Ana Teresa Barboza is an artist who thinks out of the box and decided to elevate the art of embroidery. Her creations are not limited to the embroidery circle. They flow right out and practically begs the onlooker to touch them. Ana uses threads of various colors, sizes, lengths to achieve this effect. She said: “Both embroidery and crocheting are techniques that require time. I use these techniques in order to make a connection between manual work and the processes of nature; creating thread structures similar to the structures that make a plant for example.”
Loren Stump is a California-based artist who decided to master the ancient art of creating murrine sculptures. Murrine is created by layering different colored glass around a core. By heating, stretching, and twisting the glass, a design is created on the inside. The design is revealed when the glass is cut crosswise. The process originated in the Middle East and was later adapted by Venetian glassmakers in the 16th century. Loren has been perfecting his technique for over 35 years and his most complicated piece to date is an interpretation of Da Vinci’s “Virgin on the Rocks”. The slices are worth more than $5,000 each.
Hirotoshi Ito takes the cake for crafting these awesome, weir, and downright bizarre rock sculptures. He takes ordinary river rocks and turns them into zippered, sliced, and grinning versions of themselves. Hirohito juxtaposes the natural cracks and seams in a rock into whatever shape he happens to fancy, topping it all off with shiny (sometimes fluffy) modifications that bring them to life. It’s not uusual for his rock sculptures to grin right back at you, or reveal treasure hidden within. He said: “Although I work with various kinds of stones, most of my work consists of optimizing a stone’s original shape.”
Benedict Radcliffe is a designer and sculptor who has gained world-wide popularity with his frame cars. The cars are startlingly realistic for something completely made out of wire. They look like something an invisible man might ride to work. The hollow, see-through,make-believe automobiles are innocuously parked on curbs, daring passersby to “drive” them Flintstones style. Benedict is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. He has been involved in various architectural commissions and signature sculptural pieces for international clients. When not traveling, he is currently based in London where he has his own studio.
Those realistic sculptures of clothes and plants are actually nothing more than cleverly layered pieces of birch plywood meticulously crafted by sculptor Ron Isaacs in the trompe l’oeil fashion to resemble the real thing.Sure, he could’ve just used actual leaves and clothes, but that’s just too easy, where’s the challenge in that? In his artist’s statement, he said: “ I could use real objects to make assemblages, installations, or collages, but that’s too direct. My three primary recurring subjects are vintage clothing (for the way it continues the life of the past into the present, for its rich structures and colors and shapes, and for its anthropomorphic presence as a stand-in for the figure); plant materials in the form of sticks, leaves, and flowers (for too many reasons to list); and found objects. They combine in appropriate or surprising juxtapositions, sometimes purely as a visual “poem” of sorts and (if I’m lucky) sometimes as an image with real psychological resonance. Objects occasionally reappear in other contexts and take on new meanings, like a repertory company of actors playing different roles in different plays.”
Trina Merry is fine art bodypainter who makes sculpture out of humans, because marble is for pussies apparently. You carve marble, and it stays that way. Naked, painted models tend to sweat, breathe, and scratch an itch. The image above is from her series “Human Motorcycle Project”. According to Terry, “Everyone has seen the pictures of scantily clad women next to motorbikes and cars, and it can look a bit trashy.”. True, that. So she turned the concept of trashy right around by making bikes entirely out of naked athletic models. The effect is surprisingly classy. She said: “My surface is living, breathing human beings making this a highly relevant & immediate medium. I use non-toxic hypoallergenic paint applied with a brush or airbrush. The painting is temporary, like a Tibetan sand painting, beginning to change into another work as soon as I stop painting, changing texture & color.”
Sandcastle Matt is a Massachusetts-based artist who loves playing around with sand. His creations have been mistaken as the result of lightning-struck sand. What Matt actually does is apply the drip method technique to various found objects such as plywood, vines, and anchors. Despite their fleeting existence, beachgoers can’t help but be amazed by Sandcastles Matt’s awesome sandcastles.
Li Hongbo grew up in the Chinese province of Ji Lin. The Chinese saying “Life is as fragile as paper’ had a deep impact in her life which is probably what influenced her to use paper as her medium. To create her delightfully bendy paper sculptures, she has layers sheets of paper by gluing them to each other, forming a honeycomb pattern. She does the gluing by hand until she forms a small block of paper just the right size for her sculpture. Li then uses a woodworking saw to make the initial cuts, switching to an angle grinder for fine work. The final step involves touching up the whole sculpture with sandpaper.
That’s basically a 3D image of artist Joshua Harker’s head you’re looking at, artistically rendered of course. The series is aptly called “21st Century Self-Portrait” which came into being thanks to Joshua’s creativity, 3D printing, and 21st century medical imaging equipment. Joshua is considered as visionary and one of the pioneers in 3D printed art and sculpture. It has taken him nearly two decades to get to where he is now. One might think that 3D printing has rendered handmade sculptures obsolete, but creating art calls for mastery of technique, perfect execution, and boundless creativity. Anyone can push a button, but Joshua can recreate his own head, yours too if you’re interested. Go ahead, google him up and head over to his online shop.
Alana Jones-Mann is Brooklyn-based baker who specializes in combining actual candy with eye candy. She has her very own blog which showcases her considerable talents in baking. Alana describes herself as: ‘a self-taught baker, with an intense passion for crafting, designing, and styling’. She earns her living in New York as an event planner, and as such, meticulously plans everything down to the smallest detail. Alana believes that personal touches can make any occasion unforgettable, which is probably what led her to create a series of mouth-watering desserts featuring prickly cacti and other succulents. Daunting though the spines may be, I bet each of those cupcakes taste heavenly.