This sewn up sewing machine is so incredible! Made by artist Danny Mansmith, who has a history and a personal connection with the sewing machine as a means to make his art.
You have to check out his website and read his thoughts about art, and the inspiration behind creating things with your own hands.
Danny says, “My favorite sweater was one my grandma made out of a towel and embroidered a D. on it.”
Danny also says, “I love bad sewing. When you see something put together really roughly, you see—despite the individual’s apparent lack of skill and perfected technique—creativity.”
found via penguin & fish
Last week I came across the artwork of Betsy Walton. (Sorry, I’m not sure where I found it! I just made a little note to feature her…)
What I love most about her gouache paintings is her color combinations. I also love how they all look like they are set in some kind of imaginary sea world. I even get that feeling when everything about the imagery says that it is set on land…
Check out her website and see all of her current projects and exhibitions, many of them in and around her home in Portland, Oregon. You can also buy a print or painting of your own at her etsy shop.
Laura McCafferty makes me smile. The English artist creates these illustrations with a mix of fabrics and hand-stitching.
She has a great collection of work on her site, divided into catagories like travel, clothes/accessories, and ladies/hairdressing/market. Check out her web site!
I am loving the beautiful photographs of Jean Shin’s artwork. The capturing of discarded everyday objects (like broken umbrellas after a rainstorm, or the ends of altered pants) is inspiring and I think speaks to the issues of waste, recycling, disposable culture, etc. But also craft.
And I also love these photos of materials she’s taken at the maket. They remind me of photo’s we’ve taken around the fp office!
Su Blackwell creates these beautiful sculptures out of old books, mostly ones she finds in second-hand book shops! Each sculpture is created using paper only from the book with which it is shown. You can see more of these amazing pieces on Su’s website. There is also an old post on My Love For You (where I got these great pictures!) that has a real nice interview of Su.
Under the names Lizette Greco or grecolaborativo, the Greco family of southern California create these awesome stuffed animals! Using the drawings of their son and daughter, Mom and Dad create the plushies, representing the drawings as accurately as possible. It’s a family collaboration! They make up little stories for each of the animals too! You can see everything they have made right here, and if you like something so much you want to have it for yourself, they also have a little shop!