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Natura Insects Series6: Crafting insects made by flowers

Natura Insects Series6: Crafting insects made by flowers

Raku Inoue is an artist with many many talents, the last time we have featured him on ABDZ. His Instagram has been blowing up ever since with many articles about his art from other awesome popular sites. We are really happy for him and even still, Raku still comes up with impressive pieces of art like from the Safari Triforce series. Today we are featuring the continuation of his Natura Insects series, a look at his craft at making insects made entirely of flowers. Raku is a good friend and it's always inspiring to see his work evolving for the World to see. More Links Personal Site Instagram

Kogin embroidered Insect Brooches

Kogin embroidered Insect Brooches

Let's take a look at this unique project by Hiné Mizushima who is (in his own words) Slow Crafter, Needle-felter and Illustrator based in Vancouver, BC in Canada. We are looking at his Kogin embroidered insect brooches he worked on for a group exhibition happening right now in Osaka, Japan. What is Kogin? It's a traditional quilting method of Aomori's Tsugaru region, where its characteristic is the beauty of its design. As you can see in the following, it's an art and we can definitely appreciate its creativity. Kogin embroidered insect brooches for a group exhibition, The Kingdom of Specimens at ranbu gallery (2nd floor) in Osaka, Japan, opening June 20th, 2018! I used some of my hand-dyed Kogin fabrics and most of my hand-dyed Kogin threads for the brooches, and I also used tiny Japanese glass beads for the details. More Links Learn more about Hiné Mizushima Follow Hiné's work on Behance

