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.
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.
…when there’s this “Apple Watch” around? This adorable felt creation popped up on Hine Mizushima’s Instagram the other night. Sewn using tiny buttons and snap fasteners to connect the band. Love it!
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.
Now, these aren’t necklaces, but I had to include these purses, too:
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!
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.
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.
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.
BONUS: See her process with this stop motion animation.