Qiulling paper involves rolling and bending strips of paper and gluing their sides to a paper surface to create a design. Moscow-born artist Yulia Brodskaya has taken quilled paper art to the next level with an explosion of color and detail. She first worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. She made a switch to three-dimensional paper artwork and hasn’t looked back since. Her growing list of prestigious clients include Starbucks, Hermés, Godiva, and The New York Times Magazine. Her pieces are much sought after by private collectors and galleries across the world.
Vyacheslav Mishchenko is an avid mushroom photographer. Her passion for both mushrooms and photography was inspired by her father, also an avid mushroom hunter. She gets up at the crack of dawn to capture these exquisite images under the soft light of dawn. She calls the mushrooms Little Heroes and compares them to aliens from other planets. She said: “Even ordinary mushrooms have elegant and delicate shapes. I invite you to an exciting journey with me and my viewfinder to experience a new world of mushrooms.”
Joel Parés is a former US Marine who used to shoot people with a rifle. These days, he shoots them with a camera. During his travels as a Marine, he cultivated his passion and skills in photography. He is the photographer behind this eye-opening series which highlights the hard-wired prejudices that we have. We tend to make a snap judgement about a person we just met based solely on their ethnicity, economic status, and sexual preferences. He said: “Many of us judge incorrectly by someone’s ethnicity, by their profession, and by their sexual interest,” Parés told PetaPixel. “The purpose of this series is to open our eyes and make us think twice before judging someone, because we all judge even if we try not to.”
Sarah Martinet’s aerial pictures of Iceland will have most netizens screaming “FAAAKE!”. They look like something our of a Tolkien or George R. R. Martin novel. Sweeping vistas of seemingly untouched land dotted here and there by snow and crisscrossed by brilliantly blue rivers and streams. One can almost imagine the battle for middle Earth happening right in the middle of the shot. The shots were taken from an open-window airplane as it zoomed over the Icelandic countryside.
Dan Abramson is a devoted yoga practitioner. He is also the creative mind behind Yoga Joes. He took the ubiquitous green plastic soldiers and gave each of them a distinctive yoga pose. He said: “I made Yoga Joes in the spirit of getting more people to try yoga. I’m hoping people pass Yoga Joes around as an inexpensive gift to friends and loved ones, who might like to give yoga a shot. Plus, I hope yoga fans display them proudly in their homes, offices, and yoga studios. Also, I hope people find them funny as hell.” That we do Dan. The project is currently on Kickstarter (if you want to grab one for yourself). Dan also has a hot pink version of the meditative military men.
Hilla Shamia is an extremely creative product designer who has found a novel way to ‘marry’ wood with metal to create sleek and stylish tables and benches. The process involves pouring molten aluminum into the irregularly shaped piece of wood and molding it to the desired shape. The process leaves the wood a bit charred and burnt where it meets the metal but the overall affect lends the entire piece a sense of authenticity. I don’t know how Hilla ever managed to create these amazing pieces of furniture without the wood parts bursting into flames. Hilla is currently based in Israel.
Attempts to nail down the creator of these appetizingly artistic pancakes have failed, but for all his anonymity, his talent is self-evident. Imagine waking up to a breakfast of fantastically rendered pancakes before school. Breakfast of champions indeed. These images were uploaded by user ptgkbgte in Reddit and has since gone viral all over the net. It was allegedly made by a friend of his, an unnamed father, for his son. The pancakes look (and probably taste) amazing but I do find it a little disturbing that all but one of the animals belong to the endangered category.
Gediminas Pranckevicius is in possession of one of the most imaginative minds in the field of conceptual illustrations. His digital paintings are rich in detail and impossible juxtapositions of haphazard architecture, landscapes, and imaginary creatures. Gediminas was born in Lithuania where he first learned to exercise his creativity while creating frescoes. He currently freelances as an illustrator, concept artist, and digital painter. All of his work are available as prints via INPRINT.
Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen are the authors of this darkly entertaining coloring book for adults. Any parent who has mistakenly given this coloring book to their child will have a whole lot of explaining to do. It started out as a stand alone edition but as its fan base began to grow, they began to ask for more. Two more additions came out and there’s probably more yet to come. Coloring For Grown-Ups: The Adult Activity Book encourages online submissions of finished pages. Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen are currently terrorizing Brooklyn, New York with their acerbic wit and twisted humor.
Paper cut-outs seem to be in vogue these days. Artist Omid Asadi chose a very different medium to cut-up. Omid workds with fallen leaves and turns them into small pieces of biodegradable fine art. He uses a very sharp craft knife and a needle to achieve his goal of turning dried up old leaves into gallery pieces. He uses mainly maple leaves as they are plentiful in his area. Originally from Iran, he is now currently based in Manchester, United Kingdom.He said: “I believe that we look at many things everyday, but don’t SEE them. I always try to create pieces with a message, not just beautiful art. Some of these messages or ideas come from my world view, poems, stories, global problems and philosophy.”