Crafts

June 26, 2022

Forgotten Fabric Scraps Find New Life as Charming Animal Sculptures

Artist Bryony Rose Jennings transforms forgotten fabric scraps into unexpected works of art. Like putting together a puzzle, she carefully chooses and stitches each textile scrap together until she creates a colorful animal sculpture. As a result, these whimsical handmade figurines are brimming with character. An artist for most of her life, Jennings has a background in jewelry design.

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June 19, 2022

Exquisite Weavings Depict Wanderlust-Worthy Landscapes on a Loom

Using an array of yarn and her loom, Chicago-based artist Adrienne Lee, aka Painted Sky Textiles, creates portals to beautiful destinations. Her handwoven textiles depict an array of idyllic locales inspired by natural environments, from tranquil seascapes to lush fields to faraway mountainscapes. Even though these works are two-dimensional illustrations, Lee adds visual depth by using different weaving techniques and a combination of thick and thin types of yarn.

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June 12, 2022

Embroidered Bird Brooches Use Thread Like Paint To Recreate Our Feathered Friends

Poland-based artist Paulina Bartnik—better known as Embirdery—makes it easy for animal lovers to hold their favorite bird in their hand. She creates exquisite embroidered portraits of feathered creatures in the form of wearable brooches. Each of these carefully rendered creations is made with numerous layers of different-colored thread in combinations of short and long stitches.

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May 30, 2022

Artist Sculpts Intricate Invertebrates Using a Centuries-Old Glass Technique

Glass takes on undulating, delicate, and refined shapes in the hands of Nikita Drachuk. The Ukraine-based artist is the creative force behind the family-owned glassblowing studio Glass Symphony, which has been in business for three generations. Drachuk employs a technique called lampwork—in which the maker manipulates the glass with the use of a small torch—to create intricate figurines.

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