In awe of the skill when I think that these leather talismans are handmade. Found them at the Japanese online handmade market, Iishi. The leather miniature mascots are hand dyed and hand sewn and can be attached to your bag or pouch. The items are sold under the brand name, Munieru, and can be purchased here at Iishi.
Images: Courtesy of Munieru.
My online shopping has not been very successful of late as I am finding more things for myself than for others, typical of the holidays I suppose. Eyeing these wonderful ceramic tile coasters created by Athens-based artisan, Maya Gencic. The 4 x 4 ceramic tiles are sealed with layers of varnish giving the tiles a painted or inlay look. You can follow her work here on Facebook and purchase her products
here on Etsy under the brand, Tilissimo.
Images: Courtesy of Tilissimo.
These incredible book sculptures were created by Montreal-based interdisciplinary artist, Guy Laramée, who uses books, inks and pigments to capture these amazing landscapes. He defines his work as follows:
“My work, in 3D as well as in painting, originates from the very idea that ultimate knowledge could very well be an erosion instead of an accumulation. The title of one of my pieces is “ All Ideas Look Alike”. Contemporary art seems to have forgotten that there is an exterior to the intellect. I want to examine thinking, not only “what” we think, but “that” we think.
So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are. After 30 years of practice, the only thing I still wish my art to do is this: to project us into this thick “cloud of unknowing.”
Images: Courtesy of Guy Laramée.