Artisanal Ansatz is an art collective made up of a small group of Belgian designers that cite surrealism and caricature as chief influences. The group creates tee shirts with popular cultural staples like pop star Lady Gaga, Hip-Hop God Ol’ Dirty Bastard and filmaker Quentin Tarantino among others. Remarkably, all of the designs that end up on their tee shirts are done with a very unlikely and archaic instrument – the ball point pen.
Artist Yukata Sone turned a village of Chinese artisans into urban topographers carving New York City out of marble.
Originally trained as an architect and with a natural bent toward obsessing over details, Sone started working in marble and twelve years ago discovered the traditional stone carvers in the tiny Chinese village of Chongwu. The carvers were mostly engaged in making stone dragons, lanterns, and Buddhas using age-old craft techniques. He asked a group to work with him on carving more dynamic shapes such as machinery and urban landscapes