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Delicate Vessels Sculpted with Pressed Flowers by Ignacio Canales Aracil

January 23, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Spanish artist Ignacio Canales Aracil creates vessels reminiscent of upside-down baskets using nothing but pressed flowers. The art of flower pressing dates back thousands of years; pressed flowers were reportedly discovered in a 3,000-year-old coffin of Tutankhamun’s mother in Egypt, and both Greek and Roman botanists were known to preserve plants using techniques that continue today. But Aracil’s method is a bit different, relying on large cone-shaped molds into which carefully woven patches of hand-picked flower stems are placed. The pieces dry for up to a month without the aid of adhesives and are sprayed with a light varnish to protect the sculpture from moisture. The final pieces, which could be crushed with even the slightest weight, are rigid enough to stand without support.

Aracil currently has work as part of a group show at Lucia Mendoza gallery in Madrid through the end of February, and you can see much more over on his website.

 

 



Art Craft

Anatomical Specimens Made from Hand-Dyed Wool and Silk by Lana Crooks

January 10, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Textile artist Lana Crooks constructs extremely realistic small anatomical specimens from hand-dyed silk and wool. Fascinated by “the antique, the creepy, the cute, and the mysterious,” Crooks has received numerous accolades for her plush toy designs and is a member of the OhNo!Doom Collective here in Chicago. You can follow her work on Facebook or Instagram and see it in person next month at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco.

 

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Wisdom / 11″h x 11″w x 5″d / Hand-dyed wool in Wall-Hanging Shadow Box

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Autumn Hawk / 8″h x 5″w x 5″d / Hand-dyed Wool housed in a Glass Dome

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Still This Heart / 4″h x 4″w x 4″d / Hand-dyed wool under Glass Dome

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Study In Monochrome / 9″h x 5″w x 5″d / Hand-dyed Silk and Wool under Glass Dome

 

 



Craft Design Illustration

[An Interpretation of] the Netherlands Coat of Arms Illustrated with Suspended Layers of Cut Paper

January 8, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Nearly six months in the making, this superb interpretation of the Netherlands coat of arms was lead by Moldova-based Beauty & the Beast Studio. Illustrator Ivan Belikov rendered the 7-color emblem which was then translated into hundreds of cut fragments that were painstakingly assembled into multiple levels. This is just a glimpse of the final piece, you can see more plus lots of process photos over on Behance.

Update: Many readers have written in to point out this piece only vaguely represents the actual lion appearing on the Netherlands Coat of Arms. We’ve updated the title to reflect this.

 

 



Craft Design

A Tree of 511 Interconnected Pliers Carved from a Single Block of Wood by Ernest Warther

December 22, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Photo by SneakinDeacon

As the story goes, Ernest “Mooney” Warther was a boy growing up in Ohio when he encountered a man who taught him how to carve a pair of working pliers from a single piece of wood—using just 10 cuts. Whether it was that single epiphany, or the machinations of his incredibly inquisitive mind, Warther would quickly become one of this most notable wood carvers in America.

Warther’s most significant carving before he changed his focus almost exclusively to locomotives, was a tree created from 511 interconnected pliers using the same technique he learned as a child. The piece required some 31,000 cuts and each branch can fully articulate like a functional pair of pliers all the way down to the base of the trunk. Watch the video above to see Warther’s son David demonstrating the technique (seriously, it’s almost miraculous at the end, well worth a quick watch).

If you want to see more of Warther’s work, there’s an entire museum in Ohio where you can also view is wife Frieda’s meticulously organized collection of 100,000 buttons. (via Atlas Obscura)

Update: An earlier version of this post stated the person in the video above is Ernest, when in fact it’s his son, David. (thnx, Natalia!)

 

 



Art Craft

The Felted Specimens of Hine Mizushima

December 8, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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The list of talents attached to Vancouver-based artist Hine Mizushima's name includes stop-motion puppet animator, illustrator, needle felter, toy designer, and sculptor. Her colorful hand-stitched squids, octopi, mushrooms, and medical specimens that might otherwise be described as creepy or crawly are instead infused with ample doses of fluffy and fuzzy. Mizushima exhibited most recently at FOE Gallery and many of her original felt pieces are available over on Etsy.

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Art Craft

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)