Super Cool Prop/Art Display Wall Mount Invented by Two LA Designers

Super Cool Prop/Art Display Wall Mount Invented by Two LA Designers

Jack Bogdan and Brooklyn Short, who are Los Angeles-based designers, created Prop/Art as a way of displaying their record and comics collection as wall art. They initially wanted to display their art prints but it was too expensive to have them framed – and thus Prop/Art was born.

Prop/Art, or Prop/Art, is a wall-mounted, single-item display shelf that can easily be nailed on a wooden or concrete wall.  Made from high-grade aluminum, it can accommodate a standard 12-inch and 7-inch vinyl record or a comic book with backing board. It has a slight indent at the bottom to keep the displayed item in place, too, so you don’t have to worry about your collectible records falling to the floor.

Each Prop/Art comes with a brass-plated nail. Just position the shelf on the wall, drop the nail, and hammer it in and voila! You have someplace to display your record or comic book.

Think of Prop/Art as a way of displaying your cherished records and comic books yet still have easy access to them. Why hide them behind closed glass and wooden doors when you can proudly show them off?

You will also find that with the artworks on the covers of records and comic books, you can make an eye-catching wall installation in your home. You may even use empty Prop/Art shelves as part of your original artwork, such as a series of black Prop/Art shelves on a white background.

The Prop/Art shelves also mean more interaction, in a manner of speaking, with your collections. You can admire them as an original artwork, or play them on a turntable or read them again and again, or just take satisfaction from your impressive collection.

Prop/Art in itself can become a collector’s item. Each shelf is stamped as well as marked with its specific edition, a clever touch if you want the original.

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This LA Food Startup Baked Up Some Super Delicious Low Carb Cookies

It is the bane of every cookie lover: you want to eat all those cookies but you’re worried about the calorie count and what it will do to your weight. Check out NUI Cookies, the low carb keto snack cookies. You get the best of both worlds, a delicious cookie with only two grams of carbohydrates.

Keto Kookie is the product of Victor Macias and Kristoffer Quiaoit, buddies who discovered the benefits of the ketogenic diet. However the two had a difficult time finding a tasty but low carb cookie so they decided to make one, and the results have been pretty good.

The results are Keto Kookies, delicious low carb cookies that are keto friendly, paleo friendly and non-GMO. These cookies have no added sugar and gluten-free. The ingredients in these cookies also provide nourishment so you can keep going throughout the day. You can eat the cookies anytime, but they’re most effective during the mornings as they work like energy bars.

The natural ingredients in Keto Kookies provide you with extra strength and the energy needed to do your workouts. With each cookie, you get coconut oils and flour that serve as brain fuel. Monkfruit extract manages cholesterol and blood sugar while almond flour and butter are rich in magnesium and protein.

Keto Kookies also have grass-fed butter which is rich in vitamin K2 and omega 3, superior to ordinary butter. It also contains erythritol, a natural sugar alternative that doesn’t have any adverse effect on insulin.

Keto Kookies is available in many flavors including peanut butter, Birthday Cake, chocolate chip, Snickerdoodle, and double chocolate. A single Keto Kookie has only 3 net carbs, 2 g of natural sugar and 6 g of protein. Compare this with other cookies that have 23 g of carbs 13 g of sugar and 4 g of protein.

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Super Versatile Swimwear Designed by Surfer, Nadja de Col

Versatile Swimwear Designed by Surfer, Nadja de Col

Necessity is the mother of invention – and Nalla is certainly proof of it! Nadja de Col, a Peruvian designer and surfer, was inspired to create it when her bikini bottom was ripped off from her while she was surfing in Hawaii. She then created a versatile swimwear that can be twisted, knotted and arranged in different configurations – the Nalla.  

Basically, Nalla is a single cut of stitch-less Lycra fabric that comes with accessories. You can use it as a bikini bottom or top depending on your need. You start by draping it around your body, followed by twisting and knotting the middle and end parts, and then adjusting it to your unique body fit.

Video and text tutorials are available. You may, however, use your own creativity in mixing and matching the fabrics, as well as in using the accessories to create personalized styles.

By changing the twist or knot, as well as adding an accessory like a ring, you can instantly change the look of your Nalla bikini. You may, for example, change your bikini bottom with knots at the side of the waist into one with straps around your waist. You will feel like you have several bikinis packed when you only have one!  

Since the stitch-less Lycra can be stretched, you can also adjust your bikini top and bottom to make them smaller or larger, tighter or looser. You may want a tighter bikini top, for example, if you want to emphasize your breasts’ cleavage.  

Nallas can also be mixed and matched as a set. You can create a layered look with two colors of Nallas for your bikini top and bottom, or make a maillot-type swimsuit from two Nallas in the same color. Your imagination is your limit when it comes to creating your own personalized swimwear!

Nalla comes in several colors, too, from the basic black and white to the vivid reds, pinks and greens.

