HinÃ© Mizushima, who was born and raised in Japan, majored in Japanese traditional painting before working as a designer and Illustrator in Tokyo.Â She moved to a few prominent cities before settling in Vancouver, Canada where she lives with her family.Â She expresses art through slow crafting, needle felting, weaving, making miniature collages, illustrations and puppet stop-motion animations.Â We have previously featured her work but it is worthwhile to see her newest creations.Â On the Floating Magazine she says this about how she chose to work with varied mediums:
“Since graduation, I always have been an illustrator. Then about ten years ago, I was looking for information about some simple GIFs on the internet, but instead of finding that, I stumbled upon â€˜How to make a stop-motion video with your digital camera and iMovie.â€™ It looked interesting and easy, so I made a parody music video with tiny handmade puppets for a song by ‘They Might Be Giants’ (Brooklyn based rock band, of which I have been a big fan for a long time), just for fun. Then I tried to post it on their MySpace page, but I didnâ€™t understand how it worked. But I found a â€˜send messageâ€™ button instead, so I simply sent them the link to my video. Then a few days later, they contacted me, asking me to work on a video project with them!“
“Then, when I started to work on the second stop-motion music video for They Might Be Giants, I had to make some needle-felted characters and props for the first time. It was actually a lot of fun, and was easy to create 3D stuff by felting wool. Since then I have been making felt sculptures and stop-motion music videos. If I hadnâ€™t stumbled upon the how-to website and then worked with They Might Be Giants, I probably wouldnâ€™t have even been a crafter. Life is very interesting and unpredictable! At the same time, I started my Etsy shop to sell my handmade felt stuff and prints.“
You can follow the artist on her website, Behance and Instagram.Â Some of her merchandise can be purchased on Etsy and Society 6.
Images: Courtesy of Hine Mizushima.
With so much left-over yarn we decided to make the stripe pillows shown on top.Â They are the creation of Ingrid van Willenswaard, a knitter, crocheter, artist and blogger.Â Over the years she has made many things from wool to paper.Â She has also included many patterns and descriptions of her homemade projects on her blog. The author of three craft books also contributes to Dutch and English magazines in the form of DIY projects and/or illustrations.Â This Dutch maker is so successful that she has foregone a full-time job and concentrates solely on her creativity.Â In an article on Cosy Project she says this about her craft: Â
â€œI knit and crochet because it gives me a feeling of peace; itâ€™s a kind of meditation, the counting of the stitches and the focus on your hands leaving little room for worries. I donâ€™t have a special goal doing it â€“ itâ€™s just the fun of it.â€
â€œBecause I canâ€™t choose what I like most, I make a lot of different things,â€ says Ingrid. â€œI like to crochet, to knit, embroider, draw, make cards and fold paper. I am not a specialist â€“ I like to keep things simple and easy.â€
You can follow the maker on her blog and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Ingthings.
Admiring these mixed media portraits created by Chicago-based artist Faith Humphrey Hill, who received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College.Â The knit under layer of her work is manipulate by machine or by hand.Â She then collages her original digital drawing with the knitted material.Â In her artist statement she says this:
â€œKnit Prints celebrate our common thread. Combining the visual symbolism of knitting with the expressive color and rendering of digital drawing. They create a comfort and familiarity between viewer and subject though they may be strangers.â€
The artist can be found on her website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Faith Humphrey Hill.