Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, artist and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wired and The New Yorker. We love all of his work but our eyes gravitate to the original ink and pencil drawings of his travels. We get a glimpse of the artist on an interview with The Talks:
“Actually, I can say that the steps that lead to my finished drawings are very unspectacular. It’s more like with a sculpture, where I chip away piece by piece from a stone and slowly get closer to the final form — to hopefully have an elegant form where the reader is in any kind of way emotionally touched. But creating never happens in those big gestures that the final product suggests in the end. It’s a rather boring film that plays in my head.”
“There is so much frustration that is necessary in this process: it is difficult, it’s difficult when you draw, 80% of it can be fine and then there is a pretty high chance that the last 20% gets messed up again and I have to start from the beginning. And when you have to erase an idea, there’s always this pain to let something go and restart. But I think the most important difference between a person who is successful in art and a person who is not successful is how much frustration a person can take without losing this childish enthusiasm.”
You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of his prints are available here in his shop.
Images: Courtesy of Christoph Niemann.
These handmade fish bags are the creations of graphic designer Julia Castaño. The Barcelona-based artist sells her fun wares under the brand, Don Fisher. The bags are made with the highest quality materials. The insides are fleshy and full of bones and sometimes teeth.
You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of her items can be purchased on Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Don Fisher
Admiring the intricate work of ceramist Zemer Peled. The Israeli artist examines the beauty and brutality of the natural world and uses slivers of porcelain to mirror their shapes and forms. On an interview with Cfile.org. she gives us an insight into her work:
“The sculptures I make are formed of ceramic shards, constructing them into large-scale/small-scale sculptures and installations. I am producing the shards myself using the slab roller; I make sheets of clay, fire them, and smash them into pieces with a hammer. I love playing with the idea of the texture and the form can look airy, delicate, light and fluffy and to give a sense of flutter, as if my breath would break it. Yet, the hard and sharp shards can be seen as round and moving, and give a sense of softness.”
“Process is crucial to my sculptural ideas. They are consistent with the Kabbalah concepts of Shevirah (breaking) and Tikkun (mending) that can also be considered as renewal. I make, then break, then make again. Chaos, destruction, and decay are intense and necessary creative process for me to create each of my sculptures.”
You can purchase a few of her work on her website and you can follow her also on Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Zemer Peled.