Monday, January 21, 2019

Sculpted Natural Elements Carried by Animals on Their Backs by Ellen Jewett

Canadian artist Ellen Jewett makes these amazing sculptures of animals carrying elaborate landscapes and natural elements on their backs.

"Each sculpture is constructed using an additive technique, layered from inside to out by an accumulation of innumerable tiny components. Many of these components are microcosmic representations of plants, animals and objects. Some are beautiful, some are grotesque and some are fantastical. The singularity of each sculpture is the sum total of its small narrative structures."

Ellen sculptures are gaining huge popularity and featured among websites such Colossal, Reddit, Bored Panda, Ecology Global Network, American Crafters and others. Her sculptures can be found in both public and private collections worldwide. You can see more of her work I featured here.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Wooden Masks and Wall Decor Inspired by Mid Century Modern

Tzachi Nevo is the founder and the designer behind Tel Aviv based brand Umasqu. The brand offers a unique collection of modern wooden masks and wall decor that will bring whimsy to a kid's room or a grown-up space. His work is inspired by mid century modern, steampunk and cubism.

"I searched for an iconic object encompassing a world within itself. Think about eyes, ears, mouth and nose; each one the basis of endless graphic shapes fused together to create one unique expression. Coming from the field of 3D design, I chose to form my own world of decorative masks."

The masks and the animal figures are handmade and painted which makes each one one-of-a-kind. Umasqu has produced custom work for Waze, Strauss Group and more companies in Israel. You can find more of his work here.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

New Paper Sculptures by Diana Beltran Herrera

Diana Beltran Herrera was born in Colombia and graduated with a BA degree in industrial Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogota in 2010. After graduating she decided to experiment with different materials that are easily present around us in our everyday lives. She creates amazing sculptures of birds, insects, fish and plants with materials as wire, cardboard, plastic, and paper.

"Her sculptures portray the ideal state of a thing and also act like a model of representation of a reality that doesn't suffer any change."

She has worked on commissions for the Festival of ideas - Bristol City Council, In Good Company - Singapore, Domestika, bird series for UK postage stamp and LCX mall in Hong Kong. Also, she designed the cover for the book "Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel" written by English author Ruth Hogan and the Owl for Onward Magazine, 30 POINT Agency.

She now lives in Bristol and is represented by JSR Agency, ​London. You can see more of her work I blogged previously here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Japanese Artist Paint Owls and Other Creatures That Illuminate in the Moonlight Background

Japanese young artist Takashi Kanazawa paints owls, cranes, tigers, dragons and mythical creatures using metallic mineral paints, and gold and silver foil. He paints these creatures on washi paper, a Japanese traditional paper hand-made with fiber. In his Nihonga paintings the artist depict the animals illuminating by waning moons on a dark background. 

He has participated in solo and group shows including NIHONGA: Contemporary Art of Japan, SEIZAN Gallery, New York. To see more of his paintings you can visit Artsy and to learn more about him go to SEIZAN's website.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Folk Art Created Using Bottle Caps, Soda Cans and Other Salvaged Materials

Alan Moore is the master mind behind the upcycled art at The Moore Family Folk Art. He was born and grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. As a child he enjoyed the art classes the most and would construct sculptures with the trash and other objects he collected around the house. He now creates folk art using a variety of salvaged materials such as old pianos, roof metals, vintage bottle caps, steel soda cans, driftwoods, farm equipment, and more. His two daughters help him in the studio and also teach recycled art classes to the kids their age. 

At any given time they have around 5000 vintage steel soda and beer cans, and over 150,000 different bottle caps-old and new some from 1930s in stock to be used to create custom orders. Their work can be found at galleries and restaurants in Colorado and Florida, as well as all over the nation through their home studio in Denver. Their work has been published in Bamboo Magazine - Conscious Family Living, and their Tin Shop was featured on Facebook Live by Country Living Magazine.