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Strange Remains Week: Memorial Glass

Posted in art, death, sculpture with tags , , on March 20, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

A number of websites now offer hand blown glass sculptures that incorporate cremains.

Memory Glass creates orbs that resemble fancy paperweights (not to diminish the concept), using ashes in one of a kind designs. I love how this one looks like DNA.

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Depending on the keepsake you wish to order, a number of options must be selected for each piece.

*For Memory Glass Orbs & Hearts, our handmade wooden stands with LED light clusters are available to light up the pieces from the bottom.
*Memory Glass Pendants include a Black Leather Cord at no additional cost, but you are welcome to choose a Sterling Silver, or 14k Yellow or White Gold chain to hang your pendant.
*Memory Glass Touchstones include a black 3d Suspension Box to display your touchstone proudly.

The Edge Art Gallery goes a step further and not only makes orbs, like this psychedelic swirl…

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…but functional objects!
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What do you think of memorial glass?

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.

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Some have strange scenery painted on them…
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Others have what look like the natural scales and markings of creatures from a colorful parallel world.
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And some contain the cosmos!
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Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev
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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.

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How gorgeous are these grand fire birds?
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But if you want something completely different…how about a snake in a purple hat?
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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?
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This one is simply called CAT SCIENTIST.
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Bailey Henderson

Posted in sculpture, sea, vintage with tags , , on February 24, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Toronto based illustrator and sculptor Bailey Henderson works in a variety of mediums; oil paint, bronze, resin casting.

I’m partial to her Monstrorum Marines series, which recreates the images of mythological sea beasties depicted on Medieval maps.
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Her detail is as fine as the pen and brush strokes on those antiquated documents. Gorgeous.
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Her bronze castings are nice done as well.
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GritsFx

Posted in monsters, sculpture, sea with tags , , on February 19, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I was just admiring this awesome sculpted aquatic monster bust from GritsFx. Gaze into its unfeeling reptilian eyes…

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Check out those gills and the texture of its skin:
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And its shiny fish lips.
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Excellent work on this fellow.

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Maude White

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on January 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you the expert paper carvings of Maude White, whose work ranks amongst the most delicate, intricate paper work I’ve seen. I’m flabbergasted by what she does with hair!

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Her artist statement is quite interesting:

I come from a family of visual storytellers. I have always believed that our vision is as important as our hearing when we communicate. Very rarely do we rely on words alone. It is what we see, and how our brains interpret what we see that shapes our perceptions and actions. I began cutting paper with that understanding. I want my art to communicate to the observer what my words cannot do effectively.

When I was a child I thought a great deal about hidden spaces. The intimacy, the hushed secrecy – I was always looking underneath objects, or through them. I have always believed that if you look hard enough, you will see something precious and new, or, perhaps, something incredibly ancient and sacred.

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When I cut paper, I feel as if I am peeling back the outer, superficial layer of our vision to reveal the secret space beneath. With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story. Letting the observer become present in the piece allows him or her to look through it. I like the idea of the stark contrast between the black and white paper, and the cut nature of the work makes my art more three-dimensional than paint on canvas.

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I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me. No matter how small my cuts the paper holds. There is a certain comfort in that, a comfort I enjoy. I feel that there are very few things in the world as reliable and constant as paper. Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries. By respecting and honoring paper for what it is, and not considering it a stepping-stone to something greater, I feel like I am communicating some of the pleasure it brings to me. I am not creating for Art’s sake. I am creating for Paper’s sake, to make visible the stories that every piece of paper attempts to communicate to us.

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The shadow projections each piece creates are incredible:
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Erika Sanada

Posted in sculpture with tags on January 19, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Erika Sanada creates bizarre, dreamy creatures, whose soft pastel colors belie the unsettling nature of their physical anomalies.

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The texture of their skin appears almost human, as blank white eyes stare out from their loneliness and suffering (though certainly not all of her creations are tortured; some are simply keeping each other company in serene, mutual strangeness).
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From the artist statement:
My work reflects the weird and the creepy; I am fascinated with the dark side. “Odd Things” is my current body of work and I use ceramic for making bizarre creatures. They have extra body parts such as multiple arms, legs, teeth and ears. These are how I express my sensitive mind. There are two reasons I create misshapen and abnormal work. One is my bitter childhood and the second is my constant anxieties.
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I have had an anxious personality since I was a child. I worry about everything, even tiny things. Anxiety drags my mind to the dark side, which is more powerful and intense than my bright side. Sometimes I can’t move forward because I am emotionally paralyzed. I decided to go face-to-face with my anxieties by creating irregular and eerie creatures representing my dark side. As a result, these creatures show my twisted mind as I try to overcome anxiety through my creation.

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While I hate to hear of a fellow human being struggling with anxiety, creativity can be an intensely positive channel. Amazing work, Erica!

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