Oh these figures are just something else aren’t they? They are the perfect sample of contemporary Kitsch. Sailor tatooes on beautiful, feminine, delicate women collectives. I love it.
Jessica Harrison’s work, is showing her new awesome series for a solo show at Galerie LJ in Paris.
Fist of all, apologies for being so quiet lately, November and December were crazy busy, but 2014 is the year, I will definitely write more about all these amazing artists around the world who do awesome stuff. Like Mister Finch.
He lives in Leeds, Yorkshire and he loves animals. So he creates this wonderful creatures in recycled fabrics that he finds and keeps to tell new stories.
In his manifesto he says:” Flowers,insects and birds really fascinate me with their amazing life cycles and extraordinary nests and behaviour.British folklore is also so beautifully rich in fabulous stories and warnings and never ceases to be at the heart of what I make.
Shape shifting witches,moon gazing hares and a smartly dressed devil ready to invite you to stray from the path.
Humanising animals with shoes and boots is something Ive always done and I imagine them to come alive at night. Get dressed and live our their secret night life maybe helping an elderly shoemaker or the tired housewife.
Most of my pieces use recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but I believe they add more authenticity and charm. A story sewn in,woven in.
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.”
Which is your favourite?
He has a shop on Etsy, which will re-open very soon.
Gunjan Aylawadi is a paper artist from Sydney, Australia.
She loves paper like me, but the thing that i love most of her work is how she uses paper. She came across this amazing technique.
She curled pieces of paper and the she uses that to create patterns and gorgeous artwork.
It look like it is knitted or stitches but it doesn’t look like paper at all. Love it.
Via All about paper cutting
These stunning sculptures are made by Rachel Stevenson. They are made on bronze. In her statement she says about her work ” My work represents the delicate smoke and mirrors between the conscious and the unconscious mind; distorting the fabricated glare of social order for a vague realism where we allow ourselves to be absorbed into the familiar comfort beyond the gloaming; inviting peace through the jolting madness of a lucid mind, where the dreamer can unveil their fears, dreams and desires; the past and present mixed as one, we roam free unbound by the isolation of society or actuality; within our dreams we confess the truth to ourselves. ”
Samuel Jordan and Jonny Love love paper. They love it so much that they create these wonderful paper sculptures. We had a quick interview with Jonny Love about their work.
How would you describe your work
I use a varied body of material and concepts to create intricate and busy spaces. It is my fascination with the human desire to fill empty spaces and my own personal obsession with collecting insignificant visuals in every day magazines which influences and becomes part of my work. My work ranges from tiny Library’s in glass domes, vast city scapes in ink that roll on into the horizon seemingly forever, to collections of colour arranged across canvases.
Why Paper as a material?
Paper is packed with potential. Non more so than a clean, white, uncreased sheet. From this, you can change its colour, record your thoughts, share your dreams, express your love, print your memories, tell a story, share news…. I could go on and on, and this is even before I get to changing its shape. My fondness of paper started when my father taught me how to fold a piece into a crane which when pulled in a certain way, would flap its wings. It was an exciting and almost mysterious experience, perhaps even religious, something of which i feel only a magician could explain.
Paper is something of a huge pleasure now, the noise of scissors cutting into crisp white. Or pinching a fold between your nails to create a sharp edge. Or opening an expensive glossy magazine for the first time, revealing its vibrant inner soul. You see for me its more than just paper. Its love.
I love the archives, where did this idea come from?
I love books and have a vast collection. Currently i am acquiring books faster than i can read, even more so the busier i become. The Archives represents all the material I am yet to read. Using white paper perfectly represented my feelings of the unread books – I am yet to know what story/pictures/information they hold, so to me they are blank. It would be marvelous if by some Hocus Pocus when i do start reading them, the Archives with bloom into colour.
Do you have any show coming up where we can see all your artwork?
Wimbledon Open Studios Art Show, May 16th-19th 🙂
140 Artists. A great place to see and buy artwork. Painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, photography, all in the same place!
Smarter Every Day talks about the Prince Rupert’s Drop. Made of molten glass that’s been dripped into cold water, its thick end is very durable, but the slightest of cracks on its tail end causes it to explode. Watch the video above to see the effect in 130,000 fps glory
via The Awesomer and Colossal
Sayaka Ganz is a Japanese artist who creates these beautiful animals with plastic household objects. The movement of the pieces are surprisingly real. It is a shock to the imagination.
Her work is collected and exhibited in London, Tokyo, Takaoka, Isle of Man, New York, San Francisco, Monterey, Toledo and Fort Wayne.
She says in her statement “I spent my early childhood in Japan but I grew up in several different countries. Japanese Shinto beliefs are such that all objects and organisms have spirits, and I was taught in kindergarten that objects that are discarded before their time weep at night inside the trash bin. This became a vivid image in my mind. The constant need to adjust to a new environment also gave me a strong desire to fit in and to create harmony around me. I only select objects that have been used and discarded. My goal is for each object to transcend its origin by being integrated into an animal/ organic forms that are alive and in motion. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberating to me as an artist.”
Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry love paper. They’ve created Paper Cut Project, which has been really successful. They are working for brands such as Hermes, Cartier, Vogue, Christies. What do they do? Paper Wigs. Beautiful, intricate and eye-catching, these two ladies have taken the use of paper to another level. I love that it works in both black or white paper. The masks of animals are also very beautiful.
They also participated in the Hollywood Costume exhibition that was on the V&A a couple of weeks ago in London. I think that the pieces are stunning and recommend having a look at their website.
What is the real thing? Where am I living? What do I perceive is the real?
This is just a piece of the artist’s statement.
Yunwoo Choi works with magazines, newspapers creating these ephemeral shapes that hang in the space of a gallery. This artist loves big scale pieces and you can walk them or get lost into this abstract shape. I find all the pieces fascinating and you can spend hours just looking at them.