Paper Flowers by Haruka Misawa

Pencil Shavings to Paper Flowers

Paper Flowers by Haruka Misawa

About a week or so ago, while browsing through VISI Magazine‘s weekly newsletter, I came across the amazing, unusual work of Haruka Misawa. The little floral images were eye catching, but were it not for the fact that I stopped to read what he said, I don’t think I might have been as awe struck by his work as I am.

This is what stopped me in my tracks: “Sharpening my pencil, the pencil shavings presenting an arrestingly beautiful form. Curled up in a ring-shaped crown, they looked like the petals of a flower. This kind of personal experience becomes the source of my ideas,” he explains.

Paper Flowers by Haruka Misawa

The Mind of an Artist:

That then is the musings and working of an artistic mind. A mind that goes where mine would not even begin to think of going. He looked down at regular shavings coming out of pencils beings sharpened, and he saw a form of floral art to be explored. WOW!! I wondered at that moment if  I would have seen the potential of a floral art form in mere pencil shavings? I think not. In fact, I know not.

It is for this reason that we are sharing this “different type of art” with you today.

Paper Flowers by Haruka Misawa

Pencil Shavings to Paper Flowers:

Haruka, taking inspiration from his pencil shavings, decided to recreate the same effect but with paper. He used many layers of paper, some graduating in colour, to created a tight cylindrical roll of multicoloured paper – a “paper pencil” so to speak. He then sharpened the paper cylinder with an ordinary pencil sharpener just as one would a normal pencil. The resulting shavings transforms into a beautiful and delicate paper flower, no more than 15mm to 40mm in diameter. On closer inspection one can clearly see the various coloured paper layers.

“Depending on how you sharpen it, the shavings may be thick and heavy, or so thin as to be almost transparent, so you can’t make the same flower twice,” Haruka explains. “Each Paper Flower will bloom quietly and softly on your desk.”

Paper Flowers by Haruka Misawa

Paper Flowers by Haruka Misawa

[Images via Haruka Misawa]

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Quick Tip #45: Clothes Hanger Art Display

Here is the third clever tip in our Décor Quick Tip mini series about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger…

#45  For an unusual, playful yet practical way of displaying your art, use wooden clothes or trouser hangers as an alternative to framing. Tired of your current art display? For an instant wall refresh, just unclip the old prints and swap them out for new images. No time and money wasted on framing and reframing. This is an especially handy method to exhibit your children’s artwork.

See more examples of clothes hanger displays on our “Storage” pinboard on Pinterest: here.


Hier is die derde slim wenk in ons Décor Quick Tip mini-reeks oor al die interessante dinge wat mens met die nederige klerehanger kan maak…

#45  Is jy op soek na ‘n ongewone, speelse, tog praktiese manier om jou kunswerke te vertoon? Gebruik hout klere- of broekhangers; dit is ‘n wonderlike alternatief as jy nie jou kuns wil laat raam nie. Moeg vir die kunsversameling wat huidig op jou muur is? Verfris dit in ‘n oogwink – ruil net die ou kunswerke op die hangers met nuwe stukke. Hierdie is ook besonderse gerieflike manier om jou kind se talle kunswerke uit te stal.

Vir meer voorbeelde van klerehanger idees besoek op ons “Storage” pinboard op Pinterest: hier.

Décor Dictionary: Triptych

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Triptych: (pronounced “triptik”, from the Greek meaning “three-fold”) an artwork consisting of three panels – a typically larger middle panel, flanked by two smaller related works. There are however triptychs of equal-sized panels. Historically, triptych panels were hinged in order for the work to be folded for easy transport. A triptych may consist of three separate images of the same theme, or may be one larger work split into three.

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Art Crush: Sarah Danes Jarrett

Whilst in Hout Bay last week for a meeting I spotted the most beautiful and captivating artwork in the Hout Bay Gallery window. I was absolutely spellbound by the dramatic faces staring back at me. The portraits, painted by artist Sarah Danes Jarrett, has an almost “fashion glamour shots meets fine art” feel – very sexy. Don’t you just adore the bold use of colour and choppy brushwork?! Love these – a definite art crush!

Images: Hout Bay Gallery

For The Love Of Klimt

Just yesterday Marica and I were discussing our love for the art of Gustav Klimt – Austrian symbolist painter. Today, his work is often seen as clichéd and cheesy (same happened to the work of poor Tretchikoff) however here at The Tabloid we still think it grand and romantic! We especially adore Klimt’s “Golden Phase” – many of his paintings from this period include the use of gold leaf – his famous “The Kiss” is an excellent example of this.

