Photo: Canon EOS 500D 50mm 1.8 Cropped, saturation adjusted and cord holding up the kusudama was erased out.
With thanks to `synconi, *oyah and `3wyl who saw the kusudama in its earlier state! ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ὁδoς: journey
A couple of months ago a friend suggested that I should make a "flower" kusudama. I really liked the idea of doing this, but I also wanted a way to use origami as a way of expressing something, not just as a hobby or to make something that looked vaguely geometrical. Since being captivated by Homer's Odyssey a couple of years ago I've been fascinated by its sheer beauty (and "epicness" you might say) and decided I would use the pages from an old copy of the poem to fold the kusudama (despite originally having some qualms about tearing Homer's work into shreds.)
Although this kusudama is certainly not as "epic" as the poem, I believe that it is one of the first pieces of art that I've made which means something to me: it reflects for me the journey I've been on and the huge journey still left.
This is a tall 7x11 Red Leather Journal. It has a raised panel front and paneled spine. This one is fitted with a decorative filigree that has been recessed in the center and pyramid studs on the corners. The inside text-block is high quality white drawing paper and the the head and tail have hand-sewn headbands. Paraffin coated marbled paper for the end-sheets and a rounded back with four supported cords.
crappy cellphone photos are crappy ~ gift for my friend for his 18th birthday :3 it's one of those cards that unfolds its content when you open it! it's the first time when I've done something like this, but I hope not the last, it was utterly fun to do that's Subterranean Animism crew excluding Kisume and Yamame; Koishi and Satori were pain in the ass to cut out x_o
This book is designed to fit 20 standard size postcards in the paper corners. They fit very snug and hold on tightly, with a closure to keep everything in place when you're traveling. Then you can open it up and display your collection! The display pops out and the postcards actually sit back-to-back so you don't even see the backs.
The cover is artist-grade canvas, leather, linen, and a reprinted vintage map of Italy. The inside green paper is handmade with loads of texture and very heavy so that it easily supports the postcards.
After messing around with vinyl records for quite a while I came up with two techniques of manipulating the material to create imagery on the record itself. One style is called 'Liquid Letters', where the raised lines stay shiny and the background goes matte. The other style is called 'Sunken Script'. The image is sunken into the record and the background stays shiny instead.
These books are samples made with the logo and lyrics from the band Icon for Hire. The books are, as it's called, bound on boards. The record itself acts as the cover. The dimensions of the books are 14x9x1 cm and they have 192 pages/sides.
The magic is in the details, please zoom in if you can!
Hop over to my Etsy Shop to order one of these with your own name, quote, logo or design! You can choose between 8 vibrant colors, two techniques, two cover layouts and 5 fonts!