Artist Yoshie Kuroda’s (@yoshiekuroda_art) handmade textile creatures feel right at home — even when they’re out in the wild.
Today on our story and on IGTV, drop in on Yoshie as she works in her studio and takes a few of her creations on a peaceful journey around her neighborhood.
Reel by @yoshiekuroda_art
Japanese artist Yoshie Kuroda’s (@yoshiekuroda_art) soft sculptures are born from discarded clothes, which she collects and transforms into plush, animal-inspired creatures. 👕 + 🧶 + ✂️ = 🐰
Watch Yoshie create a few of her fantastical animals in today’s episode of #HiddenGems.
Video by @yoshiekuroda_art
A lifelong artist, New Orleans-based Jamie Winn (@ghostlightgallery) isn’t afraid to feature the things we all take for granted.
“I like for my work to feature the idea of longevity by being forced to confront the forgotten and neglected,” says Jamie, who has been creating her wooden and watercolored kinetic sculptures for the last 10 years. “Halloween in particular celebrates the idea of old ghosts. I like the idea that even though these are not perhaps the typical ideas of ‘beauty,’ as far as some art is concerned, there is indeed something beautiful about something that has been lost or fallen to ruin, reclaimed or reinvented.
For this piece, which is titled ‘Still Here,’ I was inspired by the old idea that some people were oftentimes misdiagnosed as ‘dead,’ and there was the need to create a contraption to alert the caregivers that the person had been in fact buried alive. This is where the term ‘dead ringer’ or ‘saved by the bell’ comes from.” 💀🏚
Video by @ghostlightgallery
“I have always needed an artistic practice to feel fulfilled, and at the moment it’s wigs!” exclaims Jack Baxter (@wigchapel). 🧑🦰✂️👩
What started as a fascination with creating “strange and wacky wig styles” for his drag performances transformed into a full-time business. “I had no formal training in hair or wigs, just a lifelong love of experimenting and playing with hair. I’ve had a few different creative outlets in my life and I’m so grateful I’ve been able to turn this one into a job that I love.”
"My wigs are bright and garish and the furthest thing from ‘natural,’” says Jack. “I usually have around nine going at once — the more intricate styles, like the Elizabethan braid wigs or tassel wigs, can take about a week to make.”
With Halloween close, business is picking up. “It is a busy time of year in the wig business. Halloween is that one time of year that most people feel comfortable to basically get into drag without feeling like they’re doing something taboo.”
Photos by @wigchapel
Artist Lorien Stern (@lorienstern) wants you to find inspiration and happiness wherever you can.
The California-based ceramicist, painter and designer finds lots of joy in the natural world, especially the animal kingdom. “Animals always held a special place in my heart. When I was 8 years old, my father passed away. I adopted seven cats and my connection with them helped me cope with the loss more than anything else.”
Lorien’s work often celebrates the afterlife and loved ones lost. For example, she makes ghosts as a way to honor her late father and disarm her fears by adding positive associations to potentially scary subjects.
Did we mention today is Lorien’s 30th birthday?!
“My birthday lands close to Halloween, so sometimes I combine the two — usually with costumes, drinks and scary movies.”
Art by @lorienstern; Video by @byjenniferruiz