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Artist Sculpts a Horse from Molten Glass in Under Two Minutes

November 20, 2014

Christopher Jobson

In a period of about 90 seconds, this glass artist transforms a molten blob of glass into a horse using little more than a pair of huge tweezers, gravity, and a lifetime of practice. Not completely sure who the artist is, but the YouTube comments credit Francisco Lopez Serrano. (via Reddit)

 

 

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Craft Design

DIY Geometric Paper Animal Sculptures by Paperwolf

November 12, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Stuttgart-based designer Wolfram Kampffmeyer creates DIY geometric paper sculpture kits under the name Paperwolf. The designs range from taxidermy trophies to standalone animals that come flat-packed with detailed instructions on how to fold and assemble yourself. See tons of additional designs in his Etsy shop.

 

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Craft History

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books

November 7, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Nat.1 (9th century)

Another day, another collection of fascinating discoveries from medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who previously introduced the internet to his observations on the history of doodles, color theory, and rare forms of bookbinding. Kwakkel has also been investigating how bookmakers found creative solutions around damaged parchment—thin membranes of cow and sheepskin used for printing books between the fifth and thirteenth centuries before the rise of paper. Parchment was extremely delicate and costly to manufacture well, so imperfections from animal hair follicles to small tears and texture anomalies were left for the poor scribes to contend with.

After witnessing their doodling artistry, it should come as no surprise that medieval scribes had a host of ideas to work around bad parchment, from webs of silk embroidery to cheeky illustrations, the blemishes were incorporated right into the physical texts. Although a different medium, the process is uncannily similar to the ancient Japanese process of repairing broken ceramics, Kintsugi, where fractures in pots or bowls are mended with precious metal, acknowledging the history of the imperfect object instead of discarding it.

You can learn much more about Kwakkel’s parchment discoveries in his article “The Skinny on Bad Parchment,” and in these two posts on Tumblr.

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Books repaired with silk thread. Uppsala, University Library, Shelfmark unknown (14th century)

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Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Msc.Patr.41, fol. 69r. Detail.

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Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, MS 16, 12th century

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Freiburg, Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, MS L 34, 14th century

 

 



Craft

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood

October 30, 2014

Johnny Waldman

In an age of the ubiquitous 3D printer, it’s easy to forget the joy and beauty of handmade craft. Take, for example, the 400-year old Japanese art of creating kokeshi dolls. These traditional wooden figurines were said to have been originally made as souvenirs to sell to people visiting the local hot springs in Northern Japan. Although there are about 10 different styles, each doll is made with an enlarged head and cylindrical body with no arms or legs.

In the video, produced by tetotetote, an organization highlighting the arts and crafts of Sendai, Japan, Yasuo Okazaki woodturns solid blocks into the head and body using just a few tools. Okazaki’s Naruko style of making the dolls was passed down to him from his father and features stripes at the top and bottom of the body and bangs with red headdresses. I don’t think there’s anything more soothing and hypnotic than the sights and sounds of watching these dolls emerge from a spinning block of wood.

 

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Craft Design

DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft

October 21, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Need to do Halloween on the cheap year? Designer Steve Wintercroft has a series of inexpensive geometric mask templates that you can download, print, and color. From animals and skulls to storm troopers and faces, he has a little bit of everything over on his Etsy page.

 

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Photo by Fearless Photography

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Photo by Fearless Photography

 

 



Craft

Desire to Fly: Samantha Bryan’s Hand-Crafted Sculptures of Whimsical Aviator Fairies Going about Their Daily Lives

October 21, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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From a very young age, mixed-media artist Samantha Bryan was obsessed with flight, and while she never became a pilot, it’s a passion she carried through school and into her artistic career as a sculptor. The central subject of her artwork is the creation of fairy-like aviators going about their daily lives, often riding in whimsical flying contraptions. Richard Foot and Arron Fowler of R&A Collaborations recently shot this great stop-motion profile of Bryan as she talks about her inspiration and creates a few of her delicately crafted pieces. (via The Kid Should See This)