Chloe Giordano is an Oxford-based illustrator and embroidery extraordinaire. Using a needle and thread, she creates beautifully intricate depictions of miniature woodland creatures that can take her up to two to three weeks each. Chloe graduated from the University of the West of England in 2011 with a degree in Illustration and when she's not sewing up a storm, you can find her reading, visiting galleries and wandering around second hand shops. Visit Chloe's website and blog to see more of her work!
Elisabeth Lecourt is a French artist currently living and working in London. After studying Fine Art in France she moved to London to study at Kingston University and Central St. Martins. Since then, Elisabeth has enjoyed a successful career exhibiting her installations and paintings worldwide. We instantly fell in love with her series 'Les Robes Geographiques', a collection of apparel meticulously folded from geographical maps. Exploring themes of vulnerability and sensitivity, Elisabeth worked with antique maps from all over the world, to create her distinctive dress installations. To see more of Elisabeth's work head to her website.
Elsa Mora is a Cuban-born multimedia artist currently living in Los Angeles, California. A true believer in creativity and imagination, Elsa creates beautiful and intricate cut paper sculptures, illustrations and other darling visual curiosities. We love everything she does but we especially love her papercut works. We can't imagine the amount time and care put into each one to make them look as beautiful as they do. We suggest you head over to Elsa's Flickr or website and spend some time appreciating all of her amazing work. If that's not enough you can also find Elsa on etsy here and check out her work in an upcoming group show 'About Paper' at Couturier Gallery in December.
Amy Ross is a Boston-based artist with a knack for turning the simplest things into the most extraordinary of things. She creates paintings, drawings, and collages that turn the natural world on its head, morphing flora and fauna together into curious hybrid creatures. Amy attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the US, from New York and Boston to Los Angeles and Portland. You can see more of Amy's work on her website.
Alma Haser has always made things with her hands and now tries to find ways to combine her fine art background with photography. She has used origami in the past as props in her photographs, but in this series ‘Cosmic Surgery’ the origami has become an integral part of the final image. The series has three distinct stages. Firstly Alma photographs her sitter, then prints multiple images of the subjects face and folds them into a complicated origami modular construction, which then gets placed back onto the original face of the portrait. Finally the whole thing is re-photographed. There is something quite alien about the manipulated faces, as if they belong to some futuristic next generation. In these portraits the children become uncanny, while their parents are seen in a more familiar moment. With the simple act of folding an image Alma can transform each face and make a sort of flattened sculpture. By de-facing her models she has made their portraits into her own creations and all the while creating a series of amazing, disquieting images.
Anne ten Donkelaar's 'Flower Constructions' series is absolutely mind blowing. Using flower picture cut-outs and pressed flowers, Anne has created a series of beautiful, intricate collages that at first glance, look as if they're floating. Anne describes the series as a "Fantasy Herbaria, filled with pressed paper, with dried plants and leaves, with irregular shapes and sophisticated twists. New fragile flowers that grow on islands where no one has ever been, new detailed landscapes that are lifted so you can walk through it. Weeds become poetry, each unique twig gets attention, nature seems to float." You can see more on her website here.
Hine Mizushima is a japanese a crafter, needle-felter and stop-motion puppet animation video artist living in Vancouver, Canada. She was recently commissioned for a number of commercial music videos including several for They Might Be Giants, which you can check out here. We think her felt sculptures are the bees knees, especially the crazy sea creatures! Be sure to check out the rest of Hine's work on her website. You can also buy some of her felt work via her etsy store.