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.
. . . → Read More: Paper dress made from the pages of telephone books by Kelly Murray
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
California based artist Linda Raynsford creates large sculptures from found metal, like discarded freeway signs. Lips, spheres, billowing shapes spring from the salvaged scraps that Raynsford cuts, bends and fastens.
Raynsford writes, “My work is referential, every day objects speak to me. I take these familiar shapes and weave them into conceptual and abstract sculpture. I . . . → Read More: Sculptures composed of found metal by Linda Raynsford
New Jersey based artist Kristal Romano takes ordinary objects, like credit cards, and combines them with traditional jewelry metals to create wearable sculptures.
In her artist’s statement she writes, “My interest lies in cultural notions of value and the use of commodities. The fact that most value is relative and subjective stimulates various questions. How . . . → Read More: Jewelry by Kristal Romano
Through the darkness, there will always be light… , oil on wood, 55” x 42” x 12”, 2013
detailed view of above work
Canada based artist Heather Kocsis creates three-dimensional assemblages depicting buildings inspired by ones she viewed on the streets of New York City. Using salvaged wood, Kocsis constructs miniature fire escapes, staircases and . . . → Read More: Assemblages of buildings in New York City by Heather Kocsis
New York artist Paul Villinski scavenges the streets of the city for crushed beer cans. After a few cuts, a butterfly emerges from each discarded tin! Villinski arranges flocks of the butterflies into these installations.
If you like these pieces, check out my earlier post which shows installations of birds and butterflies constructed from old vinyl LPs . . . → Read More: Butterflies cut from recycled beer cans by Paul Villinski