Month: June 2016

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Interview: John Lopez | Sculpture Welded Art

Sculptor John Lopez may be an understated ranch boy at heart but his sculptures are anything but. They are big, bold and magnificent, soaring high into the prairie skies of South Dakota where he was born, raised and still resides. After starting out sculpting in bronze, John soon discovered the appeal of scrap metal which he re-purposes from ranches and uses to create, in the main, ginormous, powerful beasts from buffalo to bison, horses and rhinos. The Friesian horse featured at the top was created from the leftover remains of a valuable collection of John Deere tractors that were burnt in a fire. John says, ‘My friend Kenny Tomac and I dug through the ruins to find so many plow discs that the Friesian ended up with eight, giving it a more unified feel than the other horses in the Grand River Series. I used the hames for the muscles in the neck and hind leg, a pitchfork in the neck, steel scoop shovels for the shoulders, and real horse shoes on the hooves.’ The success of …

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4 Things I Found This Week

Today’s post features four very different things made my four very different people. From the pretty to the utterly divine, they all embrace attention to detail and an element of perfectionism. From top left to right: These beautiful flowers are in fact pencil shavings! Can you imagine perfecting the art of pencil shaving to produce such gems? Japanese artist Haruka Misawa cleverly rolls printing paper featuring colour gradation into the shape of a pencil and sharpens it. See more at Lost at E Minor. And you thought those looked fiddly? What about Amsterdam-based designer Rosa de Jong‘s Micro Matter series where she creates miniature camp-sites, trailers, tree-houses and suspends them in glass beakers. Find out more at Hiconsumption. Rosa will also be selling them soon here. If you’re a sucker for a perfect triangle, these cute DIY leather pouches can be easily made if you follow the instructions from Molly of Almost Makes Perfect. Warning: You’ll need to be good at folding and hole-punching. Yum, yum, yum and yum. Yes, you can eat these ombre ice creams but only if you’ve …

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Interview: Susan Beech | A Petal Unfolds

Glancing at Susan Beech’s website or Instagram photos you’d be forgiven for thinking you were looking at the work of a florist. And perhaps for Susan that’s the best compliment she could get. For all her flowers are made of paper. Not only is Susan’s work beautiful and inspiring but so is her story of how she has turned a craft passion into a full-time business. Read on to find out more … Please introduce yourself and tell us how you’ve ended up where you are today. I’m Susan Beech and I’m a paper flower artist working under my brand name A Petal Unfolds. I originally studied fine arts at university and at that point was working mainly with photography. A few years ago I became restless with my photographic work and wanted to go back to making things with my hands. I tried a variety of crafts, but it was paper flowers that I found the most interesting. In 2014 I changed my life, quitting an uninspiring office job to give me time to focus on …

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Surrealism with Brock Davis

Artist and ad-man Brock Davis nails it with his surreal photographs, in which he says, ‘The familiar becomes new, the ordinary, extraordinary’. Just like these kernels, salt sprinkles and popcorn … These pencils and rubberbands … This peeled banana … This cheese grater, he calls ‘The burning building’ … This foot and ice cream … Check out more of Brock’s work on Instagram @brockdavis and his website ‘It is the world that made you small’.