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.”
Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are the dual artistic forces behind the Tugboat print shop. They have been making a fair number of limited edition woodcut prints for the past couple of years. Their latest creation is a 28” by 46” masterpiece which took them around two years to design, carve, and finish. “Overlook” is a dizzyingly detailed vista of seemingly endless grass, trees, rivers, and mountains. According to them, the peice is “A panoramic infinity will be suggested by the print’s ability to eventually meet itself seamlessly at the edges, expanding like an eternal ‘wallpaper’ into an ever stretching vista!”
It took German photographer Thomas Herbrich more than a hundred thousand tries to capture a few awesome smoke images. The fleeting nature of smoke made difficult for him to capture the images he wanted using conventional techniques and equipment. It wasn’t until he switched to using high-speed cameras that he finally started getting images that were of any use. Nevertheless, it took him around three months to get the twenty images he wanted. He said: “The rising of cigarette-smoke is actually so quick that conventional flash equipment is too slow, as is the photographer, only a few milliseconds pass between recognition of the subject and the taking of the shot, a length of time in which the smoke has already changed again.”
Violaine Orsoni and Jérémy Schneider are the two halves of the fantastic duo that created these humorous illustrations that highlight the similarity, flaws, and raw emotions of the subjects. They have their own art studio called “Violaine et Jérémy” that specializes in illustration, textile pattern design,web design, editorial design, graphic identity, and graphic arts.
Who would have ever thought than an ordinary human face would look so different when turned upside-down? Anelia Loubser’s series “Alienation” are simple black and white portraits of human faces turned upside-down. She only featured the bridge of the nose, the eyes and the forehead. The result looks like something that might be featured in supermarket tabloid as a ‘sighting’ of otherworldly creatures. Anelia’s series is but a basic demonstration of the concept: ‘If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’ .
Akihiro Mizuuchi has found a way to combine deliciousness LEGO by creating LEGO blocks made entirely out of chocolate. The chocolate blocks come in different flavors and colors: white, dark, pink, and milk chocolate. Akihiro hasevenmae several LEGO robots using the different colored bricks. Sadly, most people would rather EAT the bricks rather than play with them, which consicerably shortens the lifespan of anything you construct with these bricks. One big upside to these edible toys is that they won’t hurt you feet when you step on them.
Fan Ho is a critically acclaimed Chinese photographer who rose to fame with his gritty portraits of life in Hong Kong in the 60s. Ho was confronted with unique challenges by the superstitions in Hong Kong at that time. Some of the superstitious locals believed that having your picture taken somehow trapped a piece of you spirit. He was once confronted by a butcher with a cleaver in his hand who demanded to have his spirit back. To date, Fan Ho has won more than 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions the world over. He was also rated as one of the “Most Infuential Asian Photographers” by Invisible Photographers, Asia. He is planning to publish a new book called: “Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memorial”.
Maude White is a US-based artist who’s a whiz with a craft knife and a piece of paper. She is the artist behind these impossibly fragile paper cut-outs that look almost too fragile to hold. It takes a great deal of patience, skill and creativity to create one of these beautiful paper creations. Make one slip with the knife, and you’ll have to start all over again. Maude is also the owner of Brave Bird Paperwork And Jewelry company where she sells her creations online. In her website, Maude said: “I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me. Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries.”
Caroline Slotte creates layered landscapes and isolated images using antique ceramics. She carefully cuts and sands down the the selected image for each plate to create a layer that will reveal a beautiful landscape when the plates are stacked. In some of her work, she isolates a single image or figure and sands down everything else to make the chosen image pop out of the plain background. The effect of the singled-out image is rather pleasing and reminiscent of classic ceramic artwork. Caroline is currently based in Helsinki, Finland.
Sainer and Bezt are a couple of Polish graffiti artists collectively known as Etam Cru. They are the artists behind these large scale murals plastered all over Europe. They met while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. Individually, they’re pretty successful freelance designers and commercial artists, but together, their artwork has taken the Europe by storm. Their art can be seen in Belgium, Norway, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, and Portugal. They were also one of the contributing artists to the city beautification project in Lodz, Poland undertaken by the Urban Forms Fondation.