Art

Artist Niyoko Ikuta Uses Layers of Laminated Sheet Glass to Create Spiraling Geometric Sculptures

April 8, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Since the early 1980s Japanese artist Niyoko Ikuta has explored the properties of glass which she uses to make etheral geometric sequences manifested as layered sculptures. One of the leading figures in Japanese glass art, Ikuta’s works have been collected by institutions worldwide including the V&A in London and the Corning Museum of Glass in the U.S. She shares about her work via V&A:

I am captivated by the complexity of light as it reflects, refracts, and passes through broken cross sections of plate glass. In 1980 I began making artwork by laminating sheets of glass using adhesive and exposing the cross sections. My motifs are derived from feelings of gentleness and harshness, fear, limitless expansion experienced through contact with nature, images from music, ethnic conflict, the heart affected by joy and anger, and prayer. In creating my pieces it is like imagining an architectural space when viewing blueprints, deciding on an image by reading into the intentions of the architect, or imbuing a space with dynamic energy to bring it to life.

You can explore more of her work at Yufuku Gallery. (via Art Ruby)

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Art Craft

Handmade Wood & Paper Birds by Zack Mclaughlin

April 7, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin constructs uncannily realistic birds made from wood and cut paper leaves. A lifelong fascination with the natural world lead Mclaughlin to explore different kinds of 3d model making, first starting with wire and then moving into the more realistic sculptures you see here. You can see more of his recent work on DeviantArt and in his shop. (via Lustik)

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Art

Crashing Glass Waves Frozen Into Elegant Vessels by Marsha Blaker and Paul DeSomma

April 6, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Photo by Paul Schraub

Husband and wife team Paul DeSomma and Marsha Blaker translate their oceanic inspirations directly into their collaborative glass sculptures, frozen glass waves caught mid-crash and appearing to spray surf from the contained vessels. The works exist as seamless gradients, dark blues circling the base while white froth circles the top of the pieces crafted from molten glass.

Although the couple works collaboratively on the vases, they also adhere to individual practices. Blaker focused on the textures and colors found within detailed marine environments while DeSomma’s work emphasizes the clarity and form of colorless and transparent glass.

The couple met at the esteemed Pilchuck Glass School in 1989, marrying shortly after and opening their studio in Live Oak, California in 2001. Together the couple is known internationally for their glass and ceramic work. (via Creative Boom and Amusing Planet)

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Photo by Paul Schraub

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Photo by Paul Schraub

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Photo courtesy Laughing Dog Gallery

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Photo courtesy Laughing Dog Gallery

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Photo courtesy Laughing Dog Gallery

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Photo by Russell Johnson

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Photo by Russell Johnson

 

 



Design

Handbags & Accessories Made with Colorful LEGO Exteriors by Agabag

April 6, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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While we’ve seen everyone’s favorite plastic building brick turned into chocolate, retro toy sculptures and street art, we haven’t seen too many fashion accessories. Poland-based Agabag have set about to change that with their huge array of handbags and jewelry encased in official LEGO bricks. They have shops both on their website as well as on Etsy. (via Design Milk)

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Food Photography

Mouthwatering Food & Cooking Cinemagraphs by ‘Kitchen Ghosts’

April 6, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Over at Kitchen Ghosts, photographer Daria Khoroshavina and food stylist Olga Kolesnikov have been creating cinemagraphs that detail the creation of entire meals. Some are more like step-by-step recipes, while others just document the general preparation of different ingredients. They also run a Tumblr of additional food prep GIFs at Buttery Planet. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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Art

Recycled PET Plastic Bottle Plant Sculptures by Veronika Richterová

April 6, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Photo by Michal Cihlář

Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates new life from repurposed plastic PET bottles. For the last decade the artist has used various methods of cutting, heating, and assemblage to build colorfully translucent forms of everything from crocodiles to chandelier light fixtures to plants. Her obsession with plastic bottles doesn’t stop with creating artwork, Richterová has also collected over 3,000 PET plastic objects from 76 countries and writes extensively about the history and usage of plastic in her article A Tribute to PET Bottles. You can see hundreds more sculptures in her online gallery. (via Mister Finch, Lustik)

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Craft

How to Create Easter Eggs Covered in Galaxies

April 5, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Over at Dream a Little Bigger, Allison Murray created a fun tutorial that teaches you how to make easter eggs covered in tiny galaxies and other cosmic phenomena using acrylic paints, sponges, and a little ingenuity. Learn more here. (via Laughing Squid)

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