Australian artist Meredith Woolnough uses embroidery to create her delicate and intricate depictions of different plants. With some thread and a sewing machine, she forms different complex patterns found in nature, such as the veins of a leaf, patterns found in coral, and even lines and shapes found in red cabbage. Each fragile piece displays the small beauty found in the fine details of nature. What would be small, fragile beauty that the average person may overlook, Woolnough finds inspiration. Patterns from shells, petals, and lily pads are given new life in each breathtaking piece. The artist treats her artwork like specimens, as she carefully pins them under glass in shadow boxes for display.
Using vibrant colored thread, she builds up a density of embroidered patterns that become almost three-dimensional. In some cases, like in her embroidered bowls, the work really does have volume as it holds the shape of a bowl. Because of the method in which the artist creates her work, it demands an intense patience that can be seen as meditative. The repetitive patterns and natural quality of Woolnough’s work is like that of a Mandala, holding sacred qualities.
The work maps the frameworks of the various veining systems found in nature to create work that explores the balance, harmony and connectivity of life on Earth. Inspired by the patterns, structures and shapes found in plants, coral, cells and shells Meredith’s embroideries represent both the robust beauty and elegant fragility of life.
Fashion’s new Instagram sensation is a 15 year old Thai boy. ThaiBan fashionista gained popularity through his Instagram account of the same name on which he posts photos of himself posing in outfits he has made from everyday items ranging from kitchenware and balloons to plants. These objects are reworked into an assortment of creative and eye-catching pieces that are at the junction of creativity and sustainability.
His pieces are a true sign of the times in the sense that they are made of excess materials, which underline the issues concerning consumerism and waste which we are faced with today. On top of this, the fact that he is gaining attention via Instagram gives social media a valid role in the fashion industry. ThaiBan’s is both of a combination of absolute beauty and strong social significance. The intense creativity of using everyday items in a fashion setting makes his pieces powerful and original in a way that can be seen as a strong contribution to the fashion industry.
The bursts of color and imagination present in his pieces make for a sensational series of intricate and intriguing items. The colorful photographs on ThaiBan’s account are a reminder of the infinite possibilities that arise from the combination of DIY, creativity and social media.
Karla Ortiz is a San Francisco-based illustrator who currently works for Marvel Film Studios. In the timelapse video featured above, Ortiz draws a beautiful shrouded woman surrounded by her feathered familiars: owls, ravens, and more. Her artistic process is fascinating to watch. After framing the paper with tape, she works from the shadows outwards, building her figure slowly and using highlights to create movement within the piece—the flexing wings and the withdrawn hood. The result is an image that commands our attention with its mystery and presence. This piece is part of a show called “Omens,” on exhibition at the Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City from September 12th until October 3rd.
As a concept artist with over six years of professional experience, it is no wonder how Ortiz’s work has the reputation it has today. Her entire oeuvre is nuanced and expressive, depicting creative characters in positions of otherworldly power and emotional vulnerability. With fantasy and science fiction as her realms of expertise, Ortiz’s other notable clients include Wizards of the Coast, Ace Books, and Tor Books. Lovers of these genres should visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more. (Via Colossal)
Nathalie Lagacé renders hybrid creatures that are both beautiful and hideous, half human and half beast. Her beautifully rendered drawings display tenderness and anguish, as she lovingly creates these intriguing creatures. However, they are stuck somewhere in limbo, between two beings as they cry out. Highly skilled at drawing, Nathalie Lagacé forms very believable creatures, which make them all the more disturbing. These seemingly cute babies become alarming with their pig heads and rat-tails. Perhaps the most shocking image is Lagacé’s drawing of a baby with bird legs, but they appear to be cooked, ready for you to pick right off the body. Lagacé has created a series that will not soon leave your mind, as the strange images of these bizarre creatures are unlike any that you will ever see.
This series, titled Legacy, points a stern finger at the way we impact the world around us. Much of her work is strongly environmental, displaying what our actions could possibly cause in the future. These crossbreeds of animals like zebras, pigs, and rabbits with humans represent our “legacy,” what we leave behind. The artist’s work reflects upon nature and our relationship with it, the positive and negative. Her art is full of harsh contrasts, whether it is between two conflicting creatures or the dark graphite against the stark white background. Make sure to check out her other black and white, graphite drawings, which have a similar environmental message. (via Hi-Fructose)
100 mugs in 100 days. The creative duo Charlie and Blair rose to the challenge. The result is a collection of ceramic mugs, hand made and hand painted. Passionate about their work, they were able without any difficulty to create the mugs in a conventional and less conventional way. Adrian ‘Charlie’ is the one making the shapes, while Heather ‘Blair’ paints. The project nourished their excitement and enthusiasm, striving to stay focused and creative at the same time. “It’s that passion and drive that keeps you motivated to create day in and day out”.
