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Lola Loves… Rad American Women A-Z

A is for apple, B is for ball, C is for cat... When was the last time you actually learned something from an alphabet book? Well, writer Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl want to change that. Rad American Women A-Z published by City Lights contains the names and biographies of 25 world-changers, that,…

Lola Loves… Eli Craven “Screen Lovers”

Remember fold-ins? Popularized by Mad Magazine, a richly illustrated cartoon of one thing would ostensibly turn into something entirely different after folding the page left and back so that "A meets B." Eli Craven employs a similar technique with his project "Screen Lovers," to R-rated effect. The images are taken from a book with the same name—with stills of old Hollywood love scenes. In original form, the pictures might be sensual, but Craven magnifies the sexual undertones of the image by melding different photographs together.

Lola Loves… Anthony Samaniego’s Dreamscapes

Twilight. Before it had the misfortune of sharing a name with a certain pop culture phenomenon, it was just a term for a time of day. One dictionary defines it as "the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the refraction and scattering of the sun's rays from the atmosphere." Anthony Samaniego incorporates that pinkish glow to full effect in his nature photo compositions of Los Angeles. Some feature shifting clouds, ominously making their way over an otherwise static landscape.

Lola Loves… Jean-François Painchaud’s Sexy GIFs

Do you like your rainbows served up saccharine free, with a little bit of kick? Jean-François Painchaud's gifs might be just what you're looking for. The colour palette might remind you of Lisa Frank, but that's where the similarities end. These pictures are definitely for a mature audience (the gifs here are toned down). The…

Lola Loves… Art Socks

All style, no substance. All function, no form. When was the last time you got excited about a pair of socks? These art socks might motivate you to keep a better eye on your laundry. They're adorned with woven renditions of iconic artwork—you've got the Mona Lisa, the Scream, and several Frida Kahlo options to choose from, for starters. While others have to embark on a long journey to The Louvre to admire the works of the greats, you could just take a quick peek at your ankles.

Lola Loves… Oddly Head’s Hollywoodland

Oddly Head doesn't take Hollywood too seriously. Iconic movie posters are tartly satirized, the original impact of the images replaced with a sinister tone. Dorothy seeking safe passage to a certain Swedish furniture store. Singing in the rain in a rough part of town. A subjugated Jaws. Oddly Head (not his real name—that would be…

Lola Loves… Rainworks in Seattle

Among the many wonderful attributes Seattle has to offer, there is one small defect in the seaside city’s charm: it rains. A lot. However, an innovative group of three men were inspired by the days of dreary weather, and through this, Rainworks was born. Peregrine Church is a Seattle street artist who creates a unique type of graffiti. With the help of friends Xack Fischer and Forest Tressider, they set about the streets of Seattle at nighttime and, using Always Dry (an environmentally-friendly water deterrent) and stencils, they create designs and hidden messages that only appear when wet. There’s always some controversy around street art in regards to legalities and whether or not it is truly art or simply an act of vandalism. However, I don’t think anyone would argue that the intentions behind Rainworks are nothing but that of positivity. Similar to “when life gives lemons, make lemonade”, Rainworks is creating a ray of sunshine on days that are gloomy in beautifully rainy Seattle.

Lola Loves… Jocelyn Hobbie’s Introspective Women

Despite the bright colours, it's the eyes that draw you in first. Sometimes blank, sometimes bored. Maybe a little judgmental. The expressions are familiar, ones you've seen time and time again, and perhaps you find yourself projecting a bit as you ponder what these girls are thinking. If you think Jocelyn Hobbie's art is intriguing,…

Lola Loves… Julia Geiser’s Dark and Surreal Artwork

Julia Geiser likes animals. We think. They feature so prominently in her collages... but they're also often cross-sectioned. Cut in half, or a few times across the neck. Their faces used as masks, with some suspicious dripping along the sides. Before you call animal services though, just be aware that her human subjects get a…