Magical Needlework by Chloe Giordano

By on September 26, 2014, in Design

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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.

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Creatively Useless Product Designs by Katerina Kamprani

By on September 23, 2014, in Design

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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.

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Brian Dettmer: The Book Surgeon

By on September 18, 2014, in Sculpture

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Brian Dettmer is known as the book surgeon because of his penchant for dissecting books using scalpels, tweezers, and other surgical tools –  without anesthesia. Brian’s subjects are mostly old books that would most likely moulder in dumps had he not turned them into works of art. He carves away layer after layer of pages to reveal the detailed drawings on different pages. While bibliophiles may think that he’s ruining those books, according to him: “My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

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Shadows on the Wall – Paintings and Installations by Anders Gjennestad

By on September 16, 2014, in Design

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Anders Gjennestad is the artist responsible for these awesome, gravity-defying kids playing on the wall. Anders specializes in creating shadow people using his own photographs. The stencils he uses are hand cut and layered to create a detailed and complex photorealistic images. It also helps that his work is perfectly placed to fool the eye. The installation above was part of Memorie Urbane, a street art festival in Italy. Anders is currently based in Norway where his street handle is Strøk.

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Greek God Graffiti by Pichi & Avo

By on September 11, 2014, in Design

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Internationally renowned graffiti duo Pichi & Avo were invited over to Werchter, Belgium to create a a massive, site-specific installation for the North West Walls Street Art Festival. The installation consisted of stacked up container crates upon which the artistsweregiven free reign to exercise their creativity. The result featured their trademark signature of Greek gods superimposed over a mishmash of loud and vibrant colors. According to event curator Arne Quinze; “When they work together they create breathtaking figurative detail and quality. Their work is very striking and always commands the spectator’s full attention.” The festivalmay be over, but theGreek godsin all their glory still stand.

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Wings – Embroidered Creations by Yumi Okita

By on September 8, 2014, in Sculpture

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Yumi Okita is the artist responsible for these exquisitely crafted members of the Lepidoptera family. She uses a wide variety of textiles and embroidery techniques to achieve a realistic feel. Most of her work is on a large scale with some specimens measuring almost a foot from wingtip to wingtip. She also crafts a variety of other insects but nowhere is her talent more evident than with these fragile, winged creatures. Yumi is currently based in North Carolina.

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Magical Fairy Sculptures by Robin Wight

By on September 7, 2014, in Sculpture

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Robin Wight is the artist behind FantasyWire. FantasyWire is an England-based studio that specializes in creating custom-made wire fairies. Their sculptures are primarily made with stainless steel wires and can be placed outdoors, but they also make galvanized steel versions. Eachfairy is carefully handmade and crafted according to the customer’s design and installation requirements. FantasyWire have their offices in Staffordshire, England near Alton Towers. It is said that Robin was inspired to make these sculptures because of an inexplicable real life encounter.

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Rail Art by Artur Bordalo

By on September 2, 2014, in Design

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Artur Bordalo is a graffiti artist whose work has definitely raised the bar on railroad art. Using the parallel lines of a railroad as a canvas, Arturo has managed to convey both humor and cynicism into his minimalistic work. His often uses bright neon colors in his work to make it stand out against the gray backdrop of gravel and rail. He goes by the handle Bordalo II as a tribute to his grandfather whom he saw ‘painting the city of Lisbon’. Arturo’s work has been cropping up all over his homeland of Portugal and train officials don’t seem to mind since spray paint doesn’t seem to do the rails themselves any harm.

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Melted – Glass Sculptures by Jeff Zimmerman

By on August 29, 2014, in Sculpture

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Jeff Zimmerman was raised by artist parents in Anderson Ranch Arts Center of Colorado. His original dream was to become an anthropologist but found his passion in glass blowing. He studied classical Venetian glassblowing and mastered centuries-old Italian techniques while being apprenticed to master glass blowers. These days, Jeff himself is a master glassblower who loves to move glass into realm of contemporary, relevant art. His pieces are all bent and melted out of shape but still retain their usefulness and aesthetics.

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Nature and Art Collision – Conceptual Sculptures by Hubert Duprat

By on August 27, 2014, in Sculpture

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Caddisfly larvae are anything but cute. They wriggle around in river bottoms making cozy cocoons twigs, pebbles, and sediment. Artist Hubert Duprat had a brain wave immediately after learning of the caddisfly larvae habit. What if the critters were surrounded by nothing but gold and precious stones? He hen proceeded to do just that. He took a bunch of caddisfly larvae and raised them in aquariums with nothing but gold flakes, pearls, and other precious stones. The resulting cocoons are tiny and fragile gold sculptures held together with silk. If you didn’t know the real creatures of these bejeweled masterpieces, you’d have thought they were made by a master jeweler.

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