Toronto Subway No Longer Using Word Art Technology

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Art | Comments Off on Toronto Subway No Longer Using Word Art Technology

Toronto Subway No Longer Using Word Art Technology

Despite the innovation brought by the new word art installation invested in the subway system, the Toronto Transit Commission has decided to shut it down. This is due to the rising criticism from the public. The transit provider is the one who approved the artwork and a funding worth $500,000 was invested into it. The installation gives the public the freedom to enter short messages on the display which is seen at the new station. The installation is no longer operational because many worry about the fact that it can be used to display profanity as well as hate speech.

With the decision, many are questioning whether free speech as well as public space was utilized properly. There are also debates regarding how the offensive rhetoric should be handled – is it worth blocking it or should it be challenged when it comes?

The spokesperson of TTC, Brad Ross, said that they have the responsibility as well as the task to make sure the environment inside the subway is not just safe but welcoming as well. The new installation was not used yet and may stay that way until they have found a solution to the issue.

According to an artist who has made many interactive projects in different cities said that there is a very slim chance of misuse and if it happens, the public will be able to counteract without a problem. During the decision making process of the art installation, a consultant was part of the committee and TTC knows about the project they are funding. In fact, the station architect did not expect the decision from the organization.

The Pioneer Village Station where the word art was installed was designed by Will Alsop. He said that the installation aims to give people an animation while they wait for their train and it is an interactive method by which they are using the subway station. Light Spell is the name given to the word art installation and it remains to be dark as of the moment. This can be seen from the new station until the Vaughan station where an extension was constructed.

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Qualities Of A Reliable Canvas Art Maker

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Art | Comments Off on Qualities Of A Reliable Canvas Art Maker

Qualities Of A Reliable Canvas Art Maker

There are a lot of digital canvas printer that specialize in canvas art that you can find online and also from offline sources. With the long list of printing shops available, you might get confused as to which of them you will order the canvas print from. To start with, choose a company that has been in the industry for a substantial number of years. This means that they are already experienced in the field and they have happy customers that made them survive in an industry with stiff competition. Aside from that, here are other factors that you might want to check from a canvas printer.

Quality of printing materials

Canvas prints are proven and tested to last for centuries given the right treatment compared to ordinary photo copying paper. The durability of canvas is evident among old paintings found in museums. The longevity of canvas art does not only lies on the type of canvas alone. The materials used for printing and processing have something to do with the overall longevity and durability of the product. This is the reason why you should choose a printing shop that uses superior ink to get impressive results. Find a canvas printing shop that uses premium grade canvas that is ordered and made specifically for canvas art production.

Uses professional techniques 

The secret to that impressive and professional appeal to a canvas print is on its matte finishing. A reliable shop would double check the canvas prints before packaging and sending them to their customers. This is to ensure that the canvas was stretched and applied with the right amount of finishing before the artwork is framed. The usual framing options of canvas printers are stretched bars or chunky pine. The options will be given to you including the size, enhancement and designs that you want to apply on the project.

Provides excellent packaging

A reputable canvas printing shop ensures that their products get to their customers in excellent condition. Read customer testimonials to find out if they were satisfied with the canvas art they ordered from the canvas art printer.

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Win An Illustrated Map Of The World’s Top Diving Spots

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Art | Comments Off on Win An Illustrated Map Of The World’s Top Diving Spots

Win An Illustrated Map Of The World’s Top Diving Spots

Have yourself win a fabulous world scuba diving map! It’s a featured illustrated map that shows you the best dive spots of the world. There are about six maps to be given away but only if you win the upcoming draw.

Five of the offered maps include a rewritable chalkboard coating. It’s great to write down where you have dived and when, or you can emphasize which of the world-class diving spots you plan to go to next. You can use it as a souvenir for all the diving spots you have been to.

There’s also a museum-quality jumbo canvas print printed in a heavy cotton cloth to win. The measurement is 59x35in or 150x90cm priced at $140. It’s indeed a magnificent artwork to bring to your own home. Surely, it’s memorabilia of you winning the game.

The illustrated map features over 500 of the world’s top places to dive, plus details about the types of diving and what’s beneath the ocean water. From shark diving and the barracuda, to Baja California through Secca della Columbara in Italy, you can be invigorated on your next diving journey.

The illustrated map is done by hand, which was willfully conceptualized to perk your interest in traveling and diving. The drawings have been designed by Lars Seiffert, which is made of old-school style using pen and paper. Company “Awesome Maps” endearingly produced all these maps. So it’s really something worthwhile to have especially that you only get to dive a number of times in a year.

This is a free entry for all e-newsletter subscribers of SCUBA News. You can subscribe using, writing down as subject “World Dive Map Draw”. So hurry before it gets too late to join.

The e-newsletter Scuba news is released monthly with diving news and articles. The newsletter has no intention of sending a spam, but purely valid news. It aims to inform about the fabulous diving spots of the world.

Deadline for entries is on 30th June. Winners will be contacted by July, where you will directly receive an illustrated map. So wishing you all the best for the draw!

