Delicate Leaves Transformed Into Beautiful Bowls

It’s hard to create things more beautiful than the things nature creates on its own. The radiance and uniqueness of gorgeous flowers. The twisting branches of a tree. The intricate veins of a leaf. Every feature helping the organism to survive, yet unbelievably gorgeous to the eye. The veins of a leaf, remarkably similar to the veins that run through our bodies, allowing the life force of oxygen to be delivered to every cell. Japanese American artist Kay Sekimachi uses the natural beauty of tree leaves to create stunning bowls that so delicately remind us of the elegance that surrounds us in nature. With Japannese paper, Krylon coating, and water color, she gives the fragile leaves strength.

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.

Gorgeous Video Game “Lumino City” Was Hand-Built from Paper, Not Pixels

Most video game developers spend their hours working with polygons on computer screens, but the team of developers at State of Play have been using mostly cardboard. Their unusually beautiful new release, called Lumino City, was entirely hand-built from cardboard, paper, string, LED lights and electric motors. The team then photographed and filmed the entire world, creating a delightfully crafty universe filled with paper textures.

All the World’s a Stage in these Cardboard Rooms

Art duo Dosshaus is creating a world that is fiber and substance filled, building highly theatrical rooms out of painted cardboard. The black & white monochromatic spaces they make are fascinating studies in the aesthetics of the past. Do they inspire thoughts of Parisian rooftop apartments filled with wild bohemians imbibing absinth in pursuit of the next creative spark? Maybe it’s a passionate writer furiously hitting at typewriter keys while drinking down a whiskey. Either way, it’s a fantastic place to be.

A Modernist iPhone Amplifier Crafted From Hand Blown Glass

We live in a strange age when ‘digital tech’ and the ‘local and handmade’ both have their own respective cultural movements. There’s a representative aesthetic and process common to each movement and  they very rarely cross paths. What makes this modernist design iPhone amplifier so unique is that each one is made individually of handblown glass – and we’ve got some amazing pictures to prove it!

Animated Pottery: Zoetrope-Like Motion on a Spinning Bowl

Two mediums that have their roots in the ‘handmade’ converge in this creative animation strategy on spinning pottery. The UK Craft Council commissioned this clever promotional campaign which shows the potter at work in his studio with an unusual twist. In addition to seeing the potter making and glazing work in a traditional way he is accompanied by a digital animation artist. The end result of their process is an incredible zoetrope-style animation using the pottery wheel to bring still images to life.

92 Year Old Grandma Creates Simply Stunning Embroidered Temari Balls

Traditionally created from the remnants of tattered or old kimonos, temari (Japanese for hand ball) are a traditional toy and art form. When the tradition began, the kimono fabric would be wadded up in the shape of a ball and covered with strips of fabric, wrapped so tightly that it would bounce. Over time, it became a craft and the stitching become more intricate and artistic. The centers were replaced with rubber once it was brought to Japan and the art form became a competitive craft among women in the Japanese upper class. Here are some beautiful examples of temari created by a 92 year old grandmother, Nana Akua and photographed by her granddaughter.

‘Nice Cup Bro!’ Makes Tea Time Rock: Unique Mugs From Around The World

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The coffee mug: the silent accessory to your morning addiction. Mugs become so ingrained in our daily routine that we become simultaneously desensitized and emotionally attached to the ancient vehicle for liquid fuel. Do you have a favorite cup? I do. It brings stability to my life. We all get close to cups. I mean, we pretty much make out with them everyday. So, if you carefully select your significant other than maybe you should carefully select your coffee cup too. After all, there is nothing worse than a jealous, argumentative, ugly cup. Is this really what you want to spend the rest of your life with? Don’t get discouraged, there are a ton of amazing mugs perfectly compatible with your personality. To explore a staggering variety of unique handmade mugs by hundreds of artists head over to the beautifully niche ‘Nice Cup Bro!‘ blog.

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One Uncut Thread Brings Incredible Portraits to Life

Kumi Yamashita is known for her astoundingly clever artworks which play with creating figures out of shadows… the planning and detail that go into each is truly impressive. These portraits, created from small nails and string, are no different in their insanely well planned execution. They give the viewer an impression of shading and fine details using varying densities of their geometric web. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about these faces however, is that they are made using only one continuous piece of thread.