Friday, November 13, 2009

wearable paper art work by Hila Rawet

The jewelry created by Hila Rawet is like none we've seen before.
Each piece is carefully folded out of paper sheets.
The textures of the paper and the stiffness of the folds give character to each piece.
We'd love to see some as wedding jewelry!

________________________________from the blog of Wanda Wen___
I like the strong movement and composition even in light weight of papers..
Good matches is found in color, size, and arrangement.
Well, however, this is not like I wanna work on my project, this work is truly beautiful, but I
want something express more what I am, what Im thinkin, or what's in my mind.
Research more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paper sacts are work by James Q. Jacobs

Instructions: Liquefy wet newsprint (or other paper) on high for one minute, one sheet at a time. Presoaking makes this step easier. Strain the results through a porous cloth to remove water. In a pan stir to an even consistency, so the remaining moisture is evenly distributed. The batch should be somewhat like oatmeal. Pour this out over a form into an even layer and press with a sponge until no more water lifts out. Continue drying by pressing with dry newspaper and weights. Change the newspaper daily. To avoid warping the cast keep it pressed with weights and newspaper until completely dry. I often use a sheet of plastic and then plywood over the paper to help keep the cast flat. The plastic keeps the plywood dry, so it does not warp later. For larger casts, I have used clamps to compress the drying assemblage.

Here's the tip for this work!! ↓

"I have been using my woodcut blocks as molds for both pottery and paper making. The background of this page is a composite image of two of the mold blocks. My technique with these blocks requires a 2 mil plastic layer between the block and the paper, so they easily separate. I have also made some carved wood blocks especially for paper casting. These I coat with household wax instead of using a plastic separator. There are other methods of making paper casting molds, including using silicon sealer."

The finishing of the dry cast paper product involves sanding the edges and any rough spots, then painting with gesso to seal the paper. I do two coats of gesso and resand between coats. Then I apply acrylic paints. To hang the finished product, a strong cord can be glued to the back with epoxy.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Reused things make this world refresh.

Let's assume that you create art pieces representing recycling. Some might think "Alright, I'm gonna make some great Pyramid made of chopsticks!" and go to buy dozen pack of chopsticks....

well this is an extreme case, but actually this happens often around us, and that really makes me feel like 'this is not right at all' ....

When I went the web site, I fully satisfied that I found things what I really wanna see. Dancing all around~

artist : Sue Dorman; DTLA Series

necklaces and earrings of silver with broken car window in concrete

artist : Teresa Faris; Collaboration With a Bird

sterling silver ring with a piece of wood chewed by a bird.

artist : Marianne Hunter; #2401 Kabuki Kachina in Sarong Songs

enamel, antique Cambodian pottery shards, sapphires, 22K gold antique flowers,
24K and 14K gold, silver.
Beads: bone, 22K, blue glass trade beads, lemon chyrsocolla, nephryte, 3 1/4 x 2 x 1/8 inches

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wax Studies 2009

This is my wax studies for casting class 2009.
We do make 6 pieces wax modles; solid sphere, hollow sphere, solid geometric object, hollow geometric object, solid organic object, and hollow organic object.
these are my 8 pieces first casting modles, and I was so exciting to cast things that I hand- carved. After casting, however, I got frustrated cuz I messed up inveting which was too much water in it. You MUST see monutains lingering around the surface of water, but I didn't.

So .. I got these miserable, crazy funky guys. Flashing all aroung, I kinda like the piece on the bottom right which is suppoed to be a fish. ... but fail is fail, so I made my second modles ASAP.

Finally I got pieces exactely I wanted to get!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Images shown below are Creative Caffaine #2 which is about texture.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

some pics about Blood Diamonds

The map of Sierra Leone

They work more than 10 hours per day, but only
1000 Leone ($ .30) for daily payment and some food that
value of 1000 Leone are given to them.

A Diamond dealer who is Lebanon.
More than 80% of distribution of diamonds are on thier hands.

A person who is taken from his family and became a RUF (Revolutionary United Front)
when he was 14 years old.
Now he has no choice without killing people again if ther is a war.
These people are not only most assailants, but also most victims..

On January, 6th, 1999, this person who was a cook, got cut his both hands from RUF.

DTC located in London.
That giant diamon flower(986.6 k) is called
[The Flower of Sierra Leone]

The flip side of Diamonds... Blood Diamond

Diamonds: Symbols Of Love or Symbols Of War?
Miriam Mannak Cape Town, South AfricaFebruary 28, 2007

"Think twice before swiping your credit card while a smiling

diamond dealer wraps up your precious stone."

