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Irving Harper (1926 – 2015)

Admiring the paper sculptures created by Irving Harper, an American industrial designer, born in 1916 in New York.  The mid-century designer was known for his “Ball Clock” made for Howard Miller Clock Company and his “Marshmallow Sofa” created for Herman Miller.  However, his work on paper was overlooked because they have never been seen outside his home.  He crafted hundreds of paper sculptures in his spare time from 1963-2000 to relieve “stress”.  Much of his work can be seen in the book , “Irving Harper: Works in Paper” by Michael Maharam and Irving Harper.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources. 

Takeshi Miyasaka

Takeshi Miyasaka is a talented illustrator based in Tokyo, Japan. His illustrations capture many fleeting moments of urban life. He uses a copious amount of black to frame an image and create a mood. His work is often based on photographs he has taken which he then expertly illustrates into beautiful interpretations of everyday life.

You can see more of his work on his website and on Behance.

Images:  Courtesy of Takeshi Miyasaka.

Kaoru Hirota (Hipota)

At first glance you may think that these threaded artwork are crocheted but they are not.  Embroidery artist Kaoru Hirota creates these intricate, tiny pieces with a strong sewing needle called a Nuibari.  The stitch she uses appears to be a corded Brussels stitch, a 3d type of embroidery. The artist has had a solo and a two person exhibition and has been featured in many craft books recently using her brand name, Hipota.  Would love to get hold of some of her pieces but alas, they art only sold in Japan.

You can view more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Kaoru Hirota aka Hipota.