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Sculpture, Textiles

Elin Thomas Makes Moldy Petri Dishes Look Cuddly

Elin Thomas

Artist Elin Thomas makes moldy petri dishes look cute and cud­dly. Using a com­bi­na­tion of embroi­dery thread, cro­chet, and nee­dle felt­ing, she cre­ates unique tex­tile pieces. The fuzzy felt pro­duces the effect of tiny hairs sprout­ing from the yarn spores.

If some­thing has mold on it, I’m usu­ally grossed out. But not with Elin’s work! She’s able to make these sci­ence projects into appeal­ing brooches, rings, and art for your home. Check out more of her acces­sories on Etsy.

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Sculpture, Textiles

Bear Skin Rug? Nahhh. How About a Monster Skin Rug?

Joshua Ben Longo

Years ago, on Pin­ter­est, I saw this Mon­ster Skin Rug designed by Joshua Ben Longo and fell in love. It’s a clever take on those bear skin rugs you see in the movies, except more fun and a lot less cruel. They’re made of 50% wool / 50% poly­ester felt scales that are then sewn to a felt sil­hou­ette and stuffed with poly­ester. Plus, they plas­tic teeth!

It turns out Longo had been mak­ing the rugs by hand for years, but at a very high cost for the con­sumer. Now, he’s turned to Kick­starter to help with the cost of pro­duc­tion and pro­duce Mon­ster Skin Rug in vol­ume. For $425, you can own this delight­ful piece of decor.

If $425 is out of your price range, Joshua has other monster-related items you can own. Fin­ger pup­pets, totems, and other soft sculp­tures are all avail­able.

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And, a lit­tle extra. Another cre­ation by Joshua!
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Ceramics, Illustrator, Sculpture, Textiles

An Interactive Comic, Microorganisms & More: the MFA ILP Show

Illustration Practice

Two Fri­days ago, I had the plea­sure of attend­ing the MFA Illus­tra­tion Prac­tice (MFA ILP) The­sis Exhi­bi­tion at Mary­land Insti­tute Col­lege of Art (MICA). I was really excited to see the show, as I grad­u­ated from the pro­gram in 2013 (the first class!) and wasn’t as famil­iar with this year’s work.They didn’t dis­ap­point! I was really impressed with every­thing I saw, and I admire how they’ve pushed the bound­aries of what illus­tra­tion is/can be. (This idea is the cor­ner­stone of the MFA ILP program.)

So, with­out fur­ther ado, here are some pic­tures of the exhi­bi­tion, but this is by no means a com­pre­hen­sive look. If you’re local to Bal­ti­more, stop by the show before it closes on April 12!

Check out more pic­tures from the exhi­bi­tion on my Flickr. (Beware — they’re unedited.)

Il Sung Na

Illustration Practice

I’ve had my eye on Il Sung Na’s work since the end of 2014. I bought one of his adorable ceramic crea­tures at MICA’s Art Mar­ket and totally want more of ‘em. He had a bunch of through­out his space, and I wish he had them for sale at the opening!

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Collage, Illustrator, Sculpture

Insanely-Detailed Paper Animal Masks by Mlle Hipolyte

Look at all of these tiny pieces of paper! French illus­tra­tor and paper designer Mlle Hipolyte cre­ated these gor­geous ani­mals masks that are awe-inspiring in their intri­cate details. Seri­ously. Just take a look at the individually-folded pieces of paper lay­ered on top of one another. They build a col­or­ful, tac­tile form that mim­ics fur.

Mlle pro­duces 2D illus­tra­tions, too. Check out their Behance and Face­book for more.

 

Sculpture, Textiles

Fancy! Adorable Hand-Felted Cat Creatures and Regal Poodles

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I know, I know. It hasn’t been all that long since I fea­tured the adorable stuffed crea­tures of Cat Rab­bit Plush. But, I vis­ited her Big Car­tel shop the other day and was excited by what I saw! She’s added hand-felted fancy poo­dles and well-dressed cat crea­tures with their own lit­tle pets.

