Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Emily Jan's Sculptures Made of Recycled and Found Objects

Emily Jan is a sculptor who creates amazing hyper-realistic sculptures and installations using found objects. Montreal based artist is originally from San Francisco, has traveled to 35 countries and lived in 4 including South Africa and Mexico. Her work is inspired by her travels, and her exploration as a naturalist, and collector of objects. Jan gained a degree in MFA from Concordia University, a BA with Honors from Brown University, and a BFA with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts.

The artist primarily uses materials such as wool, reed, cloth, silicone and resin to construct life-size sculptures. The sculptures are completely handmade with love and can easily be mistaken for real. She needle felts raw wool into fur for the animals, casts resin to form their skulls, teeth and claws, and twigs and branches to give them antlers. For decorations she uses second hand flowers that are up-cycled in her pieces.

Her concern for the destruction humans are causing to the planet is a underlying theme in her work. "We need to change or transform our baseline assumptions about how we relate to all of the other life on the planet," she shares here. "So many of us born and raised in cities get a warped sense of what the world is actually like — what's important, what's disposable, what isn't." Her work is a gentle reminder no matter how powerful humans feel they are by building a world that's revolves around them, nature can not be conquered. We are not independent of the nature, we can't live in isolation from the natural world.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Incredibly Intricate Paper-Cut Artwork by Marina Gubareva

Marina Gubareva is a paper-cutting artist from Russia who presently works from the city of Stavropol. After finishing her graduation, the artist worked as a school teacher for many years teaching language and literature. When she became a mother, she saw paper-cut work of other artists and fell in love with the art!

She paper-cuts delicate and intricately detailed silhouettes, portraits and text with a simple craft knife. Her work is inspired by pictures of famous artists, books, photographs and real life events. Her work depicts human portraits, animals, owls, and fish that are hand-cut with lots of patience. Each cut on paper is usually about about 1 to 2 mm in size.

"My work gives me hope and demonstrates that you can reach everything, even if it seems impossible. I often hear that my pictures are unreal. And then I look at my hands and discover nothing extraordinary. Everyone is able to create masterpieces and be the best! You just need to love what you do. And go ahead!"

You can find Marina's framed and unframed artwork in her online store.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Hand-Embroidered Bag Collection by Niarmena

Niarmena is a sweet brand that offers a wide variety of women's bags. Nihan is the owner and the designer behind the brand who takes pride in creating unique pieces to which she whispers "make them happy".

The artist hand-makes bags in variety of styles including shoulder bags, tote bags, coin purses, pencil cases, and make-up bags. The bags are constructed with solid and light colored linen that makes a perfect background for outline stitched designs. Each bag is hand-embroidered with adorable designs like owls, cats, cactus, koala, swallow, human figures and other objects.


You can find more designs from her bag collection in her online store Niarmena

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Upcycled Tea Bags Make Canvas For Bird Paintings by Erin Linton

Erin M Linton grew up in Lincoln, a small Oregon community. She creates beautiful paintings of birds with gouache on used teabags. From the age of 11 she was intrigued by wildlife around her, she rescued all sorts of birds and animals, and released them back into the woods. 

Her back yard is a seventy-five acres of towering pines and firs, which gives her a chance to interact with the creatures that inhabit it. Over the years she has familiarized with "those acres and their animal inhabitants: I knew where a particular wildflower would appear, where the Tree Swallow would likely nest, and where to find petrified wood after the first heavy spring rains." Now, she works as a volunteer with Badger Run Wildlife Rehabilitation in Keno, Oregon. 

In her art she combines her love for wildlife, her passion for art and her taste for tea. There is a labor intensive process behind getting her tea bags ready to be used as canvas for painting. 

She lets the tea bags dry and then removes tea from each one carefully making sure the bags are not torn. The bags are then soaked overnight and flattened to be dried again. The dried bags are then applied on the canvas board. 

The naturally muted color and texture of the bags enhances the furs and feathers of the creatures in her paintings. 

Her art can be found as art prints, greeting cards, and ornaments in her online store.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Intricately Detailed Bird and Tree Drawings by Dina Brodsky

I discovered Dina Brodsky's amazing work years ago and have been following her work on Instagram ever since. I featured her work on my blog a while ago here. Her new drawings from series "Bird by Bird" and "Trees of Life" caught my attention when I was scrolling through her account and they certainly need to be shared with you.

"Bird by Bird" project started when the artist used to take her new born on walks in a stroller. She began to draw the birds she witnessed into miniature drawings. The project grew over the years included more exotic species depicted in ballpoint pen, watercolor and gouache.


"Trees of Life" is a composition of drawings that the artist drew as a tribute to the trees that are the majestic icon of life. The artist collects photos, stories and artifacts of these "monuments of evolution" from her fellow artists and friends to document them through her drawings. Her drawings are individually drawn in ballpoint pen in sketchbooks and on handmade paper.

"Following their complex topography, nooks, and crannies, I record all their permutations in relentless observational detail. By paying close attention to naturalistic elements I hope to capture a sense of poetic arabesque."

Visit her on Instagram to watch her in action and to learn more about her drawings.