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Surprise Balls… more like amazeballs.

Mum, Dad – why did you not tell me about Suprise Balls? I feel deprived!

If you too had NO clue what the heck a Suprise Ball was, then you may want to watch this little clip, created by Kate Spade New York.

Now you can understand why I am so sad that I have no memories of deranged madness trying to unravel all the colorful crepe paper to get to the next little gift. Seriously… I want one!

To make matters worse, I discovered that there are certain magical elves who have taken this crazy cool concept a notch higher.

Take Anandamayi Arnold for instance – Anandamayi is a paper artist who transforms the surprise balls she puts together into something else entirely. Each of her botanical sculptures is, in fact, a little bundle of “surprise” goodness all wrapped up in crepe paper and made to look like an innocent piece of fruit (or a veggie, or a flower even).

Each Surprise is painstakingly put together by Anandamayi, who carefully picks all the little gifts herself and then lovingly sculpts them into these fantastic delights. Only problem is, can you bring yourself to tear one apart to get to the prezzies that wait inside? I dunno? In Anadamayi’s words: “I find some people are mystified that anyone would open them and others are equally mystified that anyone would not.”

Read more about Anandamayi Arnold on her Facebook page

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All photos are taken from Anandamayi Arnold’s Facebook page

Creative inspiration – Sweet Bestiary

I never did art in high school, in fact I never even considered it. All it took was one uptight and ignorant art teacher to put me off entirely. Instead I took very academic subjects and got myself ready to start to attend university and studying something which would lead to a career in medicine.

Thanks goodness a gap year spent doing odd jobs and finding myself convinced me that medicine was not the route for me. So I took a chance and applied to the Cape Technikon to study Graphic Design. Well the rest is history – here I am many years later, a happy (and somewhat successful) designer. No thanks to that twit of an art teacher who convinced me I didn’t possess an artist bone in my body.

Enough ranting Jo! My point here is not to moan about the stupidity of the past, but instead to highlight what I think I missed out on at school – ceramics and pottery classes (amongst other arty adventures) – I would have loved to learn how to manipulate clay and make beautiful things.

For a while now I have had my eye on a few ceramic artists who’s simple but endearing pieces have really given me so much inspiration – so I decided to throw caution to the wind and give this sculpting thing a bash.

After much time spent on Pinterest and Google as well as watching countless Youtube tutorials I am now officially ready to start some serious sculpting… so watch this space – I promise to share more of my journey here.

In the interim, here is one of my current favourite artists, Flor Panichelli. Flor is an Argentinian living in London – her work is strange and magical (in a really good way) and reminds me of forgotten illustrations in fairytale books that my Dad read to me as a kid. She sculpts using paper clay, acrylics and varnish. You can read more about Flor on her blog here.

I am wildly jealous of Flor’s amazing talent and can only hope my novice attempts look a smidgin as special as hers do.

Sweet Bestiary

Sweet Bestiary

Sweet Bestiary

Sweet Bestiary

Sweet Bestiary

Sweet Bestiary

Sweet Bestiary

Read more about Flor Panichelli from Sweet Bestiary here

Pretty Girls

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This week has been so busy, I can hardly believe it’s already Thursday. Our house is full of painters and plasterers, dehumidifiers and ladders – all very boring and annoying. With a spot of luck this may be the last week of construction and things will hopefully go back to some normality soon.

This whole kitchen reno has been one of the the most trying and unpleasant experiences I have had in this house. I hope to blog about it all one day, but for now I am so disillusioned with the episode that I can’t go there.

So instead I will post pic’s of pretty things! Aren’t these gorgeous gals just so lovely? I adore their almost cake like outfits, with strawberry hats and icing coats – so sweet.
I am not quite sure where I first saw them, but I have had the page open for so long on my iPad, that I simple had to share. The artist is Tamayo Konishi a, now former, student at the Tokyo University of Arts. I dont know much more than that – you can see the original article I bookmarked here.

Hope you have an inspirational Thursday.

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All photos by Tokyo Bling

Tinned Popes

“Polka Popes” is a crazy cool installation by German artist, Miriam Jonas. Miriam has meticulously sculpted the busts of various Popes (out of kiddies play dough), placed them in old fish tin cans and arranged them on a stark white wall.

But why? I hear you ask. Well this does come at a time when the Catholic Church is welcoming a new Pope and embracing a new era, perhaps Miriam is trying to make light of these heavy proceedings. Could she be hinting at the “fishy” habits of previous clerics? Who knows.

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Originally found here

Vegan Taxidermy

Stuffed animals and birds fascinate me (see my previous post here). There I’ve said it! Weird, I know, but I am hooked – I blame my Mum, she took us kids to the Natural History Museum to see the numerous glass display cases bulging with frozen creatures of every species. I have always been intrigued by nature and animals (birds in particular) and being able to see a real specimen up close was a treat. However the idea that animals are hunted down for just this purpose still does bother me quite a bit.
As much as I would love a gorgeous bird posed on a branch under a bell jar, I simply cant bring my self to buy one. Until today that is, when I discovered “Vegan Taxidermy“.
Each piece is made entirely of bits of wire and paper and modeling clay and is painstakingly sculpted to look like its natural counterpart. Just perfect for the collector with a conscience.

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All photos are from “Vegan Taxidermy“.

Japanese earthquake sculpture

Creating something breathtaking out of something as tragic as an earthquake is truely a gift. Luke Jerram has managed to capture the fragility of seismic activity through his contemplative piece of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Luke’s tragic sculpture is aproximately 30cm wide and documents nine minutes of the horrific quake that killed thousands of people.

The sculpture was created using a seismogram of the earthquake. The data was then rotated with computer graphics and printed using rapid prototyping technology.

This delicate and intriguing piece is a beautiful tribute to a tragic event. It’s paper thin fins are befittingly fragile and at the same time sharp and aggressive. A poignant reminder of the powerful aggression of our beautiful planet.

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Luke Jerram
Luke Jerram
Luke Jerram
Photos from Luke Jerram

Wooden Sculpture

Deer are such elegant creatures, and Japanese Sculpture Yoshimasa Tsuchiya manages to capture their peace and inner serenity in his exsqisite work. Sadly his website is in Japanese so I have not much clue about who or what his story is, but judging by the delicate and almost eerie elegance of his pieces I am certain that his love for creatures great and small is unquestionable. Some of his creations are almost life like in size and each has its own perfectly formed character.

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dutch design

Ferry Staverman has created this exquisite tree sculptures using Bee Board (a form of layered cardboard using laminate and recycled cardboard). Apparently the pieces vary in height from 2-3,5 meters tall.

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bunny love

Lately I seem to have developed a soft spot for rabbits. Secretly I would love to have a fluffy bunny hopping about my house, but I fear my beloved Stripey Cat may enjoy making a snack out of him, so instead I have resorted to collecting (less tasty) ceramic versions. This gentle wabbit was sculpted by Janine De Waal, an architect from Cape Town (my home town). I have a very similar bunny sitting on my chest of drawers in my room.

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