Elsa Mora’s Incredible Cut Paper “Garden of Books”

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Ya’ll, I am so impressed with this cut paper sculp­ture by artist Elsa Mora; the details within it are incred­i­ble! Using just acid-free paper and glue, she cre­ates depth and tex­ture through well-placed cuts and minus­cule, hand-punched holes. Close-up shots reveal won­der­ful things like the tini­est dec­o­rated books on a shelf. Get lost in this piece titled Gar­den of Books.

You might be famil­iar with Mora via her excel­lent blog, Art is a Way. If you don’t read it, I highly rec­om­mend that you start. It’s one of my go-to blogs, and it fea­tures ceram­ics, artists, crafts, and more.

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Applique Pooch Portraits by Olga Ezova-Denisova

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With a vari­ety of fab­rics, Olga Ezova-Denisova cre­ates por­traits of ani­mals using an applique tech­nique. They’re fun: dogs are dressed for both cold weather and a day at the beach, and we see them don­ning scarves, caps, rosy cheeks, and more.

I love the mix­ing of mate­ri­als and how they’re han­dled in a painterly way. Small shapes of fab­ric cre­ate high­lights and show the direc­tion of fur. They also define its con­tours and form. Addi­tional embroi­dery stitches refine details that give these pieces even more depth.

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And these pieces are a com­bi­na­tion of linocut and embroidery:

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Kris Chau’s Lyrical Lines and Ethereal Sketches

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I was first intro­duced to Kris Chau’s work when I was in under­grad. She was a guest pro­fes­sor for a “lifestyle” illus­tra­tion class I was tak­ing, and I fell in love with her way of draw­ing. Chau uses beau­ti­ful lines through­out each piece that have a lyri­cal feel to them.  And when she’s not doing that, she pep­pers her work with lovely patterns.

If you check out Chau’s blog, she does a lot of sketch­ing. I’ve included some of them here, and they are han­dled more loosely than her paint­ings. She cou­ples this treat­ment with ethe­real depic­tions of god­desses, mer­maids, and spir­its.  It cre­ates an appro­pri­ately dream­like world.

Insta­gram alert: she has one. Fol­low her! (And how about me, while you’re at it?)

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Friday Round Up: 10 Huggable Soft Sculptures

Okay, so maybe the title is a bit mis­lead­ing. I don’t know if you’d nec­es­sar­ily hug these soft sculp­tures, but most of them on this list look pretty cuddly.

I’ve always been one to col­lect stuffed crea­tures. In my bed­room is a col­lec­tion of Ugly Dolls from col­lege and an assort­ment of Heidi Kenney’s plushes.  I think I’ll always have a place in my heart for these soft objects even if I don’t own them.

Is there an online shop or a par­tic­u­lar soft sculp­ture you love? Let me know if in the com­ments, or via Twit­ter or Face­book!

And a BONUS, because I just love candy so much:

TONIGHT: Monica Ramos’ Ceramic Alpaca Planters for Sale

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Inter­net, get ready. Tonight, August 21, at 7PM ET, Mon­ica Ramos’ (pre­vi­ously) online shop, Rit­u­als, will release some more of her delight­ful ceramic alpacas. If you missed ‘em last time around (like I did), now’s your chance! Set an alarm on your phone and be near a com­puter so you too can own an adorable planter of this stately animal.

PS — I found out about this via Ramos’ Insta­gram!

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Happy, Colorful Paper Collages by Hye Jin Chung

hye jin chung Hye Jin Chung cre­ates col­lage illus­tra­tions (my favorite!), mix­ing and match­ing papers to build excit­ing images. After arrang­ing cut-out shapes, she’ll draw on top of them for even more delight­ful details. Just check out those smi­ley, happy horses above.

It looks like Chung’s has been busy since I saw her work at SPX last year.  Oprah mag­a­zine and Planad­viser are a cou­ple of her past clients, and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing more from her.
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The Tiniest Books and Records by Lauren Delaney George

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I’ve always been a fan of minia­tures. When I was younger, I remem­ber that my mom had printer draw­ers mounted to our walls with tiny good­ies on dis­play. Now it’s come full cir­cle, as I too col­lect small art objects! So it’s no sur­prise, then, that I fell in love with Lau­ren Delaney George’s Etsy shop. She hand pro­duces tiny books, pen­cils, scrolls, per­fume bot­tles, and so much more (there are over 700 items for sale!). Every­thing is roughly the size of a penny, or some­times smaller.

These pieces are meant for doll houses, and George’s career started when she made minia­tures as Christ­mas gifts for her grand­par­ents. Now, she cre­ates them for hob­by­ists, writ­ing, “One of my frus­tra­tions as a child was the high expense of the avail­able doll­house acces­sories, whose qual­ity was incon­sis­tent at best.” If you have an idea for a tiny object, you can let George know via Etsy.

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The Differences Between Marianna Sztyma’s Paintings and Illustrations

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Mar­i­anna Sztyma is a Pol­ish artist and illus­tra­tor who cre­ates beau­ti­ful images in both and col­lage. Here, I’ve fea­tured many of her paint­ings, but take note of her mixed media works, too. They both are tied together in their use of soft, dry-brush/airbrush shad­ing and pen­chant for pat­tern and the female figure.

I have the feel­ing that illus­tra­tion is Sztyma’s pri­mary way of work­ing, and that her paint­ings are a sec­ondary way that she expresses her­self. Artists, illus­tra­tors, and gen­eral cre­ative peo­ple: do you have some­thing like this? Another media you work in to break up the monot­ony of work­ing in one way or style? Let me know on Face­book!

PS: These paint­ings came from her Flickr!

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Round Up: 10 Gorgeous Illustrations to End Your Work Week

Here we are, at the end of another work week! What are your plans for the week­end? I, for one, am going to check out this BUS stop in east Bal­ti­more (please click the link to see that I’m not totally nuts).

As you cruise into Sat­ur­day, enjoy these 10 illus­tra­tions that I’ve seen lately and liked. Some fea­ture long-time favorites like Andrea Wan, while oth­ers are cre­ated by peo­ple I’ve never heard until recently, like the work of Michela Picchi.

Mak­ing a list like this is always fun. You start to notice pat­terns in what you’re pick­ing based on your cur­rent inter­ests. Can you see that that I’m really into bright col­ors and flo­ral draw­ings right now?

Sweet and Subversive Sculptures by Eun-Ha Paek

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I first saw Eun-Ha Paek’s ceram­ics while attend­ing ICON7 in 2012.  Her small, bizarre char­ac­ters cap­ti­vated me, and I’ve fol­lowed her work ever since. Today, Paek is still cre­at­ing sculp­tures with clay, in addi­tion to wood and card­board. I enjoy her exag­ger­a­tion of ears, hair, and more; the melted eye­balls and an unhappy drum­stick are simul­ta­ne­ously sub­ver­sive with a candy-colored sur­face treat­ment that feels jubilant.

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