medium /// paper




marine coutroutsios



Boy oh boy, if you love birds… and paper-cutting… then you are so set! This is the work of French artist Marine Coutroutsios, who now lives in Sydney Australia. These beautifully composed papery/feathery sculptures are her ode to the crazy colorful cockatoos that she happily shares her new city with. Gorgeous.

*Quick! This work is in a show that is coming down on Saturday June 14th, so get over to He Made She Made in Sydney [70 Oxford St, Darlinghurst] quick as bird!





kim baise






Ok, this is exactly how I want to end this insanely busy week… with hilarious, weird, and ridiculously sweet artwork hanging from the ceiling! LA based artist Kim Baise creates these crazy mobiles with papier mache, paint and found sticks, which she then lovingly assembles with natural hemp twine. So awesome. ps. I’m gonna need that bike-riding-lollipop-licking unicorn, and a strawberry swirl ice cream ASAP.

{via Oh Happy Day}





amanda brazier



This is the gorgeous work of Chattanooga based artist Amanda Brazier. Her compositions are modern, but almost rustic at the same time. And her colors - oh my -these palettes are so beautifully unique… and you’ll find out why in about 32 seconds:

“My work explores man’s elemental interaction with his environment, particularly in the measured way he builds and inhabits shelter. Influenced by the forms and materials of primitive earth dwellings, my visual language is grounded in architecture and repetition. Like the building process, the paintings develop through stacking, weaving, and assembling simple forms. In addition to referencing the physical structure of a home, the textures and patterning of the paintings suggest woven cloths or quilts, also symbols of protection and comfort. I make paint from pigments processed from the soils near my home, constructing a painted sanctuary with a sense of its origin and culture.”

Yes, she MAKES HER OWN PAINT from soil near her home… WHAT?! Um, how beautiful is this…

Sigh. Love.





claire brewster



I wrote about London based artist Claire Brewster waaaaay back in the fall of 2009. Her birds cut from vintage maps made my heart beat a little faster, and they still do! All of these pieces are new to her portfolio {and online shop}, but the true reason for today’s post are Claire’s newest flock. They’re still gorgeous, but instead of being cut from maps…


… they’re brass! Acid-etched brass birds, that look like lace, pinned precariously to a charcoal wall. Love, love, love!

{ps. If you happen to be in London this Thursday, June 5th, you should RSVP to the opening reception of Claire’s latest show: Pitfield London from 6~9pm}





kelly o’connor



I wrote about the collages of American artist Kelly O’Connor almost four years ago {where does the time go?!}, and here we are again. Found images, bits of color, and just the perfect amount of glitter! I couldn’t decide which set of two I loved the most, so I just posted all of them… ladies in fancy glasses, collections of vintage things, and geometric scenery that you can only get from a pair of scissors ‘n some glue! Love. ps. Some of this work is in a show, until June 7th, at the David Shelton Gallery in Houston.

{I found that final piece on a pinboard by Artsy Forager… that led me to do a bit of foraging as well!}





elsa mora


I have loved the work of California based artist Elsa Mora for ages {and she writes an amazing art blog where I often find the most fabulous ceramics}. I’ve written about Elsa’s ceramics before, but just found this gorgeous Frida Kahlo painted paper doll in her unbelievable portfolio of amazingness! So narrative, so beautiful, and really really FUN! I think Frida would have loved this too… it might have even made her want to dance:

You can buy the paper doll here, and a print of this piece here. Happy weekend to you!





keun young park




Whoa. Teeny tiny bits of torn and pasted photo on paper. This is the meticulous work of Korean born, New Jersey based artist Keun Young Park. I do not know how she has the patience to create masterpiece after masterpiece… absolutely stunning.

{Thanks to Jeanne for the link to this work}





tiffanie turner






Gasp! Gorgeous, delicate, GIGANTIC flowers… made entirely of paper! PAPER. This is the stunning work of San Francisco based architect/artist Tiffanie Turner… those happen to be her dress-covered legs in the first photo of the post, just to give you a sense of scale. Yep, these botanical beauties all range between 23″ to 36″ in diameter… a light pink dahlia that is three feet across? Yes. I am going to need that. All of these insanely amazing flowers are part of a show called “Heads” that is currently showing at Rare Device in San Francisco. The show is up until May 28th, so take a break from working in your real garden and go visit this ridiculously gorgeous paper garden… no weeding necessary! [Opening reception: May 9th from 6 - 8pm]

{ps. Each of these crazy paper blooms can take Tiffanie anywhere between 35 – 80 hours to complete… gasp! Again.}

*Top-most photo taken by Sarah Deragon, all other images were shot by Tiffanie.




macarena ruiz-tagle


Whoa. This is the work of Chilean born, Berlin based artist Macarena Ruiz-Tagle. It’s acrylic on paper… I did not know that acrylic on paper {20″x30″} could look this mesmerizing! Is it watered down and sprayed on? I have no idea, but I do love it! All of these paintings are from her Atmosphere Series. What I love the most about this series is how the mood changes so drastically from one piece to the next. Amazing that a simple color change can do that. I organized them from stormy/lonely to happy/energizing. What a difference it would be to own the black piece vs the pink piece… hm, maybe I need both so they can balance each other out!





natasha law


Ok, I did not know that gloss paint on paper could look this sexy… well it does when London based artist Natasha Law is involved! Yes, those semi-nudes are very sultry, but so are Natasha’s compositions and color choices. Elegant, clean, graphic, and yep… kinda hot.

* I had to include this little tidbit… Natasha is not the only talented, creative person in her family. Her brother happens to be Jude Law.