Happy Birthday, Johnny Gruelle!

gruelleJohnny Gruelle (December 24, 1880 - January 9, 1938) was an American artist, political artist, and children's book author and illustrator. Gruelle was the creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, around whom Gruelle created a series of children's stories and songs.

Published in Today's Birthday

The work of illustrator Jay Fleck is bold, beautiful and bursting with imaginings of faraway lands and fantasy playgrounds. His graphics are universal and full of heart: inspired by the literature of his childhood and the supportive internet communities of today. Jay Fleck talks to us about his designs, his process, and his own youngsters.

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The illustrations of Anoushka Matus are colorful, evocative and simple - they remind me of a childish sensibility where art had no restrictions or rules, you just drew whatever made you happy. Her work is varied in theme but always features the same style and personal flourish - broad brush strokes, gentle colors and attention to fun. Her playful and talented worldview has caught on, gaining this young graphic design graduate clients such as Vanity Fair, Cookie Magazine and Victoria's Secret. See more of Anoushka's work below.

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"A Study of Who" is a dance performance laced with sadness, lit with shadows and created by the State of Flux DanceFilm Company, in collaboration with poet Anna Mae Selby and studio Nocte. This moving piece of theatre and choreography is lit by a stage of thirty handmade tungsten lamps, which move with, and respond to the dancer. 

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These intricate patterns in the snow are not the work of cold–weather aliens, but of artist Simon Beck, a "snow artist" who spends hours creating these massive designs by walking very, very carefully. Each final piece is the size of three soccer fields. More of Simon's work is below, along with the work of another snow artist, Sonja Hinrichsen.

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How does gravity work?

The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science is the extensive and detailed tome full of the questions and mysteries that fuel scientific discovery. Questions range from need-to-know like "What triggers puberty?" to big, largely unanswered mysteries like "What is dark energy?"

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The Happiness Project is brought to you by architectural artist Mark Lascelles Thornton, who uses a rotring pen on white paper to create these incredibly detailed grayscale representations of major cities. So far, Thornton has covered Chicago, New York, London, and a few Asian cities, including Kuala Lumpur and Taipei. The final project includes eight panels which span eight feet by five feet, and are viewable in detail on the artist's tumblr.

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Belgian design company Mooz has designed a "taste tree" built using around 5,000 pieces of crockery donated by local residents. The tree reaches 9 meters in height (about 30 feet) and allows the people of Hasselt, Belgium to come together and contribute to the Christmas spirit.

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Michael Grab of Colorado spends his time making rocks stack on rocks, no glue involved. Since learning and honing the meditative craft of "stone balancing", Grab has gone on to do many installations over the years. He defends his hobby by claiming that ancient cultures worldwide have been practicing it for centuries, and that the art form is calming and therapeutic. So next time you're having an ADD-centered nervous breakdown because you can't find your iPad, don't send a bill to your therapist - go defy some basic laws of physics.

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