medium /// sculpture




yumi okita


Ok. Part of me is so in love with these textile moths {the colors, the patterns, the skilled technique required to make them}, but the other part of me… shudder! Yes, I have some major issues with flying things {there’s a story about a butterfly sanctuary in there, but that’s for another day.} Luckily these beauties, by North Carolina based artist Yumi Okita, can’t fly… RIGHT? Oh, and just so you have a sense of scale:

Lovely… but I am sooooo glad that’s not real.  #sanctuaryflashback





tara donovan


Giant/fluffy pussy willows, and pink stalagmites? Nope. Bunches of acrylic rods, and stacks of buttons. Insane. This is the breathtaking work of Brooklyn based installation artist Tara Donovan. Just imagine seeing this work in person… well, you can if you happen to be on either US coast this summer! Yep, PACE New York and PACE Menlo Park California have Tara’s work showing until mid August. You’re going to go, right?!





ben skinner

Awesome Awesome.

Aaaaand he’s at it again! Vancouver based Ben Skinner is an amazingly talented and incredibly clever artist who I am very happy to call my friend. I have loved his work for years, and have written about him a bunch of times (here, here, here, here, here, AND he was the first artist I interviewed for my book!). I’ve been watching him post this new work {acrylic tinted HydroCal plaster}, titled SAME SAME, on Facebook for the last couple of months and loooooove that it’s finally up on his site! Such gorgeous colors and patterns, and so smart… isn’t it crazy how many words we do this to? You’re trying to think of some right now, aren’t you? Yeah. Me too. {You can see these, and a zillion other amazing pieces by Ben, in person at Back Gallery Project in Vancouver until the end of June. These are priced at $200 per set, in editions of 10 and can be ordered online}

And with that I’ll say happy weekend, and…

ps. You can follow Ben on instagram {lots of cool things!} at  @benskinnerart





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!





daniel ramos obregón



These are so weird, and so beautiful! Daniel Ramos Obregón is a Colombian designer/fashion artist who just recently graduated with an MA Fashion Artefact at London College of Fashion. This body {pun intended} of work is titled Outrospection, The Body and Mind. It is a collection of hand crafted porcelain body casts, gold plated brass metal frames that encompass the body, hand turned Colombian kingwood handles, and vegetable-tanned leather harnesses. Weird. And so beautiful.

{For the slip-casting, he worked side by side with ceramicist Kate Luck. Photographed by Jorge Perez Ortiz}





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}





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}





alasdair thomson


Delicate, feminine, white clothing… CARVED FROM MARBLE! This is the work of Edinburgh based artist Alasdair  Thomson. I found this paragraph on his site, and it’s written so well that I thought I’d just copy ‘n paste:

Through his current series of sculptures, Alasdair is exploring the way fabric hangs and folds, and is attempting to capture that lightness and gracefulness in stone. Named ‘The Identity Collection’, his recent sculptures are carved copies of garments donated by his friends and family. Seeking to capture the characters of those he invited to donate, he surrendered the control of the content of the series by allowing others to submit garments of their choosing for him to carve. The results are simple and understated, as well as timeless and nostalgic.

Yes. They certainly are.





adam frezza & terri chiao




LOVE! These papery Dr.Suess-esque leaves and pokey cacti make me want to get knee-deep in neon paint and paper-maché paste… so colorful, so tactile, so fantastic! This is the work of collaborative duo Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao. They’ve been working together since 2011, “exploring play and craft across a range of media” … which includes not only these crazy plants, but also things like their pancake prints for example! Hilarious!

{found a FB post by Sandrine Kerfante}





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.