1000 Days of Origami Paper Cranes by Cristian Marianciuc

1000 Days of Origami Paper Cranes by Cristian Marianciuc

Already one week after starting the new year, did you start hustling on your resolutions yet? Just to spark a little bit more inspiration, we are sharing the work of Cristian Marianciuc. He is an origami enthusiast where for nearly 3 years has been making an origami crane daily. It started as a 365 days project but he just didn't stop after a year! You should definitely check out his Instagram for more of his work! See his progress through different kind of concepts and material to accomplish greatness. More Links Learn more about Cristian Marianciuc via Instagram Check out Cristian's shop on Etsy Origami Paper Cranes “wings to hide” Song of the day: Broken by Patrick Watson @patrickwatsonofficial Here is the second part of my paper folded triptych. This evening is full of thoughts that are struggling to find their bodies in appropriate words. That’s why I won’t force myself to say too much. Just to offer today’s crane as tribute to people who are healing: physically or emotionally. Icarus.mid.air has been my own clumsy way of pursuing healing and I can say that I understand what you are going through. Soldier on! Get up if you fall again and again! Allow yourself to heal. #origami #icarusmidair A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Dec 16, 2017 at 12:19pm PST Greetings from a very windy Somerset! As some of you know, I am away, in the UK, with my parents. Dad is not too well. My desire to create things has fluctuated quite significantly lately. But I appreciated the freedom of not having to finish something within 24 hours. This bird is made of music and big, late night dreams. It also has a pinch of frustration and powerlessness! I did well to bring my watercolours with me! They are proving to be a much-needed means of escapism. My experiences from the past two weeks are compressed in the plumage of today’s crane. I will shortly resume replying to all the lovely comments and messages I have received since reaching my goal of Senbazuru. But until then, I will need rest, and lots of it. (Dear heart, be still!) PS – today’s crane will we available for purchase from my Etsy shop very soon. #origami #icarusmidair #watercolor #watercolour #mixedmedia #feathers #turquoise #etsy #etsyshop A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Oct 16, 2017 at 10:09am PDT #997 “Icar în văzduh” crane #WHPdynamic Song of the day: Plastic by Moses Sumney @moses A crane for days when walking feels like stepping on air. When you can feel each heartbeat, and you keep count. For days when you are not sure whether you are getting ready for hibernation or you’ve just woken up from one. When being asleep and awake feel less distinct. A crane for days when walking and flying feel the same: banal but also terrifying. x #origami #icarusmidair #watercolour #watercolor #wings #wing #feather #feathers #mosessumney #aromanticism #icarus A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Sep 23, 2017 at 5:55am PDT #994 “aesthetic of the broken” crane Song of the day: Tm by Nosaj Thing @nosajthing I am bracing myself for a few tumultuous days ahead as I will try to come to terms with the conclusion of this step of my project. One of the most elusive things for me has been closure. I find it impossible to irreversibly step away from something, be it people or experiences, or even places. Not so much things though, I have no problem leaving stuff behind. I started ‘icarus.mid.air’ with the burning hope for healing and closure. More of one and probably less of the other. As a dear friend of mine said about my cranes: “beauty is not their purpose, their purpose is to heal”. Some of the scars have healed, and the others have become things of beauty. Because I have learned to look for beauty in the unlikeliest of places. x #origami #icarusmidair #paper #papercutting #papercraft #mixedmedia A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Sep 20, 2017 at 6:03am PDT #990 “made with love” crane #WHPmadewithlove Song of the day: At home & in my head by Hundred Waters @hundredwaters Today, I took you with me through pretty much all the steps of the creative process behind crane number 990 with my Stories. There are only 10 cranes left until I reach “senbazuru”. And I get a wish! It only took 2.73 years to get here, but hey, wishes don’t come easy! I am also excited to take part in this weekend hashtag project. The theme is “made with love”. And with all modesty I have to say that for the past 990 days, I managed to find at least a few minutes every day to make each of these cranes with love. I painted my heart purple and pink and red and brown to match today’s crane. Sending love to each one of you! x #origami #icarusmidair #paperart #papiroflexia #delicate #theweekonintagram #wings #wing #origamicrane #abstract #autumn #floral #feather #feathers #mixedmedia # #hundredwaters #flowers #flower #petal #petals A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Sep 16, 2017 at 3:41am PDT #984 “trade this heavy cage of bones for flight” crane Song of the day: Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg I will revisit some of my favourite recurring themes that I have “infused” in my creations from the very beginning. I would say that the most obvious one is flight and flying, the Icarian ambition to overcome the state of being just human. But the type of flight that fascinates me is the one riddled with irregularities and one that goes against reason. Flying that will certainly lead to a more or less literal destruction. Ephemeral flaps and flutter that will be worth the violent descent. #origami #icarusmidair # #papercutting #papercut #paperart #papiroflexia #delicate #theweekoninstagram #blackandwhite #monochrome #minimal #minimalism #wings #wing #miniature #origamicrane #bones #bone #skeleton #anatomy #charlottegainsbourg #rest A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Sep 10, 2017 at 5:06am PDT #980 “I took you with me” crane Song of the day: Overgrown by James Blake @jamesblake Yesterday I received some phenomenal news, which I will be sharing with you as soon as will be able to. I was so excited that I started working on today’s crane from last night. I completely lost track of time, as I usually do, and kept working well into the hours of the early night. Oh, and yes, that is a bandaid on my knuckle. Long story short - I grated it while preparing dumplings today. Haha! X #origami #icarusmidair #watercolor #watercolour #midexedia #paperart #papiroflexia #wings #wing #feathers #feather #ombre #gradient #theweekoninstagram #craft #papercraft #miniature #jamesblake A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Sep 6, 2017 at 4:06am PDT #941 “imperfect beauty” crane #WHPtalentshow Song of the day: Atmosphere by Stephen Christian @christianmusic feat. Sarah Reeves @sarahreevesmusic It seems like I’ve started a “looking back” type of list. But it was not my intention: I still have two months to go, and I don’t think I will have enough material for two months’ worth of “looking back”, haha. But here’s what was on my mind today. Quite a few people have brought into question whether or not what I do can be considered origami. After all, origami means ‘folding paper’, so no cutting or pasting allowed. And obviously I’ve done lots of cutting and pasting; and painting, and sewing, and bending and knotting and passing the classic fold of the crane through the intricate networks of my mind and heart. I have never and would never dare to imply I am somehow improving the crane model. The crane model is perfect as it is. I would like to argue that what I do is I add the imperfections of myself and my life to something perfect, while still managing to preserve a glimmer of beauty, but not perfection. I would humbly like to say that what I do is in fact origami. Because all of my creations start with the perfect crane fold. All the things that I take away or add can be seen as an attempt to take away from perfection and building towards imperfect beauty. x #icarusmidair #origami #tsuru #papiroflexia #折り紙 #wings #feathers #papercutting #papercut #paperart #floral #flowers #petals A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Jul 29, 2017 at 6:27am PDT #939 “I was busy” crane Song of the day: Boys by Charli XCX @charli_xcx I have been cutting out paper wings for hours on end since yesterday. The corner of the dining room, right next to the window, has become my hang out spot these past couple of weeks. Today is very gray and cool, so I think I will stay indoors. Mum and dad are away again, so I have the house all to myself. Right now, I feel like putting today’s song of the day on maximum volume and dancing around the house, haha. But first, I should check if the chickens have enough food and water. #icarusmidair #origami #tsuru #papiroflexia #折り紙 #wings #feathers #papercutting #papercut #paperart A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Jul 27, 2017 at 5:59am PDT #900 “one hundred more” crane #WHPstandout Song of the day: Red lines by Fakear @fakearmusic Nine hundred birds carrying 900+ stories on their wings. Nine hundred days of sorting life out through folding paper. This was a very good idea. I am happy I had this idea. #icarusmidair #origami #floral #flowers #flower #lavender #purple #petals A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Jun 18, 2017 at 4:16am PDT #891 “training wings: end of trial” crane Song of the day: Need you by Allie X @alliex About to stuff a handful of things in my backpack and prepare myself for a 7-hour drive to my parents’ house. Baby brother is getting engaged tomorrow. I was missing that house anyway. (there’s a leaf-shaped hole in my chest) #icarusmidair #origami #paperart #papercutting #papercut #leaf #floral A post shared by Cristian Marianciuc (@icarus.mid.air) on Jun 9, 2017 at 8:05am PDT

