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Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s theme is the Dress–four women artists exploring the dress as a metaphor, a symbol and a shape in very different ways.

I hope they inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory.

Which of these artists speaks to you?

Have you ever considered using the dress as your subject matter–or other clothing for that matter?

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


“Paris Progressives: Yiqing Yin Couture”

Often what comes down the runway by top designers can seem ridiculously unwearable, but young design world super star Yiqing Yin appeals to me as she does this because it feels more like artwork coming down the catwalk. And her work is actually inspired by sculpture as well as mother nature herself. Fresh and exciting. Check it out by clicking on the image below!

Paris Progressives: Yiqing Yin Couture


Elvira ‘t Hart

I love these drawings (definitely click on the pic below to view more of them) but what’s even cooler is that she’s taken them one step further and turned them into actual clothes by laser cutting black leather to simulate the lines in the drawings and be as true to the original as much as possible–while also experimenting to see how this process would create something new.
Love it.

Elvira 't Hart


Melinda Le Guay

These beautiful, fragile, ethereal knitted copper wire sculptures of dresses by Melinda Le Guay turn the empty dress into a sort of delicate vessel–I find them poignant.

Melinda Leguay


Marilyn Stevens

I really like these satisfying collages by Marilyn Stevens and her use of the dress as a starting point for all her work. Click on the image below to see all her interpretations and explorations of life through this potent symbol.

Marilyn Stevens

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s theme is Reflection–the mind-bending kind.

These artists use reflective surfaces to make you think about space, illusion, reality, and the nature of seeing.

I hope they inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory.

Have you ever considered making “reflective” art? Which of these artists speaks to you?

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


“Paris Photos By Joanna Lemanska Capture Serene Reflections Of The City of Light”

It’s easy to manufacture reflection in Photoshop, but this artist looks for reflections naturally occurring in the water all over Paris or in combination with the reflective surfaces of contemporary buildings around her. Arresting.

Joanna Lemanska Reflexions de Paris


“Daniel Kukla: The Edge Effect”

Kukla takes a mirror and an easel with him out into nature and then snaps photos of the mirror reflecting an image you cannot see directly as the viewer, and then extending it into the space of the natural object he rests it against. It’s kind of quietly mind-bending.

Daniel Kukla: The Edge Effect


“The Skewed, Anamorphic Sculptures and Engineered Illusions of Jonty Hurwitz”

Okay, I can’t even explain this, so I’m going to have to quote the article in thisiscolossal.com:
“His anamorphic sculptures rely on scans of objects (hands, faces, frogs) that are then distorted digitally and fabricated, but when placed in front of a cylindrical mirror the projected reflection reveals the original object.”
Okay, so you really need to click on the link to see the photos of the work to get a sense of what he’s really doing. A different kind of mind-bending.

The Skewed, Anamorphic Sculptures and Engineered Illusions of Jonty Hurwitz


“Metalmorphosis: Incredible Moving Sculpture by David Cerny”

Photograph by David Cwiertnia

It’s massive, it moves in sections, it’s a fountain. Holy Moley. Go look.

Metalmorphosis David Cerny Stainless Steel Head Sculpture North Narolina

 


“Mind-bending Scaling Building Illusion” Mirrored building facade installation art by Leandro Erlich

Fun. Weird. Wackadoodle. Mind-bending for the whole family. ;-)

Bâtiment (Building) by Leandro Erlich

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week, I’m focusing on temporary, environmental art–one snow artist and 2 sand artists. One of the sand artists is a good friend of mine–Matt Long–he was one of the sculptors on the Travel Channel’s SandMasters show. He travels the world carving sand and he has a super cool kit + a fab how-to video if you’re jazzed by the idea of making some environmental art yourself this summer(although his sculptures do last for weeks which I find amazing!)

I hope these artists inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory:

Click on each link or image to view more of their work–Enjoy!

Simon Beck–Amazing Snow Artist

You must must must click on the image below to see more work. He was a runner who could no longer run, so he decided to take up walking–but in snowshoes, and making patterns. The scale is amazing, the patterns are beautiful–I’m blown away. Read more about him here and like his Facebook Page while you’re at it!

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Geometric Sand Sculptor Calvin Seibert–Love these modern,minimal sculptures

As I read on the website Inhabitat.com, Calvin Siebert is influenced by architects and designers Gottfried Bohm and and Aldo Rossi, as he creates striking geometric shapes in the sand.
Visit the artist’s Flickr Page or check his work out here and here.

Calvin Seibert geometric sand sculptor


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Matt Long: Sand Sculptor & Sand Sculpting Teacher Extraodinaire

As I mentioned above, Matt is a friend who travels the world sculpting sand for resorts, corporate events, and sand sculpting contests. What a gig! But he also shares his wealth of knowledge through a how-to video and a fabulous kit–so maybe you too can catch the sand sculpting bug and travel the world!

He’s marketing the kit to families, but really, his kit is for arty grown ups too. It’s all about the tools–and what do we love about great tools? CONTROL!! That’s where all the fun is with projects like this.

Watch his video  about his kit because you can get a great sense of the possibilities just by watching that. (You have to scroll down the page a bit to see the video.)

I think I need to get one of these kits myself as I love the summer, love the beach, but am so bad at just sitting there trying to make my white white legs turn at least grey, let alone tan–I’d rather slather on the sun screen and create!

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Hope you enjoyed these this week–and as always, let me know what you’re working on, what your challenges are, and what your victories have been!

Big hugs, Sarah

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