Monday, March 30, 2020

Stunning Landscapes and Animal Portraits Painted With Yarn and Fabric


Kirsten Chursinoff is a textile artist from Vancouver, Canada. Growing up, she learnt and worked with her grandmother on embroidery, needle work, knitting, and sewing projects. For making her art Kristen works with simple materials like yarn and fabric, and turns them into beautiful illustrations. The artist uses a combination of embroidery, felting, quilting, beading and other textile techniques.

She makes fiber art using free-motion machine embroidery on a domestic sewing machine. Her work has a painting like feel, there are many layers of fabric and embroidery that are stitched by machine and finished by hand (sometimes she has to use pliers to pull the needle from fabric). To make her work she also uses scraps from other crafters and found materials.

She gets the inspiration for her work from trails, neighborhood parks and community gardens in her neighborhood. She likes to take pictures and look at books on art to research on the piece she is going to work on; she cuts colorful pieces of fabric and keeps arranging them until she finds something she likes. To learn more about her work and to take a closer look at her work join her on facebook.

Friday, March 27, 2020

ATM Street Artist Paints Endangered Species to Spread Awareness

Last year, I blogged about the London based street artist who goes by the name ATM. He paints murals of endangered species in hope that they will catch attention of passer-bys and make them think about the their plight and help.

"Birds are often the most noticeable creatures to disappear, their loss the warning sign that something is fundamentally wrong in the way we treat our environment. They are the canary in the mine.

We as human beings are very much a part of the whole web of nature, dependent on a healthy environment like every other living creature. It is so easy to forget this in our modern industrialized world where we are insulated by comfort and technology. We must learn a greater love and respect for other living things if we are to avert global disaster."

The artist has been painting bare walls all over London in collaboration with London National Park City and local businesses to bring awareness about the needed change in modern techniques of farming, city planning and local Council approaches to public land.

You can see more of his work from the past and follow his work Instagram for new work.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Discarded Objects Transformed With Sculpted Flora and Fauna

I am in awe with the level of creativity of Stephanie Kilgast, a sculptor who sparks life into found objects by transforming them into masterpieces. Stephanie was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1985 and currently lives in Vannes, France.

Since 2017, she has been working on a series "Discarded Objects". The series is a collection of sculptures inspired by flora and fauna depicted in rainbow colors. The artist creates three dimensional owls, bears, penguins, birds, tigers, and other natural elements such as coral, mushrooms and plants, and combines them with discarded materials. Her sculptures celebrate "the beauty of nature in a dialogue with humanity, questioning the lost balance between human activities and nature."

Her artwork "has a cheerful post apocalyptic feel to it, a reassuring reminder that nature has the capacity to grow , back, if we only let it." The artist sculpts miniature animals that are emerging from man-made objects such as plastic bottles, ceramic jug, tin container, plate, and old cameras.

The artist's work has been exhibited all around the world, such as The Stockroom Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Harmony Gallery, Shanghai, China, Art Number 23, London, UK, Baton Rouge Gallery, Louisiana, USA, Galerie Freisleben, √úbersee, Deutschland, and Les Vivres de L’Art, Bordeaux, France. Kilgast has been honored with many awards. She was one of the 25 Sculpture Award Finalists of the Beautiful Bizarre Prize, 2019. Two of her sculptures – Ahoy! And Poison d’Art – were shortlisted for the Sunny Art Prize, 2018.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Flora and Fauna Inspired Paintings by Catherine Earle

Catherine Earle was born and raised in France, where she studied at a National Art School of France, Ecole des Beaux-Art, in Nimes. Later, she moved to the US where she studied watercolor with Zoltan Szabo and encaustic with Daniella Woolf.

She spent early years of her childhood on a flower farm on South of France. She would inspect the flowers and get lost for many hours observing their shapes and colors. Nature is a huge part of her work often featuring animals peeking through the floral vines and other natural elements. The artist uses acrylic paints and paints them in layers giving a sense of transparency and a subtle light to the paintings. Her signature styled translucent circular watercolor marks seem to be glowing in the painting, give an ethereal quality to her work.

She has exhibited at various galleries including The Haen Gallery in Asheville NC, The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene ID, Radius Gallery in Missoula MT and the Union Co-Op, Seattle WA.

She has been featured for her paintings as a “Artist in the Studio,“ in the magazine Western Art & Architecture. Her work also got featured in The Essential Guide, Spokane - Coeur d’Alene – Walla Walla, and in the book 500 Chairs by LarkBooks.