Pressed Ferns Transform into Intricate Animal Illustrations

Artist and illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri uses pieces of nature to illustrate the natural world. Her intricate collages use pressed ferns to create butterflies, sea horses, beetles and other wild creatures. Her home in the East Sussex countryside provides much of the inspiration.

Bizarre and Beautiful Architecture Collages Feature Parts from Many Buildings

Take a series of old world buildings, chop up their best bits, and rearrange them with an eye for the surreal and fantastic. That’s the basic recipe behind German graphic artist Matthias Jung’s bizarre collages of fictional architecture. Sitting in a peaceful, pastoral world, each unusual structure strikes a surprising contrast to the natural beauty that surrounds.

Before & After: Vintage Photographs Transformed Into Surreal Collages

UK artist Luke Robson is cutting up the past and rearranging it into these fantastic surrealist collages. His work imagines a retro-future filled with stars, cosmic rays, and space helmets, plus a healthy dose of bizarrely juxtaposed imagery – from dear busts on youthful swimmers, to a moon made of cheese. Giving a peek into his creative process, he recently shared his source imagery, which is fascinating on its own.

Matthieu Bourel Slices Up the Past in His Surreal Photo Collages

Berlin-based artist Matthieu Bourel slices up the past to create these fantastically surreal images. Famous faces like Gregory Peck and Yul Brynner multiply into forms which are both person and sculpture, disturbing and beautiful.

Bourel says he likes “to evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed.”

Cutting Through Layers of Photographs to Reveal Other Times and Spaces

Capturing multiple photographs in exactly the same place, but not quite the same situation, German artist Michel Lamoller places the images into a stack. Then he cuts through to the layers below, selectively revealing portions of the scene and merging them into one image. The result is an incredibly different view of our world, one that not only overlaps time, but space as well.

Coral Reefs Made From Household Supplies Make For One Deep Clean

Ordinary domestic supplies become fantastic coral reefs in the hands of artist Lynn Aldrich. Born in Texas and currently working in Los Angeles, Aldrich artfully arranges sponges, bottle brushes, mop heads, and plungers to mimic colorful deep sea terrain. The squashy neon qualities of household cleaning materials perfectly reflect the porous, wacky, and weird contours found underwater.

Coffee Drawings Change Up The Daily Grind

For Liv Buranday, perhaps the best part of waking up is Folgers all over her tabletop. Initially inspired by her father’s love of his morning cup of joe, the Philippines-based artist sculpts dark-roasted coffee grounds into charming, textured characters using toothpicks and glue. Complementing her silhouettes with objects such as branches and leaves, Buranday composes her illustrations almost completely out of ordinary organic materials–all while adding a strong dose of whimsy along the way.

Flora, Fauna and the Human Body: Stunning Collages are an Anatomical Vision of Nature

Taking the forms of nature found in vintage anatomical textbooks and science guides, collage artist Travis Bedal creates beautiful amalgamations of anatomy, botany and biology. His work is a celebration of the repeating, almost rhythmic forms of nature – here a spiral, there a fold – all created with the various parts of our human body and the flora and fauna that surrounds us.

In Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Skull Scarf, Alexander McQueen Collaborates with Damien Hirst

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the skull scarf by Alexander McQueen. Since it first appeared in his Irere Collection in 2003, the small fashion accessory has become an iconic and much desired item, only gaining more prominence as the years pass. In celebration of the decade since its introduction, Alexander McQueen invited Damien Hirst to team up on an exclusive collection of 30 one-off scarf designs. Is it fashion or is it art? Either way, it’s beautiful.

Beautiful Journalistic Pop-Up Books by Colette Fu: Capturing the Diversity of China’s Southwest Yunnan Province

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For the past 6 years Colette Fu has been photographing the minorities of China’s Southwest Yunnan province, capturing the unique cultures of the region and recreating them in a beautiful way: pop-up books. No, these aren’t your kid’s pop-ups, her creations weave together the complexities of life in 3D form. Her latest series We are Tiger Dragon People 我們是虎 captures local festivals and culinary tastes, popular legends and the weave of local clothing, all with her densely collaged style. It’s the perfect form to represent such a colorfully diverse culture, and it’s all done with a delightfully mature, journalistic eye.