ART, DESIGN, CRAFT, AND CULTURE.

By FawnLorn & Myself, this little fellow is the first of our collaborative project and is called Broin the forest Mage. The entire fully articulated armature has been sculpted by FawnLorn and myself; from the handmade clothes, sculpted hands and head — even the silver necklace, and staff. I am also selling the small embroidered patch of Broin’s head on my etsy store which would look perfect on a backpack. Next we will be working on Broin’s familiar and faithful helper, watch this space!

By Takashi Kuribayashi, installed at the Sapporo Art Museum in Japan this expansive installation made from Japanese washi paper allows the viewers to walk beneath the vast white forest and pop up through holes to see the landscape above. Aiming to help the audience consider their relationship to the landscape. 

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By Junior Fritz Jacquet, each little face is formed by squashing a toilet paper roll into a face and fixed with a variety of shellac and pigments to give each one their own character. They have a lovely origami effect, and I can just imagine them talking and moving like little puppets. 

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By Olafur Eliasson, this breathtaking installation at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art of a river running through the museum is astounding. It is such a realistic, natural landscape the museum could have been dropped on top of the river itself for how pristine it looks. This site-specific installation is a focus on experience, and how the viewer senses their surroundings. 

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By Dean Bradshaw, gorgeously filmed and an insightful look into the work of hatter Nick Fouqet, who works making specially crafted hats from beaver fur felts. This is another in a current trend of talented film makers artfully documenting the skills of traditional crafts people that would normally struggle to reach a wide audience with their work. 

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By Cedric Laquieze, perfectly combining and morphing wings, seeds, bones, and body parts (mostly from insects), these incredible mystical faeries are born in all variety of forms. They have a wonderful magic to each individual with the vibrant colours and elaborate headdresses.

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In an effort of self promotion (and motivation to keep it going), I wanted to make a quick post about The Old Needle, the sewing blog, Instagram: @theoldneedle, and Etsy shop I recently set up. 
On a personal note, I, like many other people I know, struggle to keep their craft and art going while juggling a full time job. Working in a school gives me the time and opportunity to have a whole summer to make things — so as it has just begun, I plan to make it one of creativity! 
Feel free to check the blog out, it would mean a lot to me! (I am aware most of the things on there are knitted scarves and therefore not very seasonal, but hey, a guy has to start somewhere!) I’ll be posting some of my more recent sewing projects shortly, and some embroidery I’ve been working on. Thanks guys! 

In an effort of self promotion (and motivation to keep it going), I wanted to make a quick post about The Old Needle, the sewing blog, Instagram: @theoldneedle, and Etsy shop I recently set up. 

On a personal note, I, like many other people I know, struggle to keep their craft and art going while juggling a full time job. Working in a school gives me the time and opportunity to have a whole summer to make things — so as it has just begun, I plan to make it one of creativity! 

Feel free to check the blog out, it would mean a lot to me! (I am aware most of the things on there are knitted scarves and therefore not very seasonal, but hey, a guy has to start somewhere!) I’ll be posting some of my more recent sewing projects shortly, and some embroidery I’ve been working on. Thanks guys! 

By Tatiana Vinogradova, this appropriately haunting, dimly lit series of gorgeous portraits are of gay men in Russia and gives some of their experiences in a country that has shown some very hostile homophobic attitudes of late. If you click on each image or on the artists website, you can read some of the troubling, and deeply touching comments from the individuals in the images. 

“In Russia the level of intolerance toward homosexuality has been rising sharply. A 2013 survey found that 74% of Russians said homosexuality should not be accepted by society. 16% of Russians surveyed said that gay people should be isolated from society, 22% said they should be forced to undergo treatment, and 5% said homosexuals should be “liquidated”.”

By Jolan Van der Weil, by combining a liquid clay slip with a metallic powder the artist is able to set magnets around each sculpture as he pipes the mixture it is pulled into these curious shapes. See a film of the process here.  

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By Yumi Okita, these gorgeous hand embroidered moths are deceptively large with some reaching almost a foot wide, the technical sewing skills you can see on the wings are perfection and such beautiful variety. 

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