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Artist Makes Intricate Animal Cutouts and Lets Nature Fill in the Rest

Faye Halliday is a travelling artist best known for her incredible black marker illustrations. Originally from the UK and currently living in Costa Rica, the artist has amassed huge followings on Instagram and Facebook as she shares her ongoing artworks and creative pursuits. In an ongoing series of illustrated paper cutouts, Faye has been using nature’s vibrant palette to fill in her works and she has been using the results as inspiration for her colored prints and canvases. Below you will find highlights from this series but you can find…

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Once a Year This Japanese Town Comes Together to Grow Masterpieces With Rice

In the village of Inakadate, Japan, elaborate expanses of “rice paddy art†grace the surrounding landscape. Looking for a way to boost tourism and contribute to the village’s rich culture, town officials turned to what they knew best — growing rice. Using dozens of varieties of rice as their color palette, locals gather to plant each new masterpiece, taking inspiration from local geography and Japanese folklore. With each image taking up to three months to complete, it truly takes a village. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/the-japanese-town-growing-masterpieces-with-rice/

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BlueJeans Network names industry vet Quentin Gallivan as CEO

BlueJeans Network, the cloud video and collaboration company, announced today that Quentin Gallivan, an industry veteran who has helped run several tech companies, will be taking over as CEO. Former CEO and company founder Krish Ramakrishnan will remain with the company and take on the role of executive chairman. He will also continue to lead strategy and innovation. Ramakrishnan doesnt see this move as stepping back. He said that he actually pursued Gallivan precisely because he has a track record of scaling companies likePentaho, Verisign and Postini and he believed…

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