Everytime this year, we stow away our summer clothes and get ready for the fall with warmer clothes and possibly some new ones to refresh our wardrobe. Many of us do the same ritual with our interior. We take off the summer-white slipcovers; although, we’ve been known to leave them on sometimes as winter white, and let our darker, more fall-like colors show.
While reading the September issue of Traditional Home, it was apparent they were pairing wallcoverings with fall fashions in their New+Next section in a clever feature called Soul Mates. The models disappear within the wallpaper. What a clever idea!
Here’s their body of work.
Images via Traditional Home_New+Next_September 2014 issue
This reminded me of Emma Hack, the famous body paint artist, who makes her models ‘disappear’ within the canvases that surround them.
Emma Hack – body paint artist’s work
Or, Liu Bolin, who literally paints himself away to be nearly invisible within the his surroundings. In his case, it is usually a landscape. Amazing!
We were very happy to help with artist Jane Kim’s latest InkDwell project for Cornell University’s Ornithology Department.
The 70 x 40 foot size mural of the evolution the world’s current birds and only mural to depict all present species. It is going to take 14 months or more on site!
Jane had the smart idea to use Casart removable wallcoverings to create largescale stencils from which she could cut out printed maps and roll on paint onto the walls quickly and then remove the stencils without damage to the walls.
Big world, big wall. Using temporary vinyl is the only way to paint in a map of this scale
This was the first step to getting the mural started. Jane and her InkDwell team now have the task of painted at least one bird a day to meet their completion deadline.
Jane Kim, founder, InkDwell
Jane, 40 feet up, removing a stencil in Russia’s polar north, under the Kara Sea
Lead artist Danza Chisholm-Sims (L) led the technical, five-week stenciling process, stretching over nearly 3000 square feet of wall space.
The preparatory process included using Casart temporary wallcoverings, on which maps were printed, as stencils for the mural’s background.
Jane’s team stated, “the stencils have been such a tremendous help.”
Since the maps have been painted, several birds, including this Emperor Penguin have been painted on the wall and the mural is really underway.
Antarctica: Our first continent completed! Emperor penguins spend up to four months on the ice, incubating and raising chicks. They huddle for warmth in the dead of winter when temperatures can drop below -70F. The snowy sheathbill eats just about anything–including penguin poop!
The birds of New Zealand (past and present) go up!
The Giant Moa is just one of the birds that depicts the giant scale and sheer amount of work involved.
Jane and the Giant Moa. This bird became extinct some 600 years ago.
More of Jane’s illustrations for the So Simple a Beginning mural can be found on her Facebook page.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is one of the world’s leading institutes focused on bird study, and it will be celebrating its centennial in November 2015. The lab has commissioned three artists to commemorate the event, Maya Lin, James Prosek and Jane Kim. Jane’s mural is the final piece to be completed, a 70′ x 40′ mural depicting the 375 million year evolution of birds over 270 species. This will be the only mural in the world depicting all the families of modern birds in one place. Between development and painting, the project will take more than two years.
Jane Kim is a well-known muralist, excelling in the scientific representation of all Earth’s treasures. Go to her InkDwell website for more awe-inspiring projects.
You can read about an earlier Casart collaboration with Jane via this Put a Bird on It post.
Jane, we are wishing you and your team the best as we view the progress. Thank you for using Casart coverings in the artistic process. We are very honored to be a part of this truly informative mural.