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jason schneider’s corrugated cardboard and plaster sculpture

Jason Schneider is a furniture designer. The fact that he uses cardboard almost exclusively to make furniture sets him apart from most furniture designers.

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Exquisite Cardboard, corrugated cardboard, plaster, 12″ x 5″

Add to that his collection of corrugated cardboard and plaster sculptures and, well, you’ve got an artist who makes my heart pound.

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Plaster Push, corrugated cardboard, plaster, 5″ x 10″ diameter
Currently, Schneider is the furniture design and woodworking studio coordinator at The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. He continues to transfer many skills learned as a woodworker to develop innovative techniques using cardboard.

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Dumbbell Study, corrugated cardboard,  plaster, 22″ x 6″

Although his sculpture is showcased here, please don’t take that to mean that his furniture isn’t worthy. It is. Check out the link below for the furniture portfolio to see what I mean.

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Wobble Tops, corrugated cardboard, poplar, milk paint, 5″ x 4″ diameter

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Spinning Wheel, corrugated cardboard, plaster, 10″ x 22″

“My exploration into the use and function of this low-status and commonly overlooked material is what drives me.” ~Jason Schneider

tony fredricksson’s driftwood sculptures

South Africa’s Tony Fredricksson creates driftwood sculptures unlike any I have seen before.       fredricksson_ballerina

The Ballerina

In an interview with Alison Nicholls (Art Inspired by Africa) Fredricksson tells of his earliest memories making art –  creating his own little world of plasticine figures. fredricksson_elephant_head

 Elephant Head

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Yellow Billed Hornbill

As an adult he enjoyed successful endeavors in commercial art, printing and eventually resin castings of animal sculptures (almost 7,000 hand-painted, limited edition sculptures) before he began making driftwood sculptures seven years ago.

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I kinda love the whimsical photos of the artist with his work. . .I know you can see the pig, but did you realize that the sax is one of his sculptures too?

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“What I have found to be a rewarding part of this kind of sculpture is the exploration and discovery of the weathered pieces of wood.”

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Because who wouldn’t want to hug a rhino?

Tony Fredricksson’s website

Read more about his journey in the full interview here.


The June issue of MAM (Monthly Art Muse) landed in subscriber’s inboxes yesterday. Guess what? It’s The Ocean Issue. Yup. More ocean inspired art to tickle your muse. Subscribe to my premium newsletter and see for yourself with an instant download!

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sylvie peraud’s new polymer clay jewelry

Scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook the other day I was delighted to see a post from Sylvie Peraud showing her new work.

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Inspired by seed pods, the polymer artist created a collection of necklaces that make bold statement pieces.

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They appeal to my love of all things organic. One small part of some of her pods remind me of a Grant Diffendaffer technique I’ve been experimenting with since 2007.

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Yes, I am still (and seemingly always) in the experimental stage so I tend to get excited when I see an artist move well past that stage and burst onto the scene with stunning work!

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I also like how she incorporates the clasp into the design of each piece – clever. I look forward to seeing more as Peraud moves in this new direction.

 

Sylvie Peraud’s website

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