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Creating Leaf Art with @143roy

For more photos and videos of Roy’s leaf art, follow @143roy on Instagram.

“I grew up in a place where most houses have their own mango, guava or other fruit-bearing trees in their backyards,” says Philippines Instagrammer Roy Mallari (@143roy). “We have a mango tree and an avocado tree that I planted myself, and the materials for my leaf art mainly come from this avocado tree.”

Inspired by other Instagrammers like Red Hongyi @redhongyi who create and share their original artwork on Instagram, Roy also began exploring his creativity by taking household objects and arranging them into his drawings and designs. Besides avocado leaves, he likes to use flowers, twigs, stones and and even leftover egg shells from breakfast.

“Leaf art is a result of my wide imagination, where I can create art from the simplest things that often go unnoticed,” explains Roy. “It brings out the real me, as it allows me to pursue what my heart desires the most—which is art.”

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Richard Tuttle’s “I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language”

To see more photos and videos from Richard Tuttle’s new exhibition, explore the Tate Modern location page, and follow @tategallery and @whitechapelgallery on Instagram.

Richard Tuttle’s I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language is the latest large-scale work to be shown in the Tate Modern’s (@tategallery) Turbine Hall. The American artist’s largest work to date, the piece measures 12 meters (39 feet) in height and covers more than half of the former electrical supply hall in red and marigold fabrics on plywood.

The sculpture focuses on the importance of materials and textiles in Tuttle’s work and is part of a larger exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery (whitechapelgallery) in London surveying five decades of his career.

“For a lot of people, art serves as a security—‘I know what I like,’” Tuttle explains. “But it is quite possible to have the other kind of people for whom art is an adventure. For me art is a kind of food, a food for the spirit.”

The exhibition at the Tate will be on show until April 6, 2015, and until December 14, 2014 at the Whitechapel Gallery.

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Line Portraits from a Young Artist with @oxtlxnes

For more bold, minimalist faces drawn by Hayley, follow @oxtlxnes on Instagram

In her spare time after school, 16-year-old Hayley Connolly (@oxtlxnes) draws portraits of her Instagram followers.

“I usually draw based on requests, but sometimes I will draw my idols, like Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne),” says Hayley, who lives in northeast England. “My illustrations are mostly portraits, so they are all about the facial features. I try to make them a mixture of realistic and non-realistic, and I love to make them look almost cartoon-like.”

Hayley’s inspiration comes from looking at Instagram accounts from other teen artists, whose work she wishes was more visible in larger artistic communities.

“I think it is really important to see art made from teens. We haven’t made our life choices yet, so we’re looking at the world in many different ways,” she says. “We’re really in the height of our creativity because we are growing up.”

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The Mysterious and Melancholy Resin Figurines of @doubleparlour

To see more of Cassie and Ernie’s figurines come to life, follow @doubleparlour on Instagram.

“We like our characters to look as if they have a past that they may or may not be willing to share,” explains Ernie Velasco. He and his wife Cassie make up the San Francisco, California, artistic duo Doubleparlour (@doubleparlour). Their figurines, which radiate a mysterious sadness, are hand-sculpted from resin.

“We spend a lot of time discussing ideas and bouncing them off of each other,” explains Ernie. The two have a similar aesthetic, however, which aids the creative process. “We both like our characters to display personalities that are melancholy, dark, contemplative or mischievous.”

While Cassie and Ernie endow their creations with rich character, they hold back from illustrating any particular figure’s story. Ernie says, “We like to leave that up to the viewer.”

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Collecting ‘Battle Art’ from Young Illustrators with @secretwalls

For more disruptive art from Secret Walls battles at TEDxTeen, New York Comic-Con and other events around the world, follow @secretwalls and browse the #secretwalls hashtag on Instagram.

Terry Guy (@secretwalls) felt frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young artists in London, UK, so he decided to create a better, cooler way to showcase their work: illustration battles. Eight years later, the competitions—where artists draw against each other in front of a live audience—are part of an international movement called “Secret Walls.”

“The concept was inspired by some of my interests: comics, movies like ‘Fight Club,’ live art and graffiti,” says Terry. “It started out as 16 street artists. We never intended for the event to go global, but it did, quickly, because of social media.”

Participants are encouraged to experiment with different themes and styles, with only two restrictions: the piece must be completed during a 90-minute time frame, and the illustrator must use a monochromatic palette. Photos of the finished products are shared on the Secret Walls Instagram account, where credits range from amateurs to well-known artists from over 25 countries.

