Livia Martin: Broken Things

Posted in sculpture with tags , , on August 12, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Check out these pieces in Livia Martin’s Broken Things series.

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These silk screened plaster sculptures appear to be ceramics/china melting onto the table. I love how she extends the patterns!

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I wish there were more closeups on her site, but you get the idea.

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Livia Martin

Agne Gintalaite: Beauty Remains

Posted in decay, photography with tags , , on August 11, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

One of my favorite things about art in general is its ability to reframe the utterly mundane aspects of life in a way that enables us to find beauty where we least expect it. I bet if I asked you to name something beautiful, “Lithuanian garage doors” wouldn’t be first on your list. But Agne Gintalaite saw something in these often ignored structures and created the Beauty Remains project.

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In her own words:
I have always been attracted by a peculiar phenomenon of late socialism, large garage areas, called ‘garage towns’ in Lithuanian. Spanning extensive areas, these garages were part of the social fabric…Clearly, such garages were not just a matter of convenience, but rather homes for cars, which in turn were not so much a means of transport, but rather mechanical pets, that required time, attention and an array of extraordinary tools to fix them.

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By documenting these objects that are, most likely, about to disappear from Lithuanian society, I wished to communicate to the viewer the ambivalent, aesthetic, but also human significance of these garage doors.
Beautifully [painted], these doors do not need be explained to the beholder. It is the fascinating play of colour and texture that I attempted to capture with my camera.

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But in doing that I found myself documenting human dignity: the dignity of the garage owners, elderly, definitely not rich people, who, by sticking to their property, garages, literally maintain their ground in an urban landscape on which big businesses increasingly make claim.

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Agne Gintalaite

Kari-Lise Alexander

Posted in art with tags , , on August 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I adore this new painting by Kari-Lise Alexander.

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I first saw this detail on Instagram and it completely took my breath away. THOSE HANDS; so delicate and feminine, tinged with an undeniable darkness.
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Her work makes the viewer feel as if he or she has glimpsed a private moment in the lives of her subjects, who are often beautiful, graceful women of great depth.
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Kari-Lise Alexander

Martin Tomsky

Posted in craft with tags , , , on August 8, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Martin Tomsky has been showing up a lot in my Pinterest suggestions…for good reason.

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From the artist bio:
I am a London based artist who creates illustrative, relief pieces built up from layers of laser cut, stained plywood. These range in size and shape from very small items of jewellery to much larger, bespoke artworks. Each piece is hand assembled to create a unique, organic object that bridges the gap between craft, illustration and sculpture.

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The effect he creates is awesome…
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While I’m incredibly impressed by the level of detail in the larger, wild compositions, this may be my absolute favorite. The tea really makes the piece.
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Martin Tomsky

The Medieval Scapini Tarot

Posted in antiques, art, illustration, tarot with tags , , , , on August 6, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve just started looking through the decks at Tarot Tator and the Medieval Scapini Tarot caught my eye. Some of these cards are truly awesome.

Death:
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That may be my favorite card. Death is so elegantly poised (seemingly in the midst of dance) on a sea of the drowning and/or dead.

The Hermit:
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I love that the Hermit is also walking on water…and is an actual giant. I relate very much to the Hermit, so it makes me happy to see him so empowered (as opposed to the sullen version in the Rider Waite deck). The symbolism in this card is among the richest I’ve seen in various depictions of the Hermit.

Ace of Wands:
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There is a lot going on here. Fiery, chaotic, generative magic! Rock on.

Ten of Swords (come on…swords, containing figures holding swords. How meta. The blood is a nice touch, too).
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See the whole deck: Medieval Scapini Tarot

Dylan Kehde Roelofs

Posted in lighting, sculpture with tags , , on August 6, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Dylan Kehde Roelofs specializes in incandescent sculptures.

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These Edison style bulbs and their surrounding structures are hand blown. Roelofs claims to have started creating them as “a reaction against the soulless glow of low-energy bulbs.”

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He also has collections of incredible bottles.

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Dylan Kehde Roelofs

Masayoshi Matsumoto: Balloon Animals

Posted in craft, creatures with tags , , , on August 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Where was Masayoshi Matsumoto when I was a kid having birthday parties? I’d absolutely love his balloon sculptures at my future parties for adults, too.

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Check out his site for many more badass, beautiful balloon beasts.

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