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Art Design

Rainbow Pencils Made of Recycled Paper

September 4, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Tokyo-based designer Duncan Shotton, known for his whimsical functional objects like the magnetic cloud keyholder and his Lochness monster pins, just launched a Kickstarter Project for a new kind of pencil that makes rainbows when you sharpen it. Each pencil has a 6-layer rainbow core of recycled paper (not wood) and either a white or black exterior. Shotton says the pencils will ship before Christmas.

 

 



Art

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.

 

 



Art

Organic Sculptures Sanded from Hundreds of Pencils by Jessica Drenk

January 7, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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South Carolina-based artist Jessica Drenk was born and raised in Montana where she developed an understanding and appreciation of the natural world that has since deeply influenced the course of her artistic career. Her installations and sculptures often imitate organic shapes, patterns, and textures even when using a medium that is often manufactured by human hands. Drenk’s most recent sculptures are a series called Implements, each of which begins with a mass of standard No. 2 pencils that have been tightly glued together. Using an electric sander she then molds the piece into a form that seems more likely to have originated in a dark cave or deep within the ocean than from a school desk. Of her work she says:

By transforming familiar objects into nature-inspired forms and patterns, I examine how we classify the world around us. Manufactured goods appear as natural objects, something functional becomes something decorative, a simple material is made complex, and the commonplace becomes unique. In changing books into fossilized remnants of our culture, or in arranging elegantly sliced PVC pipes to suggest ripple and wave patterns, I create a connection between the man-made and the natural.

You can find her work at Paia Contemporary in Hawaii, or Foster/White in Seattle. All images courtesy the artist. (via booooooom)

 

 



Art

A Raven and Elephant Carved from Graphite Pencil Tips by Diem Chau

July 26, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Artist Diem Chau (previously) just posted these two wonderful sculptures of an elephant and raven carved from the tips of a carpenter pencils. Love the detail of the elephant’s shadow. You can see many more of Chau’s pencil and crayon carvings on her blog and on Flickr. (via super punch)

 

 



Art Photography

Pencil Collections

December 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I love these little pencil rectangles from Amsterdam-based Flickr user bisybackson. See more of her collections here.

 

 



Animation Music

Hudson: Against the Grain

November 11, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A wonderfully animated stop motion music video for Melbourne indie-folk artist Hudson, animated by Jonathan Chong. Some making of shots here. (via kuriositas)