Thursday, June 4, 2020

Life-Size Sculptures Made With Old Metal Sheets And Found Objects

Harriet Mead is an award winning sculptor who creates life-size sculptures of wildlife using old steel scraps. At an early age, she got intrigued by wildlife due to her father who had a great passion for birds and researched for over forty years on feathered creatures. As a child she spent time observing British wildlife which had a great influence on her work. 

Her sculptures fall into two categories - the "true-to-life" for which she uses steel as it enables her to capture the movement of the subject and balance the finished piece in a way that would be hard to achieve if it were constructed out of more traditional material. The rusted old steel scraps give her sculptures raw and aged feel, and "found objects" for sculptures from this category her pieces are entirely made out of scrap tools and discarded metal things. "I love making these pieces as the work is a quirky combination of other people’s junk and my love of the subject. "

Her work is often inspired by a single item and will eventually turn into a life-size creature. The Secateur Billed Vulture is one such piece that started with a pair of seized pruners and finished as a life sized vulture.

Harriet Mead has worked with several organizations internationally to raise awareness and funds for animal charities. Harriet is the President of the Society of Wildlife Artists.

You can find updates about her new work and announcements on the future shows on her Facebook.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Unique Animal Inspired Necklaces and Rings by J Topolski

J Topolski is a jewelry maker based in New York City. She designs and creates unique jewelry pieces mainly inspired by animals and bees. Every piece is individually handmade in her studio. To craft her jewelry the artist uses the traditional acid-etching, wax hand carving, metal-smithing, and eco-friendly resin. She has also started to work with stones, she adds gemstones to accent the pieces. 

The owl necklace shown on the top is a tribute to the artists's favorite bird - the barn owl. It's hand carved in jeweler's wax and casted in solid sterling silver.

When she is designing a piece she likes to make what interests her and what she believes is unique compared to other options available in the market. Animal theme is one of the most popular themes she gets requests for from her clients and she creates them keeping in mind the on going trend.


A few of the places where her work can be found includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History shop, The Brass Owl, Astoria, Better Than Jam, Bushwick, and Space Montrose, Houston. She works in collaboration with Urban Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation, and she donates a portion of profits from her squirrel necklaces to them.

You can find her one-of-a-kind necklaces and rings (and more) in her online store - Topolski.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Amazing Bird Paintings With Bold Brushstrokes By Rachel Altschuler

Rachel Altschuler grew up in bucolic Chester County, Pennsylvania where she spent time playing in the woods and exploring nature trails. Her fondness and love for outdoors eventually influenced her artwork. Rachel earned a degree in Bachelor in Fine Arts in Art Studio and her M.A. in Art Education from Coastal Carolina University.

She has always been passionate about birds which has become a primary theme of her paintings. She tries to capture their unique energy and spirits in her paintings. Her birds are painted in rich colors and bold brushstrokes which makes her work stand out. Every bird has it's own set of traits, so when the artist is painting a bird she focuses on faces and eyes which sparks life into her birds and brings out their unique personalities.

"I believe the eyes are truly windows to the soul, so capturing them is the most important aspect of my process. I also try to accentuate the features I see with each piece through bold use of color, and creation of texture through purposeful brushstrokes."

She has exhibited at numerous galleries in Philadelphia, Colorado and Maine. You can keep an eye on her website for more information on her upcoming shows. You can find her originals, art prints and note cards in her online store.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Liz Sexton Creates Papier-Mâché Masks Of Human Scale


Liz Sexton is a 37 years of age papier-mâché artist living and working in Minneapolis. She grew up making colorful piñatas and Halloween costumes with her father. 

When we hear the word papier-mâché, we are reminded of a sloppy craft activity by kids who are spending their afternoon at home tearing old newspaper and soaking them in water with flour. Sexton on the other extreme of the spectrum creates large, hand-painted animal heads and helmets worn by humans who look like hybrid beings who often appear on a subway car, a deserted beach, and staircases of an abandoned building. These wearable pieces can take weeks to create. Her aim is to highlight how the existence of species is threatened, pushing them closer to extinction.

“I often work on threatened species, particularly sea creatures, and photograph the masks worn in very human habits, highlighting the displacement that many creatures are currently experiencing...I also work on more common animals that we might share our surroundings with but don’t necessarily notice or engage with. Presented on a human scale, they share our world, becoming visible members of our communities."

The artist recently created 70 different threatened species - owl, rhino, bear, zebra and turtle - for each guest that attended an event hosted by The New York Times Style Magazine. You can hop on to her Instagram to take a closer look at these miniature menagerie.