Designing three soccer fields worth of sow is no easy feat but Simon Beck does it and loves doing it. He fashions geometric shapes in the snow simply but walking around with a pair of snowshoes strapped to his feet. This means anywhere around 10-20 hours of walking. Using snow as a medium when its existence is fleeting may be a waste of time for some people but for Simon, that’s where the beauty of his art lies.
No, that’s not a typo. Race cards are pullback-style racing cars made of plastic playing cards. Designed by the innovative, young Industrial designer Dor Keenan, it allows you to race cars while playing solitaire at the same time. The playing cards were made through the process of vacuuforming (vacuum forming). The tops are the card’s faces while the bottoms are the card’s backs. Dor also designed, among other things: a mail booksteand, animal salt and pepper shakers, a mini wooden go cart to transport said animals, and the “Mover” – a revolutionary device with three wheels which can help you move heavy objects up and down the stairs without lifting.
Paper money and postage stamps are just some of the two-dimensional media that artist Kristi Malakoff loves to use. Having grown up on Disney movies and books by Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis, Kristi has always been intrigued by notions of fantasy and the possibility of escape from dreary reality into new, marvelous worlds through everyday objects such as a closet (wardrobe for you English), a peach, or an elevator. As an artist she loves to create 3-dimensional animations out of 2-dimensional media. She hopes that by presenting them in a new way, she can challenge their symbolism as well as bring back the handmade element ti these manufactures products.
Paper is perhaps one of the most common art medium. You can make marks on it, you can fold it into fantastic shapes, you can dye it, you can make paper mâché with it, and you can cut it. The possibilities are endless, but when it comes to making art out of paper cutouts, Bovey Lee is in a league of her own. The simplicity of the tools she uses belie the delicacy of her work. Bovey uses an X-Acto knife to cut out fragile, lace-like designs out of single sheets of Xuan rice paper. Her art is heavily influenced by the steady urbanization happening in China.
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No, this isn’t some macabre collage made of human skin. Using a collection of craft punches, budding new graphic artist and designer David Adey put together this breath-taking work of art entitled “Swarm”. The individual pieces are attached to a foam panel using pins. It took him around 250 hours to complete it. David has also deconstructed and artfully reassembled several famous personalities like football star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, as well as international model and actress Rebecca Romjin.
Quilling or paper filigree is the art of using rolled strips of paper to create decorative designs. There are several ways to design by quilling, and artist Lisa Nilsson takes up the challenge with the idea of anatomical cross sections of the human body, which can be found on her Tissue Series. With photographs of each cross section comes several weeks of paper filigree using the smallest tools possible for rolling and shaping Japanese mulberry paper and gilded edges of old books.
A Munny is a white, featureless vinyl doll that you can dress up and design as you please. It is one of the famous platform toys of Kid Robot. Last year, seven creative young designers from Vancouver were tasked to design their very own Munny according to their own taste and results are fantastic. Each one-of-a-kind Munny was photographed by Eva Siu, a Mexican graphic designer and photographer. The toys are available online at the Hi-FOUR online store.
Last year, two up-and-coming Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh started their architectural collaboration that was to grace the countryside of Borgloon in Limburg, Belgium. The design of the church was based on the local church and consists of 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns. According to their website, the church they built does not fulfill its classical function, and can be read as a heritage-related reflection on the present vacancy of churches in the area and their potential artistic reuse.
The Crave Sydney International Food Festival is a much-anticipated annual event in Australia. Last year, they hired WHYBIN; a topnotch advertising agency. They came up with the idea of creating food flags. Since making a flag out of food was deemed too easy, they upped the ante by making food flags with specific types of food. Only food indigenous to the country were used in a food flag. Looking at their delectable work makes one feel patriotic and hungry at the same time.
It takes more than just bits of wood and old watch parts to make a statement with your accessories. Rob Smith took these easy-to-find materials and by dint of sheer talent and creativity, hand-made these rare items. Each one is unique and is made with recycled wood and parts of old pocket watches. Rob doesn’t necessarily restrict his considerable woodworking talents to memory sticks, he also fashions pendants, rings, cufflinks, and toys. He is entirely self-trained and absolutely loves his work.