Roundhouse Works

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Through Roundhouse Works, Ted has expanded his idea of “the kind of birdhouse I, myself, would want to own” into an outdoor jewel of aesthetics, function and green construction using lovingly reclaimed materials.  READ MORE

January 28th, 2014

Landfill Harmonic

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A new documentary due out in late 2013 tells an amazing tale of a small town in Paraguay, where almost every family, including the kids, work in a landfill that is, quite literally, right under their homes. It’s a life of poverty, gangs and drugs that hadn’t previously presented much chance to do more. But a group of brave and talented kids have today crossed paths with two very dedicated and creative men, Favio Chávez and Nicolás Gómez. Between the two of them, these men have planted seeds amidst the garbage for a joyful experience; growing hope, instruments and a love of Mozart.  READ MORE

January 28th, 2014

Katie Poterala

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Our super-connected globe and its fluctuating resources have redefined for many what makes an item most valuable to them. What’s deemed “precious” is a matter of personal choice, but also often a function of how design and materials stand up against both actual time and the shortening waves of our attention spans.

Katie Poterala, a South Carolina artist, creates complex adornments that are both functional and an exploration of the preciousness of jewelry itself.   READ MORE

January 28th, 2014

Formia Design

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A mother of two, Mia was looking for the perfect gift for her daughter’s preschool teacher. While recognizing that jewelry would be easy, she really wanted something that would demonstrate her daughter’s participation as well. So she asked her daughter to draw something for her teacher. Out came her preschooler’s fairly random scribbles, which Mia then decided to recreate, as exactly as possible, into a pair of sterling silver dangly earrings.  READ MORE

January 27th, 2014

Ulani

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Jewelry maker and graphic designer, Lana Bragina, from Hamburg, Germany, is one who particularly tweaked my curiosity with her extremely unique combinations of infographics and crochet. Yeah. Right? Infographics and crochet. I just had to pick her brain…   READ MORE

January 27th, 2014

Ancient Art of Stone

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Enhancing our connections with nature by getting outside, camping, hiking, gardening – many communities and individuals strive to strike a balance between our convenient manufactured existence and the living, breathing environment that surrounds us. Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl at Ancient Art of Stone help to integrate these seemingly at-odds environs by bringing nature to us, into our homes and offices, in a bold, organic way. And they do this as shamans and healers might, handling both stones and people with attunement, finesse and respect.  READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

Artists for Humanity

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“…with real clients and real money, it’s real expectations and young people appreciate that.” READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

Child’s Own Studio

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I’ve always been a huge fan of children’s art. In addition, I’m a parent and what parent doesn’t have keepsakes of certain favorite artwork – adorable “monsters” and imaginary friends? In 2007, Wendy Tsao got out her material scraps, needle and thread and recreated one of her son’s drawings as a 3D “softie.”  READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

The Farmery

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One of our favorite blogs, UrbanGardens, recently showcased The Farmery, a new KickStarter project prototyping small, modular farm/retail store combinations meant to allow urban customers access to both fresh pick-your-own produce and local artisan farmer’s products, all in one accessible, well-designed greenhouse.  READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

Blaschka Glass

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In the late 1800‘s, the father and son team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka created an astonishingly large collection of over 3000 floral and invertebrate scientific models – learning tools that were, in many ways, even more fragile than their living counterparts, as they were made entirely of glass.  READ MORE

January 24th, 2014

Luke Jerram

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Faced with one of these sculptures, I’m reminded yet again about the miracles and surprising beauty inherent in life itself; a gorgeous dignity that’s never reserved only for one species but found in mankind’s friends and foes alike if we stop to look.  READ MORE

 

January 24th, 2014

Jennifer Corona Makeup

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What is it like, adding bruises, tears and decomposition to glowing healthy skin? What motivates people to choose bodies as their canvas?

