Marc Sparfel turns abandoned wardrobes, hat stands, and chairs into a veritable work of art. He starts out by picking out the best pieces and spends hours in his workshop coaxing out intricately sculpted animals out of the bits and pieces. According to Marc, the process of transformation is sometimes slow and painful but always intuitive. The end product are simplified, but perfectly recognizable caricatures of animals.
Sergei Tarasov is an art teacher who spent the better part of a year origami replicas of Moscow’s cathedrals. Over ten thousand sheets of A4 paper were hand-folded to create these amazing replicas. Sergei is a perfectionist. He has disassembled his work several times when he was unhappy with the way it was going. Each of his remarkably accurate creations were created without a sketch or blueprint.
Balancing rocks is something we do as bored kids. Bill Dan has turned this child’s pastime into art. Seemingly impossible art. Bill is a rock balancing artist whose primary medium is stone riprap found in the coastlines of his hometown in San Fransisco. His sculptures consist of rocks balanced on top of each other. He does them all freehand and their seemingly impossible configurations are what makes them unique. The fact that he uses no adhesives makes it even more impressive. When asked about his work, he said: “Some people try to make things too complicated. This is the opposite.”
David Edwards describes himself as a full-time miniaturist. He has been pursuing his craft since 1983 and now has an impressive collection of teeny, tiny, everyday household objects. Among them are: hairbrushes have real bristles in tufts, combs with teeth accurately scaled, a Victorian breadboard with the word “BREAD” carved in relief, a “cut-throat” razor, and what is perhaps the world’s smallest violin with real catgut strings and a soundpost inside. What makes it even more remarkable is that there are no cast or moulded parts in any of David’s pieces, all are “scratch-built” using the finest materials available. He’s now in his med-seventies, and while he has slowed down production, he has no plans of putting aside his craft.
Andreas Scheiger’s “Graphic Laboratory” was inspired the book “The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering”. His careful craftsmaship is clearly shown in his surreal vivisection of individual letters. Andreas is also a graphic artist but most of his work involve etching, letter design, and engraving with a nod to both science and the graphic design of the Victorian era. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Brian Chan fell in love with origami as a child. He spent most of his childhood folding complex designs with paper. Origami appeals to him because it incorporates a lot of geometry, which is his favorite sector of mathematics. He also has a lot of fun from the extra challenge of folding from a square. Love of geometry aside, Brian stays away from modulars because he feels that it takes away from the kind of challenge he’s focusing on. Most of his work feature bugs and critters, and maybe a paper robot or two.
Flameworking is the art of heating and manipulating glass into delicate shapes. Ivan12, an artist from Jogia, Indonesia, uses recycled glass as his medium. It became his way to express his thoughts and emotions. He uses an open flame and his imagination to transform waste into beautiful artwork.He may be new to flameworking but his work certainly shows a lot of promise.
Halfway from the original manga and current fantasy re-imaginings lies Gavin Mackey’s interpretation of the adorable Pokémon characters. Some of the supper-powered critters became even more adorable while the some turned into the stuff of nightmares. Gastly, Bulbasaur, and Charmander are but a few of the Pokémons he has re-drawn to the delight of fans everywhere.
- Calluna De La Morte (roughly translated as Heather of the Dead) is the nom de guerre of American artist Heather Jean Skalwold. Her sculptures are not for the fainthearted. A baby cyclops, a reliquary heart, and a bone amulet are but a few of the things she crafts in her spare time. Heather’s work may creep people out but you simply can’t fault her craftsmanship and creativity. She was formally trained at Parsons School of Design in NYC.
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A Scary Bunny, A T-Rex Named Reginald, and A Poster for A Movie You Wish They Made – Artwork by Zillabean
Zillabean is a 26-year old artist from the United States whose wacky sense of humor is evident in every one of his work. The poster for the fake movie Harry Potter and the Darkest Knight is one of my favorites. If it was a real movie, I would have watched it based on the poster alone. I’m also partial to his Layton and Reginald series. Reginald is Layton’s adorably well-behaved pet T-Rex who acts exactly like a Golden Retriever. Zillabean’s murderously grinning bunny is also a riot.