Benjamin Shine is a gifted British artist and sculptor who expresses his creativity using one of the most unlikely mediums – tulle fabric. He crafts images out of tool fabric using nothing more than a hot iron and his imagination. Benjamin has done quite a full abstract designs as well as full celebrity portraits. In an interview, here is what he said of his work: “The idea of ‘painting with fabric’ led to the development of this technique where the portrait image is created through the intricate pleating and pressing of a single length of tulle fabric. The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures.”
James Doran-Webb is the artist behind these amazingly life-like horse sculptures. Each horse is made up of roughly four hundred separate pieces of painstakingly collected driftwood, weighs around five hundred kilos, and has a stainless steel frame which enables it to support up to five persons on its back. They also have a moveable neck and limbs which allows the artist to position them in life-like poses. The sculptures were commissioned to herald the coming of the Year of the Wooden Horse in Singapore. Originally from Birmingham, James is currently based in Cebu City, Philippines where he has set up a company which makes and designs export-quality wooden objects. James is also an environmentalist and for each kilo of driftwood that he buys from the locals, he plants a seedling in the denuded hills of Cebu.
Luca Iaconi-Stewart is a San Francisco-based sculptor who was inspired by a high school architecture class to create this 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777 entirely out of Manila folders. This project started out way back in 2008 when he was still in junior high. The project is still ongoing as it’s sort of a trial-and-error process which Luca works on when he has the time. He also happens to be a bit of a perfectionist and his failed attempts include two sets of wings and three wonky tails. Luca relies on a detailed schematics he found online; he then utilizes Adobe Illustrator to recreate the drawings, which he prints directly onto the folders before cutting them out. It seems to me that it took so long to finish because he faithfully recreated everything, down to the nuts, bolts, and gears. Too bad it can’t fly. Luca hopes to wrap up the painstaking process of creation this summer.
Mr. Finch is an autodidact whose specialty is creating woodland flora and fauna out of bits and pieces of ‘found objects’. He painstakingly crafts his work in a studio full of glass jars, books, and naughty cats. Mr. Finch lives and works in Yorkshire in close proximity to rolling hills and mossy woods where he gathers inspiration for his creations. He said: “It’s a joy to hunt for things for my work…the lost, found and forgotten all have places in what I make. Most of my pieces use recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but I believe they add more authenticity and charm. Velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts, looking for new owners and adventures to have. Storytelling creatures for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten…”
Style, comfort, function is the trademark of every pair of shoes designed by Kobi Levi. His shoes mimic animals, birds, and objects with humorous results. At around $800 a pair, his work is certainly pricey but definitely worth it. They come in limited editions so you can be reasonably sure that you won’t be meeting someone wearing the exact same pair. Although there are but a few people of have the rare kind of courage needed to strut around in an inflatable-doll-themed pair of heels. Lady Gaga herself wore one of Levi’s creations in her music video for “Born This Way”. Levi is currently based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Yuken Teruya is a Japanese artist who has taken it upon himself to resurrect the trees from which each paper bags come from. His cuts out delicate and perfectly proportioned trees from common brown paper bags, used shopping bags, and even McDonald’s take-out paper bags. The trees themselves are still connected to the bag by the topmost branches of its canopy. When viewed from the bag’s opening, the exquisite little trees appear to be perfectly framed. Yuken modeled his subjects from the trees in his neighborhood as well as those he has seen in his travels.
Hobo nickel art is a broad term that refers to miniature bas relief sculptures carved into coins, often nickels. Nickels became the go-to medium of choice for their cheapness and malleability. Paolo Curcio is one of the savants in this particular genre, carving out skulls, E.T., Frankenstein’s monster, a deranged clown, and even Moby Dick onto the surface of a variety of coins. This Barcelona-based artist has the amazing knack for utilizing ‘clad coins’ (coins made from multiple layers of metal) to create background patterns and flourishes. You can check out his eBay account for these miniature masterpieces in case you’re interested.
There is no conceivable angele where you can look at Bruno Catalano’s bronze sculptures and see a complete figure. All of the of them have mastered the trick of holding on to a piece of luggage so they can support their hollowed-out upper halves. All of the sculptures are part of Bruno’s series “Les Voyageurs”, which probably explains the luggage. The eye-catching sculptures are sprinkled throughout Marseilles to celebrate its position as the 2013 European Capital of Culture. I guess one can simply surmise that these voyagers have simply left pieces of themselves behind as they traveled.
This intricately carved tree trunk is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest continuous wooden sculpture in the world. It’s over forty-feet long and took over four years of dedicated carving to complete. Zheng Chunhui, the artist responsible for this extraordinary piece of art, based his carvings on a scroll painting by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan. The scroll, which translates to “Along the River During the Qinming Festival” shows how the rich and poor celebrated the annual Qinming Festival a thousand years ago. It’s is not merely the scale of the sculpture that’s impressive, the extremely detailed trees, rivers, boats, bridges, clouds, houses, and people will wow anyone who ever sees this carving up close. The piece is currently on display in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China.
Visarute Angkatavanichis the photographer behind these exceptional close-ups of Siamese fighting fish. Scientifically known as betta splendens, they have been selectively bred for over a hundred years for their aggressiveness, color, and finnage. Today’s specimens are a far cry from the drab brown fish found in the rice paddies of Cambodia and Thailand. Visarute kept a few bettas as pets when he was a boy. Years later his interest in the species was rekindled when he noticed the different varieties for sale in a pet store. He said: “I love to take their motion in many ways of lighting to show their elegant pose.”. He also added that fish photography is his true passion. In almost all of his shots, he makes it seem as if the fish is floating in midair. The close-up shots do justice to the fish’s bright colors and flowing fins. Visarute currently lives and works in Thailand.