Random thoughts and bits of life of a coffee loving artist

Sunday, November 18, 2012

From fibers to metal

With the weather messing up my internet with the first rains of the season, I ventured over to one of my local coffee shops to use their slightly more stable internet in order to catch up on work and read up on things. I wandered my way over to the Smithsonian Magazine website to see if they had any updates in their Art/Culture section for this week and came across an interesting article. Titled Trash asTreasure: Crocheting Plastic Coral Reefs written by Megan Gambino (the same writer for the articles I mentioned in Tiny world through a big lens), the article brings to light the work of Sydney, Australian artist Helle Jorgensen. What is so fascinating about a person who crochets various types of coral? It's the fact all of her work is made out of colorful plastic bags that she picks up off of the beach and other locations in order to create these sculptures. It was interesting reading about how this Denmark native goes about gathering up her supplies and creating her intricate pieces which echos the beauty of the actual coral that they were based off of.

"Skull Kid High Detail Custom Doll" by SadDaysCrochet
Checking out examples of Jorgensen's work, I found myself remembering some of the more intricate crocheted pieces some of the artists on deviantART have done and posted. The fact that the materials that someone uses in crochet work doesn't have to be limited to a single material is always interesting. Deciding that I needed to go digging for some examples of impressive creations that these artisans. It's always enjoyable and awe inspiring to see what people have created out of various materials that cover from yarn to metal.

An artisan located in the United States, SadDaysCrochet's detailed creations are made out of yarn and embroidery thread. One great example of their attention to detail can be seen in Skull Kid High Detail Custom Doll (posted May 26th, 2012) where they made a doll based off of a character in Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

"Mina bracelet" by Bodaszilvia

Originally known as SzilviaBead on deviant art, she is a jewelry creator focusing on wire work. Boda's work shows her plethora of inspirational sources such as Steampunk to Victorian. One piece that catches the viewer's attention is Mina bracelet (posted back on October 6th, 2009), you can see how much time it took her to tame the wire and have it become what she wanted. According to the description for this, she spent 30-35 hours to complete.

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