Sunday 28 July 2013

    vintage kimonos

     

    Gorgeous kimonos via the maker.

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    Wednesday 10 July 2013

    Ice Age :: artist Arjan Benning

     

    Dutch photographer, Arjan Benning, photographed this still life series by putting together white, domestic, cluttered scenes. He creates a minimalist aesthetic through the clutter by juxtaposing color against white. I love the little bit of color added to the white such as the mint scoop of ice cream.

    To see more or Arjan Benning’s work check out his website or his Behance profile.

    Source: Trendland by Jaclyn Hudson.

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    Thursday 8 November 2012

    human flower art

     

    Look closely, these stunning digital photography art composed entirely of nude human beings.

    Artist Cecelia Webber utilizes the human body to create beautiful works of art that depict plant and flower forms.

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    Cecelia Webber was born in a forest town of only 1,500 people and spent much of her childhood in fields catching orange salamanders. She was a shy, socially awkward child who enjoyed reading and spent hours searching for small fairy creatures in abandoned maple sugar huts and dilapidated stonewalls. Oddly enough, as she grew older the world grew stranger and stranger.

    Questions revolved about in her head, knocking down reality’s framework with the force of bowling balls: Why are we made to feel so ashamed of the human body in Western culture and so much of the rest of the world? Isn’t the body a beautiful, wonderful thing, deserving nothing less than to be celebrated? As her thoughts continued to evolve, Cecelia alighted upon a petal in her mind, a new-found platform from which she could quietly challenge the status quo: she created a digital image of a flower constructed entirely from photographs of the naked human body.

    Thus commenced her journey as a professional artist, as she continued to grow her Petal series, develop her impressionist and modernist paintings, dance vivaciously in her own fan-made music videos and experimental films, and even eke out a quirky, existentialist webcomic, while of course still setting aside the majority of each day to chase orange salamanders and other fairy creatures.  Illusion

    Sadly these images are often falsely credited to IRP Group and were stolen from the artist, Cecelia Webber, by the Iranian Progressive Group (IRP-Group)! Check her site, Cecelia Webber.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    {Images: Digital art by Cecelia Webber}

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    Saturday 29 September 2012

    the artistic beauty in blue and white porcelain

     

    Shin Koyama ::  a Japanese born artist based in Australia, Japan and China.

    Large scale urns and ceramics pillows are painted with characters from myths and everyday life.

    Born in Japan, but now residing in Brisbane for most of the year, Shin Koyama is an artist influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures. Shin is practiced in various mediums, including printmaking, ceramics and acrylics, and depicts contemporary themes and issues using traditional Japanese iconography and methods.

    I discovered the beautiful work  of Shin Koyama at Artisan’s Ivory Street window installation.  

    Born 1947 in Isesaki, Japan, Shin began work as a textile designer in Ishihara Sangyo as the fifth generation of the family weaving business. After a long career as a freelance illustrator and printmaker in Tokyo, Shin moved to Australia in 1983, where he established a printmakers gallery in Sydney. He is now based in Brisbane, Queensland and Fukuoka, Japan.

    Working across various media, including printmaking, ceramics and acrylics, Shin deals with contemporary themes while drawing on traditional Japanese iconography and methodologies. His latest work is a re-examination of the narratives of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, author of Rashomon, and the way in which he deals with archetypal notions of fate and damnation.

    Before leaving Japan Shin won major illustration prizes in Tokyo including the 1974 Japan Printmakers Grand Pix, and the 1971 Kodansha Famous School Grand Prix.

    In 2010 he established a ceramic painting studio in Jingdezhen, China at the invitation of Sanbao International Ceramic Institute. He has regular exhibitions at the Institute and is represented in the permanent collection of the Sanbao International Ceramic Museum.

    Vogue Living features an article on Shin Koyama and his residency at the ancient Ming Dynasty pottery village in Sanbao, China. While there Shin made large scale Blue & White urns and ceramic pillows.

    Shin Koyama is represented by  Jan Manton Art Gallery, Spring Hill QLD. Visit the website.

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    Friday 28 September 2012

    Gorgeous Gold Leaf Paper Bowl from Clementine

     

    This gold leaf paper bowl is hand built by artist Susan Dwyer in her Illinois studio, Up in the Air Somewhere.

    The gold leafed interior of these papier-mâché bowls make them almost glow.

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    Up in the Air Somewhere is Chicago-based artist and designer Susan Dwyer. Three years after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she focused in sculpture, Dwyer began creating a line of ceramic and papier-mâché vessels inspired by the clean, minimal lines found in industrial architecture. The silos, warehouses and watertowers that dot the Chicago landscape are transformed into elegant vases, votives and planters. Because they are individually hand-built without the use of molds, every vessel has its own organic, one-of-a-kind character.

    and with a splash of colour….

    These papier-mâché bowls are lined with colorful rubber inside and sealed with polyurethane on the outside, making them water resistant and durable. With a distinctive raw edge and unique mix of textures, they’re equally at home on the mantle and the tabletop.

    {Images by Ben Syverson. Visit Susan’s shop and blog.}

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    Sunday 26 August 2012

    6 shoes, a handbag, 9 cars, a swing, a piano and a map…

     

    The Pothole Gardener took his green thumbs to Milan for design week. And Las Vegas is next!

    {Source: Pothole Gardener blog}

     

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