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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10 (More) Submissions From the Collage Scrap Exchange

Hap­py Fri­day, ya’ll! I fig­ured it’s a fine time to post some more Col­lage Scrap Exchange sub­mis­sions. At this point, I’ve received so many (hun­dreds upon hun­dreds!), and not shar­ing at least some felt like a crime. Here are 10 sub­mis­sions! Remem­ber, the extend­ed dead­line is March 15.

Thank you, to every­one, who has sub­mit­ted a col­lage so far. I’m delight­ed to see all of the cre­ative ways you used your scraps and inter­pret­ed the New Land­scapes theme. While I can’t share all of the images on Brown Paper Bag, all entries will be on dis­play on the Col­lage Scrap Exchange web­site once the dead­line pass­es.

See past sub­mis­sion posts here and here.

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Please note: These are merely selection of submissions, and their inclusion in this post has no impact on the overall outcome of the #collagecontest with Papirmass.

Stacey Page Adds Bizarre Embroidery onto Vintage Photos


Stacey Page trans­forms dis­card­ed vin­tage pho­tographs from banal to fan­tas­tic in her on-going series of embroi­dered por­traits. Since 2008, she’s adorned men and women with bizarre head­dress­es, cos­tumes, facial hair, and much more. This is both con­cep­tu­al­ly and visu­al­ly inter­est­ing. I love that the stitch­ing cre­ates a “sec­ond skin” and a new nar­ra­tive onto the old pic­tures. And, at the same time, it’s a great con­trast between the smooth sil­ver gelatin pho­tos beneath the fuzzy threads.





Natalie Wargin’s Visual Respite from All That Cold

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It’s been so bit­ter­ly cold on the east coast over the past few weeks, I for­got what it was like when it’s warm. So, Natal­ie Wargin’s water­col­or works are a nice visu­al respite from the frigid temps. Her loose­ly-han­dled paint­ings fea­ture birds, bears, and flow­ers in bloom. I love how the col­ors flow into one anoth­er and cre­ate a feel­ing of ener­gy and free­dom. It makes me want to go for a hike!

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Ceramic Vessels Want You to Remember Nice Things


Sachie Kaneko, aka Kusafane, is the woman behind these sweet-look­ing ceram­ics. They’re meant as small sculp­tures as well as prac­ti­cal objects like vas­es and can­dle hold­ers. In addi­tion, Kaneko wants her hand­i­work to be some­thing that has a pos­i­tive asso­ci­a­tion attached to it — like, if you received it as a gift from a spe­cial some­one in your life. These pieces will hope­ful­ly con­jure a won­der­ful mem­o­ry when you see them!

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Daniela Tieni’s Intriguing Illustrations Feel like Film Stills

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Peo­ple, often long and dark haired women, occu­py the strange spaces in Daniela Tieni’s work. The sur­re­al images fea­ture them wad­ing through vines, stand­ing on cubed struc­tures in the mid­dle of nowhere, and talk­ing to larg­er-than-life birds. It’s intrigu­ing if not slight­ly unset­tling.

Daniela writes that she loves movies (from the 1950s), which def­i­nite­ly fits her sub­ject mat­ter. The fash­ion and hair­styles fit that era, and these illus­tra­tions feel like they are snip­pets from a film.

Check out Daniela’s Behance page or her Flickr for more.

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Look Closely at These Busy Patterns by Monica Ramos

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Mon­i­ca Ramos (pre­vi­ous­ly) is a favorite illus­tra­tor of mine, and her tal­ents were recent­ly high­light­ed in the Rachel Antonoff Fall 2015 fash­ion show. Pat­terns fea­tur­ing frogs in var­i­ous stages of dis­sec­tion as well as a high school love tri­an­gle adorn a dress, shirt, and jump­suit.

Maybe you’re ask­ing your­self, “high school love tri­an­gle?” And yes, you read that right. The col­lec­tion is on it! Antonoff tells Women’s Wear Dai­ly, “There’s Fern, the stu­dent who’s hav­ing an affair with her biol­o­gy teacher, Sey­mour, who is in love with the botany teacher, Angel­i­ca, who is in love with Fern.” A bet­ter look at Monica’s pat­terns are below.

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Here’s a few more pieces from the col­lec­tion. The pat­terns and embroi­dery aren’t by Ramos, but I like ‘em! See the entire show here.

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Collage, Illustration

Collages Split Someone’s Head Open with Beautiful Results

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Vin­tage books, mag­a­zines, and post­cards inspire Brazil­ian artist and illus­tra­tor Lau­rindo Feli­ciano. Using these ele­ments, he cre­ates images that are both sur­re­al and nos­tal­gic. The com­bi­na­tion (and often col­li­sion) of peo­ple, flo­ra, and fau­na result in pic­tures that we’ve nev­er seen before.

Laurindo’s arrange­ments are mys­te­ri­ous, beau­ti­ful, and weird, like when he splits open someone’s head to reveal a bou­quet of flow­ers. Stuff like that is what makes pho­to­graph­ic col­lages great. Pho­tog­ra­phy grounds things in (our) real­i­ty, but these types of works turn it on its head using sim­ple-but-clever manip­u­la­tions.

PS! I found Laurindo’s work via the Brown Paper Bag sub­mis­sions page.

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Animation, Illustration

Nancy Liang’s Glittering Night Skies in Surreal GIFs


So, when I fea­tured illus­tra­tor Nan­cy Liang’s night­time col­lage scenes last year, I didn’t real­ize that she was on the cusp of trans­form­ing them into some­thing that’s even more awe­some!

Nan­cy has since ani­mat­ed her land­scapes and added glit­ter­ing lights, sub­tle puffs of smoke, and your not-so-aver­age trav­el­ers. They’re mys­te­ri­ous, charm­ing, and have sur­re­al ele­ments in them. After all, when was the last time you wit­nessed a boat trav­el­ing across the night sky?

Check out the rest of Nancy’s GIFs on her web­site and Tum­blr. (Via Doo­dlers Anony­mous)

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