Although they often get a bad rap, the diverse and varied world of insects is a fascinating and beautiful one. UK-based artist Claire Moynihan certainly thinks so. She’s been creating entomological collections in traditional boxes using “freestyle” 3D embroidery techniques inspired by the stumpwork style. It’s a loose form of embroidery which allows her to experiment with different threads and materials to achieve her aims. Even considering her unusual creative mediums, her work would easily fool someone from a distance – and many people will be happy to know, we haven’t spotted any spiders lurking in the collections. [Read more...]
Unless it’s brail, it’s not often you can reach out and touch the type that you’re reading. Graphic designer, Aries Wan recently created an experimental type project which allows us just that. Her work uses traditional hand embroidery to create the alphabet, numbers and a selection of punctuation marks, but manages to still give a nod to old-fashioned four-color printing at the same time. Each of her letters uses two CMYK colors, offset as if by printing error, to create what she calls an “optical 3D effect.” [Read more...]
What started out as a fun and simple idea to give a 4 year old child a toy based on his own drawing, has now become a very interesting business. That company, Child’s Own Studio, is now creating one-off plush toys based on your child’s own drawing, cleverly re-imagining their often unique sense of style. So far over 200 original toys have been created.
How much do these great toys cost? Prices are quote based, but the $100 Canadian gift certificate should give a rough figure. For such a memorable keepsake, it seems more than worth it. [Read more...]