The design of the mugs started as commercial. Adrian says the greatest challenge was to innovate. To encounter the risk of facing self doubt, anxiety and failure during the process. Therefore, there’s a clear exploration of shape, form and function. Some pieces end up not representing at all a conventional mug. The paintings on the mugs were inspired by travels to Turkey, Korea and Japan. Heather translated architecture and decorative patterns on mosques, tiles and jewelry into the ornaments of the mugs. She mostly used quirky designs and doodles. There’s an intention to contrast the original and singular shapes with classic color tones. Making each piece unique and one of a kind.
The anonymous wedding photographer from behind the @socalitybarbie instagram account may be delivering one of the greatest social commentaries of our time. The familiar pseudo authenticity and inspirational life quotes that flood Instagram are all so present in our daily social media lives, and, this us just what Socality Barbie seeks to address. The account is full of snaps of Barbie at the trendiest coffee shops, draped in bohemian blankets, or looking flawless at the beach. Part of the inspiration stemmed from the Socality Instagram account itself, a group which describes themselves as a combination of “social natural tendencies assembling in communities”, which may seem vague at first, but delivers a very specific and distinct aesthetic.
Socality Barbie is a hilarious yet striking commentary on how we have become within ourselves, while trying to find our “true selves”. On top of the hazy, heavily edited photographs displayed on the account, the captions under each one bring an extra element of humor by using Instagram buzzwords such as #blessed #liveauthentic and #pnwlife. They sometimes even border the nonsensical: ” I love being a part of this creative community that inspires us to create and encourages us to collaborate with other creatives.”
The creative mind behing Socality Barbie knows just what she is doing, and points it out accurately by stating that:”Either her(Barbie’s) Instagram looks like yours or you know at least one person whose Instagram does”. Through this project, she underlines the desire to be seen as authentic, salt of the earth, true people while achieving just the opposite through our particular use of such media as Instagram,She also underlines the plastic nature of such a self image by pointing our that her use of a “mass produces plastic doll” would express her points on authenticity and originality in the most adequate way.
Anthony and other boxer connecting punches. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)
The crowd consisting of a large number of Charlie’s friends celebrate as Charlie wins his match. (Old Fire House Soho, September, 2012)
Two boxers pair up before their match. (Old Fire House Soho, September, 2012)
Ring girl entertaining the crowd in-between rounds. (Old Fire House Soho, February, 2012)
Photographer Devin Yalkin points an unflinching eye to the underground world of illegal fight nights, capturing their raw intensity. These “Friday Night Throwdowns” happen in secret locations and venues all over New York City. In Yalkin’s series The Old One Two, this hidden world is revealed through intimate, black and white photographs with a Film Noir flavor to them. This powerful series gets you up close and personal to the fighters and the erupting crowd cheering them on. The compositions in this series can be as hazy and chaotic as the fight itself, capturing the true atmosphere of these fight nights. You can see the unrefined aggressiveness and brutality between the fighters, but also feel the excitement and energy from the audience.
Devin Yalkin allows us to take place of the spectator, seeing every bead of sweat and drop of blood on the skin of the fighters. The high tension and motion happening during these Friday Night Throwdown’s can be felt in each photograph. It is as if we are standing next to each eccentric character; the screaming fan, the eager fighter, or the elusive woman in lingerie whose role is somewhat unknown. All of the individuals shown in Yalkin’s series seem to come from all walks of life, having only the love of the fight connecting them.
Make sure to check out Devin Yalin’s new strange and beautiful series Abductions, which captures ominous scenes of which we cannot place, mysterious and alluring.
Takato Yamamoto paints intricate scenes of both delicate beauty and savage darkness. Yamamoto calls his style “Heisei Estheticism,” which blends traditional Ukiyo-e woodblock prints with images of bondage and horror akin to those found in modern manga. Serene-faced girls with bloodstained and skeletal bodies oversee their quiet victims; bodies punctured with arrows twist in what could be agony or sexual ecstasy. Despite his disturbing subject matter, however, Yamamoto never shows violence in its most gratuitous moment; instead, he depicts rising tension, conjuration, and the aftermath—the vampires recoiling with their prey, dark rituals blooming into grotesque beauty, and uncanny sexual encounters.
Sex and death are familiar lovers in Yamamoto’s works, wrapped up together like cadaverous bouquets that manifest the fusion of pleasure and pain. Morality is subsumed into visceral moments of seduction and satisfaction. Despite the brutality, there is a sensuality that emanates from the paintings—one that explores with detail the experiences of the body as it passes over thresholds of desire and mortality. With delicate lines and interwoven forms of beauty and rot, Yamamoto’s erotic nightmares stir the imagination.