found objects


Welded steel and found objects - sculptures by Lewis Tardy

The biomechanical styles of Lewis Tardy’s sculptures have evolved throughout a lifetime of experiences, creating life and motion out of static scrap metals.

Born in Kalamazoo Michigan, Tardy spent his youth exploring all things mechanical while also discovering his creative passion. In 1985 while working as an assistant in a sculpture studio, the two interests fused.

The combination of found steel materials coupled with a mixture of commentaries including sexuality, levity, motion, strength and attitude result in this unique expression of Tardy’s vision. Significant inspiration comes from shapes and designs discovered within the found parts and materials, which takes shape in human and animal subjects alike. On many occasions, a single shape or part will inspire and become the building block of a whole Idea.

Lewis Tardy’s sculptures are included in corporate and private collections across many countries of the world.

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British artist Dean Patman has been fascinated by animals ever since he was little. As a child he drew them, but now he uses everyday objects like spoons, forks, teapots and knives to create impressively life-like animal sculptures.

“I’ve always been a little nutty about animals.” he says, “At school my teachers soon learnt that the best way to motivate me was to make it about animals. I especially loved being able to draw or model them.”

Visit Dean Patman’s website to check out more of his awesome found object animal sculptures.

[via Junkculture]

Dead Thing Buttons

idek if people even know this about me but i make really neat little high-quality buttons to display plant fibers, feathers and bug wings, pretty much anything i pick up around town in my autistic ramblings. sometimes i order pressed flowers or feathers off craftpeople or exotic bird caretakers and make art with them. i get neat handmade paper and play with textures. other stuff i just decide looks neat and stick it in the machine to see what happens.

aud offered to help me put them on sale. i guess it depends on if anyone is into nature shit? here’s the kind of stuff i make:

iris and feathers on art paper, the last one has neat little gold flecks behind the black feather fluff.

that’s a robin’s egg.

cicada wings, viceroy wings, flowers, birchbark from the riverbank, art paper. i was really grooving on the look of flowers over birchbark. it feels like petting warm suede in my brain when i look at them.

leaves and regular paper. leaves don’t hold their spectacular colors forever, but they look like gems for quite a while before they fade, about a year or so. and they still look neat afterward, unless you press them without drying them first, which i did with the green ones (those were an experiment, and they rusted nastily).

rose petals. the ones i kept still look perfect years later.

roses and leaves

leaves, flowers, cicadas. the ones that look like psychedellic planets are silk fiber that i arranged with a toothpick.

some of the feather buttons i’ve made. these are sort of popular at the local art store, where the owner sells my stuff on commission.

and keychains with  peacock feathers over gradient paper. these were really messy to make, but they looked awesome.

you can see all the dead thing button designs in high resolution here. 

Based on her artwork, it looks like UK-based artist Jane Perkins has a lot of patience. Since 2008, she has been recreating classic artworks and portraits of iconic figures using thousands of tiny found objects, such as buttons, beads, LEGO pieces, and shells. Ranging in size and colour, the objects are painstakingly organised to form visually cohesive arrangements of The Queen, President Obama, Mandela, Princess Diana, Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and many more…

More: Artist Recreates Paintings with Tiny Found Objects | HUH.