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The Art of Typewriter Sculpture with @jeremymayer

To see more photos and videos of Jeremy’s typewriter sculptures, follow @jeremymayer on Instagram.

Inside his studio in Oakland, California, artist Jeremy Mayer (@jeremymayer) transforms typewriters into majestic mythological beings. His most recent completed commission is a sculpture of the Greek titaness Theia that is over 7 feet tall (2.21 meters) and made entirely of components from 40 different typewriters. “I don’t solder, glue, weld or wire the parts together,” says Jeremy. “I use only screws, nuts, pins and springs to assemble the sculpture in the same manner that the typewriter was held together.”

The painstakingly detailed process to create a full-scale human figure requires more than a year of Jeremy’s time. “I spend countless hours trying to figure out how to put this stuff together,” he says. “Doing an accurate likeness of a person hurts my brain. Hurts so good, though. There’s a lot of trial and error. I’m done when it creeps me out, or if I walk into the studio and the sculpture startles me because it looks like someone is standing there.”

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Follow the Pen of @shantell_martin

To see more of Shantell’s life and work, follow @shantell_martin on Instagram.

Blank canvases were once intimidating for the artist Shantell Martin (@shantell_martin), whose black-and-white work travels across surfaces from crisp white shirts to refrigerator doors. “I used to worry, ‘what if I make a mistake?’” she says. “Then I realized that it’s all a big mistake. You just have to enjoy it.”

Shantell’s advice for artists who are facing the beginning of a project is simple: “Just follow the pen and hope that the pen knows where it’s going.”

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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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Exploring Colors and Geometry with @stellamariabaer

To see more of Stella’s work and be a part of her creative process, follow @stellamariabaer on Instagram.

Stella Maria Baer (@stellamariabaer) grew up immersed in the tones and shapes of New Mexico’s high mountain desert. Her recent works, which explore color, geometry and the human form, reflect Stella’s upbringing in the American Southwest. “I tend to gravitate toward particular colors for a period of time, both in my paintings and in my life in general,” she says. “My Instagram feed maps the ebb and flow of my relationship with color.”

Instagram for Stella is not just about bringing people into her studio. She explains, “It’s become its own medium for me—a collage of things I make, places I travel and people’s interactions with what I create.” Stella seeks to inspire others with her work, but has also connected with other women artists who, she says, “inspire me daily to seek out what it is that I am uniquely meant to make.”

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In the Artist’s Studio with @alexkeha

For more photos from Alexandra, follow @alexkeha on Instagram.

“I grew up surrounded by rugs,” says Argentina wool artist Alexandra Kehayoglou (@alexkeha). When Alexandra’s Greek grandparents immigrated to Argentina, they brought the tradition of rug and carpet making with them. This heritage helped to shape Alexandra’s artistic identity. “I realized that the knowledge of rugs I had was in my genes. Using it as an artist became inevitable.”

Alexandra’s art depicts landscapes, and she finds creative inspiration from her childhood garden. She explains, “The style that I’ve created is an abstraction of landscapes from my country. I would like everyone that looks at my pieces to feel that they are entering a new context. The pieces are big and feel infinite. They are meant to be portals that have the power of taking you where your memories are.”

For Alexandra, Instagram is a creative journal for her work. “I’ll record my days inside the factory where I work, or moments that bring inspiration. Instagram allows you to dive deeper into moments that are commonly missed.”

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In the Artist’s Studio with @javicalleja

To see more of Javier’s work, follow @javicalleja on Instagram.

"I really hope I can make someone smile every day," says Spanish artist Javier Calleja (@javicalleja), who lives and works in Málaga. Javier’s bright, whimsical creations take the form of drawings, paintings and occasionally sculpture.

Since joining Instagram a year ago, Javier’s built a community around his playful, surreal aesthetic. “As an artist, Instagram gives me the opportunity to share my work around the world,” Javier explains. But Javier’s use of Instagram goes deeper, and he uses the platform to engage with his fans. “I’ll do art just for Instagram,” he says. “It’s a great testing ground.”

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The Penny-Sized Illustrations of @samlarson

To see more photos of both Sam’s normal-sized and minuscule work, follow @samlarson on Instagram.