 

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Comfy Organic T-shirts Designed by Local Artists in Playa del Rey

Comfy Organic T-shirts Designed by Local Artists in Playa del Rey

Clean {aesthetic}, the manufacturer of Clean {tee} shirt, began as an entrepreneurial venture of two art school graduates who printed T-shirts in their distinctive style in their kitchen. Over the years, the duo grew their venture into a business with its own brick-and-mortar store and gallery in Playa del Rey, California. Today, it’s a popular place for locals and tourists alike to browse and buy colorful artworks and basic shirts.

The Clean {tee} shirts reflect the designers’ love for the modern West Coast California lifestyle, as well as their affinity for the underground arts.  The street culture marked by a relaxed approach to life, a love for casual shorts and shirts, and a love for san, sand and sea as well as surfing is also evident in these shirts.

These are T-shirts made from 100% organic cotton, a soft material that drapes well on the body while also allowing for a relaxed fit. Organic cotton is also easier to clean and easy on the environment, thanks to the absence of pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants used in its production from the fields to the factory.

Each Clean {tee} shirts has a relaxed neck, reduced sleeve flare, and relaxed armpit holes so there are no pit puckers. The slightly longer sleeves and body make it possible to move well, whether walking down the street or coasting down on a skateboard, without exposing too much skin. The soft and lightweight quality of the cotton material also makes it seem like you’re wearing next to nothing yet still be covered.  

The Clean {tee} shirts are available in several colors – white, stone blue, faded eraser, vintage black, and black – so there’s a color for every preference.  The shirts aren’t printed but therein lies its appeal – you can mix and match it with your jeans, skirts and shorts. These are available in several sizes from XS to XXL, too.

Visit them today – 323 Culver Blvd. Playa del Rey, CA 90293

 

 

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Amazing Mechanical Flip Books Invented by Kinetic Artists in LA

Amazing Mechanical Flip Books Invented by Kinetic Artists in LA

In 2010, Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel collaborated in the creation of what they termed as “LED-less tech art”.  Among their art projects was a split-flap art piece inspired by the old-fashioned arrival/departure signs used in train stations. Rosen, however, has to build his own mechanism from used ink-jet printer parts. Kinetic Artist Mark Arnon Rosen Invented a 

Despite the DIY quality, the duo’s first flip-art book became hugely popular so they worked on refining the flip mechanism and exploring ideas for animation. They created a series inspired by Edweard Muybridge’s iconic photographic sequences, which became hugely popular at a makerfaire in 2012. Known as the Mechanical Flip Books, these became the basis for the Mechanical Flipbook Art and Kit.  

Basically, the kit allows DIY enthusiasts to create moving art via a motorized mechanism. The kinetic art tells stories from several frames while also encouraging a sense of nostalgia in its creators.

The FlipBooKit Mechanical Flipbook Art and Kit is the cheaper and simpler version of Rosen and Marvel’s motorized flipbooks. The latter are also only available in limited editions while the former can be purchased easily by DIY enthusiasts.

The FlipBooKit team – and it includes Steve Goldstein, an inventor with more than a dozen patents to his name, manufacturing designer, and former imagineer at Disney – regularly receives art submissions using their inventions worldwide. The submissions range from original ideas to popular movie GIFs.  

Their sense of satisfaction comes from the knowledge that their kit encourages the creative growth of young makers and artists, among others. The kit has been used in art schools, high schools, maker spaces, and summer camps, too, so its magical appeal continues to spread.  

Each kit is relatively easy to assemble while the ideas for the images usually come from the users.  Once finished, the flipbooks attract and hold the attention of viewers so it’s a great way to send a message, entertain people, and just generally challenge one’s creativity.  

 

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Organic, Small Batch Dried Pastas Made in Los Angeles

Organic, Small Batch Dried Pastas Made in Los Angeles

Pasta is a dime in a dozen, and only a few are really good. Semolina Artisanal offers organic, small batch dried organic pasta. And yes, it’s made in the United States, in LA in fact but it’s just as good as those made in Italy.

Created by Leah Ferrazzani, these dried pastas are made using the finest Durum wheat Semolina and water found in the US. The preparation process is the same as that used by the finest Italian pasta makers in the world.

Semolina Artisanal Pasta is extruded via bronze dies, giving the pasta a rough texture for better sauce retention. The pasta is slowly dried at a temperature of a 100 degrees. In comparison, commercial pasta is prepared at 180-200 degrees. The difference of a few degrees is huge in terms of the end result.

The unique preparation of Semolina Artisanal Pasta gives it a wheat flavor, and its chewy texture is retained when cooked. This cooking process also preserves the pasta nutritional value. Three pasta cuts are currently available, spaghetti, conchiglie and rigatoni. All of them are prepared according to the highest standards to ensure quality.

Leah started Semolina Artisanal Pasta in her kitchen in 2014, and it didn’t take long for word to spread about how good the pasta was. What makes the pasta stand out from the rest is its high quality and the consistency of the results. This is possible because Semolina Artisanal Pasta uses the same approach for all their pasta.

For the longest time the belief has been that the only good pasta is Italian pasta. With Semolina Artisanal Pasta you’ll get a taste of delicious spaghetti without having to go to Italy. The distinct procedure used to make the pasta means it is easier to cook, lasts longer and just tastes better.

 

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