Katrin Rodegast is a German illustrator who creates cut-paper sculptures that are later photographed to create a 2D image. Using bright, solid colors she builds intimate scenes, delectable edibles, and revealing portraits.
When done well, I’m a big fan of paper-sculpted illustrations. They’re tactile and neat to look at, often with a lot of interesting details peppered throughout. Just take a look at the tiny apps on the iPhone or taped papers to the wall. Delightful.
It was a lot of fun sharing ceramics with ya’ll this week. Of course, there was a ton I didn’t have time to feature, so here’s a quick smattering of some other wonderful works. See ya on Monday! Follow me on Instagram or Pinterest, okay?
We’re closing in on Ceramics Week here, and it’s been fun! Let’s keep it going with the incredible work of of Helsinki-based artist Caroline Slotte.
I often think of antique porcelain plates as being something that you’d add to rather than subtract from. Boy, did Slotte prove me wrong! She cuts into the center of the second-hand objects and places multiple pieces on top of one another. That way, you can see what’s been carved and sanded away and how that creates an entirely new scene (and with it, story).
Here’s some more explanation from her artist statement:
The reworking of second hand objects play a pivotal role in Caroline Slotte´s practice. She manipulates found materials, primarily ceramic everyday items, so that they take on new meanings. The tensions between the recognizable and the enigmatic, the ordinary and the unexpected are recurring thematic concerns. More recent explorations reveal an expanded interest in material perception and material recognition, teasing out situations where the initial visual identification fails resulting in an unsettling state of material confusion.
Fascinating! Be sure to check out her website to get a better view of the details. (Via Colossal)
It’s day 2 of Brown Paper Bag’s Ceramics Week! Today, let’s take a look at Claire Loder’s intriguing heads…
I’m simultaneously disturbed and enthralled by Claire Loder’s work. The strange and beautifully-crafted ceramic pieces have an air of mystery about them. We see their soft facial expressions as well large, foreign-looking growths that cover the entirety of their face. Loder speaks about the concept behind her heads:
Since august 2005 I have been preoccupied with making heads and faces, exploring the possibilities for psychological narratives. Contemplation and melancholy are perpetual undercurrents. As I rarely deal with anything below the neck I’m interested in the head as a metaphor for the complete body.
Personally, I’m not good at forming things out of clay, but I like looking at what other people can do! This entire week on Brown Paper Bag is dedicated to ceramics in their various forms: surface design, sculpted figures, and more. So, let’s get started with Bolden by Jen Collins.
I’ve long admired Jen Collin’s illustrations, so when she started making ceramics I was really excited. There’s something incredible about how drawings translate into 3D objects, and her line, Bolden, is no exception. I can imagine these things as 2D renderings; Jen’s signature lines and brush strokes make their way onto the hand-formed pieces.
You can buy these delightful pieces in the Bolden shop. Jen tweeted that this update is the last for the foreseeable future, so don’t waste any time!
Today it’s angles all over the place. Lighting fixtures, desk caddies, illustrations, and more. This type of design is really versatile and looks good in many different applications. No wonder it remains so popular; Mary Blair (below) was working with geometric shapes back in the mid-20th century.
As always, happy Friday! And, to my US readers — have a great long weekend!
PS: September 1 — 5 is CERAMICS week on Brown Paper Bag. All that week I’ll feature my favorite beautiful breakables.
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