medium /// sculpture

strike away show


Remember when your parents said, “Don’t play with matches” ? Yeah, well these artists did NOT listen… thank goodness! Over the last few weeks, I kept seeing fabulous little matchbox interventions pop up on Instagram, and so naturally the hunt was on! When I traced them back to the source, I found “Strike Away”a show that has nearly 450 altered matchbooks by 225 artists from around the world, curated by Courtney Cerruti and Alicia Dornadic. So fun, and oh so creative! From “burned books”, to bowling lanes, to little packs of cigarettes, this show truly covers the spectrum! Sigh. Sorry Mom, I might have to go find some matches of my own! {The show is up until June 20th at Paxton Gate Kids located at 766 Valencia St., San Francisco. If you can’t make it to the show, check out their Instagram feed – lots of the work is posted there}

*Just a fraction of the talented artists involved, shown above: 1. Jane Mount  2. Crystal Morey  3. Mandy Behrens  4. Vanessa Wimmer  5. Sara Diamond  6. Molly Hatch  7. Diana Rodgers  8. Nik Sonfield  9. Nik Sonfield

ana teresa barboza


I wrote about Peruvian artist Ana Teresa Barboza in 2013, and today I came across her series titled “Weaving the Moment”… obviously I had to write again. I have a major weakness for work that blurs the line between fine art and craft, and this my friends is a perfect example of that blurry line! I can’t get enough of the tangled embroidered roots dangling from the bottom of her canvases, and that crocheted water spilling from it’s wooden tap… oh my… so, so good!

*installation photos taken by Edi Hirose at Wu Galeria

kate clements


Crowns. GLASS crowns. This is the delicate, beautiful work of Philadelphia based glass artist Kate Clements…. and here’s why she does what she does:

“I construct decorative, non-functional glass headdresses to initiate a new conversation about narcissistic female adornment. Throughout history the cultural construction of feminine identity has contributed to a persistent desire by women to transcend what nature has given them physically. I believe these gestures of transformation are made selfishly and with pleasure, in hopes to achieve a fantasy…. I am interested in the adornments of the celebration of the ‘perfect’ woman. These celebrations can include beauty queens, exotic dancers, and ironically in it’s most extreme manifestation: the bride.

Brides, and bridesmaids, need veils… that she makes out of glass:


I mean, come on. ♥

zemer peled


Whoa. Beautiful shards of ceramics transformed into colorful, striking {and I assume kinda sharp} blooms. Ah-mazing. This is the stunning work of Israeli artist Zemer Peled, and if you happen to be in Culver City, CA before June 13th you can see her work in an exhibition titled “In Bloom”, at the Mark Moore Gallery {She’s in good company… there are a few of Warhol’s flowers in this show as well.}

{via Colossal}


pip & pop


Oh, thank goodness… she’s still at it! I wrote about Australian artist Tanya Schultz, aka Pip & Pop, waaaay back in 2010, so I was thrilled to see that she’s still creating her magical, sugary, glittery, rainbow-filled worlds! I would love to spend an afternoon in the middle of this insane dream. So many colors. So many special details… pastel sugar lakes, shiny little beads, weird plastic flowers, and that pink polka-dot horse. Yep, I’m gonna need that pink polka-dot horse.

rebecca louise law

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Oh my. I would love to stand underneath, and inside of, any one of these stunning floral installations by British artist Rebecca Louise Law. Literally thousands of flowers, both fresh and dried, connected by copper wire and strategically hung from various ceilings around the world! Why flowers? Her explanation is almost as lovely as the work itself:

“Rebecca traces her decision to be an artist back to a defining moment in her life. The day her dad hurried the family out to have a look at a field of daisies: “it was incredible, thousands of flowers as far as the eye could see, since then I’ve wondered how it would be possible to recreate that moment for others to enjoy.” Then while studying fine art at university, she replaced paint with flowers.”




I’ve written about CHIAOZZA {aka Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao} before, but that post was about a bunch of crazy paper plants. Today is all about these gorgeous, angular, colorful, wooden sculptures! These pieces were hanging at Vox Populi, an artist run space in Philadelphia, last fall. Here’s the description of this work:

“In this series of large-scale wooden sculptures, the visual language of CHIAOZZA is brought to the scale of the human body. Designed as open-ended experiments, the hanging objects skirt between furniture, sculpture, and painting.”

Yep, that’s the kind of furniture, sculpture, painting I want on my wall … hm, I might even be tempted to place one or two of their crazy paper plants on those neon pinewood planks! #bestofboth

anne ten donkelaar


I just spent the better part of my weekend obsessed with cutting things out of old books, and the always stunning work of Utrecht based artist Anne Ten Donkelaar makes me want to put Monday on hold so that I can just keep cutting! Perfectly snipped flowers, leaves, and cacti delicately pinned into position creating the most magical gardens EVER. Sigh. Happy Monday.

#creative UNblock no.4


April! That means it’s time for #creativeUNblock project no.4! {If you missed the first three projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} The next unblocking project from Creative Block is by American mixed media artist Cassandra Smith, and instead of being paper based like the first three projects, this one is all about altering objects:


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“Make a little sculpture using a found object. Find something around your house, at a thrift store, a wacky junk store, anywhere! An object that is about as big as your hand or smaller is probably the best size to start with, so it’s not overwhelming. And make sure it’s something you don’t mind ruining. This is just suppose to be fun after all! And then transform the heck out of it! Paint on it, glue things to it, cut it in half and glue it back to itself, or glue it to something else. Use the objects color and shape to inspire you.”


Ok, I’m going to the thrift shop immediately {any excuse}. I’m excited/nervous for this one, as I’ve never really worked in “sculpture” before. Should be interesting! If you want to share your weird little sculpture(s), just upload them to instagram or twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. Relax, like Cassandra said, do NOT worry about “ruining” anything. Forget “perfection” and just have fun … I’m thinking glitter and macaroni, who’s with me?!


cybèle young


I want to see these amazing little things up close, and hold them in my hands… very carefully. Perfect, delicate, tiny sculptures made with Japanese paper by Toronto based artist Cybèle Young

“Cybèle spends her days creating miniature worlds from fine Japanese papers. Engaging with abstract and familiar motifs, she juxtaposes sculptures to create a sense of dialogue or play between them. Her intricate sculptural artworks are inspired by seemingly insignificant day-to-day experiences, where objects imply human interactions and small observations become fantastic.”

Fantastic, indeed.