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What do you do when you receive an Amazon package? Like many of you, I pick up the cutter and cut it into pieces to quickly see what’s inside. After all, the box is just a waste, right? Well, that’s not the case with the Japanese artist Monami Ohno, a cardboards enthusiast who is more interested in the box rather than what’s inside it.

Cardboards Craft by Monami Ohno

A formal 3D artist who now is a famous cardboards sculpturist, Ohno has created masterpieces over these years that cover almost everything she could imagine. From food items to a giant monster, Ohno has left nothing untouched when it comes to cardboard art. Her cardboard craft reflects utmost detailing in everything she does brings out a realistic outlook in the cardboard art pieces she creates. With a mélange of fascinating textures, patterns design, her art seems very compelling to the viewers.

Ohno loves to develop from waste material only she needs a pair of scissors, a standard cutter, a marker, and glue to craft such impeccable pieces as cardboard box crafts. She finds versatile possibilities of expressing thoughts through cardboard art being an art form which, besides the ambiguity of the term, denotes artworks made from different types of this material. The aesthetics, style, and format of the art do not include in the definition. Ohno believes that discarded and old cardboard like the one found on the streets is best suitable for her visualization of cultural art. Also, the condition of material, being either found, reused or new is emptied of contextual meaning and serves for pure aesthetic explorations. Check her craft here.

It all started when Ohno realized that making craft items from rare and fancy materials can be very costly. She decided to do something from her old Amazon boxes that piled up in her store. She did tons of experiments with them and to her surprise cardboard turned out to be a good resource to explore and fly her imaginations. Cardboardis a suitable, lightweight replacement for a lot of other materials like clay or mud.

Cutouts glued into work to create elevated surfaces that segment a composition, adding depth and shadows to the cardboard box craft sculptures. Cardboard can not only make great, beautiful bodies and structures but can also be used for interior designs and detailing. These days Ohno spends more time perfecting her art and nailing her cardboard box crafts.

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The force of nature is both powerful and beautiful at the same time. It shapes things and leaves behind its fingerprints, as if building on a work of art. Ceramic artist Kriti Chaudhary traces this artistry of time on a clay sculpture. She explains her insights and process.

Ceramic Art

Stroke of An Idea

Having spent a lot of time watching and observing a collection of rock-cut stones, which preserved the marks of nature and fossilised remains, the artist drew inspiration from the natural processes like erosion and changes through time and nature. The marks and traces left behind by these natural geological processes, a build up of sedimentary layers and patina over a passage of time gave way to a string of ideas. Fascinated by these varied forms left over the course of time, the objective became to evoke these ideas in the artwork.

Undertanding The Canvas

The area of interest lay in experimenting with the ceramic surface. Nature and the passage of time formed the core ideas. The surfaces, marks, textures, scratched, scraped or drawn by forces in nature tend to reveal hidden layers of narrative and offer a unique visual experience. At the same time, a personal story was instilled into the ceramic surfaces that reflect its creation and impart to it a sense of history.

On The Job

The work involved a deliberate non-use of glaze in an attempt to achieve a more natural look and retain the surface quality of clay. By making use of cracks and fissures, natural and organic materials were incorporated that left its fingerprint in the clay. These marks were then layered with metallic oxides to bring out the textural quality of the surfaces and suggest ideas of weathering and traces left behind as remains or fossils.

Alternative firing techniques like smoke pit firing and saggar firing were used in order to develop unique markings. The clay surface was subjected to various elements like heat, smoke, oxides and other combustible materials to develop marks and colour. Experiments with the markings of line and colour by wrapping the pots with salt soaked cloth, wire, organic material etc. were done. Also these surfaces with flashings of colour were an evidence of a literal passage of time during the smoke firing process, emphasising on the history of creation of each piece.

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Coming from a country of stories and storytellers, Indian animation professionals are sitting on a gold reserve. Yet, we are miles behind the Western world. We spoke to few leading names to find out the reason and understand the Indian animator’s sensibilities and practices The house unanimously opined that we need to develop more original ideas and also create exclusive stories for animation, rather than going the other way round…

 

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