How about some marvelous monsters and other strange goodies? Today I bring you the captivating creatures of Juan Jose Surace.
Archive for the sea Category
Yes, this is embroidery!
Meredith Woolnough sews intricate leaves, coral and other forms found in nature on her sewing machine with a special fabric that dissolves in water, leaving only the gorgeously fragile skeleton of the design.
I love the way she mounts them on a crisp white background to show the subtle shadows.
Nanami Cowdroy creates gorgeously detailed, lively monochromatic paintings.
Her pieces are whimsical, elaborate and imaginative, often combining mismatched elements.
She was born in Sydney, but has also been deeply influenced by her Japanese heritage. The magic happens where the two intersect.
From the artist bio:
Referring to Tokyo as “a big concrete mass,” she says she finds the lack of space and the size of its population ultimately incredibly inspiring. “What could be viewed as ‘ugly’ like tangled up power lines, cramped alleys and gritty streets, I feel has it’s own ‘raw’ appeal … as it’s not trying to cover up anything.”
In contrast, Sydney is her complementary muse and a fitting balance to the mega metropolis of Tokyo. “We’re lucky to have such great open spaces, and leafy areas in and around the city. It’s not that hard to find a place to sit down and take a break, or catch a breathe away from the concrete shadows.”
We also see fish and sea creatures recurring in her work. Cowdroy sees them as the ultimate embodiment of contrast; “elegant and quirky, delicate yet spirited.”
Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka were a German father and son glass sculpting team who created stunning, detailed biological models in the 1800’s.
As a child, Leopold was a apprenticed to a goldsmith and gem cutter. He then gained experience in the family business making glass ornaments and glass eyes, during which time he developed a technique which he termed “glass-spinning” (allowing highly precise works in glass).
His son Rudolph assisted him in making 131 marine invertebrate models in a single year (circa 1880), and after a great deal of effort and prodding by proprietor George Lincoln Goodale, their work ended up in the Harvard Botanical museum.
I wonder how many of these beauties are surviving today. These photos are taken from Guido Mofacio’s photography exhibit, on display at Hamilton’s Gallery until May 24th, 2016.
Oh thank you, Rachel, for this…and your other invaluable contributions to this post.