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Category Archive: Applied Art

Paper artist Maude White

Paper artist Maude White

An eagle. Work by American self-taught paper artist Maude White

Paper artist Maude White
American self-taught artist Maude White has created an art gallery of intricate fairy characters, birds, and animals. Maude came from a family of visual storytellers. Her mother and sister are both toy makers who influenced her. She enjoyed working with paper even in her childhood, attracted by the stark contrast between the black and white paper.
“With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story, just by letting the observer become present in the piece, by allowing him or her to look through it. I like that.”
Currently, the artist is working on an exhibition to be shown in Buffalo, NY in September.
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Vodafone ads characters ZooZoos

Vodafone advertisement character ZooZoo

Vodafone advertisement character ZooZoo

Vodafone ads characters ZooZoos have become a real hit among Facebook, Orkut and Twitter users. There are more than 200 pages on ZooZoos having over 250000 fans, growing daily. The ads were also viewed by thousands of people on YouTube. These cute white creatures with ballooned bodies and egg heads are used to promote various value added services of Vodafone. Although these characters look animated, they are actually humans in Zoozoo costumes. The idea – the story lines and the name belongs to Rajiv Rao. According to Rajiv Rao, National Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather, they “wanted to make real people look as animated as possible”. Vodafone received the first People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) 2009 Glitterbox Award, for replacing the Pug with more humane alternatives in their ads.
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Floral sculpture Parade Corso Fleur

Storks. Floral sculpture Parade Corso Fleur

Storks. Floral sculpture Parade Corso Fleur

It took landscape designers and artists half a million of dahlias to create a beautiful and colorful Floral sculpture Parade Corso Fleur in a small town of Selestat, in Alsace in north-eastern France. That’s how many flower heads they used to build twelve sculptures, driven on special platforms through the streets of Selestat on August 9. Actually, 0n this day are held two parades – evening and night, with live music and fireworks. Celebration continues the next day, Sunday. Platform with flower sculptures are arranged in the streets and squares for residents and visitors to look and take pictures. Throughout the city organized fairs and folk festivals, street performances, everything is just devoted to flowers.
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Sacred Heart Art

The Immaculate Heart of Mary by Leoncio Asuncion y Molo (1813 -1888) Filipino

The Immaculate Heart of Mary by Leoncio Asuncion y Molo (1813 -1888) Filipino

Sacred Heart Art. Metaphor of the heart can be traced in the 11th century, and the cult of the Sacred Heart as the center of all spiritual in man developed in the XIII century. The heart has been synonymous to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in connection with which a wound on the body of Christ at the crucifixion was moved from the right to the left side of the body. And Mary’s heart was displayed as pierced by seven swords of sorrow. She devoted herself and her country to the veneration of his heart, and established a Sacred Heart feast day.
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Tom Francirek and Andre Oliveira Art dolls

Tom Francirek and Andre Oliveira Art dolls

Pia, hand painted hazel eyes, haute couture garment, sewn by hand, the bodice made of silver metallic silk organza and black antique Chantilly lace. Tom Francirek and Andre Oliveira Art dolls

Tom Francirek and Andre Oliveira Art dolls

Tandem of talented artists Tom Francirek & Andre Oliveira has created a gallery of collectible dolls, which have become known to all doll collectors and art lovers. In fact, each of their unique handmade dolls exists in a single copy. And this fact explains its price of $ 5000.
Tom and Andre create their dolls from the finest and rich materials. In particular, fine silks, vintage laces, silk flowers, angora mohair, and unique porcelain. Noteworthy, doll eyes – painstakingly drawn by hand with multiple colors in order to achieve a realistic look.
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Felt Cornershop installation by Lucy Sparrow

Store where everything is made completely out of FELT. Felt Cornershop installation by Lucy Sparrow

Store where everything is made completely out of FELT. Felt Cornershop installation by Lucy Sparrow

Felt Cornershop installation by Lucy Sparrow
She can make anything using felt – chips, canned ravioli, ketchup, beer, magazines, and even the cash register. This awesome little shop is open for business until August 31, open every day from 10am – 7pm : 19 Wellington Row, London. The local passers-by and art lovers visit month-long installation ‘The Cornershop’ not only view the products, but buy them, and participate in workshops.
Noteworthy, British textiles artist Lucy Sparrow has embraced a role of an artist and a shop-keeper.
According to Sparrow, she had her first solo show “Imitation” in 2012 at Hoxton Gallery, London and attracted major paid commissions. In particular, Urban Take-Over at Hannah’s, and Seale-Hayne (Devon) in conjunction with the Victoria & Albert Museum’s touring Street Art exhibition. As the only textile artist on the urban street-art scene her work was featured alongside notable street artists such as Banksy.
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Hand embroidery by Martha Fieber

Hand embroidery by Martha Fieber

Deep in a Birch Wood. Hand embroidery by American artist of applied art Martha Fieber

Hand embroidery by Martha Fieber at first glance may look like an oil painting. But if you come closer, you will see the thin stitches of detailed embroidery. Sitting in her living room Martha Fieber turns strands of ribbons and threads into a forest scene. She uses the lake and forest outside their Schoolcraft County home for inspiration in her artwork. American self-taught artist of applied art and former engineer Martha Fieber creates fiber landscape art that she sells at art shows and galleries for her business, Landscape in Thread. Her husband Leonard constructs unique pieces of furniture made from wood cut by beavers for his business Beawer Chew Furniture. Their artwork evolved out of a need to make a living after leaving their job in 1999 in Wisconsin and returning to the Upper Peninsula to be near Martha’s family.
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