Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Good and Strange by Soft Sculpture Artist Julia Osminina

Julia Osminina is a soft sculpture maker behind Good and Strange. The artist makes characters entirely by hand using yarn, cotton, wool, faux leather and other embellishments. A general form is constructed out of wire on which then legs, arms, head, tail and fingers are attached. These unusual bird sculptures are one-of-a-kind, each one with ample of personality.

The birds are dressed in hand-stitched removable clothing and shoes. Julia has worked on number of pieces in collaboration and has made custom soft sculptures. They are perfect for anyone who likes to collect unique art pieces to decorate their house with. For available works visit her online store Good and Strange.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Ceramics from Fun to Elegant Designs by Sveta Kilyakova

Sveta Kilyakova is a ceramic artist from St. Petersburg, Russia. She makes all kinds of ceramics - plates, bowls, cups and vessels - that are suitable of everyday use. The ceramic collection is handmade by the artist herself and painted with nature inspired designs. The pieces are individually made and are left rough especially on the edges. Sveta's style is not limited, her ceramics feature a range of designs from fun to elegant. Her ceramics while on one hand can be in one solid color with a dash of color or a tiny motif on the other hand the pieces can surprise you with bright colors and golden accents.

You can view her creations from the past and the ones that are available for purchase on Instagram.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Paper Cut Sculptures by Peggy Rose

Peggy Rose was born in NYC in 1953. She grew up in a family of artists and most of her childhood was spent outdoor riding bike, playing tennis, and wandering in the woods. Her parents had a huge influence on her becoming an artist, she started working in her father's silk screen factory at the age of 13. She used to take her watercolors with her to the factory and after selling hundreds of paintings in the summers on Cape Cod she never stopped.

Besides painting she loves to create with paper. She makes sculptures using hand-cut paper, paper mache, embroidery, and finishes with ceramic teeth and claws. The fur and feathers of these creatures show incredible craftsmanship. You can find more of her work on her website

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Floyd Scholz: A World Renowned Carver

Floyd Scholz is a world renowned bird carver who has been carving for over 50 years. He has carved hundreds of hyper-realistic bird sculptures including of of eagles, hawks, owls and many other large birds. He begins with a block of wood, and after carefully planning carves life-size birds sculptures that look almost like real ones. He then hand-paints the feathers, beaks, and other features which spark life into these pieces. He carves these magnificent bird sculptures from his home studio on a mountaintop in Hancock, Vermont.

He has been honored with several awards at major shows throughout the country and has gained huge following all over the world. He has authored 8 books on carving explaining the most minute details on carving, one of the books is dedicated to just owls. Owls: An Artist's Guide to Understanding Owls has about 700 images of 16 species of owls from Elf Owl to Great Horned Owl. Among his fans the most notable include Gary Larson, Glenn Close, Bo Derek, Carrie Fisher, Robert Kennedy Jr., and musician John Sebastian.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Beautiful Functional Ceramics by French Artist Elise Lefebvre

I am sure it has happened to you too that you paused while scrolling because something caught your attention and made you stared at it for a long time. Elise Lefebvre's ceramics belong to that kind of art that will draw you in the beautiful shapes and playful ceramic figures.

Elise currently lives and works in Limoges, France. Before Elise discovered clay was her true love, she experimented with many different materials. One can see her love and care in her ceramic pieces. She creates vases, plates, bottle stoppers, planters, bowls, vessels, and more functional pieces. Some pieces are left unfinished with rough edges which adds character to her work. Her ceramics are often painted with lovely patterns and designs. There is a fluid, feminine and light feel to her work. You can follow her work on Instagram - Elise Ceramique.