Artist Keri Muller gives books “another chance to tell a story.” Splaying them open into fan-like shapes, Muller mounts clusters of books together to form a chicken, a taxidermied animal head, even the continent of Africa!
Read and see more about Muller’s sources of inspirations on her blog Simple Intrigue.
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They follow us everywhere, yet are rarely seen. The soles of our shoes. Invisible yet indispensible. Salvaging worn leather footwear, artist Aya Haidar embroiders images of a ballerina, a soldier, a mother with a child. Traditional figures that have been passed down through generations in folk stories, fairy tales and fables.
From her . . . → Read More: Embroidery on the soles of old shoes by Aya Haidar
Lamp out of an IKEA PS cabinet
Bowl out of an IKEA PS cabinet
Clock out of an IKEA PS cabinet
German designer Samuel Treindl uses the term “parasite production” to describe his work. Taking mass-produced objects, like IKEA cabinets, Treindl cuts out shapes to create functional accessories like lamps, clocks, wall-mounted . . . → Read More: Samuel Treindl re-invents mass-produced furniture like IKEA cabinets
Vestige and detail, Mixed media sewn found photos, 51 x 16 inches, 2001
In the series “Sewn Found Photos,” San Francisco bay area artist Lisa Kokin collects vintage photos of anonymous people taken during portrait sittings, vacations, and various family and social outings. Using her sewing machine, Kokin stitches them together to form a hanging tapestry. . . . → Read More: Found vintage photos sewn together into hanging tapestries by Lisa Kokin
Book artist Pam Langdon breathes new life into unwanted books. Folded and rolled, the pages from each book create an overall form which exudes movement and energy. I love the way she displays her pieces in boxes as if they were natural specimens.
In her artist’s statement, Langdon writes, “Casting shadows of their previous lives, they . . . → Read More: Book-based art by Pam Langdon
Known for drawing exquisitely detailed portraits of people on vintage envelopes, Mark Powell has started doing this series of birds rendered with a standard Bic Biro pen. On each envelope amid the used stamps and postmarks each bird stretches its wings as if in mid-flight. Lovely!
See more from Powell’s portfolio here: Drawings on vintage envelopes by Mark Powell and More . . . → Read More: Birds drawn on vintage envelopes by Mark Powell
Brooklyn, NYC based artist Scott Albrecht created these wonderful paper collages from retro-style found paper. Albrecht writes on his website that he “utilizes classic techniques with (a) contemporary style. Much like the organic line elements of rendering type by hand, Albrecht has found joy in the imperfections that are his own.”
The artist’s style of . . . → Read More: Collages from found paper by Scott Albrecht
I love the layers of crisp pleats in this dress, and the ruching at the bust and waist. Using only pages from phonebooks, Kelly Murray, aka Jolis Paons, “… pleated, stuck, sewed, and glued everything by hand.”
To see more shots of this ballerina-style gown, visit Murray’s flickr site.
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Swingline S.F.35 Staple Box, 131 x 97 x 68mm, mixed media (2008)
UK artist Sarah Bridgland creates miniature sculptures from found materials. Scavenging for ephemera from vintage shops and printed media, Bridgland combines 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional material to build her own visual language. The pieces work on several levels. First, the space is brilliantly balanced . . . → Read More: Miniature collaged sculptures by Sarah Bridgland
UK based Illustrator Martin O’Neil is known for being a traditionalist in the fast-moving technology-driven world of graphic arts. Sticking with the analog, O’Neil employs mostly scissors and paste to construct his signature-style collage work.
Chris Middleton, from Instant Graphics (Rotovision Publishing) says. “… Martin O’Neill has built an international reputation by being so defiantly old-school, analog, . . . → Read More: Collages by Martin O’Neill