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.
Found these simple unique products on Japanese online marketplace, Minne.Â The textile artist, Naoko, graduated from design school and started selling handmade works while working on designs. She accompanied her husband to overseas assignments and during that time continued toÂ self-teach Nordic weaving. “Eori” is also called “Flemish weaving” and is a very simple technique using a small loom. Warp threads are stretched over a small wooden frame, and weft threads are manually interchanged.
The textile artist can be followed on her website and Instagram.Â Her items can be purchased on Minne and Creema.
Images: Courtesy of Pernilla Works.
Faig AhmedÂ is an Azerbaijani contemporary visual artist who is best known for his surrealist weavings which integrate visual distortions into traditional oriental rugs.Â Â He alters the patterns with digital manipulation, pixelation, and distortion.Â Ahmedâ€™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:
Â â€œBeing an artist is not just a job or a profession â€“ Itâ€™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. Itâ€™s a type of thinking.â€
â€œThings 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 clichÃ©.â€
More of his work can be found on his website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Faig Ahmed.