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Zoology with Hiné Mizushima

Felt Sculptures with Feeling

Posted by Gestalten—06/2017

As a material, felt is rich with memories of childhoods past: the softness of its surface; the bright palette of colors in which it came; the ease with which it could be folded and cut into a quick Halloween costume. Artist Hiné Mizushima elevates the fabric to new heights with her imaginative felt sculptures. Cute and colorful, her pieces depict a wide cast of flora and fauna from limpets and clams to beetles and Venus flytraps. The rigid anatomical rigor of each piece is balanced with a playfulness—the soft tactility of felt.

Artists like Mizushima are pushing the envelope of illustration using non-traditional forms and media such as sculpture, collage, and graphic design to tell visual stories in exciting, innovative ways. Browse our selection of Gestalten books on illustration to find more inspiration.

Images © Hiné Mizushima