Umwelt is a short film by Japanese artist Yoshiyuki Katayama that depicts an elegant series of flowers blooming in slow motion. Unlike other time-lapse videos we’ve seen in this genre, each flower is accompanied by an insect or spider that crawls across each flower at the precise moment it blooms. The timing is incredible considering the insects stay in view while the flower comes to life, there must be some sort of clever editing? Katayama also created a small website that gives a bit of information about each insect and flowering pairing. A vertically oriented version of Umwelt recently won 3rd prize at the 2nd Vertical Film Festival in Australia.
With layers of porcelain surgically peeled back like skin, UK artist Beccy Ridsdel (previously) reveals the colorful internal workings of ceramic dishes. The artist refers to the pieces as “dissections in progress” and displayed earlier iterations alongside actual surgical implements to further heighten their anatomical nature. Titled “Under the Surface,” the ongoing series suggests each porcelain cup or plate has an internal biology of floral decorations that can be explored by removing bits of exterior. Many of Ridsdel’s latest pieces are currently available in her online shop.
Inspired by the botanical specimens she finds while walking through parks and gardens on her frequent travels, tattoo artist Pis Saro creates elegant plant portraits on the legs, arms, and spines of her international clients. Designed directly from nature, Saro’s works are nearly indistinguishable from the plants she sketches, often holding each side-by-side in the beautifully composed images she shares frequently on Instagram.
This year Saro’s tattoo work has taken her to Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. You can see more of her travels, inspirations, and sketches on her Instagram and Facebook. (via My Modern Met)
Seattle-based paper artist Kate Alarcón has an uncanny ability to turn paper materials into lifelike flowers and plants. Alarcón works primarily with European crepe paper in various weights to create delicately rippled petals, stems, and has even perfected techniques to craft convincing succulents. She shares all of her creations on Instagram and occasionally offers workshops if you’re in the Seattle area. (via Lustik)
Sapporo-based freelance illustrator and artist Baku Maeda tends to see the world a bit differently. His simple observations and humorous interventions like Leaf Beasts and Ribbonesia have gone viral the last few years. He recently shared this fun series of clipped square flowers on his Tumblr and Instagram which he refers to as Bit Leaves.
Tattoo artist Andrey Lukovnikov has been producing a series of tattoos reminiscent of multiple exposure photography where several images are superimposed to create a single image—or perhaps the digital equivalent, clipping masks as used in Photoshop or Illustrator. Colorfully lush backdrops of flowers are ‘clipped’ by the outlines of large insects or birds, creating a visual window into another scene. The Wroclaw-based tattooer shares photos and videos of his latest pieces on Facebook. (via Illusion)