"I gather my inspiration from the American West," says Sam Larson (@samlarson), a 25-year-old Wisconsin native now working as a freelance artist in Carlsbad, California. “I like to get out into the mountains and desert whenever possible.” On Instagram, Sam shares his western-themed creations, which often take the form of tiny, penny-sized drawings.

Sam attributes his rekindled interest in illustration to Instagram. In 2013, after a five-year hiatus from art, “I started doing one drawing a night to post on Instagram. It was an exercise that held me accountable, and the encouragement helped keep me going.”

"Instagram has allowed me to make new friends, travel to places I didn’t know existed, share my art and so much more," says Sam. "I hope to inspire people to pick up a pen, or to embark on some type of adventure."

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In the Artist’s Studio: Watching @wolfbat’s Carvings Come to Life

To see more photos of Dennis’s work—and the work of people who inspire him—follow @wolfbat on Instagram.

Under his art moniker Wolfbat (@wolfbat), New York City-based artist Dennis McNett uses Instagram to share the process behind his huge, intricate wood cuts and sculptures.

"Everything I do is hand carved with a chisel," says Dennis. While sometimes it’s hard to capture in a photo, "I try to show the process from start to finish to give a better idea of what people are looking at when viewing my work. It’s also fun to show some of the big sculptures I make for performance, which are then burned afterwards."

Dennis first heard about Instagram from his interns, he says. “They kept talking about it and encouraged me to join.” After signing up, however, his captivating wood cuts and sculptures—which take the form of Viking ships, dragons and other mythical creatures—quickly found an audience.

The Instagram community is also a source of inspiration. “I use Instagram to share my work,” which Dennis says is strongly influenced by the imagery of the early 80s skating and punk rock scene, “but also to see other peoples work and share things that inspire me.”

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In the Artist’s Studio with @LoganMaxwellHagege

"My influences are both modern and traditional," says Logan Hagege (@loganmaxwellhagege), a Los Angeles-based artist who documents the creation of his boldly colored paintings on Instagram. “My work that focuses on the American West is done in a style that I feel shows my modern influences as well as my respect of the past.”

Since joining Instagram shortly after purchasing his first iPhone two years ago, Logan’s been using his mobile phone to bring friends, fans and collectors into his studio.

"I enjoy sharing the process of working on paintings over several weeks, and sometimes several months," says Logan. "I live this odd existence, making a living as an artist. I hope sharing some of my life gives a little more insight into what it means to be an artist."

When traveling the US for shows, Logan often draws inspiration from his surroundings, sharing the experience through Instagram: “While out on the road I’ve often thought to myself ‘I wish my friends could see this.’ Instagram now serves as my vehicle to share some of the mind blowing things that I see with a larger audience.”

More broadly, Logan has also found Instagram inspiring creativity in his non-artist friends. “I think it is really interesting how Instagram has allowed millions to start to look at things in an artistic way, whether they are artists or not. I’ve seen such interesting photos from random friends that most likely wouldn’t have existed if not for Instagram.”

Follow Logan on Instagram for a peek into his studio and to follow him on his travels: @loganmaxwellhagege.

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Melding Heavy Metal and Fine Art with @BenVenom

"I’m interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society," Ben Venom (@benvenom) writes in his artist statement. In repurposing discarded denim and old heavy metal t-shirts into quilts of painfully exacting detail, Venom questions and challenges his audience’s conception of fine art.

"My current body of work is directly inspired from the Gees Bend quilt exhibition I saw at the de Young Museum (@deyoungmuseum) in 2006,” says Ben. “I was blown away by the attention to design, craft, and handiwork by women from a very rural region in the American South not to far from where I grew up. They did not have a lot of materials at their disposal and would use recycled denim jeans, blankets, and fabric scrapes to construct some really amazing work.”

Ben cultivates an even deeper appreciation for his craft through Instagram by bringing people into his studio and documenting his process. “For me Instagram operates as a timeline that visually displays the progression of my art and life. I tend to post works in progress and occasionally finished pieces to give the viewer an idea of how the work has progressed.”

Join Ben Venom in his studio as he continues to explore the intersection between heavy metal and fiber arts by following him on Instagram, @benvenom.