Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy Friday! + Marjorie Liucci

Happy Friday, friends! I shall leave you for the weekend with the whimsical illustrations by Marjorie Liucci an artist from Florida. The woodland series is a collection of animal prints based on her original illustrations. There are lot of beautiful patterns and folk inspired designs in her work. She has an online store - Marmee Craft where she sells both originals as well as prints. Currently, some of her prints are available on sale. Take a look here.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Artful Japanese Manhole Covers

These gorgeous manhole covers proves that art really has no boundaries. In 1980, Japan started to modernize sewage infrastructure and the cities were presented with an opportunity to decorate manholes. The manhole covers can display anything from municipal symbols, local landscapes, abstract patterns, and illustrations of birds and owls. Today there are about 6000 artistic manhole covers throughout Japan.

Taking pictures and documenting these colorful manhole covers has become a pass-time for locals and travelers so much so that photographer Remo Camerota has published an award-winning book titled Drainspotting showcasing the highly decorative manhole covers. There is this group on Flickr where you can see over 4000 photos of manhole covers from Japan.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Japanese Artist Embroiders Kawaii Animals

Kimika Hara is an embroider who is born and lives in Kyoto, Japan. Her series of embroidered animals are made without any patterns or templates on solid colored background using bright threads, acrylic paints and beads. I am in love with the intricacy in her work and the designs that make her embroidered pieces stand out. 

She participates in events such as an International Art Event Design Festa and Creators' Market. She also showcases her work in group as well as solo exhibitions mainly in Kansai. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dirty Cars Turned Into Art Using Fingers

Moscow based artist and illustrator Nikita Golubev also known as Pro Boy Nick uses dirty surfaces of vehicles to draw animal images with his fingers. To make each image he would use a brush to wipe the dust to create a clean spot or use his fingers to etch the images on the side of a trailer truck or a car. He has shared more of his work from "Dirty Art" series on Facebook. Watch the brief video below that will give you a peek behind the scene.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Recycled Drum Lids Turned into Lights

I came across these LED wall lights by Wind & Weather while looking for a light option for a small outdoor seating area in my house and loved them at the very first glance! The series of 3D wall art is handcrafted from recycled metal drum lids. The beautiful designs are hand punched and painted in bright colors which almost looks like a painting. Backlit by LED lights, the wall art creates a glowing effect that brings the whole design come to life. Perfect to hang on a wall to bring the night sky indoor or light up the garden at night. You can find all the designs here.