Crafts

October 18, 2021

Embroidery Artist Uses Dried Leaves as an Unconventional Canvas for Exquisite Bird Portraits

Spanish artist Laura Dalla Vecchia knows that you don't need precious materials to make amazing works of art. In fact, to find what she'll use in her artwork, she simply looks to the ground. Her ongoing series of hand-embroidered birds showcases a variety of different species that are stitched directly onto dried leaves. From orange-beaked toucans to florescent green parrots and ruby-throated hummingbirds, she manages to render each feathered creature with incredible accuracy.

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October 12, 2021

Crafter Crochets “Fiber Rich” Foods That Celebrate the Pastabilities of Yarn

Swapping starch for stitches, crafter Normalynn Ablao (aka Copacetic Crocheter) crochets foods typically rich in carbs. Pasta, pie crusts, and cinnamon rolls have all been recreated using yarn. The soft sculptural techniques perfectly convey the idiosyncrasies of the foodstuffs, like the tiny bowties of farfalle pasta or the crimped edges of a potpie. The pieces are charming in their scale while paying homage to comforting meals.

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October 4, 2021

These Kooky Clay Creatures Playfully Pay Homage to Animals Big and Small

Sussex, England-based ceramicist Helen Burgess asserts, “Animals rule ok,” and we can’t argue with that. In a bid to celebrate all of the weird and wonderful creatures of our world, she recreates animals in clay. Burgess’ company, nosey mungo, is named after what her mom would call her as a kid if she was being “a bit too inquisitive,” and the artist never lost her childlike curiosity.

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September 27, 2021

10+ Air-Dry Clay Ideas That Will Make You Want to Start Creating

Clay is a material with many possibilities. From pottery to sculpture to jewelry, it can be manipulated to create a variety of different forms. However, you don't need access to a kiln to start working with this material. Air-dry clay is a type of clay that can be manipulated while still moist, and be left out to dry when finished. Most of the time, it will be ready to go within a day or two.

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