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.
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.
And, a little extra. Another creation by Joshua!
Two Fridays ago, I had the pleasure of attending the MFA Illustration Practice (MFAILP) 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 MFAILP program.)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.