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.”
Akira Nagaya is a Japanese artist who creates impossibly intricate paper cut-outs entirely by hand. Akira discovered his talent for making fine cuts while learning the art of sasabaran – a technique for cutting food decorations from bamboo leaves at sushi shops. While practicing, he discovered, to his own amazement, that he actually enjoyed the process. What’s more is that he actually excelled in it. He then began learning kirie, the Japanese art of cutting intricate designs on paper. It wasn’t until later that Akira started displaying his artwork to the general public.
Lee Griggs is a Madrid-based artist who uses 3D animation and rendering software to create these realistic topographical illustrations. Most of them resemble ocean floors, planetary surfaces, or even weather patterns. Each image is made of innumerable colored cubes, cylinders, and spheres extruded to create eye-catching patterns. Lee utilizes Maya Xgen and Arnold to render each image. If you’re ever inerested in creating you own, he shares a couple of tutorials over at his blog.
Hattie Newman has a lifelong obsession with structures. As a child, she would draw towns and villages and make civilizations out of LEGOs. Her desire to create and design led her to dream of being an architect. Her affair with paper towns started while she was studying at the University of West England in Bristolfor her degree in Illustration. She wanted to bring 2D illustrations to life and found that paper and cardboard was the cheapest medium to work with. Hattie currently runs her own studio in Stoke, Newington where her clients include Sony, Cadbury, Louis Vuitton, GAP, Honda, GQ, and The Times.
Chloe Giordano’s miniature embroidered animals have been making the round in the internet lately. Their size as well as the level of detail that Chloe has put into them has impressed even the most jaded internet skeptic. Also, she does it all freehand. She creates her own patterns and works out for herself the best way to make the tiny animals come alive. According to her, it’s the planning stage that takes up the most time. The actual sewing takes between two to three days. Chloe is currently based in Oxford where she’s available for projects and commissions.
Katerina Kamprani went out of her way to create some of the most counter productive designs ever. She calls the series “The Uncomfortable”. An apt description to anyone trying to drink out of a prickly wine glass, eat out of a furry plate, and eat using hinged forks and spoons. Katerina is currently based in Athens where she carefully considers how each every-day functions and how best to confound that function in a tongue-in-cheek way. Some of my favorites are the cement umbrella, the open-toed boots, and the inflatable door handle.