Since writ­ing about her work, I now own one of Cat Rabbit’s pieces — a flo­ral alpaca. And, I can attest at how well these are con­structed. They’re pos­able and chock-full of fun details like tiny flo­ral blooms and col­or­ful cheek high­lights. It only makes me want to buy more, more, and more.

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Sculpture

Adorably Tiny Totems Mean You Can Carry Your Spirit Animal with You

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Small Wild is the online shop of Danielle Ped­er­sen, and it’s where she cre­ates tiny ani­mal totems out of clay. The adorable ceramic crea­tures are dec­o­rated with gold accents and other defin­ing details. Some­times, she’ll strap fab­ric acces­sories to their back, as seen above.

I like the idea of car­ry­ing around an object that brings you com­fort, and that’s how I view the items in the Small Wild shop. Maybe the tiger is your spirit ani­mal, or you iden­tify with the sloth. What­ever the case, these fig­urines are a lit­tle reminder of joy that you can take with you through­out your day.

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Sculpture

Find a Comforting Glow in These Cardboard Homes

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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 that Vera puts a lot of care into her work.

Much of Vera’s card­board sets are made for stop-motion ani­ma­tions. In addi­tion, she cre­ates lamps, which are per­fect for her houses. They fit over the top of light bulbs and cast a com­fort­ing glow from the win­dows. Find a few of them on Etsy.

Vera seems like she’s on all the social media — fol­low her on Insta­gram, Behance, and Face­book! (Via iGNANT)

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Sculpture

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. Each fea­tured their own engine, and at the start of the show, Bap­tiste Giabi­coni (Karl Lagerfeld’s muse) “watered” them and brought the mechan­i­cal blooms to life.

The mostly-white back­drop had pops of color that com­pli­mented the cou­ture out­fits, some of which were heav­ily adorned with bril­liant flow­ers. Images of the set and cloth­ing below!

Image via: Racked

Image via: Racked

Photo via: Purple Diary

Photo via: Pur­ple Diary

Photo via: Purple Diary

Photo via: Pur­ple Diary

Photo via: Purple Diary

Photo via: Pur­ple Diary

Photo via: Purple Diary

Photo via: Pur­ple Diary

Photo via: Purple Diary

Photo via: Pur­ple Diary

Photo via: Purple Diary

Photo via: Pur­ple Diary

Photo via: Purple Diary

Photo via: Pur­ple Diary

Photo via: Purple Diary

Photo via: Pur­ple Diary

Photo via: Purple Diary

Photo via: Pur­ple Diary

Pho­tos of some of my favorite out­fits. See the entire thing on Vogue.com.

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Sculpture, Textiles

Colorful Tapestries Find New Life as Taxidermy Skin

Frédérique Morrel

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 crafts as things that are wor­thy of atten­tion. Frédérique’s artis­tic phi­los­o­phy rec­og­nizes this and tries to change it. She writes:

These tapes­tries are telling the sto­ries of these key and essen­tial casualties:

- loss of sale value : these tapes­tries are expen­sive (mate­r­ial and time con­sum­ing), but worth peanuts.
– loss of aes­thetic value : these tapes­tries are con­sid­ered ugly and out of date, but have their own hid­den beauty, par­tic­u­larly for those who are them.
– loss of emo­tional value : these tapes­tries are telling love and fam­ily hap­pi­ness sto­ries, but are aban­doned and thrown into mud.

I revi­tal­ize them, offer­ing a redemp­tion, beneath ani­mal appear­ance and cov­ered with this pop­u­lar lan­guage. I give them back their cen­tral and essen­tial place inside households.

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Illustrator, Sculpture

Paper-Cut Illustrations with a Relief-Sculpture Feel

Maëlle Doliveux

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 art­works. I espe­cially like how Maëlle uses light to add drama and enhance the cuts that she’s made in the paper. It gives them a nice 3D feel — like a relief sculpture.

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