These lacy creatures are part of a strange and beguiling ongoing series by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, who has been wrapping ceramic animal sculptures in five-needle lace, handmade cotton crochet.
Each of the pieces “are ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-skin in crochet-work,” says Vasconcelos.
The sculptures themselves are the work of renown 19th century Portuguese artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905).
No but dryads who are connected to cactuses instead of trees
A dryad carrying around his little potted barrel cactus and always giving it the best spot in the sunlight
A dryad being super jumpy and super protective of their cholla and the little bits that jump off the main cactus
A little old lady dryad who has been taking care of her saguaro going on 150 years now and she doesn’t look a day over seventy five
Zheng Chunhui, a famous Chinese wood carver spent 4 years engineering this master piece from a single tree. Based on a famous Chinese painting “Along the River During the Quingming Festival” the carving echoes the daily life of the 12th century Chinese local. The level of detail is stunning!