Faig Ahmed is an Azerbaijani contemporary visual artist who is best known for his surrealist weavings which integrate visual distortions into traditional oriental rugs. He alters the patterns with digital manipulation, pixelation, and distortion. Ahmed’s designs are then manufactured by a group of skilled weavers paying strict attention to traditional Azerbaijani weaving techniques. In 2004 this internationally-recognized artist graduated from the sculpture program at the Azerbaijani State Academy of Fine Art in Baku. He has since exhibited worldwide in group and solo exhibitions. On an interview with Textile Artist he is quoted as follows:
“Being an artist is not just a job or a profession – It’s a lifestyle. Neither art education or studio work can make you an artist. You have to think as an artist and live a life of an artist to become one. It’s a type of thinking.”
“Things that you need are always surrounded by tons of trash. So, try everything. Never be afraid to experiment. To make really good art you have to get free of all the strings made of concepts and cliché.”
More of his work can be found on his website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Faig Ahmed.
We always want to make our gift wrapping extra special and unique so we think these lace tapes from Japanese brand, Pavilio, will do the trick. The company was born in 2015 as a joint venture developed and planned by a sticker printing company in Sanjo City and a design company in Tokyo. Their lace tape features fine cutting and colorful designs.
All their patterns can be viewed here on their website. Some designs are available on Etsy, Amazon and a few other companies listed on Google.
Images: Courtesy of Pavilio.
Itsuo Kobayashi was born in 1962 and lives in Saitama prefecture. Since he was 18 years old he took the time to document each and every meal he ate. Using pen and ink he filled notebook after notebook with delicious-looking paintings. The bento boxes and ramen drawings often included the name, price and ingredients of each meal. The Japanese outsider artist and professional cook suffers from alcoholic neuritis and has difficulty walking. Often bed-ridden he still draws from memory relying mostly on food deliveries from restaurants or deliveries from his mother.
Mr. Kobayashi is represent by Kushino Terrace Gallery. There is a great interview with him on the website, Note.
Images: Courtesy of Itsuo Kobayashi and Kushino Terrace Gallery.