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Craft Design

Engineer Builds a Functional Miniature V8 Engine Using Only Paper

January 11, 2016

Christopher Jobson

In a series of videos posted to YouTube, engineer Aliaksei Zholner demonstrates a minuscule V8 engine he designed that is built completely from paper (with minor bits of scotch tape to prevent friction). The engine is so tiny it fits inside the plastic container found inside a Kinder egg. In the the videos Zholner demonstrates the progress of the engine coming together over several months, and the latest clip posted this weekend incorporates a paper throttle that effectively controls the speed of the little whirring device using compressed air. You can also see his wildly popular model v6 engine from last year.

 

 



Art Craft

Flowers Embroidered on the Strings of Vintage Rackets and Other Thread Artworks by Danielle Clough

January 5, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Cape Town-based designer and embroidery artist Danielle Clough uses thick, bright thread to create stunning images of flowers, portraits of people, and other images including fast food, emojis, and birds. Some of her most unusual pieces are different flowers hung on the strings of vintage badminton and tennis rackets. You can explore more of her work in this gallery and over on Instagram.

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Art Craft

A Carved Graphite Train on Tracks Emerges from Inside a Carpenter's Pencil

December 27, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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All photos courtesy Cindy Chinn

We’ve seen a number of artists working with pencil leads over the last few years, where the narrow dimensions of graphite are carved into minuscule objects. This recent piece by Nebraska-based artist Cindy Chinn is particularly ingenious, an entire carpenter’s pencil is turned into a tiny train, trestle, and bridge. “This piece was designed using straight lead pieces for the rails, with the tiny carved train placed and securely glued on top of the rails,” Chinn shares. “The train engine is only 3/16″ of an inch tall. The pencil is 5-5/8″ long and mounted in a wood shadowbox frame as shown in the photos.”

You can see more of Chinn’s pencil carving work on her website and on Etsy. See more pencil carving fun from Salavat Fidai, Diem Chau, and Dalton Ghetti. (via Laughing Squid)

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Craft

Welded Insects Produced From Salvaged Metal Scraps by John Brown

December 18, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Gathering spare pieces of metal, John Brown assembles his findings into sculptures of colorful butterflies, insects, and birds. Although the assemblages are formed from salvaged materials like nails and bicycle chains, the pieces somehow remain delicate, wings appearing just as thin as a butterfly’s own. After welding each piece together, Brown finishes the sculpture by painting the wings with oil paint, accurately copying the markings of specific species such as the Holly Blue and Red Admiral butterflies.

The Wales-based sculptor has lived in the rural west of his country for the past eight years, inspired by the fauna-rich valleys that compose the region. You can see more of his metal insects and other welded figures on his Facebook and Etsy page. (via Lustik)

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Art Craft

Lush Hand-Embroidered Portraits by Artist Lisa Smirnova

December 16, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Artist Lisa Smirnova hand-embroiders colorful works that appear like delicate colored pencil drawings, appropriate since she couples the craft with a dedicated drawing practice. Her works on cloth depict both the anonymous and famous, stitching renditions of Frida Kahlo and Charles Bukowski along with images of tattooed men, rabbits, and a lush floral arrangement punctuated with a human heart. Using thread, cotton, and wool her works can take months to complete, the piece below taking exactly three.

You can see more of the Russian artist’s detailed embroidery on her Facebook, Instagram, and Behance. (via Lustik)

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Art Craft Design

Micro Matter: Vertical Dwellings Inside Glass Test Tubes by Rosa de Jong

December 15, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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For her series Micro Matter, Amsterdam-based designer and art director Rosa de Jong created towering houses and tall buildings inside the narrow confines of large glass test tubes. Perhaps comparable to a ship in bottle, the little houses and buildings are all handmade using natural objects and some model making elements like faux moss. Some pieces even play with gravity and appear to grow both upward and downward, reminding me of paintings by Cinta Vidal or sculptures by Thomas Doyle. See more over on Behance. (via Lustik)

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