Apart from sticky Post-Its, the humble sheet of paper seems to be drifting swiftly out of mainstream use, thanks to iPads, iPhones, y’know, the general digital revolution. Which isn’t a bad thing. What it’s lacking in functionality has been swapped in for novelty value, so I was happy to see writing material getting a cool [...]
Tokyo-based architectural model designer, Akinobu Izumi, wanted to do something creative in between her building projects. Using her skills and tools, she started making intricate and beautifully crafted miniature sculptures within tiny tiny glass bottles. Izumi starts by drawing what she wants in each bottle. She then draws the cutting directions using a computer program for her guided paper cutting machine to make a few test cuts. After many adjustments, a precision cut can be made over and over again. Assembling each item in the tiny bottle, using special glue and tweezers, is a painstaking process. Depending on the complexity of the design, it can take as long as a few days.
Alan Wolfson is upset that there are too few efforts to preserve New York’s architectural past. So, being a Brooklyn native, he shrinks into tiny hand-made sculptures. Each work, much like a doll-house, depicts a different grimy New York block, each with a story of its own. ‘There are never people present’, Wolfson observes, ‘only things they have left behind: garbage, graffiti, or a tip on a diner table, a half-eaten hamburger. The real impact of my work is not in how small everything is but in the stories these small things tell’. Using mostly plastic and cardboard, Wolfson works on each piece for months at a time, obsessing over complex interior spaces and lighting effects. There’s a haunting feeling to them, a glimpse of something long gone. To see more of his work visit his website.
The original reference photos for the great American pin-up painter Gil Elvgren have emerged, with comparison of the original models and his pin-ups making great images. The inspiration for his work in producing the often suggestive, cheeky and flirty pin-ups is fascinating, with even these girls given a liberal photoshopping to push the message that little bit more.