Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Vintage Stamps Turned Into Artwork by Genna Tarnowski

Many Moons ago I used to be obsessed with collecting stamps. I had a huge collection of stamps from all over the world which I eventually gave away. It was intriguing to come across a vintage stamp that was an artwork in itself and later finding out an interesting history around it.

If you are like me or know of someone who loves to hoard stamps then these miniature ornaments will bring them smile. Signature Stamps of Genna Tarnowski is an online store that offers vintage stamp in form of washi tape, wrapping paper, gift tags and miniature stamp frames. Her collection is from 1970s, 1980s, as well as limited edition fictional characters, and famous people and movies.

The above shown are few of the stamps I hand-picked from the Valentine's day collection. You can also find more in her online store.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Hand Painted Functional Ceramics by Autumn Higgins

Autumn Higgins is a ceramic artist and an illustrator based in Minneapolis. She was born into a family of artists and it was almost destined that she would pursue the field of art. She studied at the University of Florida and gained degree in Masters of Fine Arts at Louisiana State University in 2011. In 2014, she was awarded the Fogleberg Fellowship at Northern Clay Center.

She specializes in sculpting wheel thrown and hand built functional pieces that she uses as canvas to draw. She paints natural elements, birds and animals, and depicts scenes from her surroundings. The artist uses watercolors to create narrative in each piece, her unique style of sketching and watercolor technique brings the drawings to life. To achieve variation in texture in her pieces, she covers some areas of the pieces with glaze, and leave some of the clay raw.

You can find more of her work she created previously on Instagram.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Adorable Amigurumi Animals and Crochet Toys by Elena

Elena is the mastermind behind all the adorable creations at Simpatico Gufo. She hand makes crochet toys and amigurumi creatures with natural materials. Owl, cat, mouse, chameleon, bunny, and elephant are all hand knitted, painted and embroidered by the artist. The artist constructs these adorable creatures on wire frame, their legs and arms move and their head bends! There are so cute and are perfect to give as a Valentine's day gift. You can find her entire collection in her online store.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mixed Media Artist Knits Sculptures with Found Objects



Evejacobs Carnahan is a mixed media artist who specializes in knitted sculptures. She explores human interactions with the natural world through her sculptures. She wants to address the prevalent issue in her work how human behavior is impacting our environment and its inhabitants. Each sculpture is first hand carved by the artist into foam then using the wire an armature is formed which is covered by mulberry paper for strength.

To display how people affect the planet the artist incorporates found objects into her sculptures. For example, birds’ legs or beaks are made from broken forks, plants and flowers are made with metal screws and electronic parts. "We had a new roof put on our house this summer, and I collected a pile of nails and screws that the construction crew dropped. Toes for birds? Spikes for a fence? I don’t know yet, but I’m saving them."

To add texture and color to her sculpture the artist makes use of yarn. "Using yarn to depict plants and animals creates an association between nature and society. It ties the life of the soil to our home life. It illuminates the bond between people and earth."

Her work has won national and regional awards. Her sculptures were featured in Lela Nargi’s survey of knitted art, Astounding Knits! 101 Spectacular Knitted Creations and Daring Feats.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Delicate Wildlife Paper Sculptures by Calvin Nicholls

owl family

close up, look at the feathers


layers of paper to form waves

Calvin Nicholls is a Canadian paper artist who studied graphic design in college. He got intrigued in paper art while he was still in college and later discovered paper artist whose work encouraged him to experiment with paper. He creates amazing haut-relief sculptures inspired by wildlife using xacto knife, knife, scalpel, scissor and glue. 

Calvin consults with biologists, world-renowned photographers and makes trips into the wild to observe the subject in their natural environment. To add texture to his paper sculptures, the artist hand-cuts tiny pieces of paper that give delicate feel to the final sculpture. Every piece of paper is attached to the surface with glue and finally, with the subtle use of light his sculptures are brought to life. "My process is never complete until I have captured the form and detail in optimal lighting." It can take anywhere from two weeks to several hundred of hours to finish a piece depending on the level of difficulty. 

His work has been featured in several publications including Art Impressions, Canadian Living, WorthWhile, Century Home, Bliss and more. You can find the limited edition prints and sculptures on his website.