Tender Embroidered Portraits by Ruth Miller Are Tinged with Expressive Colors

 Art #embroidery #portraits #tapestry January 20, 2022 Grace Ebert “Congregants,” 20 x 35 inches. All images © Ruth Miller, shared with permission Beginning with a line drawing in pencil, U.S.-based artist Ruth Miller renders hand-embroidered portraits based on photos. Her wool tapestries and thread drawings layer stitches in yarns of both realistic and fanciful colors, creating expressive depictions that use the material’s texture to enhance light and shadow. “Coupled with realistic drawing, that tiny amount of physical depth brings the images closer, giving them a more immediate sense of…

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“Sin Tax” by Photographer Dom Marker

The title of New York-based photographer Dom Marker’s most recent series, “Sin Tax,” is a double entendre. In one sense referencing the government tax on items deemed harmful to society (which, inadvertently or otherwise, preys on the working poor), the phrase also alludes to its homophone, “syntax.” Marker elaborates, explaining: “This project, part elliptical storytelling, part cultural mirror, focuses on the mnemonics of lower class areas (roughly divided in half between New York and the American south) via street signs, storefronts, graffiti, standalone words and short phrases. Words within photographs,…

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Two Elaborately Armored Origami Knights Arise from a Single Sheet of Paper

 Craft #origami #paper #video January 21, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Juho Könkkölä, shared with permission Origami marvel Juho Könkkölä continues to amaze us with his troop of intricately folded warriors of his own design. Following an elaborately armored samurai and sword-and-shield-toting knight, the Finnish artist just released his latest work featuring two characters as they prepare for a fight. Similar to his previous pieces, Könkkölä used a single sheet of 95 x 95 centimeter Wenzhou paper with wet and dry origami techniques—watch his entire process in the…

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An Annual ‘Giant Letter’ Installation Displays a Heartfelt Note from a 100-Foot-Tall Boy Named Bobby

 Art #installation #letters #public art #street art January 21, 2022 Grace Ebert 2020 in Austin. All images © Giant Letter, shared with permission Every year on December 12, a handwritten letter on oversized lined paper appears on a residential lawn in Chicago or Austin. The massive constructions, which stand between 8- and 12-feet high, are part of an ongoing project that shares heartfelt messages between an imaginary 100-foot-tall boy named Bobby and those who matter most in his life (aka his mother Lucinda, cat Mr. McFluffins, and Santa). Chicago-based…

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