June 15, 2017

Artist Sculpts Surreal Ceramic Vessels That Are Half-Pottery Half-Octopus

In her Kitsch Kogei collection, artist Keiko Masumoto crafts ceramic vessels unexpectedly embedded with octopuses. Each piece that composes the sea-inspired series beautifully blends a surreal silhouette with a classic aesthetic, tip-toeing the line between form and function. The ceramic octopus vessels feature intricately painted blue-and-white patterns characteristic of traditional Chinese (and eventually Japanese) wares. Like the age-old pieces that have inspired them, Masumoto's vases, teapots, and urns are both inherently utilitarian and undeniably visually appealing.

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June 10, 2017

Delightful Posters Illustrate the Beautiful Diversity of the Animal Kingdom

In her delightful series of animal illustrations, artist Kelsey Oseid explores and presents the amazing diversity of the earth's living things. Arranged by group and drawn by hand, Oseid's illustrated critters double as scientific studies and whimsical works of art. Each illustration exhibits the creatures that compose different animal groups. While most are organized by order—a class that includes well-known labels like Primates, Carnivora, and Rodentia—some pieces are also arranged according to other groups, like Infraorder, Class, and Infraclass.

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June 9, 2017

‘Brushstroke’ Cakes Put a Painterly Twist on Traditional Cake Decorating

Moscow-based bakery Kalabasa creates colorful cakes inspired by one of art's most fundamental elements: the brushstroke. Covered in a collection of sculpted, sugary strokes, each mesmerizing dessert doubles as an edible artwork. Kalabasa's brushstroke cakes showcase the bakers' interest in unconventional cake decorating. The painterly strips are crafted from chocolate and airbrushed in a range of tones. They are artistically arranged on the cakes, which are also fitting adorned with chocolate “paint” splatters, delicate airbrushing, and fresh fruit.

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