Warren King is an American born sculptor currently living and working in Stockholm. A trip to a village in China where many of his ancestors had lived is the inspiration for these life size cardboard sculptures. The abstracted shapes are created with glued cardboard and with the backs left unfinished and exposed. His goal is to recreate the village with perhaps a total of 100 to 200 figures. In an interview on Supermarket 2017 he reveals this about himself and his project:
“Hi! I’m Warren, and I do sculpture, mostly figures using cardboard from boxes. I’m pretty new to the art world — I only started doing it seriously about 2 years ago when I moved to Stockholm. Before that, I worked at software companies doing data analysis for big corporations, and before that I was a structural engineer designing stadiums and office buildings. Nowadays I cut cardboard full time.”
‘That project started after a visit to my grandparents’ hometown in China. It was my first time in China, and as we wandered around the streets we met some elderly residents and stopped to chat. As it turned out, these people knew my grandparents from 50 years ago. It was very profound — the sense of having lost touch with this part of my past, and then rediscovering it by chance. So this series of sculptures — which is an ongoing project to recreate the residents of that village one person at a time – is sort of an expression of my attempts to understand those connections.”
You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Warren King.
Admiring the hand made ceramics created by British designer Tracy Wilkinson. Currently living in Los Angeles, Tracy is the founder of TW Workshop that carries a collection of ceramics, one of a kind furniture, home accessories, and soft cotton t shirts. On an interview with A Piece Apart she talks about her inspiration and her list of rules:
“It’s hard to pinpoint unusual sources because I am always looking at everything and not always connecting how that inspiration will come out in my work. I work with natural materials, and the forms I make are quite organic so most of my inspiration comes from the natural world. On the flipside of that I am also inspired by large industrial machinery, like the machines used in a quarry and hugely inspired by NASA and space rockets.”
“I don’t have a ton of rules, because I would always break them. I have a few I try to keep: Be creative every day, hug my dogs as much as possible, be kind to myself and others, dance as much as possible, don’t be ashamed of watching the telly, keep a tidy workspace, pick funny people as friends and make lists.”
You can see more of her work and purchase her items in her website.
Images: Courtesy of Tracy Wilkinson.
Coveting these hand painted tribal serving boards and accessories created by Australia-based artisan Millie Fairhall. She is a self-confessed ‘mixed-plate of cultural confusion’ and her heritage reflects heavily in all that she creates. She writes this on her blog about her creative journey:
“Whilst the majority of people receive a pay packet each week,I do not. I’ve chosen the path of the unknown,of the consistently inconsistent because I love what I do and am fortunate enough that there are people out there who love my creations enough to pay me their hard earned money for something that is made with heart and soul. My work is a culmination of my life.my travels.my experiences.my adventures.the blood that pulses through my veins.the culture that I have been born from.the life that only I have lived,that’s what inspires & keeps the fire burning.”
“I spend hours slogging away.late nights.lack of sleep.blistered hands.sweat.sacrifices & tears to produce everything you see on my page,but I get so much satisfaction and pride to be able to share my work with everybody.”
You can follow Millie on her blog site and Facebook. Her products can be purchased in her Big Cartel shop.
Images: Courtesy of Millie Fairhall.