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Michael Mapes + Best of the Web

by Grace Bonney

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Sometimes I see art that makes me feel completely and utterly dumbfounded. And this week, that artwork belongs to the incredibly talented . emailed me a link to his work the other day, and I spent the next 10 minutes trying to pick my jaw up off the floor.

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Michael makes stunning pieces that are comprised of tiny bits of paper, glass and other ephemera, carefully pinned onto boards. Up close they look like a detailed cabinet of curiosities, but from a distance they create grand, mosaic-style images. Michael’s “” series is what first caught my eye and I love that every tiny (and I mean tiny), pinned detail feels like its own miniature work of art — from clippings of paper and photographs to fabric samples, botanical specimens, x-rays, clay, thread and bits of glass. If these pieces don’t inspire you to make something with your own two hands, I don’t know what will. At the very least, hopefully they’ll inspire you to dig deeper into and enjoy his spectacular body of work. xo, grace

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  • I’ve been working on getting “After the Jump” back up and running and have been listening to a million podcasts in preparation. One of the podcasts I’m most looking forward to is . The way our identities affect the way we live and interact with those around us is a fascinating and important topic.
  • I love the in this new NYC restaurant. (Remodelista)
  • Meghan’s at One Kings Lane is genius. Seriously. This is such a chic way to makeover a small backyard space (or a fire escape!).
  • These ! Oh man, they are my home equivalent of a little black dress (or jeans). Always a good idea. (SFGirlbyBay)
  • I loved this at The Design Files.
  • Need some snacks for the holiday weekend? And some podcasts to go with them? I love at Food52.
  • Speaking of putting your feet up — how ? I haven’t been this excited about fashion in a long time. Hellooo, winky face.
  • : This article is an absolute must-read.
  • on what she’s learned from the loss of her husband. Heartbreaking and poignant and so important.

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