Su Blackwell paper worlds
Born in Sheffield in 1975, Su Blackwell is a talented English paper artist.
As a child she often spent her time playing in the woods near her home, in her own make-believe world. The girl believed that trees would protect her, and she gave names to them.
Su Blackwell creates paper fairytale world, where princesses live in paper kingdoms that emerge from the seven classic tales. Each one is illustrated by a series of intricate paper sculptures, meticulously cut from the pages of another edition of the same story.
Su graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003. She makes intricate art works from every-day objects, transforming clothes and books into fantastical 3D forms. According to Su Blackwell, she creates her paper worlds with a help of scalpel, scissors, paper and glue. Her beautiful paper works exposed in private collections, art galleries and museums.
Category Archive: Sculpture
Su Blackwell paper worlds
Paper art by Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Erlikh
Creative duo of artists, a husband and a wife, live in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. Meanwhile, they became famous for their amazing paper sculptures of ordinary people in everyday life. In particular, how they get up in the morning, have breakfast, go by bus, plane, or anything and the places where they work. Just a usual day of ordinary paper people. Thus, they have created series of paper installations “Airplane”, “In the office”, etc. The creative Russian duo of Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Erlikh have already become experts in working with paper. And what is more important – their paper world is positive, colorful, with interesting details.
Art of papercut and book carving
There are some interesting facts about the art of carved book, which you probably didn’t know. First of all, the artfully carved book has a name – altered book. It is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and meaning. Talented artists use old or new, recycled or multiple books, then cut, tear, glue, burn, fold, paint, rebind, gold-leaf, creating incredible art, sometimes even masterpieces. Altered books – shown and sold in art galleries and on the Internet. For example, an exhibition of altered books by contemporary artists, shown at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2009, titled The Book Borrowers. In particular, it contained 31 works, books transformed into sculptural works. Also, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center hosted an exhibition of altered books in early 2010.
Russian nesting doll Matryoshka
Having appeared a little more than a hundred years ago, Matryoshka has become extremely popular, in the first place, as a souvenir. Manufactured in almost every province of Russia, however, with its characteristic differences. Moreover, every craftsman could add something special to his own doll. And today very popular author dolls – made in accordance with national traditions, but having their own characteristics. Nevertheless, real Russian nesting doll Matryoshka has strict standards. In particular, the classic version – 5-7 dolls depicting Russian woman with rosy cheeks in the traditional Russian sundress and scarf. Meanwhile, all faces of dolls look the same.
Vegetable carving competition in Leipzig
Held on September 5, 2011, the Vegetable carving competition in Leipzig became the first ever in Europe.
In particular, this sculpture of an eagle – created using fruit and vegetables, a medium many conventional artists may not have considered.
And in the above photo – beautiful and edible bird created by Russian vegetable carver Vadim Nefedjev. Participants showed their skills in sculpture during yesterday’s round of competition
Noteworthy, the first ever European carving competition took place in Leipzig, eastern Germany. Besides, the competition held during the “Gaeste” trade fair for the restaurant, hotel and catering business, runs until September 6, 2011. Within four hours, competitors have to carve figures in front of the jury’s eyes. And the materials for sculpture – melons, papayas, stem cabbage, cucumbers, radish, carrots and Chinese cabbage.
The Menton lemon festival
Held on the traditional carnival date, 40 days before Lent, The Lemon Festival is quite unique and beautiful event. Famous in the world, it attracts each year more than 230,000 visitors – a constantly increasing attendance. In fact, it is the second biggest event on the French Riviera, after the Carnival of Nice and before the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco. Noteworthy, the services of over 300 professionals take part in it, and it requires 145 tons of citrus fruit.
The Lemon Festival (Fete du Citron) usually takes place between mid-February until March in Menton. The city, located in Alps-Maritimes, in the beautiful area of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France. Naturally, the lemon has become Menton’s symbol, routed in old local traditions with the new motto “My City is a Garden”.