Rogan Brown

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on July 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Rogan Brown has a beautiful series of intricately cut paper sculptures called Outbreak, celebrating the fractal patterns of the microscopic natural world.

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In his own words: I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.

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I want to communicate my fascination with the immense complexity and intricacy of natural forms and this is why the process behind my work is so important. Each sculpture is hugely time consuming and labour-intensive and this work is an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece. The finished artefact is really only the ghostly fossilized vestige of this slow, long process of realisation. I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.

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I always enjoy art that draws inspiration from nature, whether it is hyper-real, surreal or entirely fictional in a way that evokes recognition of natural structures. Rogan does a stunning job with this, doesn’t he?

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Japanese “Karakuri”

Posted in antiques, automata, japan with tags , , on July 14, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This is one of the most skilled antique automata I’ve seen. Most have limbs that move, but this one actually carries out the task of drawing a bow and shooting an arrow! This particular masterpiece was made 200 years ago. Watch:

From Wiki:
Karakuri puppets are traditional Japanese mechanized puppets or automata, originally made from the 17th century to 19th century. The word karakuri means “mechanisms” or “trick.” The dolls’ gestures provided a form of entertainment. Three main types of karakuri exist. Butai karakuri were used in theatre. Zashiki karakuri were small and used in homes. Dashi karakui were used in religious festivals, where the puppets were used to perform reenactments of traditional myths and legends.

Artist, anyone?

Posted in anatomy, art, audience participation with tags , , on July 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I found this on Pinterest ages ago, but no artists was credited. Anyone recognize it?

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Sean Ayerst

Posted in craft, sculpture with tags , on July 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m really digging these glass bird skulls by Sean Ayerst. I love his color choices in this first one.

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These would make perfect little paperweights (on my desk, anyway!)
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A google image search did not reveal many glass bird skulls on the market out there. I wonder if Sean is selling these beauties.

Miss Aniela

Posted in fashion, photography, surreal with tags , , on July 10, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Miss Aniela has earned a spot among my favorite photographers.

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I would love to take a photo like this one day (I’d be drooling over this image even if it had no subject and were simply the library)!
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Her Surreal Fashion series is stunning…full of rich, unique scenery.
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Theoretical Part

Posted in art with tags on July 9, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Theoretical Part is a “creative community” of two illustrators from Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

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Most of these works are ink on paper, done in luscious detail.

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There are a number of beautiful typewriter images in the portfolio (which I love, of course), always teeming with wildlife, creatures and growing plants…
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Check out her series of zodiac lettering!
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I Don’t Get Fashion: “ME!”

Posted in absurd, clothing, fashion, humor with tags , , , on July 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Okay, this shirt is patently absurd, but it’s so bad that it’s actually kind of intriguing and mesmerizing.

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While I’d never personally wear it, I’m completely entertained by its existence. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what the statement of this garment may be (aside from the obvious)?
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All I could come up with is “Head of the Narcissist Convention.”

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