During the course of one of our Irish boutique hotel projects in Galway, I met a South African artist who works in a very different art medium. She would paint beautiful scenes on glass, cut the painted glass into puzzle-like pieces, and then tile it back together again in a mosaic-like fashion. The resulting artwork is absolutely stunning!

Through her I was introduced to the art work of Klimt – at the time she was creating some unbelievably beautiful Klimt tribute pieces in her shattered glass method. Well, needless to say I fell in love with his Klimt’s work right there and then. Naturally, we commissioned three big pieces of Klimt’s ladies from our glass artist to proudly display them in the reception area of the hotel.

There were a few unique art pieces in that hotel, but these three gorgeous ladies were the first the guests encountered. I always liked to think they were not only welcoming the guests, but also entertaining them and watching over them.

Now for your enjoyment, I’ve include our favourite works by Klimt below…

Q&A With Artist Miche Watkins

Miche WatkinsQ: To kick off, tell us a little about yourself and your family:

I am a figurative artist painting in oils with an emphasis on portraiture. I lived in Cape Town for five years but have recently relocated back to Bristol, UK where my family is based. I have three grown up children, Megan, Tom and Joe who all live in England. None of them an artist!

On coming to Cape Town 6 years ago I struggled to start again artistically as of course no one knew my work. I had a very supportive partner, but did not know many people to bounce ideas off for my portraiture. For this reason, I developed my “Line Art” acrylic paintings which were the complete opposite of figurative oil paintings – no facial features at all! These paintings were fun, contemporary and affordable and struck a chord with South Africans who seemed to like this work.

Q: How long have you been painting?  What was the process and the tipping point that took you to the place of being a professional artist?

I have drawn and painted all my life. When I was a child I was forever drawing princesses (never princes for some reason).  I began my formal art training after my youngest child started school but owing to personal reasons had to give up my art degree and find paid employment to pay my bills.  I remember my solicitor’s words very clearly: “I see your future Miche, and it is very dreary…” However, this never stopped me painting. I started painting portraits and through word of mouth got commissions.

Q: How would you best describe your art style/genre and what is your preferred medium?

My art style is figurative as always. I am veering away from straight portraiture towards figurative paintings that have a narrative theme and there nearly always seems to be an element of isolation and loneliness in these paintings. I began with charcoal, progressed to pastels and now my real love is oil painting – I love the smell of turps!

Q: How or where are you likely to find inspiration?

I am inspired by artists like Aldo Balding, who I met at the Christopher Moller Gallery last year, such an unassuming and all round good bloke! Edward Hopper is certainly an influence and I am drawn to artists such as Jack Vettriano and Caravaggio because of the light and dark shadows they use in their work.  I find exaggerating the lights and darks in my paintings makes for a far more interesting piece of work at the end of the day.

Q: You are living and working in Bristol currently. What is your take and experience as an artist of that city?

I am extremely happy in Bristol which is a young and vibrant city with so many artists actually making a living – something I found difficult in Cape Town, being an unknown English incomer.

I am also now teaching life drawing here in Bristol (something I have done in the past) and with the city’s lively and buzzy artistic community this class goes from strength to strength. I am hoping to organise an exhibition of the students’ work in May because I want them to gain confidence in their work, and seeing someone buy your work is the best way to improve self-confidence!

Q: Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

When in Cape Town I sold work through the Lisa King Gallery, Art on The Bay in Camps Bay and of course through StateoftheART.co.za (Jennifer has always been a big support to me).  Here in England I exhibit with the SBA, The Southbank Bristol Arts Trail in May, and am now part of Colin Neville Contemporary Art. I am also exhibiting with Art Extra in Devon at the end of June which is supporting HospiceCare and 25 artists have been invited to exhibit – exciting times for me.

I sell prints of my work through Fine Art America and workART.  I also do a lot of marketing (which I absolutely hate, loathe and despise doing having an artist’s brain) through social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – and of course my website. I have to say, however, that this side of marketing does work! The rest is word of mouth.

Q: Do you see yourself returning to Cape Town or SA for that matter on a permanent basis?

I don’t see myself returning permanently to Cape Town as my home is here with my family nearby. But I do miss the warmth of that lovely city and my many friends there. I would hope to revisit many times though, and the world is indeed a smaller place with the Internet, and Skype.

Q: If you found yourself stranded on that proverbial desert island, who and what would you like to have there with you?

Ah, the desert island… I would like to have my Bible there please. I found God finally when I came to South Africa and I would need that daily connection with Him to keep me grounded. I know now my artistic talent comes from Him, so I would ask Him to please direct me to some paintbrushes and paints in the jungle. AND I would want my nearest and dearest with me…

{Images via Miche Watkins}