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Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Artists, Blog, Illustration | 2 comments

The Real Boat on Kickstarter. A Project Illustrated by Victoria Antolini.

The Real Boat on Kickstarter. A Project Illustrated by Victoria Antolini.

  Dear friends, Today I want to share a beautiful project that Victoria Antolini is trying to bring to life through a Kickstarter campaign, in collaboration with a wonderful team of creatives. Victoria is a super talented Italian artist and her project is called The Real Boat. The Real Boat is an inspiring story written by Marina Aromshtam, perfect to read to your children in a cozy rainy day. The story is about courage, tenacity, and the wonders of the sea. It all starts with a tiny paper boat that is not satisfied with life in a puddle, and dreams of going far away to the wide and deep ocean. Many of us have been that little paper boat at the beginning of our journeys. The idea is to bring the story of The Real Boat to life in a digital format, (phone, tablets, and computers) so we can experience it with motion and sound. You will also be able to interact with it. I’m excited about the visual part of this project. Victoria is the perfect artist for it...

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic | 1 comment

Alex Sickling’s Ceramics.

Alex Sickling’s Ceramics.

* I love Alex Sickling‘s ceramics so much! Based in Newcastle, UK, she creates one-of-a-kind objects with a playful and naive quality. The artist is available for custom orders and commissions. You can contact her through Etsy, or via email at alexsickling@hotmail.co.uk Images © Alex...

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic, Etc. | 3 comments

Vipoo Srivilasa’s Porcelains.

Vipoo Srivilasa’s Porcelains.

* In 1997 Vipoo Srivilasa moved from Thailand to Australia to undertake a Master of Fine Art and Design (Ceramics) at the University of Tasmania. He now lives and creates in Melbourne, but also travels back to Thailand often.  Vipoo works predominantly in ceramics but he also likes to explore other mediums such as animation and paper . Vipoo’s recent work has been concerned with the ideas of contemporary social, political and ethical issues as well as his experience living between two homes, Australia and Thailand. The works also show his passion for historical ceramic production. You should check his website to see a lot more. He’s so prolific! Images © Vipoo...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic, Etc. | 1 comment

Thérèse Lebrun’s Porcelains.

Thérèse Lebrun’s Porcelains.

* “Since 2004, Thérèse Lebrun has focused on mastering the potentials of paper-thin porcelain. Lebrun creates shapes, objects that are utterly empty. These are reminiscent of remnants of former living things and—dare we say it—living beings, that evolution must have forgotten to finish. Hers is the forgotten world of the past; fossils, petrified plants, and the leftover plant structures with traces of ancient rhythms, order and disorder. She continues her research using the vestiges of a past world or forms that exist only in her imagination. This is evolution that Darwin never dreamed of. Lebrun gives us fragility, translucence, and boundaries in porcelain that touches all manner of once living surfaces. She creates hiding places for imaginary new life forms yet to evolve.”–Puls Contemporary Ceramics Images ©...

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic, Etc. | 1 comment

Aneta Regel’s Ceramics.

Aneta Regel’s Ceramics.

* Aneta Regel grew up in northern Poland, and graduated from the Royal College of London in 2006. I’m so in love with her ceramics. Below is what the artist explains about her work: “I create objects that exist neither in the natural or in the manufactured world, but which, once brought into being, can reflect and transmit information and feelings about nature and my own existence. Forms of nature and natural materials fascinate me. My aim is to juxtapose the natural and human in order to create a dynamic friction. The main focus of my forms lies within the exploration of material qualities and its combinations.” Images © Aneta...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic, Etc. | 0 comments

Elizabeth Shriver’s Ceramics.

Elizabeth Shriver’s Ceramics.