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Georgia Father And Daughter Team Creates 3D Pixel Art Toy

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Art | Comments Off on Georgia Father And Daughter Team Creates 3D Pixel Art Toy

Georgia Father And Daughter Team Creates 3D Pixel Art Toy

A Georgia-based father and daughter team turned their bonding time into the next big thing for fun family bonding and mother daughter activities, with a new product called STiKidotz, which acts akin to the fun combination of LEGOs, stickers and pixel art.

Invented by CK and Yannie Tan, the father-daughter team responsible, is that this new product is a new, fun way for families to get together, and create something that they can use to decorate cars, clothing, or anything they want to.

STiKidotz stickers are comprised of small, individual pixel-shaped mini-stickers, which are bendable and connectable into any shape, which allows their users to create anything they want, be it a team logo, a message, a character or whatever their imaginations can come up with.STiKidotzdoesn’t require adhesives, water or any ironing, as the built-in adhesive on the back handles cohesion. It’s also food-safe and non-toxic, while leaving no residue. The stickers are also made of soft silicone, so they won’t hurt when they’re stepped on when they’re inevitably left lying around the house after mother daughter activities, a problem commonly associated with LEGOs everywhere.

According to the Tans, they set out to invent STikidotz as the combination of different ideas in order to solve a single issue.  CK Tan says that he’s always had a passion for pixel art and 8-bit style, a passion he says started from his first pixel art program back in high school. 30 years later, in the present, he says he decided to follow up on that passion with the help of his daughter, and worked on creating a hands-on pixel art toy.

Yannie, CK’s daughter, said that she found the idea of coming up with personalized, DIY decals as great, as she thought that most decals were simply two-dimensional and not as enjoyable.

The father-daughter duo then worked to combine their ideas and STiKidotz was the end result.

According to the duo’s Kickstarter page, they look at STiKidotz as a new way for family bonding without digital help. They say that products like the hugely popular Minecraft show that there is appeal in working on a pixel art world, and that their product is an attempt of bringing that away from the digital medium and into the personal space while connecting with others.

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5 Simple Steps To Order Personalized Canvas Prints

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Art | Comments Off on 5 Simple Steps To Order Personalized Canvas Prints

5 Simple Steps To Order Personalized Canvas Prints

A traditional photo is printed on specialized photo paper. But these days, there are already different ways to print photos. One of the methods is to digitally print a photo to come up with personalised canvas prints. Canvas printing is proven to be durable and more presentable compared to photos printed on ordinary paper. Converting an ordinary photo into a work of art is easy. You can even do it at home by just uploading your image to a canvas printing website, apply some changes and the service provider will send it to you for. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Pick a style. There are different ways to have your photo printed on canvas. You can choose to have your photo printed on single canvas, a single image in separate canvas or you can also choose among the offered printing packages.
  2. Choose a wrapping style. You can choose among gallery wrap style, solid colour wrap or mirror wrapping for your image.
  3. Upload the picture. To have personalised canvas prints, the next step is to upload your preferred photo. If you do not have a particular photo in mind, check the stock images of the canvas printer’s website. You can also obtain images online and from free images at different websites.
  4. Customize the image. The next step is to apply your preferred changes on the photo. It is at this step where you can place your preferred canvas size including the design. You can opt for the standard size or you may customize it. You can also add more effects to the image such as by applying black and white, sepia, grey, vintage and other choices.
  5. Preview the image

The last step is to preview the image and check if you are already satisfied with your applied changes and customization. If you are already happy with the applied effects on the image, move on to checkout tab and place your payment. For additional changes on your personalised canvas prints, you can simply click the “Back to Customize” tab.

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Art And Fabric Expo

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Art, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Art And Fabric Expo

The fabric is an essential part of daily lives. It is currently being used for a lot of things in our lives, things that we use and sometimes we tend to forget that it’s there. Fabric, defined as cloth created by knitting, felting, or waving fibers, have many uses. It is used in clothes, decoration, and even upholstery of furniture. It completes the look and feel of the room. Fabrics can be from natural sources while others are manmade. They can also be a combination of the two to get the desired look, feel, and impact to what one is making. Creating and designing fabrics on their own can be taken as a form of art in some form.

Art is a form of expression, an application of one’s creativity. It can be in the forms of paintings, music, or poetry. It can be seen in one’s daily lives, simple or not. Sometimes, we even forget that the clothes worn are made of art. Its design is one thing to consider and we must not forget that the fabric is also an art in itself. Creating fabrics are a form of art on its own, people are making and designing their own style of fabric based on their preferences. It’s a form of their personalised art shown in their fabrics.

In India, it is not surprising that one can find a wide array of beautiful fabrics. This variety of personalised art in its own form has been one of the things being showcased continuously through exhibits and fairs.

Last April 13, 2017, the BRAND IN STYLE Season 2 exhibit showcasing personalised fabrics and collections, was inaugurated at Satya Sai Nigamagamam, Sri Nagar Colony. This was inaugurated by the founder of Bina Singh Foundation, Bina Singh, and famous model and Mrs. India International 2017, Sharon Fernandes. Sixty-four (64) exhibitors from Indian cities who are famous for their personalised fabric collections presented their unique creations. Social causes are being supported in this expo thus from the 64 stalls, there are designers coming from other countries as well such as Malaysia.

Art can be in any form and it’s a personalised expression of who we are. In this case, fabric is made and created as a personalised art of the designers.

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