crafty critter


Jan Švankmajer


Mexican artist Ricardo Solis uses oil paint, ink and other media to create fantastic depictions of how various animal species are created by teams of Lilliputian workers. Strips of electrical tape are unrolled and applied to give a zebra its stripes while poison dart frogs are carefully painted. A grizzly bear’s furry coat is painstakingly woven and hot-air balloons are used to pour paint onto a flamingo and position a pangolin’s horny overlapping scales. The hippo gets its substantial size and shape thanks to a generous inflation of helium.

Visit Ricardo Solis’ Behance page to check out more of his awesome animals under construction. Prints are available via Solis’ website.

[via Lost At E Minor]


Get into the spirit with a slashed-up skull sweatshirt. 


Get into the spirit with a slashed-up skull sweatshirt


Working on a secret project. And yes, moths, always & forever MOTHS.


A close up of one of Carrie Strine’s quilted masterpieces, taken from her blog.


A close up of one of Carrie Strine’s quilted masterpieces, taken from her blog.


It’s never too early to start planning what to offer your neighborhood trick-or-treaters. These remarkably/horrifyingly lifelike gummy grubs and caterpillars would make awesome Halloween treats. Although they may look like they just wriggled out of your nightmares, they’re actually handmade, fruit-filled sweets. They’re made in Japan at Akai Tento no Koohii Ten (The Red Tent Coffee Shop), a small coffee stand located on the east coast of Aomori Prefecture.

We can’t stop staring at these photos, because we’re convinced one of the grubs is about to twitch. Akai Tento is a small business, but these amazingly unsettling creepy-crawly gummy candies have earned the shop nationwide (and now international) attention.

Each of Akai Tento’s gruesome gummies is available to buy individually or in packs (or perhaps that should be clutches?) via Yahoo! Japan Shopping, and cost between 300 and 350 yen (US$2.80-3.20) each.

Photos via Akai Tento and Yahoo! Shopping

[via RocketNews24]


Skin Cell Wall 


Think of a hobby, any hobby. No matter how strange, obscure or humdrum it is, chances are good there’s a club for people who share that interest or activity in common. Swiss photographers Ursula Sprecher and Andy Cortellini spent seven years traveling around Switzerland visiting sixty different clubs to create an awesomely fascinating series of staged portraits entitled Hobby Buddies.

Sprecher and Cortellini say that the images are dedicated to the “joy of pursuing a common cause or shared idea.”

For Sprecher, who had long had the idea for the project, working with the hobbyists was mutually inspiring. “We always felt like guests in their passion, and they were guests in our work,” she said. “Some people do something and spend time on their interest for many years. It’s very serious to work on something for that long.”

Here you see the Poodle Club, Star Wars Club, Hat, Piper-Smokers Club, Dintefisch Diving Club, Association of Scientific Preparators, Majorette & Show Dance Troupe, Butchers’ Friends Society, the Santa Claus Group, and the St. Brandan Scout Section.

Click here to view the entire series.

[via yellowtrace and iGNANT]




New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson 

Paper artist Lisa Nilsson (previously) recently completed a number of new anatomical pieces using her profoundly incredible skill with quilling, a tedious process where paper is tightly wound into small rolls and then assembled into larger artworks. The natural formation of the paper coupled with Nilsson’s ability to identify the precise materials to mimic organic structures makes each artwork appear uncannily like actual cross-sections of humans and animals. The artist has a number of new works currently on display at the Boston Art Gallery as part of the exhibition Teaching the Body: Artistic Anatomy in the American Academy through March 31, 2013.

What is quilling? This is quilling. Come to #CRAFTPARTY and get started on the basics. 

Those are amazing.