Love this sculpture art, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, showing a man skeleton walking his pet T-rex skeleton. Good boy, Rex, good boy!
Love this sculpture art, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, showing a man skeleton walking his pet T-rex skeleton. Good boy, Rex, good boy!
While his art can often be described as macabre, Dimitri Tsykalov can also bring about other emotions than simply shock and disgust. These skull sculptures are whimsical yet make you also see the dark side of fruit. Okay, I’m just grasping here, but you must admit they are interesting and you have to wonder what made the artist thing and eggplant would make a good skull. Although, at second glance it does remind me of the Coneheads.
While this art exhibition doesn’t exactly make me
grave crave a bite from an apple, it does make wonder about how sad fruit must feel with its short existence…okay, not really.
From the mind of Dimitri Tsykalov.
This is why you go to art school. The amount of detail put into each sculpture is just amazing. Sculptor Yong Ho Ji has mastered the practice of turning what is otherwise roadside garbage into works of original art. Using only resin and screws to hold the sculptures together, Ji makes anyone who is lucky enough to own one of these to look like a connoisseur of awesome.
See all of his fantastic sculptures at his website.
Ah fashion. Sometimes it’s hot, sometimes it’s not. And sometimes, it completely blows your mind. How much thought have you given to shoe design? Sure, there are times you go out to find a pair of shoes to buy and think, “They’re just not making my kind of shoes this year.” In a year of pointy toes, you want round toe. In a year of stilettos, you want kitten heels. And so it goes. What would it be like, however, to think, “Darn. It’s a year of bird shoes and I wanted shoes that make my toes come into contact with the dirty, cold ground?” Behold some of the fantastic footwear fantasies that have become or are becoming a reality. Some images are borrowed with respect from virtualshoemuseum.com – a great resource for shoes of all kinds.
This is the Owl Boot. Cute, eh?
Braided Shoe I. Not sure where you’d wear this, but I figure you’d find a way.
Braided Shoe II. For when Braided Shoe I doesn’t match your outfit.
The Owl Shoe Boot. For when it’s too warm outside to wear the Owl Boot.
The Cat Boot. Meow!
Annajet Kosters supposedly “designs experimental shoes that combine design, quality, and funtion,” though you’ll have to tell me if you think these designs are functional or not. I sort of think the point of shoes is to keep your bare feet from touching the floor. Is that just totally old-fashioned of me?
Her website doesn’t appear to be working.
This style is called the Golden Heel. I cannot, for the life of me, think of a practical application for these shoes, other than being absolutely perfect if you must wear heels while getting a pedicure.
No word on whether or not these shoes have a front, but they sure have a heck of a back. The style is called Marriage Shoes, and if you want to get married whilst dragging a few yards of gold lame fabric on the backs of your shoes, they are PERFECT! If you’re at all accident prone, I would skip them.
Isabell Buenz is a writer and photographer who is committed to honoring Scotland’s harbors in her work. She also creates paper art, like these shoes. Made for a pixie than a person, these are paper sculptures, not wearable shoes like the others. For her other work, see her website at www.isabellbuenz.co.uk.
Marieka Ratsma studies fashion design at the utrecht School of Arts. Her website is fascinating, but these shoes look really uncomfortable.
Lisa Dillon, a fashion student at Bath Spa University, designed these shoes, made out of cheese and bread, for a competition sponsored by Pilgrim’s Choice. Why, you may ask, would a fashion designer create shoes such as these? And way, you may further ponder, would they be condendors to win a contest? What manner of contest must it be?
The contest is part of the Royal Bath and West Show. Bath’s main agricultural endeavor is dairy, so Pilgrim’s Choice sponsored this “cheese couture” campaign to encourage artists to get creative with dairy.
Dillon’s shoes are made mainly from West Country Cheddar, but include a lot of other types of cheese that she melted and shaped herself. The platforms are made from stale bread. Fresh would be too squishy, I suppose.
This guy is my favorite. I’d probably wear most of his shoes. I hope they get out of his workshop and onto my feet.
The following shoes are created by Kobi Levi – a truly visionary footware designer. He went to Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, and then went to work as a freelance designer. He gets his designs from regular objects, pop icons, birds, the human body, and many other places. He creates wearable sculpture. On your foot, these shoes are functional yet fabulous, and make a statement – a wearable art kind of statement. Off your foot, they are stand-alone sculptures.
Kobi Levi makes these shoes by hand. Once he has an idea, he works to make the design technically functional, without destroying his original vision for the piece. He is all about art…for your feet or not for your feet. He just wants to make shoes.
Shoes that would make your grandmother blush.
Woman’s best friend? Shoe’s best friend? If you’ve been wearing them too long, will your “dogs be barking?” Inquiring minds want to know.
For when you don’t know if you’re coming or going – The Double Boot.
These are, simply put, Quacktastic. I would totally wear these shoes, called Duck Shoes. Beautiful!
The only thing that would make the Market Trolley shoe any cooler is if those wheels actually touched the ground. Whee!
I don’t really get how these work. They’re called the Rocking Chair, and I guess your toes go…nope. I don’t get how these work. I mean, I see where your feet go in and everything, but I don’t see how they would be comfortable at all.
The Swan. If you thought the Duck shoes above were ugly, perhaps these are more up your alley. Shoes that look like swans.
The Tongue. Talk about putting your foot in your mouth.
The Toucan. Who can? You can! I totally want these shoes.
These are called the XXX. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why. Because they’re nude colored? Is it a clever play on words because they are flesh-toned shoes? Must be. Those wacky shoe designers!
This is some of the most fun furniture we’ve ever seen. It is refreshing to see furniture that is designed well, but different, and executed so beautifully. So, without further ado, we give you Straight Line Designs, a company that can create any piece of furniture your mind can imagine.
