Reality Hand Hooks

 

I saw these Reality Hand Hooks in person at a museum gift shop earlier this year and fell for them hard. The series, designed by Harry Allen, is inspired by the beauty of everyday objects. Four casts of the his hand provide a unique take on the idea of a shelf, vase, and hook that can be used in any number of ways. Choose from Bestow, C’mere, Grab, and Offer.

 

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Amber Cowan

 

Philadelphia-based artist Amber Cowan uses a process which involves flameworking, blowing, and hot-sculpting recycled, up-cycled, and second-life glass (usually American pressed glass from the 1940s to 1980s) to create incredibly detailed sculptures that are brimming with intrigue. She sometimes removes individual details from pieces to use on their own and other times create her own details by melting old pieces down. Talk about time-consuming, but man is the outcome worth it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jourdan Joly

 

Ice cream isn’t generally something I have a craving for, but this summer I’ve been wanting it like crazy! So much so that the boyfriend and I are on a mission of sorts to try as many local ice cream institutions as possible before the season is over. Jourdan Joly‘s whimsically fun ice cream sculptures capture the real deal perfectly – just don’t get confused and try to take a bite!

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Linda Lopez

 

I love the colors and textures of Linda Lopez‘s sculptures and objects! The pieces that look as though they’re covered in hairlike clay are referred to as a “dust furries”, and Lopez’s style is so organic that you can’t help but want to reach out and touch them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Francesca Pasquali

 

Francesca Pasquali transforms plastic industrial materials into objects and installations that emulate natural shapes and structures that she’s observed. Her art includes everything from drinking straws to balloons to neoprene, and dozens more interesting materials in between. Be sure and have a look at Pasquali’s entire portfolio to see the extent for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

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Phoebe Cummings

 

There are so many things I love about Phoebe Cummings‘ sculptures. She primarily works with greenware – AKA unfired clay – and other supportive elements to create these pieces that are built on site and will only last as long as their respective exhibition. Because Cummings’ sculptures are the natural color of the clay they look as though they’d be right at home adorning an immaculate mausoleum.

 

 

 

 

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Julia Haft-Candell

 

Ceramicist Julia Haft-Candell‘s The Infinite examines the idea behind the title and concept through a series of two dozen black clay sculptures and five rock-like pieces constructed from the scraps of those sculptures, called Weights. Each looping variation features a pattern across its surface – wave, arch, chain, eye, weave, knot, or braid – and you can read more about each in the project’s accompanying glossary of terms and symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joy Dilworth

 

Joy Dilworth‘s textile sculptures and objects have my jaw on the floor this morning. By using soft materials and textile techniques, she taps into universal memories via the experience of touch. Dilworth expresses meaning through her careful consideration of materials and the processes she uses to manipulate them.

 

 

 

 

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Samuel Shumway

 

Samuel Shumway is a stop motion animator, videographer, prop designer, and fabricator (whew) based in NYC. He sculpts these delectable little meals entirely out of paper, snipping and folding until every little bit is just so. Anyone hungry for pancakes all of a sudden??

 

 

 

 

 

 

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