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The Lives of @yorch_miranda’s Paper Cutouts

To see more scenes from Jorge’s creative mind, follow @yorch_miranda on Instagram.

For Miami filmmaker Jorge Miranda (@yorch_miranda), working with miniature paper dolls provides a refreshing flexibility. “These photos have become for me a faster way to express my ideas with actors that don’t complain and don’t need to get paid,” he says.

"Using objects that we interact with in our daily lives makes it easy for people to understand and relate no matter where they come from," says Jorge, whose whimsical portraits draw inspiration from his film work and creative Instagram communities like @graphic_arts_bnw. “I hope people realize how easy is to have fun with items we see every day.”

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London’s @globemakers keep an old tradition alive

To view more photos and videos from Peter’s studio in London, explore the Bellerby Globemakers location page and follow @globemakers on Instagram.

Bellerby and Co. Globemakers (@Globemakers), a small business in a leafy borough in northeast London, is keeping the tradition of bespoke globemaking alive.

Peter Bellerby wanted to buy a globe as a present for his father’s 80th birthday, but found there were only expensive antiques or reproductions available. After two years of trying to create the perfect globe, Peter turned this newfound passion into an artisan business. Today, he is one of three known globemakers in the world and the only handmade globemaker.

Peter had to learn the process that the globemakers before him had taken to the grave. From his warehouse studio, his team handles woodworking, engraving the meridians and applying watercolored papers—with no ripples or overlaps—to the globes by hand in painstaking fashion. Small globes can take a month, and the largest can require six to eight months to complete.

"Globes, inspire people to travel, to learn about the planet, and provide geographical knowledge about how the world was at the time it was produced," says Peter’s fiancée Jade, who decided to document daily life of in the studio on Instagram. "I love Instagram as I feel you can sum up the best part of the day in one or two photos and skip all the less interesting things between."

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In the Workshop Crafting Knives with @workerman

To see more photos and videos from Workerman’s knife forging process, follow @workerman on Instagram.

When Adam Brackney (@workerman) shared a photo of his first hand-crafted knife, created as a gift for his father, the response was immediate and encouraging. “Lots of positive comments,” says Adam, “and more importantly… people wanting one for themselves.”

Adam actually began his career as a graphic designer, but found the work unfulfilling. “I developed an itch to create things with my hands instead of a mouse and keyboard,” he explains. After honing his skills on other wooden items, Adam made his first knife six months ago—and it’s been hard for him to keep up with demand since.

Through Instagram, Adam hopes to show the care and attention he gives to his work. “Workerman is a one-man operation. My work is very visual, so sharing the crafting process and finished products is instrumental.”

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Adventures in Doll Making with @Tilly2Milly

For more photos and videos from Davorka’s dolls in London, follow @tilly2milly on Instagram.

For London Instagrammer Davorka Andjelic (@tilly2milly), Instagram is a playful home to document the travels of her many handmade dolls. The dolls started life in the classroom where Davorka works as a teaching assistant. Inspired by the creativity of the young children she worked with—”their sweet natures and rosy cheeks”—she began to experiment with different materials.

"Making my dolls is a journey," she says. "I love the fact that at the beginning of the process I don’t have clear vision about the finished doll." To create the dolls, Davorka finds an outfit and parts for the face from old magazines. Next, she creates a base from cardboard and the Financial Times's iconic salmon-pink newspaper.

Davorka takes the dolls with her around her home in Hampstead, North London, as well as on her travels from the colorful streets of Brick Lane to fisherman huts along the English coast at Dungeness headland in Kent.

"The biggest compliment for me is when people say my photos remind them of their childhood," Davorka says. "I love the innocence of early years and strongly believe adults should ‘play’ as well. I hope my photos inspire people to dig out old photos and experience them in new light."

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Uniting Artists on Instagram with @ccerruti

For more shots from the spoons project and exhibition, browse the #3636project hashtag. To accompany Courtney on her artistic adventures, follow @ccerruti on Instagram.

San Francisco artist and self-described “maker extraordinaire” Courtney Cerruti (@ccerruti) is no stranger to the world of craft. “I work for a local company called Creativebug (@creativebug) that films online DIY workshops,” she explains. “I do set design, artist coaching and create DIY projects and content for them as well as some Instagramming. I’m an artist and I make something everyday.”

