One artist has elevated the fashion game in a way no one really saw coming: by using cosmetics as paint. The idea came to Agne Kišonaite while she was painting her nails. Noticing the vibrant colors of her nail polish and how playful they appeared with thick glass surrounding them, the Vilnius Academy of Arts graduate evolved the idea into a mosaic she dubbed “Glass Blowing.”
A visual, interior, and graphic designer from Lithuania, Kišonaite used 1,969 bottles of nail polish in the art piece. As she explains on her site:
Before starting the mosaic, I painted a picture sharing the same namesake, ‘Glass Blowing.’ I enlarged it and printed it on a sheet of paper—that way, it was able to serve as a prototype, helping to match colors and maintain the right proportions.
And that was the easy part, according to her.
After collecting more than 5,000 bottles of nail polish, I classified them into 21 shades. I cleared each bottle from the nail polish residue and combined them all together based on my painting. Cleaning 5,000 bottles was a real challenge, after which painting your nails 5,000 times starts to look like a piece of cake.
The old sticky liquid is often stubborn and doesn’t get out easily. Add hundreds of shades that must be matched, and don’t forget the sharp smell of acetone. For the first time ever, I had to get a gas mask for my project! If you believe that creative process is nothing but pleasure, make sure you check out these pictures—chances are, you’ll quickly change your mind.
Seriously, check out her process of creation below. It’s killer work.