Category: Crafts (page 1 of 2)

Mosaic floor in Brooklyn

This beautiful retro mosaic was recently installed in the entryway of a Brooklyn home. The Brownstone Project is committed to reviving the art of mosaics and offers custom entryway mosaic design and installation services, working with newly emerging craftsmen. I am imagining a beautiful “Athens” mosaic in the entryway of our home!

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A Dozen Greetings’ pack

Owen Gildersleeve is an award winning paper craft artist, based in London. I love this pack of twelve original greeting cards designed by Gildersleeve and packaged in a special gift box. You can order them here.

Art with colorful cut paper

Huntz Liu is a Taiwanese artist based in Los Angeles,  who works with multi-layered paper collage creating the illusion of depth.

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Perfectly matching knitwear

Joseph Ford is a Brighton-based photographer. He created these hilarious camouflage portraits of people wearing knitwear that blend in with their background. The amazing matching knitwear are actually hand-knitted by Nina Dodd.

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.
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