Wonderful Nature-Inspired Glass Sculptures by Simone Crestani

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Based in Vicenza, Italy, genius glassblower Simone Crestani conjures up his fragile sculptures using organic shapes found in nature as his inspiration. Crestani uses a technique called flameworking to melt and manipulate glass into impossibly-detailed forms of trees, animals and other creatures.

Crestani credits a childhood spent growing up near Venice, “the capital of the glass world” for igniting his love for glassmaking. He was able to turn his passion into his profession after learning and practicing the art for 10 years under master glassblower Massimo Lunardon.

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The artist’s select works have been exhibited at various art shows in Italy and the USA. Besides making decorative and conceptual sculptures, he also makes beautiful light fixtures and other household objects with his favorite medium. You can visit his site to see more of his unique sculptures.

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Close-Up Photographs of Beautiful Flowers by Claudia Magas

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Though shooting stunning photographs of people is her full time job, Austria-based wedding and boudoir photographer Claudia Magas often finds herself going out on her own looking for inspiration in the little and quiet things on the street with her old Yashica or Mamiya film cameras. In her botanical study series, Magas’s close-up photographs of floral subjects have been lovingly captured with the same sensual lushness that is characteristic of her photography of beautiful human bodies.

You can check out her wedding and boudoir site (obviously NSFW) to more of her works. She also regularly posts updates on her blog, Instagram and Pinterest.

[via JazJaz Submissions]

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Strudel Recipe: Beautiful Animated Cinemagraphs by Daria Khoroshavina

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In this beautiful set of cinemagraphs, Russian photographer Daria Khoroshavina lends her subtle and metaphoric artistic style to the visual documentation of the making of a pear strudel.

Visit her website, blog and Behance to see more of her photographs and animated gifs.

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