Category: Crafts

Wooden artworks by Jui-Lin Yen

Funny little wooden figures and animals, that also double as vases or key hooks, designed by Taiwanese artist Yen Jui-Lin.

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Paper art by Tayfun Tinmaz

Tayfun Tinmaz is an artist from Istanbul, who creates these amazing birds and fruit paper artworks. Just beautiful!

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The Japanese technique of Nerikomi pottery

Nerikomi pottery looks amazing! A Japanese technique (which is also often called “neriage”) is used for creating mesmerizing patterns with colored clay. This video from artist Tomoro looks so satisfying!!

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia, reverse side

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia, reverse

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Embroidered portraits by Cayce Zavaglia, reverse

These amazing portraits are all created with embroidery. For each artwork, what you see here is, the front and back of the same embroidery. Cayce Zavaglia is an Australian artist, who originally trained as a painter, but switched to embroidery a few years ago. The work is all hand sewn using cotton and silk thread or embroidery wool.

She says: “A few years ago, I turned one of my embroideries over and for the first time saw the possibilities of a new image and path for my work that had been with me in the studio for so long but had gone unnoticed.  It was the presence of another portrait that visibly was so different from the meticulously sewn front image…but perhaps more psychologically profound.  The haphazard beauty found in this verso image created a haunting contrast to the front image and was a world of loose ends, knots, and chaos that could easily translate into the world of paint.”  

She then decided to return to painting and trying to render these very interesting “reverse” images.

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The luxurious style of Bethan Gray’s furniture

Shamsian Nizwa cabinet Bethan Gray

From the Shamsian Nizwa Collection

shaman masirah table Bethan Gray

Table from the Shamsian Nizwa Collection

shamsian stud side table Bethan Gray

From the Shamsian Stud Collection

Brogue side table jade on teal Bethan Gray

Brogue Side Table

slideshow stud side table jade Bethan Gray,

Stud Side Table

I am in love with this designer’s work! Bethan Gray, an award winning Welsh designer has influences from her Indian and Arabic origins and has created a fabulous new furniture collection, that was picked out in the recent London Design Festival.

A few pieces, like the Nizwa cabinet above with solid brass overlay, have been modeled after Omani architecture and was the result of her collaboration with an Iranian traditional craftsman. Gray has a love for detail, tactile textures, and luxurious materials such as semi-precious stones, marble, wood, and leather.

Uppercase & Flow magazines

UPPERCASE 29 magazine cover

Flow international cover

My latest obsessions are Uppercase and Flow. In the beginning of the year I decided to make a gift to myself and finally subscribe to these two magazines.

  • Uppercase is an independent quarterly magazine from Canada, founded by publisher, editor and designer Janine Vangool. Designed with great attention to detail, it covers almost all creative fields. Every issue has a different theme on either design, crafts, illustration or printing and has very little advertising since it is supported by subscriptions around the world. So much fresh talent and creativity to discover! Check out the current issue here. You can also find real gems in the past issues.
  • Flow on the other hand, comes from a big publishing group in the Netherlands (there is an English edition too) but hasn’t lost the personal touch and has a unique independent feel. It is, as the two founders say: “A magazine of unhurried time” “… all about positive psychology, mindfulness, creativity and the beauty of imperfection.”. Flow has a special love for paper: they always have a gift made of paper, they print on different types of paper and they even have a special edition for paper lovers, which is so good I don’t let my kids go near it. All issues have beautiful illustrations and great choice of vintage photography. Check out the current issue here.

Cut It Out – collages by Martin O’Neill

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I just discovered  Martin O’Neill, a London-based illustrator & artist who creates beautiful collages for publishing, advertising, design & installation work.

In order to create his images he combines collage, silkscreen, photography, paint, and digital techniques. I especially love his type collages, there is so much going on, I wish I had larger photos of his work to be able to see the detail.

More lovely work on his website called appropriately “Cut it out

Paper sculptures

Matthew Shlian enneagon Paper sculptures

Matthew Shlian Ara165 Paper sculptures

sphex Matt Salian Paper sculptures

shinola Matt Salian Paper sculptures

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This is Matt Shlian, a paper engineer and artist who makes extraordinary things with paper. His work is often monochromatic, just letting the light and the shadow play with the shapes. These are just a few pieces from his work. Beautiful.

Holly balloon sticks

HOLLY BALLOON STICKS, Christmas crafts

HOLLY BALLOON STICKS, Christmas crafts, girl

I find these Holly Balloon Sticks very appropriate for the day. They are made out of green card stock and balloons! I don’t like complicated arts and crafts for the kids and this looks really simple and at the same time very impressive!

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