Simone Crestani is an artist, a designer, and a glassblowing master. He had the privilege of working under the tutelage of master glassblower Massimo Lunardon and living close to Venice the capital of the glass world. On Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art he reveals this about his work:
“I started to work with glass when I was very young. I was fifteen when I entered for the first time the Soffieria of master artisan Massimo Lunardon. There I was immediately fascinated by the incandescent glass. Shortly after, I started training as an apprentice blower and it was love at first sight. In 2010 I opened my own studio, the “Atelier Crestani”, where I still work at my creations.”
“I usually take inspiration from the natural world, reinventing its forms and translating them into my language and my aesthetic taste, trying to always keep that pure and elegant style that is my sign.”
“I’ve been working with the borosilicate glass in a more sculptural way compared to the traditional one, and now I can create bigger pieces but more detailed. I’m renown for this particular technique and often I have been asked to teach in prestigious academies and glass-making schools.”
You can view more of his work on his website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Simone Crestani.
In awe of these large scale paper cuttings of Ukranian artist, Eugenia Zoloto. Her creations are quite intricate and magical with twisting vines, large blooms, birds and flying insects. On an interview with Strictly Paper she says this about her work and inspirations:
“I discovered paper cutting a few years ago, and was impressed by the tender tiny cuts and different ways of using paper. So I immediately tried to do one with simple knife and not the correct paper, the result was ugly, but I loved the process so much – so I began to struggle with this hobby more and more. Soon after I saw a lot of interest from other people and finally turned my hobby into my profession.”
“I’ve read a lot my entire life and I think the main images and ideas were formed from romantic and at the same time dramatic, noir Russian literature. I am still amazed by it. Of course there are many other factors – my life, art, and society influence me as well. I take on inspiration from everywhere – strange dreams, spots on the wall, beautiful songs, etc.”
You can find the artist on Facebook, Behance and Instagram. Some of her designs can be purchased in her Etsy shop, ArtHeartsShop.
Images: Courtesy of Eugenia Zoloto.
Admiring the knitted paintings of Los Angeles-based artist Channing Hansen. He was educated at the San Francisco Art Institute where he participated in the New Genres Program. His hand-knitted constructions are stretched on wooden frames and uses loops of yarn to form painterly abstractions. He has mastered the skill of knitting, from acquiring raw fleece to dyeing and spinning yarn.
You can view more of his work here on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Channing Hansen.