Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Intricate Sculptures Made Using Discarded Books by Isobelle Ouzman

Isobelle Ouzman is a paper artist currently living in Seattle, WA. She creates three dimensional fairy-tale inspired narratives often featuring owls, birds and landscapes using discarded materials. It all started when she saw a box of old hardback novels by a dumpster and decided to take them home with her to give them a second chance.

"I pour my enthusiasm for nature and fairy-tales into every page I work with, in hopes of creating just a little bit of magic. I am a quiet lady, but my imagination is wild and noisy, and these books full of words allow me to speak the images that weave through my mind, daily."

The books she uses to make her art are either damaged, discarded or donated by people who no longer want them. She carefully repairs the books before she begins to carve into them. To make these altered books she uses micron pens, watercolor pencils, an x-acto knife and glue. Depending on the intricacy of the piece, it can take anywhere from two to three months to finish a book.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Artist Paints Wildlife Posing With Flower Bouquets Against Beautiful Background



Heather Gauthier is mostly a self-taught artist. She spent over a decade living and working in Chicago and Africa before she moved to San Antonio. She has always been interested in creating things, drawing and painting nature inspired artwork where wildlife thrives. She spent her early years of childhood with her brother who was intrigued by art and they both relied on their imagination for creating artwork. Her years of exploration helped hone her skills and she created a distinct style that comes from her deep love for aesthetics.

Her work is bold and filled with rich colors. She is inspired by vintage and contemporary graphic and textile designs. She adds a playful feel to her work by adding beads, hats and flowers to her animals who pose against damask style backgrounds.

She creates these paintings from her home studio, and shows her work at local cafes and galleries. Her work has been featured on the PBS program ARTS and HGTV, and has become a part of the permanent collection at the new children's museum in San Antonio.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ceramics With Cut Edges to Match the Wings of the Raised Birds

Utuwaya Mitasu is a ceramic artist from Japan. She creates functional ceramics including cups, plates, bowls, vases and much, much more. Her pieces are like poetry featuring flora and fauna in pastel hues that bring the delicate feel to her work. She shaves of the edges of her pottery to match the shape of the subject she picked for the piece. For example: the sides of a plate cut into the shape of the wings of a humming bird, or into the shape of floral vines surrounding the owl. Her cups usually have a three dimensional butterfly perched on the edge.

These ceramics featuring raised hopping bunnies, deer in midst of woodland, humming bird drinking nectar, owls flying in an open sky will instantly bring whimsy to any dining table. You can go to her blog to learn more about her work and to get updates on her upcoming show.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Artist Turns Birds in Flight Into Bright and Bold Mosaic Sculptures

Kate Rattray is a mosaic artist originally from Devon presently living and working in rural Somerset, UK. She specializes in making bold glass and mosaic art work inspired by nature and mythology. Over the years, the artist has experimented with several kinds of technique to make her art. She now makes mosaic sculptures using sculptural technique with copper wire, cement board, plaster, polystyrene and mosaic skin. She hand gilds glass and acrylic, and uses metal leaf, and silver and gold as well as imitation gold. She makes her own metal leaf glass tiles that she incorporates into her work. Her work often features owls, birds and moths in flight.

She has been awarded professional membership of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and the Craft and Design Selected Maker Silver Award, Specialist Media. Her work has made to private and public collections all over the world. 

You can find her originals in her online store Odd Little Flock.