Elisa Strozyk’s work fools us. These pieces might look like cloth, they are actually made out of wood. The light wooden pattern folds into itself and looks soft and cozy. But, I’m sure that if you were to fall onto this blanket, you wouldn’t have a warm greeting.
Strozyk explains the idea behind her work, writing:
Wooden Textiles convey a new tactile experience. We are used to experience wood as a hard material; we know the feeling of walking across wooden floors, to touch a wooden tabletop or to feel the bark of a tree. But we usually don’t experience a wooden surface which can be manipulated by touch.
Wooden Textiles is a material that is half wood-half textile, between hard and soft, challenging what can be expected from a material or category. It looks and smells familiar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unexpected ways.
The processes to transform wood into a flexible wooden surface is its deconstruction into pieces, which are then attached to a textile base. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility. There are various possible applications, for example as floorings, curtains, drapes, plaids, upholstery or parts of furniture.
I not only love this concept, but the design as well. It’s really satisfying to see all of these triangles, and they make Strozyk’s work look effortless.
Hey everyone! I finished an embroidery! Check it out.
All in all, it was a fun project and I’m already thinking about what to do next.
Next week, look for an interview about this fun image by Erin Zingre! She’s the next illustrator in the Header Picture Project.
Yesterday, I gave a presentation to my friend Amanda’s class at Towson University. They were a really great group of students, and I had fun talking about some of the things I’ve done over the years (this blog being one of them, of course).
At the end of the class, there was a brief discussion about illustration and it’s application. I think illustration has a wide range of applications. It can be anywhere! On anything!
Take, for example, the work of Janine Rewell. It isn’t the traditional form of illustration, and uses the body as a canvas to advertise Minna Parikka shoes. Rewell’s colorful shapes are surface designs that communicate how stylish this particular product is, and the a lifestyle (of sorts) that accompanies it. I love this out-of-the box thinking. (H/T Sarah Jacoby)
Janine Rewell and Minna Parikka Collaboration: Body Painting and Scandinavian Spring from MINNA PARIKKA on Vimeo.
One of my favorite discoveries of this weekend was when I stumbled upon Nail Art History Tumblr. The name is sort of self-explanatory. Taking inspiration from artists of both the past and today, art lover Susi Kenna gets an awesome manicure. Her nails are inspired by the likes of street art, abstract art, and more.
All work is done by Mei Kawajiri / @ciaomanhattan2012. The details on these tiny surfaces is amazing! I’m really impressed by the Barry McGee interpretation.
(H/T The Creator’s Project)
Today’s Friday round includes illustrations that I’ve seen lately and liked. They’ve been liked on my Tumblr or repinned by me on Pinterest. Either way, they’ve stayed in my brain.
There’s so much great stuff on the interwebs. I wish I could share everything I find! So, here’s a little sampling. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!
Also: Píccolo, a small business I have with my friend Lisa, has jumpstarted our blog. We have an exciting new feature, Picture Party, that celebrates illustrated products! Follow us on Tumblr for twice-weekly awesomeness.
When I was in high school, I took a ceramics class. And boy, did I suck at it! I was terrible at throwing and not very good at hand-building, either. Probably because of my shortcomings, the medium has always been something that I’ve admired. Luckily, I get an excuse to write about it on a regular basis! So today, let’s look at the work of Karin Hagen.
Hagen’s tiny earthware sculptures are creatures and people. The hand-painted sculptures depict cats, mice, and people with cool hairstyles. They are chock full of nooks, crannies, and imperfect forms. And, for that reason, I love them; There’s so much personality in these tiny objects!