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.
We love animals hence we are enamored by the sculptures of French artist, Sophie Verger. Born in Paris In 1970, she ROEDERER Academy of Art.1971, Nissim school of CAMONDO and was admitted to Beaux-Arts in 1971.She continued on her chosen path with classical training at the FAVRAT workshop. In 2003 she exhibited her first bronze sculptures at the POMPON Museum and museum exhibitions and galleries continue to this day. On an interview with L’Oiel du Prince Gallerie she says this about animal sculptures:
“My animals are very human … It is not the subject in sculpture that is important, at least for me, but what we do with it. I don’t feel like an animal because I’m not looking for a detailed anatomical representation of the animal. I have worked a lot on anthropomorphism with reference to antiquity and myths.
The advantage of animals is their anatomical particularities which widen the field of forms which I can play to arouse an emotion and their multiple symbolic values generating ideas. I feel material, form and emotion and the difference between man and animal is small if we exclude the neural faculties of the former which make him a super predator, but also certainly an artist….”
More of her work can be seen on her website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Sophie Verger.
Malaysian artist Kamwei Fong is know for his fluffy cat illustrations and for the goldfish series, Bo & Friends. He is a former art director and design department head with twenty years experience in the creative industry. His work is often described as poetic, humorous, imaginative, playful and dream-like. We particularly like his vast collection of ceramic menagerie. On Wonky Peach blog he says this about work challenges:
“There are many challenges along the way, ideas seems to be the biggest one. I love to tell stories through my work, but good ideas are not a common thing, not to mention a really great one. So I read a lot, watch a lot of videos, if possible travel more, learn from others and play with animals, do gardening, work out, cooking and enjoy good food! So much fun and that sparks creativity.”
You can follow the artist on his blog and Instagram. His portfolio can be viewed on Coroflot.
Images: Courtesy of Kamwei Fong.