Category Archives: Sculpture

Find a Comforting Glow in These Cardboard Homes

Vera van Wolferen calls her­self a “card­board­craftswoman,” because she cre­ates intri­cate and meticulously-constructed scenes out of card­board. They’re incred­i­ble! Using the white/gray vari­ety, she adds a few other mate­ri­als that result in dream-like scenes. I love how the shut­ters, weather vanes, and wind­mills are all artic­u­lated, as if they’re placed one by one. You can tell […]

Chanel Couture’s Amazing Floral Backdrop Featuring 300 Blooms

It’s no secret my love for paper sculpt­ing, and so when I saw the Chanel Spring 2015 Cou­ture Run­way, I was instantly enthralled. The flo­ral theme fea­tured an arbore­tum of white card­board palms con­structed under a glass ceil­ing. And, bet­ter yet, they moved! It took 6 months to pro­duce the 300 flow­ers that dec­o­rated the set. […]

Colorful Tapestries Find New Life as Taxidermy Skin

French artist Frédérique Mor­rel com­bines tapes­try and taxi­dermy to cre­ate fresh and unex­pected works. Deer, moose, and cat­tle tell vibrant sto­ries on their new skin that fea­tures a dizzy­ing array of col­ors, pat­terns, and peo­ple. I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by both taxi­dermy and tapes­tries, so the fusion of the two is excit­ing to see. But, many peo­ple don’t think of these […]

Paper-Cut Illustrations with a Relief-Sculpture Feel

Last week, I shared paper-crafted illus­tra­tions by Estu­dio Guard­a­bosques and this week it’s the hand­i­work of Maëlle Doliveux. The New York-based cre­ative sculpts paper into edi­to­r­ial illus­tra­tions for clients like Newsweek and the Boston Globe. But really, our enjoy­ment doesn’t hinge on the fact that these are pro­fes­sional assign­ments. She’s made inter­est­ing and beau­ti­ful images that stand on their own as […]

Scenes from Nature Completely Crafted with Cut Paper

Estu­dio Guard­a­bosques is the col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts of cre­atives Juan and Car­olina from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They craft scenes entirely out of paper by using com­plex sculpt­ing to fold and build forms. Often, that involves per­fo­rat­ing edges and cut­ting just so — enough to trans­form the paper, but not enough to wrin­kle or destroy it. Much of the […]

Beautifully Grotesque Sculptural Illustrations by Sophie Page

Sophie Geneva Page sculpts her illus­tra­tions and then pho­tographs them into 2D scenes that have an unde­ni­able 3D appeal. She’s inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and Catholic reli­gious imagery (among other things), and she’s also inter­ested in arts and crafts, dolls, fairy tales, plants, bugs, and more. Can’t you see these influ­ences in her work? I love that […]

Gorgeously Intricate & Hand-Crafted Pop-Up Books by Bozka Rydlewska

I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by the con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing that goes into pop-up and accordion-fold books. So, when I saw Bozka Rydlewska’s beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions in a 3D form, I was wowed by their beauty and detail. I had the oppor­tu­nity to ask Bozka a cou­ple of ques­tions about her work. She’s loved pop-up books since child­hood and had […]

Sandra Fettingis Expresses Relationships Via Bold Geometry

Denver-based artist San­dra Fet­tingis cre­ates bold sculp­tures, instal­la­tions, and murals using a vari­ety of geo­met­ric shapes. “…I strive to demon­strate rela­tion­ships, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, change, and mind­ful atten­tion,” she writes in an artist state­ment. “I mix and layer mate­ri­als such as acrylic, styrene, wood, paper and paint, and uti­lize the laser for its pre­ci­sion, while for­mu­lat­ing sys­tem­atic guidelines, […]

Felted Fungi on Real Wood… For Your Home!

This past Novem­ber, I was brows­ing one of my favorite Bal­ti­more shops, Trohv. There, I came across the local Close Call Stu­dio. It’s run by Amanda Adams who hand­crafts dec­o­ra­tive mush­rooms from recy­cled vegan felt. They’re mounted on wood and per­fect for dis­play­ing on your shelf, cof­fee table, etc.. I love the jux­ta­po­si­tion between craft and real […]

Colorful Folk Animals Feature Beautiful, Intricate Details

I love how col­or­ful these Oxa­can wood carv­ings are! They’re avail­able through the San­dia Fine Mex­i­can Art web­site and fea­ture a cast of lively crea­tures with intri­cate pat­terns. Dif­fer­ent skilled artists paint bears, giraffes, dogs, and more. Some­times, they’re totally wacky and ride bicy­cles and carts. Take some time and look at all of these crit­ters. You […]