Merging botanical forms from England with the delicate plant shapes from her childhood in Japan, ceramic artist Hitomi Hosono produces delicate layered sculptures that appear as frozen floral arrangements. Often monochromatic, the works are focused on carved detail rather than color—repetition of form making each piece uniquely beautiful.
“The subjects of my current porcelain works are shapes inspired by leaves and flowers,” said Hosono in an artist statement. “I study botanical forms in the garden. I find myself drawn to the intricacy of plants, examining the veins of a leaf, how its edges are shaped, the layering of a flower’s petals. I look, I touch, I draw.”
Hosono’s plant-inspired works were recently exhibited with Adrian Sassoon gallery during The Salon Art + Design fair in NYC November 9-13, 2016. You can see more of her work on her website, as well as in the book The New Age of Ceramics currently available in the Colossal Shop. (via cfile.daily)
Fiber artist Sarah K. Benning is self-taught in the craft of embroidery but brings her background in fine art to every artwork she creates. Each piece first begins as an illustration where she draws inspiration from the aesthetics of Midcentury design, interior design trends, and often making reference to her own houseplant collection. To better capture her subject matter Benning often eschews traditional embroidery techniques and stitches in favor of bold and improvised methods that better represent contemporary design.
Benning graduated in 2013 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies, and now splits her time between Baltimore and Spain. She frequently updates her Instagram and Facebook pages, and you can find new works available in her online shop. She also sells original patterns through subscriptions on Etsy. (via Booooooom)
#1 (Grand Prize) Takayuki Fukada, Japan / All images courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase.
Since the 1990s, an intrepid group of aquascaping artists have gradually raised the bar of what’s possible with the design of a traditional aquarium. Using only natural elements, the aquariums you see here are years in the making to ensure plants and animals all exist in harmony while trying to achieve merits on an exhaustive list of aesthetic criteria. Over 2,000 participants from 60+ countries submit designs for the annual International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) and here are some of our favorites from this year.
The 2016 winner was Takayuki Fukada (who also won last year’s grand prize) and you can see more photos on Facebook courtesy André Albuquerque of AquaA3.
#2 Chao Wang, China
#3 Junichi Itakura, Japan
#4 Katsuki Tanaka, Japan
#5 Adriano Montoro Nicácio, Brazil
#6 Yoyo Prayogi, Indonesia
#12 Yi Ye, China
#14 Yanfei Qian, China
#18 Wei Chen, China
#19 Yucheng Pan, China
#21 Hoai Nam Vu, Vietnam
#27 Juan Puchades Rufino, Spain
All photography by Philippe Jarrigeon for PIN–UP.
For the latest issues of PIN-UP, photographer Philippe Jarrigeon visited the Château de Marqueyssac in France to photograph the incredible topiary gardens found there. The area was first developed in the late 17th century by Bertrand Vernet de Marqueyssac, but truly began to take form in the 1860s when owner Julien de Cervel planted thousands of malleable boxwood trees which were carved into fantastic shapes. Today the sprawling gardens have over 150,000 trees cut into unusual geometric forms that can be explored by the public through 5 kilometers of walkable paths. You can see more photos by Jarrigeon over on PIN-UP. (via This Isn’t Happiness)
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)
Utilizing felt, thread, and the french knot, artist Emma Mattson stitches moss-like configurations onto embroidery hoops, latching the materials onto the base like the flowerless plants which she mimics. In addition to simulating the look of the greenery, Mattson also likes to add a few pieces of fake moss on top of her works to walk the line between imitation and reality. You can see more of her moss-based embroideries on her Instagram, and find pieces for sale on her Etsy. (via Illusion)