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Today the Department of Awesome Parenting checks in on the work of Nina Levy (previously featured here), the Brooklyn-based artist and mother of two lucky sons who’ve been receiving beautifully illustrated napkins with their boxed lunches every day since 2006. Nina used waterproof markers and paint pens to transform plain white napkins into vibrant works of art and notes of affection and encouragement for her sons.
Self-taught Alaskan sculptor Lee Cross, known professionally as Wood Splitter Lee, creates incredible one of a kind fantasy creatures that are so remarkably lifelike they verge on creepy, which is just one of the things that makes them so awesome. All of Lee’s creatures are completely made by hand without the use of and patterns, molds or casts. Their bodies contain articulated skeletons wrapped with stuffing, making them very soft to handle and fully posable. They’re decorated with carefully hand-applied synthetic fur and paint. As you can see from these photos, some of Lee’s creatures are more fantastic in nature than others, but they’re all amazing to behold.
Lee’s creatures are available for purchase through weekly Auction Adoptions held on eBay.
To check out more of her phenomenal handmade creatures, visit Wood Splitter Lee’s DeviantArt gallery.
Are you on the government’s terrorist watchlist?
Thanks to investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, the American public can now learn how and why government officials place people on the so-called terrorist watchlist. In an interview on Democracy Now!, they talk about the leaked government guidebook and their article for The Intercept, “The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist.” The catch? The document shows that to be a deemed a “terrorist” target, “irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary.”
“What we have here is tantamount to a system thats sort of like a global stop and frisk program,” Scahill says.
Click here to watch their 15-minute interview and for a link to their report.