Friday, July 31, 2009

El Anatsui

A Ghanian artist, El Anatsui, is taking the art world by storm by turning the ordinary into extraordinarily beautiful and intricate pieces. The pieces featured here were crafted by thousands of bottle caps. Anatsui's assistants hand flatten each cap, after which the artist arranges them into a work of art. Sometimes, after arranging the caps, he scraps the project completely, and begins again. To see more of this story go to the NY Magazine.

Kate Fowle Meleney

Kate Fowle Meleney uses roofing copper from the hardware store to create her Biotech series - nature inspired forms captured in electrofomed ’skins’. To see more of her unique work go to her website.

Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn (1922 - 1993) was a well-known 20th century American painter. His early work is associated with abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. His later work (best known as the Ocean Park paintings) were instrumental to his achievement of world-wide acclaim.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hilary Berseth

With the help of many, many bees, these amazing beeswax sculptures were created by Hilary Berseth. To get the bees to build their combs in the shapes he would like, he constructs basic frameworks out of wire and wax, and then puts them into a closed box in the spring. After that the bee colonies take over, filling out his templates with wax cells, then stuffing them with honey. Check out NY Magazine for more information.

"Living in Japan, a culture much older than our own, developed within me a love for theaged and worn surface. The Japanese aesthetichas been a major influence on my work.
This work embodies the concept of seeing beautyin life’s detritus. Materials consisting of used bitsand pieces of everyday life, including wood,leather, fiber and metal are often used in the condition in which they are found.
My style of working is intuitive. Each piece takes its inspiration from the material with which I have chosen to work." - Diane Cooper

To see more of her work go to her website.

Paul Nelson

"Drawing inspiration from forms in nature, antique and bizarre tools and everyday objects, Paul J. Nelson uses blown and hot sculpting techniques to make one-of-a kind objects in glass." - PJN Website
To see more of his work go to his website.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sarah Parker-Eaton

"Sarah Parker-Eaton's work begins on paper as a series of sketches mainly done in the Natural History Museum library in London. These are re-drawn repeatedly until a particular design emerges. She then begins to work in silver and gold, hammering out the bulging shapes and allowing the piece to develop further. Some pieces have been pierced through with forged tendrils and others appear to be kept afloat with small domed silver air sacks. Most of Sarah’s work is given a sheeny satin finish or a darker oxidized look and details such as tiny gold bobbles are highlighted with a polish."

To see more of her work go to her website.

Sarah Dunstan

"First of all, images and ideas are collected in sketchbooks. Then, with the clay rolled out in front of me, I start to play. I might begin with a block of colour then introduce an area of decoration that moves across the surface breaking out of one area and travelling around what will become a 3 dimensional piece. Like a painter, I work over the surface until it appears to be 'right'. When the work is constructed I get a surprise, hopefully a good one, and the composition that felt right as a flat plane does something new when it becomes a vessel." - Sarah Dunstan
To see more of her unique work go to her website.

Katinka Matson

"For the past several years I have experimented with a non-photographic technique for creating images by utilizing input through the flatbed CCD scanner. No camera or lenses are used. The process involves scanning flowers and other natural objects on an open-top scanner from underneath the objects with a slo-moving sensor. This technique allows for unusual opportunities to explore new ideas involving light, time, and rhythm.
It is a radically new digital aesthetic involving both new hardware (the scanner and the inkjet printer), and software (Adobe Photoshop), that allows for a new naturalism fusing nature and technology. " - Katinka Matson

To see more of her amazing work go to her website.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jackie Abrams

"Women Forms, a series of woven vessels, speak of the cultures and the women I have encountered that have had an impact on my life. The forms reflect connections and relationships, the changing roles of women, shared stories, and ways in which women live and learn.Some of the Women Forms stand alone. Others rejoice in the company of other women - daughters, sisters, mothers, friends. The forms contain and are shaped by layers of experience, each one representing a visual collection of passions and sorrows, joys and strengths. My work and travel in Africa, particularly in Ghana, have been strong influences. The fabrics, the colors, the earth, the cultures, and the people continue to inform the vessels I create." - Jackie Abrams

To see more of her engaging work go to her website.

David Sharpe

These paintings are by internationally acclaimed artist David Sharpe. To see more of his work go to the Carl Hammer Gallery.

How Fun!

This is the Principessa - A daybed consisting of many thin mattress layers referencing the Hans Christian Anderson tale of Princess and the Pea. Designed for Moroso and presented during Salone '08 in Milan

Nicholas Jones

These delicate sculptures made from books are by Melbourne artist Nicholas Jones. To see and interview and more of his beautiful work go to The Design Files Blog.

Monday, July 27, 2009

“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be...Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.” - Erich Fromm

Matthew Dols

These intriguing images are by North Carolina photographer Matthew Dols. To see more of his work go to his website.

Suzanne Linquist

These graphic ebony and sterling pieces are by Oregon artist Suzanne Linquist. To see more of her work go to her website Red Circle Metals.

How cool!

To purchase this vase go to Design Public.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Another ABC...

Colin Heaney

These colorful blown glass pieces are by artist Colin Heaney. To see more work go to Marta Hewitt Gallery.