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Collapsible Leaves: Plant Sculptures by Azuma Makoto

July 30, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Artist and designer Azuma Makoto (previously here and here) was born in 1976 and runs a haute couture flower shop called JARDINS des FLEURS in Moto-Azabu, Tokyo. His work with plants and flowers also extends into personal artistic practice and client work where he creates a wide variety of sculptures, installations and objects using tress, leaves, moss, and other plants both organic and artificial. One of his most recent exhibitions, Collapsible Leaves at Eye of Gyre Gallery involved a remarkable collection of suspended and mounted sculptures made of tightly folded and layered leaves. The pieces are unique in that I imagine they must have required rapid assembly a single leaf at a time, and yet look as if they are naturally occurring objects. If you’re just learning about Makoto’s work for the first time, be sure to also check out his suspended trees and other private works.

 

 



Craft

Seed Faces

January 4, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Seed Faces are little heads made from recycled paper pulp. You put the suckers in some dirt and in a few days heirloom sprouts grow out of their friggen’ faces. If you want, you can then eat them. The whole endeavor is a little quirky and weird but, purchased! Made by Kelsey Pike at the Sustainable Papercraft Studio, available in packs of 25 for $7 or 10 for $3. See also Comic Book Farming. (via the rhumboogie)

 

 



Art

Pressure Washed Street Art by Strook

December 14, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Belgian artist and illustrator Stefaan De Croock aka Strook pressure washed this awesome piece on a mossy wall outside of the STUK art center in Leuven. The non-destructive mural is all that more impressive considering it was done completely improvised without a sketch for reference, and it was the first time he’d used pressurized water to boot.

 

 



Design

Vintage Thimble Planters and Moss Terrariums

September 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Here’s your daily dose of, well, moss. Behold these vintage thimble planters by Patricia Buzo and the Moss Terrarium Bottle made from recycled wine bottles over on Uncommon Goods. For people, like me, who have zero real estate for plants yet often find things growing under their bed.

 

 



Photography

Mossy Beetle

August 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Paul McGee snapped a shot of this awesome VM Beetle encased in moss at the Belladrum music festival in Scotland last week.

 

 



Design

Moss Ring

June 13, 2011

Christopher Jobson

If you don’t have a green thumb, you can get one step closer with this custom moss ring by Warsaw-based Sylwia Calus Design. The rings are made from resin with actual moss embedded inside. (via svpply)

 

 



Design Food Science

A billboard powered by oranges

April 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Another really fun ad, this time by DDB in Paris for Tropicana.

We created a billboard that harnesses the energy from oranges to illuminate a neon sign that reads “Natural Energy”. Through several thousand spikes of copper and zinc, a lot of wiring and 3 months of testing we managed to make a giant multi-cell battery powerful enough to light up a billboard. The custom build was produced by Unit9 in collaboration with director Johnny Hardstaff who created the accompanying 90 second film.

Advertisement or not, this looks like it was a really cool endeavor. Gooooo science! (via i believe in advertising)