Warren King is an American born sculptor currently living and working in Stockholm. A trip to a village in China where many of his ancestors had lived is the inspiration for these life size cardboard sculptures. The abstracted shapes are created with glued cardboard and with the backs left unfinished and exposed. His goal is to recreate the village with perhaps a total of 100 to 200 figures. In an interview on Supermarket 2017 he reveals this about himself and his project:
â€œHi! I’m Warren, and I do sculpture, mostly figures using cardboard from boxes. I’m pretty new to the art world — I only started doing it seriously about 2 years ago when I moved to Stockholm. Before that, I worked at software companies doing data analysis for big corporations, and before that I was a structural engineer designing stadiums and office buildings. Nowadays I cut cardboard full time.â€
â€˜That project started after a visit to my grandparents’ hometown in China. It was my first time in China, and as we wandered around the streets we met some elderly residents and stopped to chat. As it turned out, these people knew my grandparents from 50 years ago. It was very profound — the sense of having lost touch with this part of my past, and then rediscovering it by chance. So this series of sculptures — which is an ongoing project to recreate the residents of that village one person at a time – is sort of an expression of my attempts to understand those connections.â€
You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Warren King.
Would love to collect a few of these incredible rattan-wrapped stones called, â€œSmall Blessingsâ€. created by Washington state-based artist Deloss Webber. Though he has never had any formal art classes, he has learned rattan weaving from his mother and from an early age has been exposed to and influenced by numerous ethnic forms of weaving. His family operated a furniture business of restoring and repairing antiques, and Webber learned the skill of cane weaving from masters in the trade. His work is influenced by Eastern philosophy and by traditional Japanese and Native American basketry.
You can follow the artist on his website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Deloss Webber.
In awe of these sculptures created by paper craft artist and designer, Wirin Chaowana. The Bangkok-based artist was influenced by Thailandâ€™s traditional fresh flower arrangements. Complex folding and geometric forms replaces the organic flowers in these delicate paper decorations. On an interview with Bangkok Post she reveals this about her project:
“Folding has been my favourite hobby since childhood. I find it fascinating when you can turn a flat, thin sheet of paper into three-dimensional shapes. It creates the perception of depth, light and shadow. It brings paper to life.”
“I fused the beauty of traditional flower arrangements with my personal passion for paper to present Thai flower works in a modern way. The collection is called â€œPub Piab Riab Royâ€ as each word represents the whole construction process. â€œPubâ€ is to fold, â€œpiabâ€ means a lot of paper, â€œriabâ€ is smooth and â€œroyâ€ is to thread.”
You can see more of her work on Behance and Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Wirin Chaowana.