Hundreds of Oblongs and Discs Undulate Across Marianne Huotari’s Ceramic Sculptures

 Art Craft #ceramics #Marianne Huotari #sculpture July 11, 2022 Grace Ebert “Ananasakäämä.” Photo by Anna Autio. All images © Marianne Huotari, shared with permission Dating back to the Vikings, ryijy is a distinctly Finnish textile tradition that produces thick, high-pile tapestries and rugs. The heavily patterned works, which have shifted from functional to decorative, are made by hand-knotting wool and layering the yarn into lush, textured motifs. Drawing on her background in textile design, Finnish artist Marianne Huotari translates this technique into ceramics, creating densely delicate reliefs that evoke…

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Clare Grill – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Queens, New York-based artist Clare Grill (previously featured here) often draws inspiration for her paintings from antique embroidery samples. “I like their obsessive handiwork, gorgeous materiality, their somber mood, and feminine energy,” she says. Unraveling their imagery, she first makes drawings from them, then borrows loosely from her drawings to make paintings. Her process is cumulative, involving many layers and textures, both added and subtracted, until the piece is finished—or, as Grill explains it, “until I catch them breathing.” “A friend who is a ceramics artist recently described an aspect…

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Joseph Bui – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A beautiful series by Houston-based photographer Joseph Bui. Drawn to stories that explore the relationships between people, community, identity, culture and the theme of “home,” Bui’s work is informed by the personalities and perspectives of his subjects as well as their relationship to the environments they inhabit. This has led him to working on projects about the Queer Community in Waterville, Maine and, most recently, his own family in Houston, Texas. The photo book and series, “I Love You. I Miss You. Have A Good Day.,” is titled after the…

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NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Reveals Astounding, Unprecedented Views of the Universe

 Photography Science #astronomy #NASA #space #telescopes July 12, 2022 Grace Ebert “Cosmic Cliffs” in the Carina Nebula NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope unveiled its first-ever collection of high-resolution color images documenting an exceptional amount of detail about the universe. The instrument reaches deeper into the cosmos than any before. First launched in December, Webb is the world’s largest and most powerful telescope with the ability to view cosmic bodies like the atmospheres of exoplanets, or those outside our solar system, and some of the first galaxies to emerge following…

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Vivid Contours Conjure Hope and Resilience in Yulia Brodskaya’s Quilled Paper Compositions

 Craft Illustration #paper #portraits #quilling #yulia brodskaya July 12, 2022 Kate Mothes “Phoenix” (2022). All images © Yulia Brodskaya, shared with permission In Greek mythology, the sacred phoenix, with its characteristically striking plumage in flaming yellow, orange, and red, is known for its ability to resurrect. When the bird’s long life is nearing an end, flames engulf its body, and the being is reborn as a chick in the ashes of its predecessor, giving it the distinction of resilience, regeneration, and immortality. As Yulia Brodskaya began to apply the…

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