While sounds of gunshots, screaming children and crying women filled the cinema, she looked at her engagement ring. No longer did she see a sparkling symbol of eternal love. She saw blood, gore, violence, hatred, war and young boys being drugged and trained to shoot to kill. She saw the pain of women, losing their sons and their dignity, she saw young girls' legs being spread apart by grown men, possessed by an animal-like sexual force.
More than one out of ten purchasable diamonds can be classified as Blood Diamonds, stones that are mined in a war zone, and sold in order to finance that particular war or uprisings. The vast majority of the blood diamonds — or conflict diamonds — are from Africa. In countries such as Angola, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo war lords and have used and are using the profit of the diamond mining and sales — worth billions of dollars — to fuel war and conflict by, for instance, buying arms.
While peace has descended upon Angola, Sierra Leone and Liberia — after many decades of war, military terrorism and human suffering — the situation in the Democratic Republic is one of despair and tragedy. Here, diamonds are a major engine fueling a conflict that has claimed many hundreds of thousands of lives. The same story counts for Ivory Coast.

Because they comprise 1.5 out of ten diamonds, the chance of buying a blood-stained stone is considerable. Those who refuse to be part of a conflict in a far away land have an option, and that is to insist that their jeweler or diamond dealer provide them with information that proves the stone is a clean one.
Think twice before swiping your credit card while a smiling diamond dealer wraps up your precious stone. Men should ask whether the engagement ring for their wife-to-be is a clean one, or if it was used to fuel conflict and war. Women wanting to treat themselves to a sparkly necklace should do the same. And diamond dealers should take responsibility too, by only purchasing clean diamonds and providing their customers with the necessary proof about the nature of the stone.
Myself, I refuse to wear diamonds because you never know what you are buying, as most retailers cannot guarantee that the stone you laid eyes on is not a conflict diamond. Would you want to have a ring around your finger for which, possibly, a little boy has had his hand chopped off with a machete? For which a young girl was forced to open her legs for drunken militiamen? For which several countries were drawn into a spiral of conflict, violence and sorrow? I don't think so.

Miriam Mannak, Diamonds: Symbols Of Love or Symbols Of War?, Cape Town, South AfricaFebruary 28, 2007 from

Styrofoam Sofa

Styrofoam Sofa
Designer Kwangho Lee thought it would be clever to take old sheets of styrofoam and mold them into furniture. Now before birds, polar bears, rabbits, and treehuggers clobber me, I want to say it’s just a concept. Nobody is really going to make styrofoam furniture. But to the material’s credit, it does get warmer the longer you sit on it.
Kwangho Lee
from the website, Yanko Design
Since some briliant works from Droog design have inspired me I'm looking for a stuff which can be found easily around me, and styrofoam just hit my head! I sketched some hanging light w/ styrofoam, and roughly drew chairs that is also made of styrofoams.
This Styrofoam Sofa is found while I was googling of styrofoam art. This sfuff might result of some breaks (and that will be annoying!), but it is a still comfort-looking sofa.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Asante of Ghana

Crossed Crocodiles Gold weight,20th c.Asante peoples, GhanaBronze,2 x 2.5 inchesAnonymous Gift,1982.17.22
Made of cast bronze, these small figures were used to weigh out gold dust on scales in colonial Ghana. The image of crossed crocodiles that share the same stomach refers to a number of proverbs that emphasize unity in diversity. One example is: a family may have many members but only one belly. The message is that a family should cooperate, rather than fight over something that will benefit all.

Ceremonial staffAsante peoples,
GhanaIronHeight 47 inches

Goldweight Depictng a Scorpion, 19th/mid-20th century
Copper alloy2.2 x 2.9 x 3.8 cm (7/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/2 in.)Gift of the Britt Family Collection, 1978.882

Bird-shaped Ocarina (Pre columbian)

Pre-Columbian MAYA (from Mexico)
apprx. A.D. 300 - 900
70mm X 70mm X 50mm
I don't think this is made of metal, but I like it.

Baule of the Ivory Coast Area

Baule is also an alternative spelling dave of Baoulé, an ethnic group in Côte-d'Ivoire.

Baule African tribe (pronounced (bah'-oo-lay). They are linked to the Ashanti, and had a war with them. There are approximately 400,000 Baule in the world. They belong to the Akan peoples, of Africa, and live primarily in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. As they die, their culture and language are being lost forever.
(from Wikipedia)

And these are some interesting pieces from Baule.

Photographs © Tim Hamill
BAULE, "KPLEKPLE" GOLI MASK 2, 38", Ivory Coast,

Photographs © Tim Hamill
PUNU, SPIRIT MASK 20, 12", 28" with raffia, Wood, pigment & raffia,

[Masks like these white-faced masks represented the spirit of an ancestor from the afterworld and were often used by stilt dancers for funeral rituals. They are known for their elegant features, forehead scarification patterns and elaborate coiffures. Despite their appearance, these masks show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.]

Photographs © Bobbi Hamill
BAULE Bracelet 24" h. x 5.5" w. x 4.25" l.

This massive cuff is hand-cast of a bronze alloy. The animals represented are pangolins which, thought to have magical attributes, are frequently portrayed in African sculpture.


Baule Woman Figure; early 1900

Baule Tobacco Pipe; late 1800

and I found these from some Korean web search engine. In the short my appreciation,
they are more likely make masks. There are variations between each faces, and they look like they all have their own story of the arists.