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New Toadstool Sculptures Crafted From Vintage Textiles by Self-Taught Artist Mister Finch

December 11, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

Mister Finch (previously here and here) returns this holiday season with brand new specimens, toadstools produced from vintage fabrics that capture the mushroom-capped fungus is elegant detail. Like those who enjoy the hunt of a dedicated mushroom forage, Mister Finch likes the adventure of finding the perfect fabric, utilizing materials from wedding dresses to curtains rich in history to sew his hauntingly accurate works. In additional to mushrooms—flowers, insects, and birds also capture the creative attention of the UK-based artist due to their lifecycles and the British folklore that surrounded the…

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Oversized Spiders by Mister Finch Transform Vintage Textiles into Fairytale Sculptures

October 22, 2020

Grace Ebert

Leeds-based artist Mister Finch (previously) thrifts scraps of brocades and cottons to shape into fantastical creatures that are both whimsical and slightly unnerving. His recent pieces include a series of oversized spiders that the artist photographs suspended from the ceiling or scaling his workshop wall. "The past few years my work has become more sculpture-based with my creatures pretty much all stood up and attached to bases." Finch writes. "I love the way this looks and enables me to dress and humanize them, which is something I've always…

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New Vintage Textile Flora and Fauna Sculptures by Mister Finch

December 31, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Leeds-based textile artist Mister Finch (previously) is a master of artistic recycling as he breathes life into vintage fabrics by transforming them into sculptures of moths, rabbits, mushrooms, and strange hybrid lifeforms. Finch says he often draws inspiration from British folklore for his fairytale creations born from discarded velvet curtains or cloth snipped from old aprons and wedding dresses. From his artist statement: Making things has always been incredibly important to me and is often an amazing release to get it out of my system. It’s a joy to hunt for things for my work... the lost, found and forgotten…

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Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand-Stitched Embroidery

August 22, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Starting with vintage photography and illustrations of models sporting fashions from the 1950s, Amsterdam-based artist Hinke Schreuders applies a rich layer of hand-stitched embroidery, beading, lace, and flourishes of ink to entirely new images that can be both unsettling and exuberant. The pieces seen here are part of an ongoing series called Works on Paper, started in 2008. With her work Schreuders says she seeks to "subtly confuse notions of feminine vulnerability and reinforce the position of embroidery as an artistic medium," something I think we can all agree she has done masterfully. Schreuders most recently exhibited as part of…

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Design

Exquisite Japanese Floral Hair Ornaments Handcrafted from Resin by Sakae

July 30, 2014

Johnny Waldman

Based in Narita City, Japanese artist Sakae creates exquisite hair ornaments known as kanzashi. The traditional hair pieces have been around for quite some time in Japan, but these pieces—each hand-crafted from resin with a delicate brass wire around the edges—are startlingly realistic and the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. Depending on the complexity of the pieces they can take anywhere between 3 and 30 days. If you’re trying to get your hands on one of these, don’t get your hopes up. Sakae only occasionally puts one up for sale. And when she does it’s through Yahoo Auctions in Japan.…

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