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





• 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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