"Crafter" of the Week, DIY, Embroidery, Fine Art, Paper Craft, Uncategorized, Yarn and Fibers

“Crafter” of the Week: Nava Lubelski

Nava Lubelski - Yellow Cloth

Yellow Cloth, 2009, thread on stained tablecloth, 60″ x 50″

With this blog and with my work in general, I’ve continuously tried to show the connection between hand-craft and art. While the impetus and the ultimate goal of the creator can be different, the individual sense of expression and translation of emotion remains the same between the two disciplines. Ultimately it is this quality – the reflection of life’s circumstances into physical works – that leads to things I find appealing and filled with substance. As a result of this, when I find an artist who not only uses traditional craft methods in their work, but also uses their creations as a jumping board for individual exploration, I instantly fall in love with their work. Nava Lubelski is one such artist who has received an impressive amount of recognition, proving that I’m not the only one who values these qualities.

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"Crafter" of the Week, Fine Art, Paper Craft

“Crafter” of the Week: Bovey Lee

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I’ve got another paper artist for you guys this week, artist Bovey Lee from Pittsburgh. It’s not surprising that I’ve discussed two paper artists in a row; while many crafts have yet to receive respect as modern art, paper cutting and crafting has quickly become popular in the art world. Since paper and two dimensional surfaces have been the crux of art for thousands of years, this makes a lot of sense. Unlike last week’s artist, however, Bovey Lee works entirely in 2-dimensional cuts rooted in Chinese calligraphy and attention to detail. I’ve been interested in Chinese rice paper cuts for years (I have a vintage one on my wall right now!) and it’s fascinating to see Lee take it to the next level.

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Fine Art, What's Up With Stuff?

What’s Up With Stuff: Print Update

Hello all! I don’t have much to update on as far as my own work goes as I’ve been busy as crap otherwise occupied, but if you recall in my last “What’s Up With Stuff?” post I had some unfinished woodcut blocks to show you. Well now I have the actual pretty prints all done! Here’s the photos; info about the concept after the jump!

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