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A Mural Made Completely Out of Paper by Mlle Hipolyte

Mlle Hipolyte
Not too long ago, I shared some of Mlle Hipolyte’s amaz­ing paper-crafted masks. Since then, I’ve been keep­ing an eye on her work. I was perus­ing Insta­gram yes­ter­day and saw snip­pets of her mural-sized paper project. How great! And, bet­ter yet, Mlle posted the entire Trop­i­cal Jun­gle on her website.

She explains on Bored Panda that every­thing was cut by hand, and it took two weeks to get the paper ele­ments ready to go up on the wall. After­wards, it took six hours to apply it to the ver­ti­cal sur­face. Totally worth the time and energy. I love the col­ors and all the small details.
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Kate Jenkins Crochets Anchovies and Other Delectable Entrees

Kate Jenkins

Stitched fish, any­one? Artist Kate Jenk­ins cro­chets all sorts of dif­fer­ent foods that just might make you hun­gry. Or, at the very least, in awe of her craft­ing skills. Anchovies, eggs, and bacon all resem­ble what they actu­ally are. Some­times, Kate will add some glam to her cre­ations and work sequins in with the yarn. This makes her pieces appear shiny , which is per­fect for glossy fish scales and amber-colored honey.

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Exquisitely Minimalist Embroideries by Miga de Pan

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Miga de Pan is the label under which Buenos Aires-based crafter Adri­ana Tor­res cre­ates her work. Her exquis­ite and min­i­mal­ist pieces are a lovely com­bi­na­tion of tex­ture and line. Quiet scenes fea­tur­ing wood­land crea­tures, geo­met­ric shapes, and even archi­tec­ture are sewn onto natural-colored back­grounds. These images are inspired with the help of Adriana’s ded­i­ca­tion and for­mal train­ing in a num­ber of fields: archi­tec­ture, graphic design, illus­tra­tion and gen­eral fine arts.

As some­one who embroi­ders for fun, I am lov­ing the vari­ety of stitches that Adri­ana uses. It adds keeps things visu­ally inter­est­ing. My eye doesn’t get bored look­ing at the same stitch over and over — instead, I find myself keenly exam­in­ing every part of her handiwork.

Fol­low Miga de Pan on Face­bookInsta­gram, and Pin­ter­est.

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Tiny Monsters Around Your Neck by Min Pin

Min Pin

Melbourne-based design label Min Pin is the hand­i­work of Penny Min Fer­gu­son. Her love of weird and awe­some things means that she’s cre­ated a series of shrink-plastic and metal neck­laces. Dinosaurs, snakes, ghosts, and even Big­foot hang around your neck! They’ve got a great style that would com­ple­ment any out­fit. Col­ors are bright, but not too bright. There are details like sim­ple, almond-shaped eyes, but they aren’t too dis­tract­ing. Per­son­ally, I’m lov­ing that yellow-greenish Bigfoot.

If you like this, check out the work of Cat Rab­bit Plush. She’s also a Aus­tralian crafter who makes amaz­ing, quirky animals.

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Now, these aren’t neck­laces, but I had to include these purses, too:


Illustrator, Sculpture

Gorgeously Intricate & Hand-Crafted Pop-Up Books by Bozka

Bozena Rydlewska

I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by the con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing that goes into pop-up and accordion-fold books. So, when I saw Bozena Rydlewska’s (AKA Bozka) beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions in a 3D form, I was wowed by their beauty and detail.

I had the oppor­tu­nity to ask Bozka a cou­ple of ques­tions about her work. She’s loved pop-up books since child­hood and had always wanted to make one.

When I fin­ished my series of illus­tra­tions New Botany [above], I thought it would be inter­est­ing to inter­pret the illus­tra­tions into three-dimensional forms,” she tells me. “At that point I was really tired of work­ing non-stop on the com­puter and eager to do some­thing with my hands.”

To make her pop-up books, she did some research. Bozka read sev­eral man­u­als and also attended a week-long pop-up book course at West Dean Col­lege in Eng­land. Um, I want to take one of those. Sign me up!

So, how long did it take to cre­ate these pieces? “It took me 3 to 4 weeks to make each pop-up. It was a com­pli­cated and time con­sum­ing process — I was work­ing on 1:1 scale mod­els, cut­ting and glu­ing over and over again until the pop-up matched the vision I had in my head,” she explains. “The final pieces were printed on high qual­ity archival paper, cut out by cut­ting plot­ter and assem­bled by hand by myself. The assem­bly of the most com­pli­cated pop-up took 14 hours.”

Totally worth the time spent. They’re beautiful!

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Kitiya Palaskas’ Craft-Based Pizza (+More) Designs

Kitiya Palaskas

Kitiya Palaskas is a craft-based designer who cre­ates play­ful, col­or­ful objects. Amy first intro­duced me to her work via Insta­gram. And, I was hooked! They are fun, felt and crepe paper-centric objects and pen­dants. I love how she takes these mate­ri­als beyond birth­day party dec­o­ra­tions and trans­forms them into delicious-looking designs that caught the eye of com­pa­nies like Etsy, West Elm, and many more.

Check out her blog for works in progress and to see what Kitiya finds inspirational.

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Sculpture, Textiles

Zoë Williams Crafts Ghostly-Looking Sacred Spirits Out of Felt

Zoë Williams

How about some nee­dled felted, ghostly beings to start the week off right? Zoë Williams is a New York-based artist who crafts “spir­its, sacred crea­tures, and phan­toms from the dream world.” Her state­ment explains that they con­nect us with the realm of the col­lec­tive uncon­scious and the king­dom of nature. We see ref­er­ences to sto­ries in the Bible (Cain and Abel), as well as the other myth­i­cal tales (like Romu­lus and Remus).

I’m impressed by William’s craft and am also fas­ci­nated by her inspi­ra­tion for these works. If you haven’t read about the col­lec­tive uncon­scious, do. It’s an inter­est­ing way of thinking.

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Ann Khokhlova’s Poetic Embroidered Illustrations

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I’m blown away by all of the color and tex­ture that’s in these illus­tra­tions by Ann Khokhlova. The lus­cious appli­ca­tion of thread/yarn makes for dense com­po­si­tions that are very expres­sive. They are a sea of stitches, and I like how Khokhlova uses the chain stitch to cre­ate waves of color that sends your eye on a jour­ney as she depicts nar­ra­tive folk-inspired tales.

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Jo Hamilton’s Large Crocheted Portraits

Jo Hamilton

I recently saw the work of Jo Hamil­ton on Hi Fruc­tose and was struck with the feel­ing that I’d seen her cro­cheted works before. Look­ing at her CV, I real­ized I was right — she was in the exhi­bi­tion GULP YARN BANG! that was at School 33 in Bal­ti­more a few years ago.

I liked her work in the show and I like it now. As some­one who can’t cro­chet (but I can knit!), I find the detail and metic­u­lous nature of them awe-inspiring. The amount of time put into these large por­traits is some­thing of won­der. The craft of cro­chet­ing is also very nos­tal­gic for me, as it reminds me of my mother. Even though I can’t cro­chet, she can! I think that oth­ers can relate, no? It, like a lot of passed-down craft­ing, has asso­ci­a­tions of home and warmth.

All images via her web­site.

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