We traced a couple of our favorite artsy/scary faces to a fabulous girlpower team of Jennifer Corona and Shannon Brooke who have produced and photographed some startling transformations.  READ MORE

January 23rd, 2014

Joy Ude

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Joy Ude is exploring. After initiating a smart entrance into the fashion world, working for companies such as G-Unit Clothing, Apple Bottoms by Nelly, Dockers and Levis, she has returned to get a Master’s degree in Fibers at the University of North Texas. She’s allowing herself to explore both externally, into the mechanics and tactile beginnings of fashion, but also internally as well. She’s bringing deep personal interests into her work now.  READ MORE

January 23rd, 2014

The Haunted Construction Company

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Over 5 years ago, Tommy was laid off from his day job at a large electric company. With new found time on his hands and All Hallow’s Eve approaching, he took a cue from his architect brother-in-law and built himself a model home… with a serious terror twist.  READ MORE

January 23rd, 2014

Jane Churchill

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Not only were her designs creative, textured and painterly, but she had a wide range of expressions as an artist: she took set designing in all directions – going large with community groups, installations for local businesses and, I learned, recent explorations into immersive theatrical happenings; then going within and very small, building multi-media and found object boxes each telling an enthralling story. In her latest work, she seems to be combining all of the above.  READ MORE

January 23rd, 2014

Funny Farm Toy Barn

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Well, okay, it’s not JUST about ponies, though the 3 year old might tell you differently. Actually it’s about making, fun, creativity and family. Artizen discovered the amazing Lund family – Mom, Dad and 9 kids all living at home on a 50 acre homestead in Michigan. These folks manage to not only care well for each other and their farm every day, but also lovingly create enough to share. This is as close to the famous elvin toy makers as I can imagine and it’s the real thing.  READ MORE

January 23rd, 2014

Karla Erickson

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The Etsy shop, cacoondesigns, is filled with fabric artist, karna erickson’s sewn creations – everything from village cottages to toadstools to a menagerie of inhabitants. It’s a patchwork wonderland made from upcycled material and embroidery.  READ MORE

January 23rd, 2014

2Shape Sand Sculptors

 

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We interviewed one of the spectacular teams that will be visiting in Virginia, husband and wife, Hanneke Supply and Martijn Rijerse. Their individual styles have intertwined over the years, giving their pieces intricate details and surprising forms synergized with warmth and personality.  READ MORE

January 22nd, 2014

Nozick Designs

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I ran into Alex and Josh Nozick’s furniture booth at a huge Baltimore artisan show and in my first sweeping glance, I thought to myself “These guys raid metal junk heaps and abandoned cars.”  READ MORE

January 22nd, 2014

Cornelia Konrads

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Philosophy animates Cornelia Konrads’ artwork as much as any aesthetic element she chooses to explore. Not only does the viewer get a sense of intense organic connection with many of her pieces, but, almost more importantly, they are led in quiet solitude to determine the moment in time and reality captured through the works.  READ MORE

January 22nd, 2014

Scott Weaver

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Picking Scott’s brain about his creativity and hearing his personal tales about the bits and pieces of his sculpture, Rolling Through the Bay, was like enjoying a mug of cocoa – both luscious and nurturing… READ MORE

November 19th, 2013

GadgetSponge

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Art. Sometimes it’s collected, displayed, and dusted. Other times it’s hidden away from the world due to it’s irreplaceable value. And then there is art that participates in everyday living – like the scrap-hacky birdhouses, lamps and other creations by Brian Carlisle at GadgetSponge.com… READ MORE

 

November 19th, 2013

Denny Wainscott

 

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But when Denny walked over to introduce himself at one of the largest shows in the US, I had to fess up that I hadn’t ever really given gourds much of a second glance until I rounded the corner into his booth.

 

Suddenly, I was staring at $10,000 to $20,000 vessels that obviously took hours of meticulous carving. Not in Kansas anymore. Turns out I was in Indiana… READ MORE

 

November 19th, 2013

Scott Marr Pyrography

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Artizen contributor, Beth Golden, recently caught up with Scott Marr, an Australian artist working with natural materials and pyrography, the practice of burning an image onto a surface using specially designed tools. READ MORE

November 19th, 2013

Bel Y Bel

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“We admire the brilliant design of classical vehicles, such as the legendary Vespa Scooter or our beloved SEAT 600. From that admiration, we began to work with these old pieces in order to give [renewed] validity to their great style.” READ MORE

November 19th, 2013

Kasey McMahon

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Kasey McMahon is a multimedia artist based in Los Angeles and we especially loved her Social Animal Series focusing on individual’s interactions with technology and each other. Read More

