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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Kobe based artist Yuji Honbori harvests discarded cardboard from garbage bins to create these large-scale sculptures of Buddhist deities. Beginning from the center of the form, Honburi inserts each layer of cardboard as a cross-sectional slice. Each slice is added with an air gap so that the final 3-dimensional shape allows light to permeate and the . . . → Read More: “Butsu (Transparent Buddha)” sculptures made from cardboard by Yuji Honbori
United Kingdon based artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson excavates antique books. Going page by page, Korzer-Robinson removes some images while saving some others. In the finished work, the chosen images remain standing in their original position in the book. The result is a narrative scene which sits within the original book.
In the artist’s statement, Korzer-Robinson . . . → Read More: Cut books by Alexander Korzer-Robinson
Architectural glass artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell have collected 3500 wayward earrings, and other assorted jewelry pieces, to create an enormous chandelier. Standing 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) high and 1 meter (3.2 feet) wide, the dazzling lighting fixture is housed inside a glass house on the grounds of St. Mary’s Maternity Hospital in . . . → Read More: “Chandelier of Lost Earrings” by Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell
Baltimore-based artist Nicoletta de la Brown embroiders the plastic bags she receives from shopping at the corner-grocery store.
About this series of work, Brown writes, “Rescued from the gutter; blowing down the street like city tumbleweed. I reclaim and elevate what once was discarded by creating embellished art objects. Growing up in Brooklyn and Harlem . . . → Read More: Nicoletta de la Brown embroiders plastic grocery bags
Artist Stacey Lee Webber uses pennies, nickels and dimes to build sculptural objects of hand tools and ladders.
Webber sees coins as a represention of the working class in America. By re-contextualizing the coins into objects commonly used by handymen, the Philadelphia-based artist “celebrates working class families which make . . . → Read More: Stacey Lee Webber reworks coins into sculptural handyman tools
“big bang” 60″ x 60″ colored pencils 2009
Pencils, old cassette tapes, discarded plastic 6-pack holders, old polariod photos, and more. New York based artist David Poppie takes these everyday materials and constructs some fascinating sculptural works.
Poppie says, “… utilizing the formal issues that interest me, based in the Minimalist school, I am . . . → Read More: David Poppie turns everyday objects into art
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