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An Alphabet of Animals Carved from Crayons and Other Miniature Pencil Works by Diem Chau

April 3, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Armadillo, Boy, Cat, Dove, Elephant, Frog

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Girl, Handstand, Iguana, Jellyfish, Koala, Ladybug

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Manatee, Nautilus, Owl, Penguin, Quail, Rabbit, Seahorse

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Tiger, Urchin, Viper, Wolf, Xiphosura (Horseshoecrab), Yoga, Zebra

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An artist’s medium is as varied as imagination allows and you’ll find hundreds, maybe even thousands of them here on Colossal. But occasionally a medium itself is altered to create an artwork, as is the case with Seattle artist Diem Chau (previously here and here) who works within the narrow confines of graphite pencil leads and colored crayons to carve her delicate sculptures of animals and people. A native of Vietnam, Chau and her family came to America as refugees in 1986 and would later receive a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts after which she began exhibiting her works in New York, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles.

Luckily we’ll finally get a glimpse of Chau’s miniature carvings here in Chicago at Packer Schopf Gallery opening this Friday. Almost everything you see here will be on view and the artist will be giving a talk at 1pm the following day on April 6th, 2013. See more of her new A-Z series on Flickr and on her blog.

 

 



Design

Intricate Laser-Cut Calendar and Alphabet by Nando Costa

January 6, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Two exquisite laser-cut paper pieces by Brazilian born, Portland-based Nando Costa. The first is a laser-cut calendar that he designed in collaboration with his wife, Linn Olofsdotter that’s made from 140lb paper and takes nearly an hour to cut. The second is an alphabet poster that measures roughly 12″ square and features images of vegetation, insects, the sky and forests. Simply impeccable work and reasonably priced. Lots more fun stuff in his Etsy shop.

 

 



Animation Design

Stop motion animation? Check. An alphabet in Helvetica? Check. Fire? Check.

September 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Alphabet 2 is a top-notch animated alphabet from Italian creative firm n9ve directed by Alessandro Novelli. I love everything about this.

 

 



Design

Animated Liquid Typography

August 29, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Russian digital artist Ruslan Khasanov (previously here and here), has continued his liquid type experiments by producing this wicked series of animated gifs called Liquid Type in Motion, showing what happens when he produces these beautifully organic letterforms. Almost looks like something that belongs in the opening credits for Se7ven. See more from the series here.

 

 



Design

Visual Alphabet with Books

May 29, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Design student Sónia Lamêra of Portugal designed this fun alphabet using photographs of old books stood on end.

Update: Via Facebook I just learned about a similar project by design student Bryan Ku who made this poster for the Festival of Books. (thnx, edsel!)

 

 



Design

Bitmap Television Alphabet

May 18, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Bath-based designer Jack Archer made this fun alphabet using the lit screens of televisions.

A project inspired by the phrase “Turn off your TV” mentioned in a lecture by adventurer Alastair Humphreys. To illustrate this idea I built a shelving unit to house 15 small televisions; creating a dot-matrix grid where individual TV’s could be turned on or off, to produce different letterforms and numbers.

Gotta love that “T”. (via quipsologies)

 

 



Art Design

Stop the Violence Book

April 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The founder of design firm Thirst/Chicago, Rick Valicenti recently art directed this incredible book using the photography of Francois Robert from his series Stop the Violence. Each spread features an individual letter from the alphabet—compositions made of human bones arranged by Robert—in juxtaposition with a page from President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech from 2009. I just got my copy in the mail and the book is truly stunning. It’s 36 pages and over a foot tall. How much would you be willing to pay for such a killer publication? It’s free. Whoops, looks like you folks snapped up the last few copies. Published by Classic Color.

 

 

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