We saw quite a few rock sculptures on our trip through the Canadian Rockies but the pieces were never quite the magnitude of these created by Michael Grab, the master of stone balancing. The physical ingredients of his art are rocks and gravity and the metaphysical ingredients are patience and an open mind. “Gravity Glue” is the name he has given to his stone balancing practice of which he says:
“The process boils down to contemplative vertical stone arrangement; involving patience, problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptation, slow-breathing, steady hands, and a host of other practiced skills…”
“Gravity is the only “Glue” that holds these structures in equilibrium.”
“Over the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design. Alongside the art, setting rocks into balance has also become a way of showing appreciation, offering thanksgiving, and inducing meditation. Through manipulation of gravitational threads, the ancient stones become a poetic dance of form and energy, birth and death, perfection and imperfection. they become a reflection of ourselves in a way; precariously sturdy, mysterious and fragile.”
You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Michael Grab.
Loving these narrative dimensional illustrations created by Stockholm-based print designer, Hanna Nyman. Her grandmother was a florist and so it is not surprising that cut-paper blooms
has been the focus of her work. On an interview with Bibelot Magazine she says this about her medium:
“I fell in love with paper instantly and learnt how to make paper three dimensional. I don’t really see myself as an origami artist even though I love origami. I use paper in a different way; I cut it and bend it and build pictures with it, as illustrations almost.”
“I like how paper feels and how you can bend, fold or roll a piece of paper. Its a simple material and its easy to handle. You don´t need any machines or much equipment. But what appeals most to me with paper is that something that is just flat and plain can be built in to almost anything three dimensional.”
You can follow the artist on her website, her “Back to Poetry” website and the bulk of her work can be found on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Hanna Nyman.
Kate Kato is a sculptor, craftsman and collector who created these beautiful sculptures using recycled materials and natural dyes. Her intricate work is inspired by plants, insects and found objects and sold under the banner, Kasasagi Design. In her own words she writes:
“I have always been fascinated by the natural world; a love instilled in me at a young age, and documenting what I discover has become my main motivation for creating my work. As a child I spent a lot of time collecting bits and pieces in tins or boxes which I would take with me on walks through parks or countryside.”
“I work mainly with paper as this is a medium I have loved and used since I began my creative practice, however I also use wire, thread and fabric. When I moved from creating 2D work to 3D it seemed like a natural progression to continue using paper and its properties lend themselves well to the plants and insects I like to create. I use a range of techniques to create my work including carving, wire work and embroidery. I love the changes in colour and texture created by the variety of materials and techniques I use, helping to make the sculptures more lifelike. I also use watercolours to add colour and patterning to the sculptures as well as selecting appropriate pages from the books and magazines I collect.”
The artist can be followed on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Her work can be purchased here on Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Kate Kato.