I’ve featured Kurt Pio’s gorgeous work on the blog before and I was so enamoured by it that I had to follow him on Instagram of course (wow that sounds creepy!) If you’re not familiar with Kurt Pio, he is an artist from Cape Town and he does these amazing abstracts and gorgeous oversized faceted gems. I’ve found over the years that I like a particular style of art – kinda abstract, bold colours, especially black and white – and Kurt Pio’s work falls pretty much smack bang in the middle of it. Enjoy!
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Matt Shlian is a paper engineer and has been commissioned by everyone from Apple to BBDO to Queen Rania of Jordan. His work is perfect. With each sharp, precise fold his pieces marry art and science. “I use my engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture which have lead to collaborations with scientists at the University of Michigan. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles; I see their inquiry as basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor.”
Another Sort of Infinity
Ara 117 Silver
Find out more about Matt’s process.
(All images sourced from Matt Shlian)
Britt Bass Turner is a painter from Georgia who loves working with colour to create unique works of art. I was drawn to her work because of it’s simplicity. All of her work has this easy-going, endless summer vibe going on. If you want more colour in your feed definitely follow Britt.
The world created by
, a Danish paper artist, freelance designer of haute couture fashion accessories jewellery and interiors, is soft and ethereal, full of ruffled petals and textured layers that cascade to the ground or down the body. While a lot of the work she shares online are large format installations, she also has an amazing eye for detail. Her small, refined pieces – which she describes as jewellery/garment hybrids have been worn by A-listers, fashionistas and ballerinas. Regardless of the format, whether big or small, her work exudes a certain softness – a dreaminess that makes you want just to nestle in between the petals to sleep.
(All images sourced from Marianne’s website)
I’ve been following Jo from The Darling Tree on Instagram for years now and the one thing I love the most about her feed is her positivity. I, personally, find it hard to be positive a lot of the time but it is something that I am working hard on changing. It helps to be inspired by people, like Jo, who just exude a magical, creative spirit.
You really can’t go wrong with black and white. It’s a classic combo that can be both elegant and emotive. One of my favourite new (to me) artists is New Zealand-based Maiko Nagao who does black and white so, so, so well.
Be YOU tiful
You and me against the world
But first, coffee
I love looking up at the stars. Over the last six months T and I have been venturing to dark, out-of-the-way places to get a better view of the universe. If you haven’t seen the stars for a while you should pop outside on a cloudless night and look up. It’s a truly humbling sight.
Being the space nerd that I am it should come as no surprise that I seriously LOVE the Instagram account of German artist David Ambarzumjan. He creates the most mind blowing illustrations of the cosmos and is definitely an artist to watch. (Oh and check out his store too)
These gorgeous creations of London-based artist Abigail Brown are the only kind of animals that should be ever be stuffed or mounted on a wall. Abigail is most widely known for her bird sculptures, which have been sold and exhibited across the globe and featured in magazines such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elle Decoration.
Bear – paper mâché sculpture
G-Squizz – Animal God sculpture
Tiger – paper mâché head
Ulli – animal God sculpture
Indian Jackal – paper mâché head
Rose Crowned Fruit Dove
I am obsessed with space. There are very few things that are as humbling as looking up to the heavens on a cloudless night. I don’t think it’s possible for us mere humans to fully grasp the magnitude of the universe because there no words to adequately describe it. If you get a chance, take a walk tonight and look up. Marvel at everything you see.
“All these illustrious worlds, and many more,
Which by the tube astronomers explore:
And millions which the glass can ne’er descry,
Lost in the wilds of vast immensity;
Are suns, are centres, whose superior sway
Planets of various magnitudes obey.“
– Sir Richard Blackmore, The Creation
The Op Spot
If you have a love of retro’ish art you’re going to love these prints from Dewey Howard. I’m getting a really heavy 70’s vibe from these ones. So much beautiful colour!