While the towel above might look like it’s made of cotton, you’d hardly want to wipe your face with it. Why? It’s made of wood. And because it’s a priceless work of art courtesy of sculptor Tom Eckert. Born in 1942, Tom Eckert’s intricate wood sculptures look nothing like the relatively nondescript wood he uses to shape and create them. Eckert is based in Arizona, and primarily works with basswood, linden and limewood, which are stable woods that can easily be painted or carved.
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One 14-Year-Old’s Amazing “Mini” View Of The World
While the craft exhibited above and below looks somewhat reminiscent of a dreamy, Tim Burton film, it’s actually the product of a 14 year-old’s imagination. Equipped with little more than creativity, a camera and a sister who helps him with editing, Zev creates micro worlds within macro shots of nature, evoking a sweet sense of humility about our size and importance in relation to the world. For more glimpses into this Lewis Carroll-esque take on reality, be sure to visit Twisted Sifter.
While collaborations between artists are commonplace, to think of an artist working alongside insects is truly bizarre…except if your name is Herbert Duprat. The French artist knew of caddis flies and their larvae from an early age, but it wasn’t until he was about twenty that he considered using them to create art. Now, Duprat “collaborates” with the caddis fly larvae to create striking jewelry and art pieces, blending the lines between man, nature, and artistic intention.
After observing prospectors panning for gold in southwestern France in the 1980’s, Duprat began incorporating caddis fly larvae into his artistic process. Caddis flies are moth-like insects that live near streams, ponds, and rivers. Caddis fly larvae grow exclusively in the water, where they protect their bodies by creating cases, or sheaths, spun from silk excreted by salivary glands near the mouth.
Amid the burgeoning bustle of Hong Kong, it is incredibly easy for one to feel lost amid its equally imposing heights. It is with this in mind that French graphic artist Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze’s decided to utilize vertical space as the subject of his spellbinding series, Vertical Horizon. Says Jacquet-Lagrèze of his work, Vertical Horizon “is a contemplative dive into the raw nature of Hong Kong and an expression of its vertical elan.”List View
Artists can create portraits using a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, and more. Yet the finished product is more than just a physical copy of the subject, it is an interpretation or specific representation of that person. A good portrait will stir emotion and interaction among viewers.
By modifying a photograph’s lighting, location, post production, angle, and other features, a photographer can tell a story with a portrait. Here are some of the most intense, creative portrait series from the past few years:
Twins – National Geographic
In January 2012, National Geographic published an article and portrait series that compared sets of identical twins. The photographer, Martin Schoeller, shot each set of twins in identical clothing, with the same lighting, and from the same angle. Both the article and photos sought to explore how and why twins differ despite sharing identical genetic makeup.
The trippy and transcendental GIF art of Yuriy Mironoff:List View