I first thought that this amazing work was done by Chinese artists. But despite the name, Zim&Zou are two french artists, based in Dordogne, France. Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann first studied graphic design, but then decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials. Their favorite material is basically paper. It blows my mind how these artists dedicate their time to manipulate paper, creating beautiful intricate and colorful sculptures. Selected clients include Hermès, IBM, Microsoft, TIME, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel and the Nobel Prize Museum.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.