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Kirk McGuire: Cephalopod Tables

Posted in furniture, home, sculpture, sea, wish list with tags , , , , on July 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Now THIS is how you hold up a pane of glass for a coffee table! Kirk McGuire has a series of bronze sculpture tables that add a dash of marine adornment to the home.

The octopus is definitely my favorite.
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But the giant squid is pretty great, too.
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And the leafy sea dragon is a bit more understated, which is nice if you don’t opt for the bold look of cephalopods.
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Kirk McGuire
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Ellen Rixford

Posted in automata, craft, puppets, sculpture with tags , , , on July 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Ellen Rixford creates mixed media puppets, sculptures and automata that are fun, beautiful, imaginative and full of character.

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One of my favorites in her portfolio:
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I haven’t seen many artists do cloth portraits of this type, but I think it works!
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Ellen Rixford

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 But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.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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Rogan Brown
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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.

Justin Gershenson-Gates

Posted in creatures, nature with tags , on June 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My lovely friend Lynn introduced me to the work of Justin Gershenson-Gates; amazing insects, arachnids and pendants made of recycled watch parts.

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He states: The grandson of a railroad man, the son of a gearhead, my life has been filled with all things mechanical. As a child, I would take my toys apart in order to see how they worked, but was never able to put them back together again. Now, I take dead old watches from the top drawers of the world, and rearrange their bits and widgets into whimsical designs.

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My aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. My pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.

I think he succeeds at that aim, don’t you?

This pendant is absolute genius. Look at the delicate detail on the hand! It’s perfectly constructed.

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Justin Gershenson-Gates

TomTov

Posted in craft, sculpture, you can't handle the cute with tags , , on May 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

What a fun find! TomTov makes amazing little creatures, crafted around real seashells. How creative he is with his incorporation of shell shape!

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Awww…
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Look at this lonely fellow. Don’t you just want to pick him up and tell him it’s going to be okay?
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Smile!
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TomTov
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Edward Keinholz

Posted in installations, oddities, sculpture with tags , , on May 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you the evocative assemblages of Edward Keinholz, most of which contain a dash of sharp satire and/or criticisms of modern life (works range from the 1960’s-1980’s).

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Although he obtained no formal training, Keinholz grew up on a farm where he learned carpentry, drafting and mechanical skills.

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His roster of formal jobs is as eclectic as his artistic endeavors: orderly in a psychiatric hospital, manager of a dance band, used car salesman, caterer, decorator and vacuum cleaner salesman.

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Edward Keinholz

Aris Kolokontes

Posted in craft, monsters, sculpture with tags , , on May 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Aris Kolokontes has a gallery of wonderful monster sculptures and busts. Look at the texture he achieves here!

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They appear…lifelike.
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Aris Kolokontes

Mealy Monster Land

Posted in craft, dolls, sculpture with tags , , on May 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today’s one of a kind, bug-eyed art dolls come from Mealy Monster Land.

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Caption for this guy, anyone?
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Amazing…
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For the Halloween lovers there are many pumpkin heads.
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And some frazzled snowmen to keep the yuletide…interesting.
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Mealy Monster Land

Cristina Burns

Posted in candy coated nightmares, craft, sculpture with tags , , on May 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Here’s something sweet (in the SWS way) for Mother’s Day. Cristina Burns makes eye catching assemblages, populated with plenty of skulls, flowers and candy.

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I love her “still life” setups…in the past I’ve decorated my house for parties like this:
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Bones, brains, sugar, pills, kitschy creatures…
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Where are the florists that sell arrangements like this?
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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Cristina Burns

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