Friday, August 2, 2019

Everyday Objects Turned Into Artwork by Aravisdolmenna



Happy Friday, all! I shall wrap up for the weekend with the whimsical work of Aravisdolmenna. The extremely talented artist uses everyday objects such as coffee cups, stapler, scissors, spoons, screws, empty plastic bottles, eggs, notebooks etc. to turn them into art. There are more than 3000 creative ideas shared by the artist on Instagram which currently has over 60K followers. I hope you can visit the account this weekend for inspiration.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Sirin Thada Creates Bird Illustrations with Watercolors and Antique Paper

Sirin Thada is a mixed media artist and an illustrator based in Manhattan. She was born and grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore after her parents immigrated from Thailand. Not knowing what to do, she decided to fulfill her parents' dream of becoming a lawyer. She earned a dual degree through Columbia Law School and the Graduate School of Journalism. She passed the bar and became a lawyer at a big firm which she quit only after a couple of years to become a full-time artist.

She creates stunning illustrations with antique papers, trims, reclaimed materials and ephemera. Her work is mostly inspired by mountains, flowers, and enchanted forests, and Grimms’ fairytales and Jack London novels she read as a child. Her birds are a wonderful combination of base watercolor paintings and paper cuttings that adds color, texture and patterns to each piece.

To learn more about her work go to Instagram where she posts behind the scene videos. You can find her prints based on her originals here.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Illustrated Ceramic Mugs and Plates by Silver Run Ceramics

Silver Run Ceramics is a collaborated project of artists Michelle Lyn Strader and her partner Frederick Bartolovic. They produce functional line of ceramics from their studio nestled in the Appalachian hills of Eastern Kentucky. The mugs, plates and other ceramic pieces feature mythical imagery depicting animals and nature, and are inspired by their everyday experiences at the farm. Their work has brilliant sgraffito and rich color palette.

"We strive to create a narrative within each piece; whether it is the relationship between predator and prey, intricate balances observed in the natural world, or our interpretation of ancient symbolism or folklore. Composing allegorical motifs with decorative symbolism, each piece is thoughtfully conceived as a one of a kind functional artwork."

You can see their one-of-kind pieces in person at "The Woodland Art Fair" from August 17-18. To know about their upcoming shows, you can visit their website.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Life-like Animal Sculptures Made with Found Objects

Geoffrey Gorman grew up on an old plantation in the country outside of Baltimore. He went to variety of art colleges, designed and built contemporary furniture, worked as a gallery dealer, curated shows, was an art consultant and coach for artists before he became a full time artist.

He now creates amazing sculptures using found objects in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His sculptures are made with wood, metal, lead, and stone inspired by old quarries, woods filled with animals, dilapidated barns and houses some of the things that he grew up surrounded with.

"A broken bent tree branch, bleached from sun and rain, makes me think of weathered bones: fingers, legs, backbone, and hip bone. Old stained strips of cloth act like bandages and clothing, hiding and holding it all together. Sculpted wax covers the frame and joints of wood. Found and lost objects assembled into curious and evocative shapes is what excites me."

He has exhibited his work all around the United States, also in China and South Korea. His work has been featured in the New York Post, Southwest Art, American Craft, American Style and Cloth Paper Scissors. He recently showed his work at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts - "The Soul of Forgotten Materials". For information on his upcoming shows visit his website.