
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The American Museum of Natural History has its Holiday Tree on display, and what’s special about this tree is that it is decorated entirely with Origami Ornaments! The theme of this year’s tree is Wicked, Wild and Wonderful, honoring the Museum’s new exhibition The Power of Poison. The ornaments were created especially for the tree by volunteers who began folding them in July to complete hundreds of creations that are displayed on the tree and around its base. Here are some of our favorites from this years’ display!