Part shoe designer, part inventor, Benjamin John Hall produces highly conceptual footwear — in London, by hand — that challenges traditional notions of cobbling. Following shoes that self-destruct, his latest avant-garde venture is Laboratory 12, a seven-piece collection of experimental shoes, each highlighting a covert tactic used by the KGB and other secret police.
French photographer Charles Fréger is in search of adventure — adventures in costumery. For his ongoing Wilder Mann portrait series, he visits all corners of Europe (19 countries and counting) seeking the mythical 'wild man,' specifically what he might have worn as a glimpse into what he might have thought.
Fréger researches and cosplays various European masquerade traditions and popular imagery with the ultimate aim of dismantling the notion of the prehistoric caveman as savage and unintelligent. "We now know," he points out, "that our Homo sapiens DNA contains 5% of Neanderthal genes."
With her hand-carved paintbrushes, Rebecca Szeto is getting a handle on great women of art history. As a faux-finish painter, the San Francisco artist collects only humble, end-of-life paintbrushes, which serve as both means and end.
The slow pace of whittling down the handles gives Szeto time to reflect on each individual and individual brush — a tribute to the Old Masters.
For several years running, French artist Christophe Guinet — aka Mr. Plant — has transformed Nike shoes into a series of organic sculptures called, naturally, Just Grow It.
The assorted sneakers are adorned with flowers, grass, bark, and other plant parts. Or they act as pots, out of which poppies, dandelions, or bonsai trees grow.
Equal parts Marie Antoinette, Alexander McQueen, and recycling bin, Lyle Reimer — aka LyleXOX on Instagram, where he's amassed a devoted following — fashions face art out of little more than found objects and a hyper-active imagination. The Vancouver-based MAC make-up artist incorporates everything from morning cereal and children's toys to shopping bags and the pages of Vogue into his towering, teetering, twinkling mixed-media sculptures that would give Leigh Bowery pause.
Meet Eva Medusa, aka Dragon Lady. The 55-year-old former banker claims she’s the first and only person to have her ears and nose surgically removed to give her a reptilian visage. Certainly she's the first to do it while gender-transitioning at the same time.
That isn't all the Arizonian has had done. As part of her transformation into a "mythical beast," according to the Daily Mail, she's undergone nose modification, tooth extraction, horn implantation, tongue forking, eye staining, and scarification to resemble scales. How better to fill out her full face tattoo, which suddenly seems so ordinary?