Expertly Crafted Bamboo Insects By Noriyuki Saitoh Appear Poised To Take Flight

Noriyuki Saitoh creates insect sculptures at a 1:1 scale, forming each of the creatures’ wings, legs, and antennae from thinly sliced bamboo. The Japanese artist poses his works as if they have been caught mid-flight, often incorporating handmade props such as honeycomb or sticks as a temporary perch. Continue reading »

Mike Rea’s Meticulously Crafted Wooden Sculptures Are A Film Nerd’s Heaven

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Chicago artist Mike Rea builds hyper-realistic wooden replicas of objects that have a connection to the culture of a stereotypical heterosexual male. His sculptures are either props from science fiction cinema, or personal memories – made primarily from wood, burlap and Styrofoam. Rea builds things like jail cells, video cameras used for filming pornography, Anaconda snakes, pick axes, robots, strange bits of machinery, Scuba diving tanks, and amplifiers. All are meticulously crafted and are rooted in pop culture. Rea is a self confessed film geek, watching up to 3 films a day and draws a lot of inspiration from the ‘swagger’ and macho attitudes in films like Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. Continue reading »

Intricately Crafted Marine Life Specimens Suspended in Glass

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Artist Steffan Dam produces fantastical and intricately-crafted specimens that look as though they exist in the real world. Suspended in glass jars and on plates, their forms mimic well-known creatures of the sea and budding plants. Although Dam’s work is based in imagination, his skills as a craftsman—including glass blowing, casting, and grinding—produce a hyperrealistic appearance that fools us into thinking these specimens have been captured alive and in mid-movement. Continue reading »

A Japanese Housewife Crafted These Cute And Weird Cat Bags

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These cat hand bags are painstakingly crafted by Pico, a Japanese housewife who loves cats. Continue reading »

Geometric 3D Mammals Crafted with Complex Paper Folding

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Zorro común / Red Fox
Vulpes vulpes

Buenos Aires-based illustrators and art directors known collectively as Estudio Guardabosques craft fantastic mammals using only paper. Their ongoing series imagines a fox, racoon, tiger, and more as 3D, angular forms. Guardabosques’ low-poly technique means a simplification of details – we don’t see any eyes, whiskers, or subtle variations in fur. But, it’s incredible that with just simple folds in paper, they’ve captured the essence of each animal. The tiger bares its teeth as the fox slinks away. Continue reading »

Cabbage, Radish, Carrots? Oh My! Veggies Crafted in Carving Competition

Russian vegetable carver Anastasia Korsakova makes finishing touches on her work on September 5, 2011 during the first European carving competition in Leipzig, eastern Germany. The competition is taking place during the “Gaeste” trade fair for the restaurant, hotel and catering business running until September 6, 2011. Within four hours, competitors have to carve in front of the jury’s eyes a piece from melons, papayas, stem cabbage, cucumbers, radish, carrots and Chinese cabbage. (JAN WOITAS/AFP/Getty Images) Continue reading »