Monday, November 18, 2019

Holiday Tree Toppers and Whimsical Creatures by Alice Mary Lynch


Owl Dreamer

White Stag

Polar Bear Prince

side view of  Polar Bear Prince

Gentleman Zebra

Lady Zebra

Gillespie the Giraffe

Close-up of Gillespie the Giraffe

Pink Moon Lady Hare

Full Bloom Hare Couple

Pearl Princess

side view of Pearl Princess
 
Magical Peacock

Butterfly Dreamer

Alice Mary Lynch is a textile artist based in Somerset. Both her parents were artists who had a great influence on her while growing up. She use to frequent flea markets hunting for unique treasures to construct fairytale world and their creatures.

''I love imagination and humour, people who have their feet on the ground whilst dreaming, the poetry in everyday life. I like a certain vulnerability whilst standing strong, 1930's cabaret, dark shiny and mad...I like the circus, the colours when the lights go down, the trapeze artist making an entrance. I like it behind the scenes, there are stories there too, and toys and childhood and history on our doorstep.''

After she studied Fashion Design at Kingston University, London, she worked as a designer for John Galliano, Christian Dior and Sonia Rykiel in Paris. During those years she gained immense experience in stitching, beading and embellishment. She returned to somerset after nine years and started to make whimsical creatures for herself. She uses vintage and contemporary fabrics to hand-stitch each one and their lovely attires before finishing them with Swarovski crystal embellishments, and jeweled crowns and necklaces.

She has worked with Anthropologie, Alice Temperley, Anya Hindmarch, Pearl Lowe, Victoria Beckham, Merchant Archive and Marwood London. Alice's new collection in collaboration with Harrods feature one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade decorations and tree toppers that will make for a perfect keepsake to be enjoyed through generations. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Jan Huling Transforms Found Objects Into Masterpieces with Colorful Beads














Jan Huling is a self-proclaimed bead artist who makes amazing sculptures out of found objects that get covered them with colorful tiny little beads. Her work is inspired by indigenous cultures, mythologies, pop culture, colorful Indian patterns and Mexican art.

"Through surface design and elaborate patterns, she recontextualizes familiar objects, masking original forms to add whimsy and transform the mundane into something special." via

Initially she made small scale objects such as kazoos and now she has moved on to creating life size sculptures of animals, dolls, toys, and mannequins. She never makes any sketch or drawing before beginning to work, she just dives into the process. She calls it free range beading! She works with an air pen to place beads, gluing them down by the row along with buttons, coins, tokens, and similar found objects. She creates her signature artwork from her studio across from the Hudson River in New York.

Her work has been featured in 500 Beaded Jewelry as well as on HGTV. She won the first annual Lyons Wier Bazaar award in 2009. Her work is in several galleries including the Duane Reed Gallery in Missouri, Porter Contemporary in NYC and the J. Willott Gallery in Palm Desert, CA.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Ceramic Sculptures by Simon Griffiths

















Simon Griffiths is a sculptor presently living and working in the North Pennines, UK. He spent a lot of time as a child exploring woods near his home and drawing the creatures that he stumbled across. He sculpts animals and birds that come from his imagination and long hours spent observing them in their natural habitat.

Each sculpture is constructed on an armature with crank clay. He sculpts his pieces with his fingers, using tools only to add details. All sculptures once bisque fired undergo several more firings followed with layers of oxides, stains and under glazes to achieve the required textures and depth of color.

His work has been exhibited in many galleries and exhibitions in the UK as well as abroad. You can follow him on Facebook for upcoming events and new work.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Delightful Characters Illustrated by Karen Tanaka Obuhanych













Karen Tanaka Obuhanych is an illustrator and an artist based in Waikoloa, Hawaii. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her artwork feature delightful characters and creatures that seem to be perfect for children's books. She has illustrated a whole array of adorable designs including flying owl, fishing cat, swimming turtle, sleeping kitten and more in bright colors and rich textures. "Nature presents little gifts of joy in amazing compositions and brilliant color every day. Karen strives to capture these moments in each painting."

You can follow her on Instagram for new work. To see her available prints visit her online store Kto Art.