“Some artists end up battling aggressively with visual attacks on each other, while others just do their own thing and paint a beautiful mural,” says Terry. “At the end of the day, the mission of Secret Walls is to paint the whole world black and white, one pot of paint at a time.”

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German Landscapes Through the Lens of a Young Artist with @obimann

For more of Jannik’s bewitching photography from Munich and its countryside, follow @obimann and @jannikobenhoff on Instagram.

On first glance, the landscape photography of Jannik Obenhoff (@obimann) looks like it belongs to a professionally trained artist—not a ninth grader who divides the rest of his after-school time between soccer and guitar. But if you ask the 14-year-old from Munich, Germany, his age is part of what makes his work so special.

“In my opinion, teen photographers share a different perspective of the world,” he says.

Jannik began exploring photography as a hobby for the first time last year, and starting an Instagram account came hand-in-hand with learning the craft. He wanted to find and get feedback from other young photographers who explored similar themes in their art.

“My favorite kinds of photos to take are landscapes: a lake in the mountains with a beautiful reflection and some fog,” he says. “I always say: ‘If you won’t go out and explore, you won’t see how beautiful nature can be.’”

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Priority Innfield by @lizzieftch and @ryantrecartin

For more photos and videos from Priority Innfield, browse the Zabludowicz Collection location page and follow @zabludowicz_collection and @anitazart on Instagram.

Ryan Trecartin (@ryantrecartin) and Lizzie Fitch’s (@lizzieftch) Priority Innfield, a collection of movies shown in sculptural theaters, is now on view at the Zabludowicz Collection (@zabludowicz_collection) in London until December 21. “Ryan and Lizzie’s work has been making a very real impact in the art world for the past 10 years,” says Elizabeth Neilson, director of the gallery. “Even seeing a photo of their work you can tell that it captures something which is disturbingly contemporary. Something of the over-saturated, over-stimulating world we live in.”

The gallery welcomes photography of the show. “The work is so dense and has so much in it—props, costumes, intense color—that photographing it is almost irresistible,” Elizabeth says. “And when you look at the photos you realize that the experience was as mad and disturbing as you thought.”

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Finding Beauty in Everyday Origami with @white_onrice

For more images of Ross Symons’ origami creations, follow @white_onrice on Instagram.

"I started with the crane and I lost count of how many times I folded it,” says Cape Town Instagrammer Ross Symons (@white_onrice), describing his obsession with origami art.

“What I didn’t realize at the time is how origami was going to become such a massive part of my life,” he says. “At the beginning of 2014 I decided that I would post one different origami figure every day for the whole year. I did this for myself to prove that I could do it.”

He considers fold time to be the most important measurement of success for his work: the more discipline and patience he has, the faster he folds the figure.

“‘It’s just paper, it shouldn’t take long to make’ is a response I’ve heard before,” Ross says. “I feel there is a misconception that because origami uses paper to create something, that means it’s easy to do.”

On Instagram, Ross connects with a global community that shares his fascination with folding paper. “The people I chat to on Instagram are from all over the world,” he explains. “There is something really rewarding about folding a model and getting it right, no matter how complex or simple. I love—and when I say love I mean I’m totally obsessed with—folding paper.”

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Traveling Back in Time with @greenorang

To see more of Natalia’s photos of relics from the past in present day, follow @greenorang on Instagram.

“The past allowed me to understand the present,” says Moscow Instagrammer Natalia Sazonova (@greenorang). Her photography focuses on relics, retro cars and the spaces they occupy—a connection between Russia’s cultural history and future. “Nowadays, car designs are becoming more standard. But the interior details in old cars are unique and often tell their own stories about the vehicles, like the designer or country of origin,” she explains. Natalia loves to explore buildings that house old objects, so she spends a lot of time in museums, old theaters and apartment-museums. “Once, I got access to a retro film set. I was surrounded by old-fashioned cars and curtains. In that moment, I felt like I had stepped into a time machine.”

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Dressing up Rio de Janeiro with @marinapapi

For more of Marina’s marvelous city, follow @marinapapi on Instagram.

Rio de Janeiro illustrator and graphic designer Marina Papi (@marinapapi) likes to dress up photographs with imaginative illustrations. “This is my attempt to write poetry without words,” she says. Marina finds inspiration in Rio’s natural landscapes and enjoys transforming beautiful scenes to challenge reality, such as reimagining a parachute as a bird’s wing.