Re-creation of Miniature Photography Studios from the 1900s

Re-creation of Miniature Photography Studios from the 1900s

I wanted to start the week with an artist that is part of what I think a master at his craft, a gigantic boost of inspiration that can affect us in many ways. So here goes, the work from a Turkey-based artist named Ali Alamedy. He is a miniaturist and as you can see by the pictures; his work is down-right meticulous. I mean just look at the attention of the details, everything. This series is a Re-creation of Miniature Photography Studios from the 1900s, please enjoy this breathtaking tribute! Ali Alamedy is a miniaturist, motion & graphic designer based in Sakarya, Turkey. I strongly advise you to follow his Instagram because he is sharing lots of his behind-the-scenes for which is everything. Give him some love! An early photography studio from the 1900s era, when no lighting were used but sunlight, All the details made from scratch using different media mostly wood and copper, It took me 9 months to be finished but yet more details to be added. More Links Learn more and follow Ali Alamedy's work on Behance Follow Ali on Instagram Photo Gallery  

Improbable Felt Beasts by Becky Margraf

Improbable Felt Beasts by Becky Margraf

There are creative niches we don't get to see too much here at Abduzeedo. There are many great artists that craft awesome pieces using felt, and Becky Margraf is one of them. I'm a big sucker for design projects and she came up with "100 Days of Felt", in which she design felt beasts. There are pretty sweet, going from food beasts to pop culture related ones. For the complete project, please visit her personal website! I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;) Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and onions. Terry Venus the T.V. Gumball Machine Etch-A-Sketch Notebook Paper Flame Grass block from Minecraft Piñata Cinnamon Roll Fortune cookie with removable fortune. (Fortune says “Always Be Kind”) Boysenberry Pie Tennis racquet Gameboy with red LED power indicator. (On/off switch on back) Sriracha with a removable cap. Donut with sprinkle acne.

