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Miniature dioramas in makeup compacts and coin purses by Kendal Murray

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I like how artist Kendal Murray uses compact mirrors and coin purses as the foundation for building miniature dioramas. A jogger leading a herd of sheep across the grassy fields on top of a coin purse. A family outing at the beach inside an open makeup compact. Each piece tells a story which combines realism with the make-believe.

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Gigantic moth and butterfly sculptures created by embellished embroidered textiles by Yumi Okita

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Raleigh, North Carolina based artist Yumi Okita creates enormous textile sculptures of insects, some measuring nearly a foot wide. Using applique and embroidery techniques, Okita embellishes pieces of fabric to form the wings, bodies and faces of flying anthropods like moths and butterflies. Materials used include fabric, fake fur, fabric paint, embroidery thread, wire, . . . → Read More: Gigantic moth and butterfly sculptures created by embellished embroidered textiles by Yumi Okita

Mixed-media works by Harold Hollingsworth

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I like the way Seattle-based artist Harold Hollingsworth juxtaposes different stylistic elements: thick with thin lines, typographic forms with organic shapes, black/white with color.

About his process, Hollingsworth writes: “I’ve been focusing on being loose with some sketchbook activities to start each day here in the studio, and as simple as that has been, like . . . → Read More: Mixed-media works by Harold Hollingsworth

Ceramics by Giselle Hicks

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Montana based artist Giselle Hicks creates ceramic items which evoke the spirit of domesticity and romanticism. A bouquet of tulips. Flowers overflowing from a vase. A tabletop etched with floral motifs and covered with ceramic folded napkins.

From Hicks’ website: “My work investigates the sites within a domestic space that are routinely . . . → Read More: Ceramics by Giselle Hicks

Portraits of Origami objects folded and unfolded by Marc Fichou

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Not many important things in life can be undone so when you find something special that can be reversed, record it. That’s what comes to my mind when I look at this series of photographs by artist Marc Fichou. Fichou folds a single sheet of paper into an origami animal, then reverses the process . . . → Read More: Portraits of Origami objects folded and unfolded by Marc Fichou

“Leafling” typography composed from plants growing on handmade paper by Julian Hagen

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A sprouted “W”

I love finding plants sprouting in strange places and in surprising forms. As the design experiment of Austrian graphic designer Julian Hagen, LEAFLING, initially consists of seeds embedded upon handmade paper in the shape of letters and symbols. Moisten the paper pad, and voila! The seeds germinate, forming letters from the alphabet!

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A life-size elephant folded from a single sheet of paper by Sipho Mabona

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Luzern, Switzerland based origami artist Sipho Mabona recently folded a life-size elephant with just one sheet of paper. The initial expanse of paper measured 50ft by 50ft (or 15 meters by 15 meters) and, at times, took up to 10 people to move and crease. Currently the 10 feet tall (or 3+ meters high) creature is on . . . → Read More: A life-size elephant folded from a single sheet of paper by Sipho Mabona

Paper wearables from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection by Bea Szenfeld

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Sweden based fashion designer Bea Szenfeld creates entire collections of clothing entirely from paper. In her latest series, entitled “Haute Papier,” she incorporates animals (constructed from paper, of course) as well as clusters of geometric and organic shapes into her designs. Szenfeld’s pieces are held together only by thread and glue. I’d avoid donning . . . → Read More: Paper wearables from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection by Bea Szenfeld

Border crossing as expressed by the book art of Monique Janssen-Belitz

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The Border Crossed Me – Migrants by Monique Janssen-Belitz | Inside view: watercolor, crayon, acrylic ink, raffia, 2010

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New Mexico based artist Monique Janssen-Belitz explores the theme of border crossing and migrants. Inspired by the magnificent scenery of her . . . → Read More: Border crossing as expressed by the book art of Monique Janssen-Belitz

Silkscreen collages for the love of the polka dot by Tamar Cohen

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New York City based artist Tamar Cohen is possessed by the polka dot. I like the way she uses arrays of the circles to create energy in her pieces. Influenced by a wide range of artists including Kurt Schwitters and Roy Lichtenstein, Cohen layers vintage paper and silkscreening, forming complex compositions bursting with . . . → Read More: Silkscreen collages for the love of the polka dot by Tamar Cohen