Posts by Emma Taggart

January 1, 2020

Poetic Illustrations Are Delicately Cut From a Single Sheet of Paper

At first glance, the illustrative artwork of Japan-born, San Francisco-based artist Kanako Abe looks like it was rendered with a black fine liner, but each intricate piece is actually cut from paper. Abe has been practicing the delicate art of paper cutting (Kiri-e in Japanese) since 2012, and it’s clear to see she’s now perfected her craft. From floral motifs to figurative paper illustrations, Abe’s thoughtful work illustrates the beauty found in fragility.

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December 24, 2019

Japanese Stationery Company Develops Transparent Eraser to Let You See What You’re Erasing

The first eraser was invented in 1770 by English engineer Edward Nairne, and it has since been updated by various manufacturers into countless types, shapes, and sizes. But this staple correction tool has always had one flaw—you can’t see what you’re rubbing out. This is now a problem of the past thanks to Japanese stationery brand Seed.

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December 19, 2019

94-Year-Old Woman Crochets Thousands of Hats for Those in Need

It’s never too late to learn a new craft, and 94-year-old Rose Valdez proves it. She took up crocheting when she was 90, and from there, she taught herself how to make woolen hats. And the nonagenarian doesn’t just dabble in the art of hat making—she crochets thousands of cozy beanies for her local community in Pueblo, Colorado.

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December 17, 2019

Best of 2019: Top 10 Technology-Inspired Art Projects of the Year

The word “technology” might evoke images of laser beams, modern computers, and streams of data, but innovative engineering spans decades. Artists have always used technology as new ways to express themselves. Without the invention of the paint tube, perhaps the Impressionists would never have painted en plein air. And where would Andy Warhol have been without silkscreen printing?

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