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Gabriel Schama

Posted in art, craft, paper with tags , , on March 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Gabriel Schama makes incredible large scale laser cut pieces (click photos to enlarge). The depth and texture are mesmerizing!


Each layer is cut and mounted, one by one, allowing the shapes and forms to evolve in ways even the artist himself doesn’t plan (aside from the initial cutout shape). Isn’t it wonderful that they grow like organisms?

It’s like geometric shapes that have melted and broken free from the confines of their own rigid lines!

I love his three dimensional mandalas!

See a time lapse video of some hand cut work:

Gabriel Schama

Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev

Posted in craft, sculpture with tags , on March 12, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Graphic artist and painter team Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev make tiny porcelain creatures with a wild array of finely detailed whimsical designs.


Some have strange scenery painted on them…

Others have what look like the natural scales and markings of creatures from a colorful parallel world.

And some contain the cosmos!


Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev

Light Figurine

Posted in craft, sculpture with tags , on February 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Light Figurine caught my eye with stunning phoenix sculptures. The blue phoenix appears floating in flight.


How gorgeous are these grand fire birds?

But if you want something completely different…how about a snake in a purple hat?

Or a snake in a straw hat? Until now, I’d never given much thought to the potential existence of chapeau shops for snakes. But the natural world is full of surprises, isn’t it?

This one is simply called CAT SCIENTIST.
cat scientist

Light Figurine

Calisto Jewelry

Posted in craft, jewelry with tags , on February 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Calisto Jewelry has a touching little story behind it, told by the daughter of the creator.


About a year ago, my father (45) came to me and showed me a piece of jewelry he made out of scrap metal. The jewelry junkie inside me felt like my world had just turned upside down.


I was full of surprise, admiration and love for my father who just lost his job but still remained a creative person that never stopped using his hands to bring some beauty and magic to the world.


From that day on we’ve been designing different types of pendants, earrings and bracelets, all inspired by mythology, ancient cultures, Indian tribes, Celtic symbols, etc. My father is a real modern polymath: he draws beautifully with both hands, carves sculptures out of wood, used to be a tattoo artist for a while and now, he makes beautiful jewelry.


There are some really stunning pieces in his collection, all of which are one of a kind (never duplicated), and he takes requests!

Calisto Jewelry
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Jordan Elise: Horrible Adorables

Posted in craft, plush, taxidermy with tags , , on February 17, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Jordan Elise makes delightfully unique faux taxidermy creatures she calls Horrible Adorables.


I like her layered felt technique. Who would’ve thought to make animals out of multicolored felt, cut and positioned like scales? Now that’s imagination!


Some of the eyes are eerily real, which (in my opinion) is a great design element.

Wouldn’t one of these be excellent in a child’s bedroom? I wish I’d had a Horrible Adorable as a kid!



Horrible Adorables


Posted in craft, day of the dead, dolls, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on February 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I came across a Flickr stream with some beautiful doll modifications.

Bright and striking Day of the Dead figures…

A goddess of destruction, here and there.

A seductive Venus Fly Trap.

They are even gorgeous while in progress.

And lastly, my absolute favorite of the bunch. A gorgeous tribal priestess? Shamaness?

She’s hypnotic.


Marina Yamkoskaia: The Owls That Fooled the Internet

Posted in craft, plush, you can't handle the cute with tags , , on February 10, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

A few weeks ago, I posted these adorable little creatures in a Desktop Goodies roundup.

A helpful reader linked me to the Snopes article debunking the claim that these are indeed real animals (my sources said they were, and in this case I didn’t do any further research! I wanted to believe!).


These babies are the work of plush artist Marina Yamkoskaia, and her other creations are every bit as capable of activating extreme cuteness aggression.



So…much…CUTE…can’t handle…the…CUTE!

Marina Yamkoskaia


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