Algorithm-Assisted Thread Art

Ani Abakumova employs an algorithm to develop a pattern for portraits that she then strings together by hand. The algorithm, developed by Abakumova’s husband Andrey, configures the layers, colors and specific depiction. When Abakumova assembles it all, she follows the math’s lead and trusts that it has accounted for shadowing, shape and depth. For each portrait—she’s replicated the “Mona Lisa,” “Girl with a Pearl Earring” …

Photographer Emily Metzguer Captures the Crew at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis

Inside the Hudson restaurant serving tropical comfort food with a side of intersectionality and inclusiveness

A step inside Lil’ Deb’s Oasis (located in Hudson, New York) is transformative. From the diner-like facade to the flowering, pastels and patterns inside, guests are welcomed into a celebration of community and artistry. As much as the venue can be classified as a restaurant (one that serves up superb food), it also happens to be an art installation and, most importantly, a beacon of …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Anti-trolling tricks, stunning still lifes, smart fabrics and more from around the internet

Gomi’s Plastic Waste Speaker Made from plastic waste (like bags and bubble wrap), Gomi’s portable speaker is a thoughtful and practical solution to traditionally non-recyclable plastic pollution. With sourced materials from local food wholesalers, each speaker is crafted from roughly 100 plastic bags, and the clever design allows for the speaker to be broken down into three pieces, which can then be melted and reused …