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Ah-mazing. I stumbled upon this incredible knitted sculpture over on the The Jealous Curator. Designed for children, the Japanese net artist, Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam, crocheted it entirely by hand. Woods of Net is a permanent pavilion at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan, and was added to the Museum’s collection for their 40th Anniversary. Now that’s a playground I’d never want to leave!

To celebrate the 25th annual festival of classical music, over 100 intricate paper sculptures hover over the Gothic arches of the Saint-Riquier Abbey church, in Northern France. Using paper Peter Gentenaar mills himself (paper mills weren’t able to provide him with a stock he wanted) and bamboo ribbing, the Netherlands-based artist’s etherial creations echo the curving lines of the church’s vaulted ceilings. Gentenaar compares his paper objects to dried autumn leaves twirling in the wind. As if the ornate architecture of the church wasn’t beautiful enough already, these sculptures must make walking through the Abbey absolutely breathtaking.

(via I need a guide)

 

 

 

It’s Friday (yay!) so I thought I’d end the week with these vibrant, abstract-expressionistic paintings by Claire Desjardins. The bright colours make me so happy. Just like weekends do. There are so many beautiful pieces, I had a hard time choosing my favourites. The Montreal, Quebec-based painter, comes from a long line of artists, so it’s no surprise she has chosen a creative path. She says she enjoys working with colour and form, and since 2007, began to move away from figurative work (she originally designed souvenirs for tourists in the Caribbean) journeying instead into the abstract. By 2011, she left her graphic design job, and dedicated herself to painting full-time. Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections, in North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Last year, Desjardins began a partnership with Anthropologie, who began selling her canvases. And as of this past August, you can sleep with Claire’s art too, thanks to the store’s new Kala Bedding line.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

These photos by Nick Meek are so beautiful. I love the saturated, vintage quality of the first three and the reason behind it. An avid traveler and adventure enthusiast, Meek made the journey to Yosemite to capture the stunning beauty of the National Park. Inspired by the sun bleached, old history and information bulletins found at the entrance, (which haven’t changed since the 70’s), he wanted to “create images that referenced a sentimental, aged view of the park.”

The last photo is of Ama Dablam Northwest ridge. At 6856 meters above sea level, it is a Himalayan giant. Her name translates to Mother’s Necklace after the huge hanging glacier that can be seen near the summit of the south face. This picture is taken from Chukung Ri on the other side of the Khumbu valley.

Isn’t his work absolutely stunning? You can see more of what Nick has been up to lately on his blog.

 

 

It’s been a little hectic around here as of late so I’m sorry for my sporadic posts. Time seems to be slipping through my fingers much faster than usual. Hopefully things will normalize and I can get back into a groove soon…

I did manage to sneak a moment today and stumbled upon these incredible time-lapse photographs of Japanese fireflies. You may have seen some of these already – apparently they went viral last December, much to the surprise and amazement of the amateur photographer, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu. They were taken in various locations around Maniwa and Okayama Prefecture in Japan between 2008-2011. Aren’t they just magical? In some photos, the patterns of light look more like constellations than lightning bugs. Hiramatsu continues to shoot the winged beetles and keeps a photo journal on his photo blog.

 

 

Daniel Moreira is a Switzerland born, Portuguese-based architect, who, on a whim, entered an illustration agency’s contest and ended up being featured in the subsequent exhibit and catalogue. Through the catalogue, Moreira was commissioned by a Portuguese newspaper, and his illustration career was born. Since then, he’s built up quite a resumé, with clients that include Red Bull, Portugal Telecom and Pepe Jeans, among others. Check out The Daniel Moreira Project on Facebook, where he posts new work daily. Or visit his Etsy shop for some great prints.

 

Happy Friday! I was thinking the other day about how much things have changed in the world of advertising. Mainly, time. There just isn’t enough of it to create anymore. When I started my career, the average time we’d get to work on a brief was three weeks. Now, you’re lucky if you get three days. That’s a lot of creative avenues that get left unexplored.  Then again, Don Draper said it best when he said (about the creative department) “We are the least important most important thing”. So if the time constraints of our digital age are going to affect anyone, it’s going to be the creative folks. Gotta love Mad Men.

Anyway, on that note, I thought I’d leave you today with this striking series by New Zealand-based photographer, John Crawford. This labour of love took him three years to complete, from 1984 – 1987, when he dedicated his spare time to meticulously planning and executing each shot. The images were all taken with a 35mm camera, exactly as you see them. No retouching whatsoever (this was the 80’s afterall). Utilizing his network of contacts that he’d made throughout his very accomplished career as a commercial photographer, Crawford was able to set up incredible scenarios, like the naked body lying on the tracks in front of a goods train. He kept the photographs in a box for more than 25 years, and only recently posted them up on his website. For obvious reasons, they garnered a lot of attention once they appeared on the internet, and Crawford, now 61, plans to return to the project. I can’t wait to see the next installment!

I spent a good chunk of Friday night perusing though Nick Lamia’s portfolio. His work is so interesting. It evokes architectural drawings or aerial views of elaborate geographical formations. He says he’s trying to create imagery that successfully marries technology and ecology by combining geometric and organic imagery in a way where they can live together. Although he’s lived most of his life in cities, he spent many years in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada and on the ocean as an offshore expedition leader. It’s this varied experience that has formed his belief that society and nature are complementary parts of a single system that must be integrated.

I had to do a double take when I came across Christy Lee Rogers‘ work over on I Need A Guide. I thought I was looking at Baroque paintings. In fact, these intertwined ethereal figures have been photographed underwater. A self-taught photographer, Rogers indulges in her obsession of water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography. What’s amazing is that she doesn’t do any post-production manipulation. Working at night, the effects in her images are created naturally, in-camera, using the refraction of light and movement in different depths of water. Having no formal photography training, Rogers says she’s learned through trial and error, and loves breaking all the hard-bound rules to capture an image that’s out of this world.

I love New York-based Clark Goolsby‘s striking style. He mixes several mediums to create his neon bright, abstract pop art. I mean, what’s not to love about neon? Not only is he a talented painter, he’s also a sculptor. Check out this time-lapse video of Clark installing his Dead Man sculpture for his solo show in Los Angeles last year. Pretty cool, no? What’s got me really excited is that the artist is Toronto-bound. His latest sculpture will debut at the Drake, in a show starting August 30th. I can’t wait to check it out!

You can see more amazing work on his website.