November 19th, 2013

NeSpoon

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Polish artist, Nespoon  delightfully riveted my attention with intricate, beautiful lacy patterns tucked away in urban environments. Some I viewed were spray paint, some were textiles and many were ceramic. Their complexity showed care and skill; the lace seemed to me to show a certain respect for beauty and craft while their placement showed equal parts gutsy response and joyful decoration.  READ MORE

November 18th, 2013

Jane Auciello Eggshell Batik

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Jane Auciello, a Steeles Tavern, Virginia artisan, creates intricate (and sturdy, mind you!) artwork on eggshells using an age-old batik, or wax-relief, process.  READ MORE

June 28th, 2013

Julien Breton

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“The process is simple,” says Julien Breton. “A camera is on a tripod, in the night.”  READ MORE

June 28th, 2013

Chomick and Meder

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“Can you think of a more satisfying way to live than making a dancing monkey in a tutu?” ask Chris Chomick and Peter Meder. Their answer to this dilemma is an emphatic no! Chomick and Meder are full-time automata makers, which means they really do spend their days constructing quirky, strange, and unusual-looking doll-like animated figures.  READ MORE

June 28th, 2013

Jean-Marc Laroche

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In 2010, French artist, Jean-Marc Laroche, created a series of love-making skeletons for an exhibit at the Museum of Eroticism in Paris with the title “Les Amants Du Neant (Lovers from the Hereafter).” This exhibit ran for 6 months and received over 80,000 visitors.  READ MORE

June 28th, 2013

Tracy Barnes Balloons

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While balloons are awe-inspiringly beautiful and his were no exception, Tracy Barnes also brought to the aesthetics an attention to detail and a scientific mind that would change hot air ballooning for years to come.  READ MORE

June 27th, 2013

Apocalego

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Many LEGO “genres” have a solid following of amateur enthusiasts and apparently ApocaLEGO is a big category. Their rambling exhibit took hard plastic and turned it into snowy, organic destruction.  READ MORE

June 27th, 2013

Nathan Sawaya

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In 2007, Stephen Colbert actually asked Nathan Sawaya during his guest appearance, if becoming a LEGO artist was the “best way you could think of to tell your parents to go to hell?”  READ MORE

June 27th, 2013

HaleyJ

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Haley J, available via her website www.HaleyJ.com, paints with your flowers, creating arrangements flattened and preserved beautifully and forever using techniques she’s developed over 10 years of working with natural materials.  READ MORE

June 27th, 2013

Rapt in Maille

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“With chainmaille, you really just have to dig in and experiment with the idea you have in your head, especially since weight and gravity play a major role.”   READ MORE

June 27th, 2013

Kali Butterfly

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What once meant the difference between life and death on the Medieval battlefield is now turning heads in the art world.  READ MORE

June 27th, 2013

Natures Shapes

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With a love of surfing and a desire to craft, Mike Becker used his mechanical and hands-on abilities to create the Natures Shapes label when he was sixteen. The name for the company, Natures Shapes, came naturally to him when he was thinking about how the boards should be created, “Each board should be flawless and become part of nature, or one of nature’s shapes,”… READ MORE

June 26th, 2013

Artisan Builders Collective

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After soaking up pictures of organic nooks and crannies, winding, twisting wood and stone, I signed deeply and then went off to find the facts about this fairy tale environment. READ MORE

June 26th, 2013

Frank Buchwald

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Frank Buchwald studied design at the University of the Arts in Berlin and it’s here that his studio now resides. Having been a freelance painter and illustrator, self-employed since 1993, Buchwald progressed into designing and manufacturing furniture and “machine objects.” His light objects were begun in 2002.  READ MORE

June 26th, 2013

The Steampunked Home

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If you dropped by my house you’d probably be disappointed. Because it’s simply not very steampunk. I do have plans, but none have come to fruition. However, a couple of weeks ago I was invited by Bruce Rosenbaum to visit his home in Sharon, Massachusetts and what I found there was just stunning!  READ MORE

June 26th, 2013

Sushipot

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You can create your own “quilt” and change it up all the time by picking and choosing from these adorable, retro assemblage and collage blocks made by SushiPot, aka. Suzanna Scott.  READ MORE

June 10th, 2013