John Dilnot is a man after my own heart. Using clipped illustrations of birds and months he arranges them to create beautiful dioramas within wooden boxes. Dilnot frequently lines the interiors with antique maps and arranges the birds in small flocks, setting them on perpetual cartographic journeys. You can see an archive of John’s work here and some boxes that are still available here. He also sells prints and postcards, just get in touch. Y’know, I was in a terrible New Age band in high school called Perpetual Cartographic Journeys but that’s a story for another time. (via staceythinx)
Pennsylvania artist and designer Paula Swisher takes doodling in the margins of old engineering and science manuals to new heights. She began the illustrations using nothing but ballpoint pen and white-out similar to Mark Powell’s envelopes, but soon explored new materials including colored pencil, gouache and other mixed media like thread and cut-out paper. Via email she tells me:
I’ve been using scientific imagery and information graphics off and on in my work. I seem to be drawn to the contrived sense of order that they show. In the drawings mentioned, superimposing bird imagery, hopefully, creates a visual metaphor for our attempts to make sense of our experiences.
I’ve been wanting to post the work of Yulia Brodskaya for almost a year and was thrilled to discover this new art piece entitled Loves Doves. Her work is unique in that it involves the placement of carefully cut, colored and bent strips of paper called quilling, giving her work a rich texture and depth. Julia was born in Moscow and now lives and works in the UK making quilled paper illustrations for some of the world’s top brands and publications. (via lustik)
This beautiful typographic poster made of folded paper was designed and constructed by Montreal-based designers Kyosuke Nishida, Brian Li and Dominic Liu for the Words Can Fly A Thousand Miles Project. The piece shows a number of origami cranes bursting through the surface of carefully crafted type. Via their website:
This design was inspired by the Japanese traditional custom, Senbazuri, which means a group of a thousand origami cranes. It is customary to fold these cranes to wish someone luck. We wanted to pay tribute to this custom through the process of constructing the paper sculpture.
The words on the poster were inspired by the instant encouragement and consoling words that Japanese people were able to receive just after the tsunami and earthquakes hit Japan, through social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter.
Using fake fingernails, nail polish, barrettes, false eyelashes, jewelry, walnut, and Swarovski crystals, artist (and former park ranger!) Laurel Roth assembles these amazing peacocks. Via her website:
I use art as a medium to examine biological ramifications of human behavior. My work juxtaposes traditional craft and artisanal techniques with non-traditional materials to examine mankind’s drive to modify itself as well as its environment. By playing with the convergence of biology and product design to create new cultural artifacts, I try to question social constructions of need, design, and individual desire.