Author Archives: Ami

Maryam Ashkanian

Iranian fiber artist Maryam Ashkanian is the artist behind Sleep Series, a collection of pillows with portraits of sleeping people stitched onto them using a sewing machine.  Little hints of the sleeper’s personality are presented by the way the pillow is designed—from a flowered watch on one’s wrist, to a ruffle that encircles that pillow’s outer edge. The artist has an academic background in painting and brings that painterly touch to the work.  On Kashya Hildebrand website Ashkanian discusses her history with fabric: 

“My mother’s village is in Gilan (Caspian area), which is one of the main places in Iran for sewing. My childhood was embedded in textiles and sewing. Until I started at the fine arts university, I did not realize it was possible to use textiles as a medium, so I used oil painting at first. Later, I realized that oil paint was not my vision of the world. It took me awhile to understand and realize the numerous possibilities and the flexibility that textiles and sewing could bring to my practice. There were some things I couldn’t achieve in oil painting that I can with textiles.” 

You can follow the artist on her website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Maryam Ashkanian.

Aleksandar Savic

Aleksandar Savic creates art for a wide range of clients around the world but we are particularly amazed at his collection of portraits. The illustrator, designer and art director is based in Belgrade, Serbia. He graduated from the Faculty of Art and Design, Graphic Design and Visual Communication Department, Belgrade. Since 2010 he has worked as a freelancer in the fields of graphic design and illustration applying geometric shapes and muted color schemes in many of his compositions.

The artist can be found in his website, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Aleksandar Savic.

Yukari Kashihara

Admiring the porcelain and wheel-thrown pottery of ceramist Yukari Kashihara.  The artist was born in Osaka, Japan and from a very young age began her art journey by drawing, sketching and crafting.  In 2003 she received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Yukari’s pottery is made from a high-fired porcelain clay and decorated with hand-painted colors.  Her work is delicate and whimsical, inspired by her love of nature. On Marshall News she says this about her work:  

“I try to focus on positiveness,” she said. “If I want to be happy, I should focus on all things positive. If I’m looking at a pothole, that’s where I’ll end up.”

“You make a beautiful bowl, but if you want to go beyond it, you’ve got to break the bowl. You’ve got to cut into it. Do something about it. Don’t just leave it a perfect bowl.’ That’s where this started,” she said, gesturing to the side of the gallery where her master’s project work was displayed.

The artist can be followed here on her website.

Images:  Courtesy of Yukari Kashihara.