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Shobhna Patel

The paper cut repeated patterns attracted us to the work of UK-based illustrator, paper cut engineer and paper cut artist, Shobhna Patel. She invented a paper-engineering technique called the “paperscope” which is utilized in many of the books she has produced. Her incredible body of work is not only beautiful but also intricate, complex and captivating.

You can follow the artist on her website and on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Shobhna Patel.

Debbie Smyth

Debbie Smyth is a textile artist known notably for her pin and thread drawings. She creates the artwork by stretching a network of threads between accurately placed pins. The artist has worked with high profile companies and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In her own words she describes her work:

“On first glance, it can look like a mass of threads but as you get closer sharp lines come into focus, creating a spectacular image. The images are first plotted out before being filled out with the thread, the sharp angles contrasting with the floating ends of the thread.  And despite the complexity of the lengthy process I try to capture a great feeling of energy and spontaneity, and, in some cases, humour.”

” I feel as if I am taking thread out of its comfort zone, presenting it on monumental scale and creating an eye-catching, and in some case jaw dropping effect.”

More of her work can be viewed on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Debbie Smyth.

Mary Jo Hoffman

We haven’t featured many photographers on our blog but we’ve recently found a favorite. Mary Jo Hoffman is the creator behind these captivating photographs of found objects from nature. The Minnesota-based artist started a personal project in 2012 called, Still, where she posts fragments of nature daily. The compositions and outcome has been nothing but phenomenal. On an interview with Dearest Nature she shares with us a bit about her kinship with nature:

“I believe my connection to nature has a lot to do with beauty.  I am a visual artist, and I love design, and architecture, and art.  But in the end, I think nature does beauty best.  I can walk the dog on the same four-mile path every day for a year, and still be captivated most days by the variety and beauty of those surroundings.”

“I also love the solitude of natural spaces, especially wide open spaces like prairies.  I never wear an iPod or headphones when I walk in nature.   I want to hear the wind in the trees, the birds, and the skittering in the fallen leaves. I use my walks to gather my thoughts.  I am guessing some would call it a kind of daily meditation practice.  I suppose it is.  I almost always come home more centered and peaceful.”

More of her work can be seen on her blog and on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Mary Jo Hoffman.