Raku Inoue crafts delicate insect sculptures from colorful flowers

August 4, 2017 by  
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Even those scared of bugs won’t be able to resist the exquisite beauty of Raku Inoue’s insect sculptures. Crafted from delicate flower petals and leaves, ‘Natura Insects’ is a beautiful series of miniature flower arrangements pieced together to look like stag beetles, butterflies, and other insects. The Montreal-based Japanese artist draws from traditional Japanese arts such as ink painting (“sumi-e”) and flower arrangement (“ikebana”) and gives the art forms a new, modern twist. The Natura Insects series was completed as part of Raku Inoue’s ‘Challenge of the 9,’ in which he creates different art collections—each with nine works—that push his artistic boundaries. In Natura Insects, Inoue created nine insect sculptures out of leaves and flowers. He sets each creation against textured white paper and photographs them with his seal for Instagram . Related: Red Hong Yi Transforms Colorful Flower Petals into Exotic Birds The delicate creations are thoughtful compositions of texture, color, and pattern. The butterfly , for instance, comprises vibrantly colored petals of varying shapes with rounded petals at the center and long, skinny petals at the edges. In contrast, the less colorful moth features a pair of white flowers for antennae and a highly textured mix of green foliage for the body and wings. The series also includes a spider, a dragonfly, firefly, ladybug, and a variety of beetle types. You can follow Inoue’s prolific and experimental artworks and his ongoing Challenge of the 9 on Instagram or explore his clothing line at Reikan Apparel . + Raku Inoue Via Colossal Images via Raku Inoue

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Artist’s incredibly realistic stone animals are begging to be cuddled

March 20, 2017 by  
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In a world of angst-driven, politically-minded art , stone artist Akie Nakata is giving us some artwork we’d just love to cuddle. The Japanese artist paints cutesy animals onto smooth rocks, creating images so realistic it’s hard to fight the urge to reach out and pet them. Nakata starts her artistic process by collecting stones of all shapes and sizes. Once she finds inspiration in its shape, she begins the process of painstakingly creating the palm-sized creatures. She spends an astonishing amount of time on each project, perfecting each brush stroke so the finished product has a realistic appearance. Related: These artists create mind-bending artwork solely from autumn leaves https://youtu.be/PjyefLV2Mrk She explains that her methodical process is inspired by her spiritual respect for nature and is what keeps her enjoying the work, “What I paint on stone is inspired by the stone itself,” she explains. “In order to bring out the living being that I feel in the stone to its surface, I proceed very carefully. I consider step by step, for example, whether I am positioning the backbone in the right place. Does it feel right? Am I forcing something that disagrees with the natural shape of the stone?” You can find the artist’s work on  Instagram , Facebook , and her website . + Akie Nakata Via Laughing Squid All images via Akie Nakata

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Japanese Artist Creates Tasty Vegetable Weapons to Show the Stupidity of War

March 11, 2013 by  
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Hiroshi Fuji Makes a Dazzling Art Installation in Tokyo Using 50,000 Recycled Toys

November 13, 2012 by  
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Stanford Scientists Create Self-Healing Material That Responds To Touch

November 13, 2012 by  
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Human skin is an amazing barrier that is able to sense pressure and heal itself. Now, researchers at Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering  have created a material that mimics skin in two incredible ways: it can sense pressure and it can heal cuts or tears. While previous attempts at producing  synthetic skins  have yielded materials that can only heal themselves under high heat or just one time, this latest material, like skin, can heal at room temperature an unlimited number of times. Additionally, the material can conduct electricity, an essential component lacking in previous synthetic skin materials. Read the rest of Stanford Scientists Create Self-Healing Material That Responds To Touch Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: prosthetic technology , Self-Healing material , Standford University Department of Electrical Engineering , synthetic skin , touch sensitive material , Zhenan Bao

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Makoto Tojiki’s “No Shadow” LED Sculptures Depict Humans and Animals in Showers of Lights

March 2, 2012 by  
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Takayuki Hori’ Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species

February 22, 2012 by  
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From solar cell origami lamps to cute nano-origami animals , we can’t get enough of the Japanese art of folding paper. The newest origami creations to catch our eye are Takayuki Hori’s beautiful folded figures, which feature 8 endangered species. Dubbed Oritsunagumono — things folded and connected — these X-ray origami works of art include a sea turtle, a waterfowl, and 6 other animals that are in danger of disappearing altogether. Read the rest of Takayuki Hori’ Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , biodegradable paper , endangered species , ephemeral art , green materials , Japanese art , Japanese design , Mitsubishi Chemical Junior Designer Award , origami , origami animals , Oritsunagumono , paper art , paper sculpture , recyclable paper , recycling / compost , Takayuki Hori , trasluscent Origami , X-ray Origami

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