* Elizabeth Shriver‘s work is so beautiful and organic. In the artist’s own words: “I work with clay to create an array of graceful, organic forms.  These pieces are made through a variety of hand-building methods such as slab-building, coiling, pinching, and forming with molds. Rarely relying on glaze, I use textures, stains, and colored clay to add visual and tactile interest.  I am drawn toward neutral earth tones, and my work reflects the natural landscape, plant, and undersea life that are my inspiration. The curving lines of nature inherent in my work generate an illusion of movement, giving each piece an almost lifelike quality.  A successful piece is one that begs to be touched as well as explored visually.” Images © Elizabeth...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Fiber | 1 comment

Catherine Frere-Smith’s Art.

Catherine Frere-Smith’s Art.

* Catherine Bennett (designing under her maiden name Frere-Smith) is a textile designer and artist based in Canterbury, England, United Kingdom. She designs textiles and creates embroidered sculptures inspired by her childhood upbringing in rural Kent. Catherine loves nature and during her time studying at Chelsea College of Art it became the main focus of her work. To learn more about the artist you can visit her website, blog and shop. You can also like her Facebook page for updates. Images © Catherine...

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Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Painting | 0 comments

Alice Wellinger’s Art.

Alice Wellinger’s Art.

* Alice Wellinger is a very talented artist and illustrator based in Lustenau, Austria.  Her work is surreal, ironic, and it deals with the troubles of daily life and childhood memories. I invite you to visit the artist’s website to see more of her paintings. You can also like her Facebook page for updates. Images © Alice...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Fiber | 0 comments

Peggy Osterkamp’s Fiber Art.

Peggy Osterkamp’s Fiber Art.

* I love the delicacy of Peggy Osterkamp‘s fiber work. Once an apprentice to Jim Ahrens in a production studio, Osterkamp has introduced hundreds of students to weaving theory and production weaving. She is also a textile scholar, and offers individual and group weaving programs throughout the country. I invite you to visit the artist’s website to learn more about her work and books on weaving.  Images...

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Illustration | 14 comments

New Handmade Boxes.

New Handmade Boxes.

* Here are 2 more boxes that I made for the new house (first one is here). Can you guess what I used for the bottom of this round box? Surprise! You can try to guess in the comments. I made the lid out of thick paper board (the one used for book binding). Then I decorated it with acrylic paint. I wanted this little one to look like something old found at a flea market. The bird is an imaginary creature; a mix of a giraffe and an extra large turkey. It doesn’t sound very romantic, but it sounds intriguing. I’m planning to use this one for small earrings. What’s the connection between a big bird, a ship, and earrings? Mmm, let me see… While I think about the meaning of the first box, let’s take a look at the second one. Made of foam board, covered with paper and painted with acrylic paint. I always apply several layers of acrylic varnish on these boxes for protection. But I didn’t...

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Fiber, Sculpture | 1 comment

Fabric Sculptures by Natalia Lubieniecka.

Fabric Sculptures by Natalia Lubieniecka.

* Natalia Lubieniecka is a textile artist based in Austria. She creates one-of-a-kind birds and other curious animals using vintage fabric, lace, and other materials. The result is fascinating and intriguing.  Her sculptures seem to belong to some old cabinet of curiosities from the past. I invite you to like her Facebook page for updates and here is her shop. Images © Natalia...

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Inspiration & Thoughts | 3 comments

Carlo Zinelli. And Turning the Art World Inside Out.

Carlo Zinelli. And Turning the Art World Inside Out.

* I want to thank Elizabeth Fens for directing me to Turning the Art World Inside Out, an important documentary that every creative person should watch, specially visual artists. This link will take you to a series of 5 videos (they split up the documentary into 5 videos), to watch them all without interruption just click where it says: Below I’m featuring one of the artists mentioned in Turning the Art World Inside Out. ♠ “Carlo Zinelli (1916-74), is one of the most fascinating and complex personalities among the more important artists whose works reflect the ideas of l’art brut elaborated by Jean Dubuffet, those spontaneous and autonomous creations conceived without reference to models of artistic-visual culture and outside the commercial art world. His work is unusual not only for its exceptional inventiveness and stylistic independence – seen in the paintings of figures, writings and signs made between 1957 and 1974, with their extraordinary variety of forms, colours and combinations – but also for the aesthetic and cultural components that form it, which would...

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