The Beady Eyed Craftster is our mostly weekly round-up of shiny (mostly) art and craft related links from across the internets.

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• From a distance, artist Cui Fei’sManuscript of Nature’ looks, well, like a manuscript; black calligraphic strokes on white. Look closer, and it becomes apparent that the glyphs are actually natural materials, such as thorns. From the artist’s statement: “I utilize materials found in nature, such as tendrils, leaves and thorns composing a manuscript symbolizing the voiceless messages in nature that are waiting to be discovered and to be heard.” (Would it be wrong to make a ‘thornography’ joke here?) [Via Craft]

• And here’s another take on the nature/art dialogue: designer Victor Castanera makes tableware using naturally occurring depressions in sand. That is, he finds bowl-shaped divots on the beach (the lucky chap is based in Barcelona), then casts them with plaster to form tableware designed by nature. I’m not sure they’re the sort of thing you’d use for your morning cornflakes, but they’re very cool looking. [Via DesignBoom]

• If there’s an easy way to segue from sand dishes to Batman, I’m afraid I can’t find it! Nonetheless, you really should check out greatnsecret’s gallery showing how he made a cool leather batman cowl for a Halloween parade. I’ve posted about mask-making before, I know, and it’s still something that fascinates me; especially when you can see the whole process like this. Plus, how many processes start with a “Wrapped my head in masking tape to determine shape and size” step? [Found via BoingBoing]

• Staying with popular culture; take a look at these three wizard cushions – perfect for any Room of Requirement. Etsy crafter Kim Gadbois carefully avoids invoking the name of the boy wizard with the lightning-shaped scar, but it’s very clear who these soft furnishing based portraits represent, and she’s done a neat job of capturing their characters.

• More pop culture: I can’t remember if I’ve linked to Scott C.’s work before, but even if I have, I’d need to do so again to point you at this wonderful Twin Peaks inspired piece (scroll down a little). Charming and full of character, the other work on the site is equally worth checking out – I love the E.T. pictures as well.

• And finally; I’ll admit that sometimes I have trouble knowing what to say about a given piece of art or craft – hence the embarrassing number of ‘cool’s, ‘amazing’s and ‘awesome’s that litter these Beady Eyed Craftster posts. Even so, I probably won’t be turning to the acronymically named “Critical Response to the Art Product” generator from Pixmaven. But if you do find yourself in need of art criticism in a hurry check it out. Personally, I find this work menacing/playful because of the way the internal dynamic of the figurative-narrative line-space matrix notates the accessibility of the work. Do you see what I did there?

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