Category Archives: Mixed Media

Molly Burgess

Admiring these soft sculptures created by Grand Rapids native, Molly Burgess.  This fiber artist’s love of nature and science led her to making insects, arachnid and especially moths.  She incorporates hand embroidery, machine stitching, painting, dying and wire work to form her creations.  In her bio she writes this about the moth:

“Many types of moths—including my favorite the luna moth—only live a couple of weeks after they emerge. I found it interesting that the part of their lives where they are the most beautiful is also the most fleeting. My work is definitely influenced by a desire to create a lasting representation of that beauty.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  She has an Etsy shop but currently has no listing.

Images:  Courtesy of Molly Burgess.

Camilla Chew Masks

These incredible mixed-media masks are the creations of Camille Chew, a free-lance illustrator originally from Ithaca, NY but is currently based in Providence, RI.  She graduated from Alfred University where her focus was on printmaking.  Her work explores themes of mythology, fantasy, and the occult. On an interview with Light Grey Art Lab she says this about her creative process:

“Whatever I’m making, I always start by deciding on a color palette.  For digital illustration, I usually don’t do much sketching, maybe jus a quick stick figure to map out a character’s pose.  All the basic shapes are blocked in and then comes the fun part-drawing in all the patterns and details.  I keep a library of textures and patterns that always adding to.  It’s full of digitally made patterns, scanned in watercolor washes and hand-drawn patterns, as well as brushes that can be used like stamps.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Behance and Instagram.  Some of her items can be purchased on Red Bubble and Society6.

Images:  Courtesy of Camille Chew.

Ema Shin

Japanese-Australian artist Ema Shin studied traditional and contemporary printmaking in Japan and has held solo and group exhibitions internationally.  The Melbourne-based artist’s work not only utilizes printmaking but may also include other techniques and mediums such as paper-maché, embroidery, weaving and collage with each design often depicting femininity, sexuality and domesticity.

The artist can be followed on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Ema Shin.