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Art

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster

January 27, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Paper artist Claire Brewster has been living and working in London for over 20 years, meticulously cutting these birds, flowers and plants from old maps. See more of her work on her blog.

 

 



Art

Bird Boxes by John Dilnot

January 18, 2012

Christopher Jobson

John Dilnot is a man after my own heart. Using clipped illustrations of birds and months he arranges them to create beautiful dioramas within wooden boxes. Dilnot frequently lines the interiors with antique maps and arranges the birds in small flocks, setting them on perpetual cartographic journeys. You can see an archive of John’s work here and some boxes that are still available here. He also sells prints and postcards, just get in touch. Y’know, I was in a terrible New Age band in high school called Perpetual Cartographic Journeys but that’s a story for another time. (via staceythinx)

 

 



Illustration

Birds in Books

January 14, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Pennsylvania artist and designer Paula Swisher takes doodling in the margins of old engineering and science manuals to new heights. She began the illustrations using nothing but ballpoint pen and white-out similar to Mark Powell’s envelopes, but soon explored new materials including colored pencil, gouache and other mixed media like thread and cut-out paper. Via email she tells me:

I’ve been using scientific imagery and information graphics off and on in my work. I seem to be drawn to the contrived sense of order that they show. In the drawings mentioned, superimposing bird imagery, hopefully, creates a visual metaphor for our attempts to make sense of our experiences.

You can see dozens more of her bird artworks here.

 

 



Craft Illustration

Quilled Paper Work from Yulia Brodskaya

January 4, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I’ve been wanting to post the work of Yulia Brodskaya for almost a year and was thrilled to discover this new art piece entitled Loves Doves. Her work is unique in that it involves the placement of carefully cut, colored and bent strips of paper called quilling, giving her work a rich texture and depth. Julia was born in Moscow and now lives and works in the UK making quilled paper illustrations for some of the world’s top brands and publications. (via lustik)

 

 



Design

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan

December 26, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This beautiful typographic poster made of folded paper was designed and constructed by Montreal-based designers Kyosuke Nishida, Brian Li and Dominic Liu for the Words Can Fly A Thousand Miles Project. The piece shows a number of origami cranes bursting through the surface of carefully crafted type. Via their website:

This design was inspired by the Japanese traditional custom, Senbazuri, which means a group of a thousand origami cranes. It is customary to fold these cranes to wish someone luck. We wanted to pay tribute to this custom through the process of constructing the paper sculpture.

The words on the poster were inspired by the instant encouragement and consoling words that Japanese people were able to receive just after the tsunami and earthquakes hit Japan, through social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter.

The project is currently accepting financial donations and handwritten notes in an attempt to console and encourage people in Fukushima. You can read more and see some making of photos over on My Modern Met.

Nishida and Li were featured earlier this year on Colossal for their typographic Still Life Comes Alive installation.

 

 



Photography

Chicago Prints by Tim Jarosz

November 24, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I’m really enjoying these fine art prints by Chicago photographer and graphic designer Tim Jarosz. See more over on S6.