19.08.09 by Jeff

Mysterious Letters

This is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Michael Crowe and Lenka Clayton plan to write letters to everyone in the entire world. They have started by mailing personal handwritten letters, notes, and postcards to 467 households in the small Irish village of Cushendall. Nearly everyone in the village received something! It caused such a stir that BBC Newsline actually picked up the story. The two artists are now documenting the project on their blog, Mysterious Letters.

michael crowe lenka clayton mysterious letters project artist art cushendall

michael crowe lenka clayton mysterious letters project artist art cushendall

michael crowe lenka clayton mysterious letters project artist art cushendall

michael crowe lenka clayton mysterious letters project artist art cushendall

michael crowe lenka clayton mysterious letters project artist art cushendall

michael crowe lenka clayton mysterious letters project artist art cushendall

via: swissmiss

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Mary!

    Love this idea.

  • http://www.unruly.ca Katy

    This is such a beautiful thing, for true. Reach out and touch someone. What’s not to dig about that? I may have to write about it. It makes me very happy indeed.

  • saraj

    i love these! so beautiful! graceful!

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  • http://www.1000-whispers.blogspot.com/ angela

    last christmas i wrote beautiful cards for strangers. it’s really touching idea and i love ‘everyday’s mysterious things’

  • Lia

    This is beautifull. Just the other day i was thinking about good things people do, even though nobody notices. I think that i would love a letter from them.

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  • Granda

    Heart it!!! I wanna receive those SWEET postcards from Michael & Lenka.

  • http://wellspentyouth.blogspot.com/ Tomi

    Oh I love it! Beautifull idea!

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  • http://www.youandmedesignco.com rachel

    What a great idea! I wonder how people respond to receiving these? Are they pleasantly surprised or a little freaked out?

  • http://www.figcrumbs.blogspot.com Michael

    Hello Booooooom,

    this is 50% of Mysterious Letters, Michael. We’ve got a Kickstarter account for Mysterious Letters Part 2 that’s in dire need of support! If you do a feature on it we will spread superb rumours of your beauty and heavenly splendor forevermore.



25.11.15 by Jeff

This Pop-Up Book Folds into a Functioning Camera!


After numerous prototypes, Kelli Anderson perfected a sequence of cuts and folds that could turn an ordinary piece of paper into a fully functional camera. The Book is a Camera is the ultimate pop-up experience: a book that not only explains how cameras work but actually becomes one!

The coolest part is you can support Kelli and purchase the book here but she specifically designed her pinhole camera under a Creative Commons share-alike license so you can also download the template yourself, build it, examine it, and use the knowledge to even make your own variant!

Kelli and I both spoke at Blend here in Vancouver and her talk was one of my favourites. She spoke about a wide variety of her past work including her counterfeit New York Times newspaper (she produced hundreds of thousands of copies and distributed it on the streets of New York), her amazing stop-motion tribute to the Eameses’ iconic film “Power of Ten” using images sourced from Google Images, and her paper record player/wedding invitations.

She’s the kinda person it’s almost hard to write about because she’s doing so many wildly different things. She’s currently working on a music video so stayed tuned for that!

More images and a video of her book/camera below!

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25.11.15 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Tom Climent


Wonderful abstract paintings of structured spaces by Irish artist Tom Climent. More images below.

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25.11.15 by Jeff

#TheCreatorClass x Canon Presents: #SHOOTITYOURSELF


#SHOOTITYOURSELF, a new video series by #TheCreatorClass and Canon, features some of Instagram’s most creative image makers sharing some insights into how they create their signature images. In this episode, Adeyemi Adegbesan, known to most as @soteeoh (“so T.O.” as in Toronto) give you a taste of the city through his lens.

Watch the video below!

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25.11.15 by Staff

Stunning White Paper Sculptures by German Artist Angela Glajcar


Gorgeous work by German sculptor, Angela Glajcar. Her latest features reams of layered and torn white paper, which create a captivating tunnelling effect. “Weiss Ist Das Neue Schwarz” (or “White is the New Black”) is on view at the Heitsch Gallery in Munich. More images below.

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25.11.15 by Jeff

Free Learning of the Day: Skillshare Classes

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This is for all you aspiring photographers, illustrators, and type designers out there! We’ve teamed up with Skillshare to offer you 1 month of unlimited access to all their creative classes, for $0. Free. You can sign up here for a premium account: Booooooom + Skillshare 30-day extended trial.

I’ve been personally trying out some of their classes and I just blazed through this great class on designing a single letter: “One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time” by the amazing Jessica Hische (I’ll always refer to her as the one who did that fantastic Moonrise Kingdom type). She has so many useful tips in this, especially when she talks about properly using handlebars and plotting points in Illustrator.

From what I’ve seen so far these classes are a great way to brush up on something you may have learned a long time ago or a chance to learn something completely new. Full disclosure: Skillshare did not pay us to make this post, however if you sign up through this link it will support our site! Absolutely no pressure to do so – I still recommend their site as a worthwhile resource even if you don’t use our link!

You can watch a preview of Jessica Hische’s class below!

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