Hungry Hungry Hamsters Handmade Miniature Town

Hungry Hungry Hamsters Handmade Miniature Town

Let me present to you the lovely online series "The Hungry Hungry Hamsters", which takes place in a miniature town, with handmade miniature things in it! The Series is about a lovely family obsessed with delicious food, starred by real hamsters! This is a massive project in which were made over 1200 tiny details in over 1900 hours of work, by almost 50 people. Please, visit the project page at Behance for more details and to watch some of the videos there! Also, check another project from the same artists that we've featured here in 2015. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)

Criatipos Jingle Bells

Criatipos Jingle Bells

Criatipos' girls did some serious juggling to fill this space of 90 square feet! The project was a temporary store of good deeds by a local mall. Here are the process and the outcome of that challenge, take a look! Via Behance

Industrial Design Inspiration: AJORÍ

Industrial Design Inspiration: AJORÍ

The goal of a industrial design is to create better products in terms of function and form. The creative process is focused on coming up with the best solution in a holistically way, being rational from the materials and production process to the package and usage. AJORÍ is a great example of the mix of industrial design and arts and crafts, a trend that has been growing a lot. For this post we would love to share with you the Ajorí project. It's a great example of the creative process behind products. It also bring me back good memories from my time in college creating products, but I have to say, my projects were way worse than this one :) Sketches "We observe, peel and cut several bulbs of purple garlic. We were impressed by the elegance of lines that define the form of each piece, the peculiar texture of his skin, his diversity of forms. In front of our eyes appeared a set of containers arranged on a tray, about a stem or handle. Between the diverse offers of design that we wanted to propose, this one was showing with total clarity the functionality that we were looking for: a cruet with form of garlic." Final Product Production Creative Process Video

Paper Craft Design by Noelia Lozano

Paper Craft Design by Noelia Lozano

It's always inspiring and motivating to see people following their dreams and doing what they love. Noelia Lozano is an example. She studied journalism where she learned the basics of communication, then she worked with telecommunication and got a degree in telecommunications and computer systems. However her true passion was graphic design, especially tactile and tangible design, as she says: "the most plastique way of graphic design." ...the truth.... it was a job that I liked but I did not enjoyed at all... It was when I decided to turn my life leaving work and going to a world that I had always been attracted by, it was the graphic design world. I love everything related to the applied arts and had the feeling to start a new path in which I could develop my own projects... We selected some examples of the beautiful and creative work of Noelia, make sure to visit her website for more images and information. You can also follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Noe_design ESTE POSTER...¡SE SALE! My composition was about playing with the meaning of the words "¡Se sale!", in spanish that setence means that something is really great and cool and on the other hand it means that something is coming out. Noe (Diseño gráfico) YOROKOBU Beste Bat Composition performed on colored paper carfts for advertising campaign spring / summer 2012 clothing collection for Beste Bat clothing brand, a youthful, fresh and at the same time involved with art in general and music in particular. VisualGrafik ARTEUPARTE Composition made for the competition of the fall cover of a local magazine in my city about art and culture in our area, San Sebastián. The entire composition was made using colored crafts of paper.

55 Crafty Scrapbook Pages

Today I wanted to shift to the other side of the design spectrum for a change and show you something a little different: arts & crafts, or more specifically, scrapbooking. There's so much room for creativity in scrapbooks because it's simply for you. You don't have to worry about the needs of the client or audience, you're completely free to experiment to your hearts content. It's an opportunity to let your personality shine through and, not to mention, an excellent way to remember the good times in your life. And we all need a little reminiscing sometimes. Of course not all of us have the patience, time, or money (they can get very pricey!) to make scrapbooks. But maybe if you have a weekend to dedicate to it, you should definitely try it out! Perhaps you're having a baby soon or it's your anniversary with your girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband, there's no doubt that they'll be touched with your act and your children will look back in a few years and thank you for keeping beautiful memories of their childhood! Give it a try and feel free to share with us your own crafty creations like the ones you're about to see! You can also drop me a line on twitter or facebook, I'd love to hear from you! Courtney Bruesch Photography Georgia Visacri dianaisa Ateliê Patywork nahtescrap Nulka mumkaa .elsie*cake. Cat Scrap