Paper cut-outs seem to be in vogue these days. Artist Omid Asadi chose a very different medium to cut-up. Omid workds with fallen leaves and turns them into small pieces of biodegradable fine art. He uses a very sharp craft knife and a needle to achieve his goal of turning dried up old leaves into gallery pieces. He uses mainly maple leaves as they are plentiful in his area. Originally from Iran, he is now currently based in Manchester, United Kingdom.He said: “I believe that we look at many things everyday, but don’t SEE them. I always try to create pieces with a message, not just beautiful art. Some of these messages or ideas come from my world view, poems, stories, global problems and philosophy.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.