Based in British Columbia, Straight Line Designs has been around for twenty-five years and is going strong. The brainchild of Judson Beaumont, Straight Line Designs has a staff of eight full-time furniture artists, and they not only sell the stock pieces featured in this post, but they also do custom pieces for children’s exhibitions and public institutions all over the world.
Judson Beaumont was born in Saskatchewan and studied art at Capilano College, finishing his education at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. He founded Straight Line Designs the year he graduated – 1985, and values original design and creativity a great deal, something that is reflected in the unique and wonderful creations featured on his website. His style blends functionality and fun, workmanship with whimsy. He proves over and over again with his designs that nothing is impossible when you understand the limits of 3-D sculpture and possess a fantastic imagination.
Take a look at some of his (and his staff’s) work. We like to call them Knick Knack Shelves. Be sure to comment on which pieces are your favorites. Our personal favorites? The ones with arms, of course!
In addition to creating amazing, delightful, and inspired furniture, Straight Line Designs is very involved in charitable work. They donate some of their wild and fun pieces to organizations like Arts Umbrella, AIDS Vancouver, BC Children’s Hospital, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and BC Dog Guide Services. Jud also does lectures and presentations at schools, including design schools and design firms.
Some of Straight Line Design’s prestigious clients include Disney Cruise Lines, ING, Princeton University, Newark Beth Israel Children’s Hosptial, Vancouver International Airport, and more. Jud and his team have the ability to create custom furniture for anyone, and they work with their clients from sketch to finished product to make sure that the piece is all that the client dreamed it could be.
Judson published a book called What’s Next? It is a collection of photos of Straight Line Designs from 1990 – 2007. The book features an introduction by Douglas Coupland, a Canadian novelist and expert in design and visual art. The book also has sketches of the pieces featured, and a biography of Judson. You can email the company for a copy of the book.
Coming soon is a second book that looks at Jud’s design process, his ideology, and his production methods, along with pictures of works created since 2007.
Straight Line Designs has been featured on HGTV and in many other print and web-based publications.
While the company is happy to recreate pieces that are featured in their online gallery, they thrive on creating new and original pieces. The furniture starts at $1500 (that does not include shipping and handling) and you can get a fast and accurate estimate. All you have to do is ask.
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Recently, I had a friend tell me about his experience in meeting a girl on the beach. They talked a little, and the eventual “what do you do?” occurs.
When she answered “balloon artist,” images of couture or burlesque didn’t come to mind. Nor did trips to fashion festivals in China or appearances on Comedy Central (well, unless on a 3 am rerun of a bad 80s SNL movie). Then he checked her out .
She does this:
Wow. Creepy guys dressed as pirates or clowns huffing and puffing out weenie dogs have been put in their place. Intricately made outfits more suited for avant-garde performance art or Off-Broadway shows were a pleasant surprise. Once made aware of her website, I followed link after link, did search after search, learning balloons are for far more than blowing in some circles. The idea behind it was intriguing. The common object we all see and associate with celebration at its most basic: prom, cubicle decorating for office birthdays, Katie catapulted my notion of what’s possible
And that’s not all. Beyond the fashion element, she adds a little spice to the act from time to time. Click the image to see it live:
So, Katie is impressive; innovative. Made me wonder what else is going on out there in terms of balloons and art, yet in no way in terms of “balloon art.”
Allow me to introduce you to artist Jason Hackenwerth:
Heckenwerth, in my research, is the most widely known artist working with balloons today. A look around his website or, separately, his blog, will show how much creativity and hard work goes into his projects. We are lucky to live in the age of photography, for it would be a shame to know creations such as these must deflate sometime with no way for others to stand in awe of the intricacies involved in their creation. No matter how un-arty, I couldn’t help but ask him if he has assistance with all that balloon blowing. I’d pass out!
“Each project is different, ” he responded. “Many of my exhibits are in university galleries so I have help of art students to help inflate and construct them. Other times I might have artists volunteer from the communities that I am working in. In most cases I use one or two assistants who know the process well and can help me make huge sculptures with tens of thousands of balloons in a relatively short time.”
He told me the most challenging part of his work is not the assembly of the pieces (or any other stereotypical art response, for that matter). He struggles with “not being associated with poodle twisters and not coming across like a dick when I ask people not to call me a balloon artist.”
It is a conundrum, though. You have an artist (in Heckenwerth’s case, a well-educated one, including an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design). You have balloons. Yet, he’s right, it’s a disservice to label these creations “balloon art.”
His artist’s statement is articulate, saying “Experiments with latex balloons as an alternative medium has evolved into massive forms akin to painting in the spontaneity with which they manifest yet rooted in the language of sculpture.”
Across the pond, in Germany, an artist collective called Inges Idee (Inga’s Idea) recently debuted a tank made of brightly colored balloons:
Inges Idee is a group of four artists who have been working together to get art in public places around the globe since 1992. Their rainbow balloon tank, also known as The Preparation of the Readiness, took the idea of balloons as art to a whole new level. Bloggers over at The Dirt Floor stated it best, saying, “One can also say that like tanks, balloons pop when provoked, only used during ‘special occasions’ and serve [sic] the purpose of a party (Republican, Democrat, Communist, etc…)…It made me smile and then made me wonder why I am smiling at a tank.”
Tricky indeed. In fact, it all is a bit tricky. Knowing the short life span of a balloon, yet committing the time to create real, tangible art from it-literally breathing your own life into it from your very lungs is inspiring and thought-provoking. Knowing you may get labeled as something other than fine artist because you work in balloons, yet brushing stereotype aside to push the envelope of what’s considered “art” in the 21st century is commendable.