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.
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.
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.”
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!”
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.
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.
Edwige Massart and Xavier Wynn are the creative force behind these anatomically correct recreations of a sliced human head. They’re husband and wife in real life and they use an assortment of found objects to highlight each part of the brain, face, and neck. The sculptures are made from resin and are meant to be surrealist explorations of portraits created from memories and found objects. The series is aptly entitled “Heads”. According to them: “A surrealist exploration of portraits created from memories, found objects and a fascination with medical imagery.”