Sometimes I actively set out to find fresh, interesting, or intricate art to feature here on the blog. Other times, as in the case of Miki Sato, a.k.a. Kinomi, incredible art finds me. I stumbled across Kinomi's work a few weeks ago and fell completely head over heels. The Ontario-based Japanese-Canadian mixed media artist is an illustrator, comic artist, crafter, and self-proclaimed 'maker of tiny things.' Using mostly paper and fabric that she snips, weaves, embroiders, manipulates, and pastes, Kinomi creates fanciful, sometimes surreal, pieces that celebrate everything from the ordinary to the fantastical (with a few pop culture references scattered throughout).
What I love most about Kinomi's art is her ability to turn simple, everyday materials into something otherworldly. With a deft hand and a keen attention to detail, she's able to add layer, texture, and movement to otherwise flat and static surfaces. From the adorable to the somewhat shadowy, the real to the imaginary, Kinomi has created a magical world where anything is possible.
All images via Kinomi.