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Dirty Little Secrets Print Series by Sarah Rosado

How dirty do you like your art? Even though her pieces are G-rated, the New York-based illustrator and photographer Sarah Rosado hopes you like it really dirty. That’s because her photos are of actual dirt. Inspired by photography that transforms food, flowers, or other objects into art, Rosado decided to create unique images out of an unlikely source. “I felt it would be challenging for me to come up with an idea to shape dirt into everyday objects and accessorize it to create a 3D effect,” says Rosado. “Each image has its own meaning.” The project, titled Dirty Little Secrets, includes a range of art prints—a cat, umbrella, and taxi are a few examples—made predominately of dirt. The gallery quality Giclée prints are on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid- and lignin- free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. They are custom-trimmed with 1″ border for framing and come in sizes ranging from 9” x 8” to 22” x 28”. Prints start at $26.00 and go up to $52, depending on size. …

Saving the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Jim Moran got some bad news last October while he was preparing for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum’s annual conference in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Moran, who is director of the world’s only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type, was told by his landlord that the museum had six months to find a new home. The news wasn’t entirely a shock. Moran and his small team had noticed that the building owner, lab equipment manufacturer Thermo Fisher Scientific, had begun downsizing the employees that shared the massive building, which was rapidly deteriorating. The museum, which was founded in 1999, took up 12,000-square-feet (with an additional 25,000 for storage) of the three-block long, 1.3 million-square-foot facility that the Hamilton Manufacturing Company had built, and added to, from 1910 to 1926. The manufacturer had donated free rent, lighting, and heat to the museum, but they were now closing their Two Rivers plant and moving production elsewhere. (MORE AFTER PHOTOS) Moran had to quickly raise the estimated $250,000 needed to pack …

“Colored-Pencil Table” Installation by Nendo

At a quick glance, Nendo’s new installation for the upcoming Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial in France looks like a simple grouping of colorful plastic tables, but what’s going under the surface is more complex. To create the unusual pastel finish, Japanese design firm used a technique called udukuri to carve away the soft parts of cypress wood boards so that the harder curves and lines of the wood grain stand out.  Then, they covered the boards with paper and traced the relief in colored pencils to transfer the wood grain onto the paper. The strokes of the pencils and the wood grain pattern combine to create subtle shades and a unexpected sheen on the table surface. The installation will be on view at the biennial from March 14 through March 31st. All photos by Hiroshi Iwaski