One of my favorite trends lately is necklaces, brooches, and rings made from kiln-fired clay. I’ve got a few pieces now and love how essentially, these are mini sculptures you’re wearing on your fingers, around your neck, or on your favorite shirt. Some makers color their jewelry with glaze while others leave their designs bone white. What style of ceramic jewelry do you like?
Welcome to the exquisite world of Meadow and Fawn, where delicate creatures fit on your fingertips. The small sculptures are created by a lady named Alexis, whose inspiration comes from a “deep love for nature.” Through her online shop, she handcrafts the the tiny totems from polymer clay. Each is one-of-a-kind, and Alexis explains that there’s no assembly line to her work—she makes them all to order.
Alexis’ popular Instagram offers an awesome behind-the-scenes look at her sculptures. Everything—from the painting to the styling—is dreamy and a momentary escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
If you feel comforted by tiny animal companions, then RamaLama Creatures is going to make you real happy. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the adorable polymer sculptures are hand painted with a ton of intricate detail and finished with a glossy varnish.
Raminta is the lady behind RamaLama creatures, and she’s always had a fascination with the beauty of nature—her childhood was spent on the Baltic Sea shore. After graduating with a degree in photography, she dedicated herself to “mastering skills and perfecting design” of her characters. It usually takes days to create a single animal.
Charles Young must be a busy man. In 2014, he created Paperholm, a project where each day, a new model is produced, photographed, and uploaded to the web. On August 11, 2015, after year of building, he completed its first iteration. The paper sculptor then took a short break but has continued Paperholm as of November of last year. Charles’ creations now depict a city that has the hustle and bustle we’d expect from an up-and-coming metropolis.
Individually, the pieces are impressive—they often include some movement from, revolving doors to driving vehicles. Once together, however, you see how clever Charles’ work really is—the relatively simple forms (created with 200gsm watercolor paper and PVA glue) appear increasingly complex as they spatially relate to one another and create an overall narrative about the place.
Check out all of Paperholm on Tumblr.
Using materials such as polymer clay, wood, and paper, artist Sean Chao creates intricate, fantastical dioramas. The miniature sculptures depict landscapes—including dense forests and oceans—as well as bizarre creatures such as cat-controlled robots. Each hand-crafted scene feels like it’s a moment frozen in time, and Sean’s attention to detail begs you to pore over his wonderful handiwork.
Itching to see Sean’s work in person? Right now, he has a piece in the Flower Pepper Gallery’s 4th Year Anniversary Show, which is open now until January 19, 2016. If you’re local to Pasadena, California, be sure to check it out!
Martin Tomsky is a London-based illustrator who creates brilliant relief sculptures with layers of laser cut stained plywood. They range in size from small accessories to larger, more intricate artworks. Martin hand-assembles each piece and sells them in his Etsy shop, Tomsky Store.
The amount of detail in these 3D illustrations is remarkable. The fish, for instance, includes more than a simple skeleton. It features fanciful flourishes with tiny creatures that are hidden amongst them. Take a close look and you’ll see all of Martin’s clever additions. It’s not what’d you expect from wood.
A double-headed cat is apt considering that these ceramics are the handiwork of not one, but two people! The Brighton-based Etsy shop called I like CATS collaborated with the Bristol-based sculptor Little Birdy to produce these adorable creatures. Little Birdy first crafted the cat, and then the feline-loving store hand-painted the details.
This exquisite piece by illustrator Sonia Poli is called Vegetal Gradiant. It’s made from paper and mounted in an embroidery frame. Sonia writes:
While following my path through the paper collage world and I simply came up with this. Tired of frames, I wanted my collage to act more like a sculpture. After playing around with fish for my previous exhibition, I used the same technique (gradient from navy blue to a lighter/brighter color) for another favorite thing of mine, leaves.
Sophie Geneva Page sculpts her illustrations and then photographs them into 2D scenes that have an undeniable 3D appeal. She’s inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and Catholic religious imagery (among other things), and she’s also interested in arts and crafts, dolls, fairy tales, plants, bugs, and more. Can’t you see these influences in her work?
I love that Sophie’s illustrations are simultaneously beautiful and grotesque. I admire her ability to sculpt and the incredible scenes that she builds for each of her piece. And sometimes, her characters aren’t portrayed in their best light. They drool and have messy hair… but with the rosiest cheeks.
Sophie is a RISD graduate, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work!
This past November, I was browsing one of my favorite Baltimore shops, Trohv. There, I came across the local Close Call Studio. It’s run by Amanda Adams who handcrafts decorative mushrooms from recycled vegan felt. They’re mounted on wood and perfect for displaying on your shelf, coffee table, etc..
I love the juxtaposition between craft and real timber. It can be hard to combine the two and make it not look cheesy, but Amanda picked the the right color and materials for the job.