Miniature felted animals by Kiyoshi Mino
American self-taught artists of applied art Kiyoshi and his wife Emma create realistic miniature domestic and wild animals and life size sculptures of birds, entirely of felt. The artistic duo work on their farm – Lucky Duck Farm in Illinois.
According to Mino, the desire to live on the farm appeared after he served in the army, in Afghanistan. It was there Kiyoshi saw village people growing all that they need in their gardens, grazing and gathering the harvest. Thus, he realized that it gives them the opportunity to be independent of what is happening around. Besides, the opportunity to live without too much fuss and anxiety, and take care of the family and the farm. Also, enjoy the simple things, such as the sun, rain and cold. Kiyoshi wanted to live closer to the ground and spend more time with his family. Then he with his wife moved to a farm. Inspired by farm life, the creative duo Kiyoshi and Emma have created the beautiful gallery of realistic felted animals.
Category Archive: Nature
Miniature felted animals by Kiyoshi Mino
Feather sculpture by Emily Valentine
According to the artist herself, Feathers are her paint. Noteworthy, Valentine has developed her own technique and style working in this art for more than twelve years. The gallery of her feather creatures include fabulous beasts – colorful bird-like dogs and cats with wings, lizards, and even aeroplanes.
Australian artist E. Valentine says: “I wish to stimulate the viewer with the uncomfortable nature of the feather, to question our callousness treatment of animals and birds, and ask how we sub-consciously classify animals – pet or pest, valued or worthless, beautiful or plain and why”. Emily got her Bachelor of Arts (Visual), graduating from Sydney College of the Arts majoring in Jewellery and Object design. Feather sculptures by Valentine – exhibited and awarded at numerous art exhibitions, mostly in Australia and New Zealand.
Insects in dewdrops by David Chambon
Look at the beautiful images of insects in dewdrops created by David Chambon. They are like jewels covered with precious crystals. French non professional photographer Chambon learned the basics of photography from the net. He has been interested in photography for more than twelve years, and he is truly passionate about nature. David Chambon has reached much success in wildlife photography and macro photography. The greatest interest for David Chambon cause birds and insects. For just one year, David has created a series of unusual macro shots, which capture flies, dragonflies in morning dewdrops. Talented 33-year-old amateur photographer David Chambon started with a Panasonic FZ- 30.
Noteworthy, butterfly is a symbol of the soul, immortality, rebirth and resurrection. Traditionally, people saw in this insect the ability to convert, to transform, as the winged celestial being is born, transforming from the mundane caterpillars. Besides, butterfly is a symbol of the Great Goddess (the Great Mother, Magna Mater). And the image of the Great Goddess goes back to the earliest times of human history, to the Paleolithic. This is the supreme deity personified both heaven and earth, life and death. Also, with the Great Goddess associated birds and flying insects. One of the insects, representing the goddess, was a butterfly.
Uggie the artist
Born in the U.S. state of Florida in 2002, the dog has a distinctive energetic character, because of which his first owners would take him to a dog shelter. But fortunately, a professional Californian dog breeder Omar von Muller spotted the dog and took the temperamental dog with him.
The dog was very smart and very willing to work. Officially retired from show-business, the world’s most famous dog has appeared with memoir “Uggie, My Story”. The book, published in the US, UK and France in October 2012 tells the story of Uggie’s rise from abandoned puppy to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. So the ten-year-old Jack Russell terrier, who starred in The Artist, has taken a path well-trodden by many retired Hollywood bipeds – writing his memoirs.
Rare art of diatom arrangement by Klaus Kemp
British biologist Klaus Kemp is one of the last practitioners of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement. Kemp, in partnership with a filmographer Matthew Killip showcase the otherworldly beauty of microscopic organisms. Diatoms, one of the smallest creatures on Earth, are single cell algae that create complex glass shells around themselves. There are over 100,000 known species, found in oceans all over the world. They play a crucial role as one of the main food sources for marine organisms, including fish, molluscs and tunicates, such as sea squirts.
Painted snail Polymita picta
The shell of Cuban land snail Polymita picta resembles a colorful spiral abstract painting of an artist, whose name is Nature. Due to the richness and variety of colors – white, yellow, red and black, these snails are not able to get lost, even against the background of iridescent tropical vegetation of the Oriente Province in eastern Cuba. Noteworthy, the only place in the world where Painted snail Polymita picta is born. The combinations of colors are so varied and unique to each individual snail that not to notice it, despite the relatively small diameter (about three inches) is almost impossible. Unfortunately, poachers hunt for hese shells and further used to make jewelry and trinkets. As a result, the species has become endangered.