Courtney came across artist Willie Real (@williereal) at an Expo a little over a year ago and was inspired by his drawings on wooden objects. With his work in mind and intrigued by later photos she saw of antique spoons, it wasn’t until a friend posted a photo of spoons displayed decoratively on a restaurant wall that everything came together for her. She purchased a lot of 36 antique, handmade wooden spoons and set about finding collaborators for her idea and the #3636project was born.

Why spoons? Courtney explains: “They are beautiful objects alone. Together in a group, they have impact. There is the repetition of shape and size, but on inspection each spoon has its own unique flaws and characteristics. A chip here, a crack there or even a smooth and worn spot from being held in the same hand for years. I was hoping that the spoon would act as both a blank canvas and also a source of inspiration for the artist to pull their own story out of the spoon.”

Courtney sought out artists throughout the United States and United Kingdom who worked in diverse media, but whose work would come together as a cohesive whole. “I was surprised by a few artists who created pieces in mediums outside their current work. Although Mike McConnell (@poopingrabbit) is both a painter and a sculptor, I was surprised by his choice to create a faux taxidermy squirrel from his spoon. Likewise, Lisa Solomon (@lisasolomon), who works with thread, embroidery and crochet, gave me a spoon that was painted. I love being surprised. Every spoon was so different and it kept the show interesting!”

After receiving the spoons, Courtney brought them together for an exhibition at San Francisco’s Paxton Gate (@paxtongate), where many of them have already sold—bringing recognition and profit to artists across the world.

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#1000doilies: @lisasolomon and the Crocheters of Instagram

To see more photos and videos from the 1000 Doilies project in the making, browse the #1000doilies, #inmystudio1000 and #lisasolomonsen hashtags and the Fouladi Projects location page.

When Lisa Solomon (@lisasolomon) had the idea to create 1000 doilies made from 100 colors of thread, she soon realised this wasn’t a one-woman feat.

Enlisting the help of 49 crocheting Instagrammers across the world, Lisa managed to create a collaborative art piece, now on display at the Fouladi Projects gallery in San Francisco, California, until 21 December, 2013.

"As an artist I have found that Instagram is an amazing way to share little snippets from the studio," Lisa says. "It’s really great to get immediate feedback and to document the process of art being made. So often we see the final results of an artist’s work, but on Instagram we get a behind-the-scenes look."

Born to a Japanese mother, Lisa began to research the number 1000, which has a resonance in the country’s culture and history. The show also includes drawings of 1000 cherry trees and Senninbari–good luck belts made with 1000 French knots. A common theme in the exhibition is the idea of lifting common handicraft to the realm of fine art through repetition.

Out of every 10 doilies displayed, one has dangling threads to show the toil of the process, and those Instagramming their creations have also shared their crafting stories on the #1000doilies hashtag.

To see more behind the scenes of the #1000doilies exhibition, follow these crocheters on Instagram:

  • Crocheting pastels with Catherine Lewin, Belgium – @petitepimprenelle
  • Home-cooking and farmlife from Kate Ulman, Australia – @foxslane
  • Blair Stoker, quilt-maker and author of a book about handmade projects in Seattle, United States – @blairs
  • Flowers and quilts from Grace Sharp, New Zealand – @chainofdaisies
  • In the artist’s studio with Janise Munro and Elaine Haby, Australia – @gracialouise
  • Family life with Cyndi Monaghan in Maryland, United States – @elf_girl
  • Ellie Beck, tea and craft from Australia – @petalplum
  • Lisa Duran, United States – @sparrowsandsuch

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Making Of: Durable, Handmade Notebooks

Marilyn Glinka is the one-woman show behind notebook company Emgie Libris (@emgielibris). From her small studio in Philadelphia, Marilyn makes every single Emgie Libris notebook by hand, binding each one in unused denim or canvas. Through Instagram, Marilyn invites us into her studio for an inside look into her process.

"Generally speaking, I usually share completed book orders and the location they are heading to," Marilyn says. "I like to give a shout out to the awesome shop owners that I work with."

In addition to giving customers a peek inside her workshop, Instagram has also allowed Marilyn to form relationships with likeminded craftspeople. “I’ve been connected to several talented artists and designers all over the world because of Instagram,” she says.

Take a peek inside Marilyn’s studio by following @emgielibris and order a handmade notebook on her website, emgielibris.com.