I must admit that ribbons aren’t usually my go-to choice for gift wrapping—or any craft, really. And when something ribbon-like is needed, I usually opt for a thin twine or cotton string over a big fancy grosgrain number. I have become wholly aware of the error in my judgement of ribbon, however, after seeing these incredible sculptural ribbon creations from the Japanese studio Ribbonesia.
In 2008, after working for a long time as a painter and illustrator, artist Baku Maeda decided to experiment with ribbon and other soft materials to try to capture the expression and character of various types of animals. Baku continues to create new animals and design variations, and the Ribbonesia creative team now includes six individuals, including the artist.
No two pieces are exactly alike, and they are all stunning—certainly an reminder of how any material can be made into something remarkable, in the hands of an artist. To see more pieces and learn more about the studio, visit the Ribbonesia blog.