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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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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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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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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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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPthemakingof

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s prompt was #WHPthemakingof, which asked participants to roll up their sleeves and capture videos of things made by hand. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Rekindling Creativity Through Sculpture with @skl0_

To see more of Sam’s creative endeavors, both sculptural and beyond, follow @skl0_ on Instagram.

“My earlier work was mostly based on self-taught design and street installations with wheat paste and stencils,” explains Singapore artist Sam Lo (@skl0_), whose photos showcase the diversity of her creative interests. “But lately I have fallen in love with sculpting, tattoos, watercolor and the aerosol can all over again.”

“My love for sculpting started just a little under a year ago,” she says. “I hit a creative drought and was looking for a medium I could really connect to as an artist.” Sculpting has exposed Sam to new sources of inspiration—like the world of designer toys—but has also come with another benefit: “I find the whole process really meditative.”

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Radical Self-Expression at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City

To view more photos and videos from Black Rock City, explore the Burning Man location page, browse the #BM2014 hashtag and follow @missjessrose on Instagram.

“It’s way more than you can imagine,” says Jessica Rose Yurasek (@missjessrose), describing Black Rock City, the site of the annual Burning Man festival. Each year, a global tribe of artists, makers and performers converge in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, birthing a pop-up city of more than 60,000 “Burners” and their acts of radical self-expression.

In contrast to an inhospitable physical terrain, which ranges from scorching heat to torrential rain, Jessica sees Black Rock City as an inspirational place of generosity and creativity. The weeklong gathering culminates with the burning of a towering wooden effigy known at “the Man,” and then disperses, taking care to leave no trace in the desert.

“If we as humanity can build this,” she says, “then I have hope for our future.”

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Geeking Out with Comic Book Sculptors @shiflettbros

For more photos of stunning creatures from the world of fantasy and comics, follow @shiflettbros on Instagram.

“Sculpt what you love” has been the life-long philosophy of artists Jarrod and Brandon Shiflett (@shiflettbros)—and the self-described “comic book nerds” are making their living doing just that.

“Jarrod and I started sculpting about 20 years ago because of a mutual love of comic books,” says Brandon. “We wanted to see our favorite comic book characters in three dimensions.”

The Texas brothers’ joint Instagram account showcases some of the most impressive pieces in their collection, ranging from favorite comics characters to many of their own fantastical creations.

"Comics are huge in scope, and we felt like they try to say some really profound things about the human struggle," says Jarrod. "These stories are modern day myths and legends for us."

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Xu Bing’s Phoenix at St. John the Divine

To see more photos from Xu Bing’s Phoenix at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, explore the St. John the Divine location page and browse the #xubing hashtag.

For the duration of 2014, the artist Xu Bing’s Phoenix—a pair of majestic, glittering sculptures made of refuse and debris—can be viewed at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. “My Phoenix uses the lowliest materials of labor to adorn itself with beauty and self-respect,” Xu says.

Before coming to St. John the Divine, the work has been displayed in venues such as the Today Art Museum in Beijing and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (@massmoca). Soaring amongst the carved wood and stained glass of the cathedral, the sculptures take on a sacred quality. “It creates a unique visual and spiritual landscape for the public,” Xu says, “a landscape that I believe is capable of transporting us to an entirely new place. The splendor that underlies the phoenixes and the splendor that underlies the cathedral shine off of one another, creating a space of massive tension that moves every one of us.”

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Making Art out of Waste with El Anatsui

To see more photos and videos from El Anatsui’s sculptures, explore the Bass Museum of Art location page and browse the #elanatsui hashtag on Instagram.

Ghana sculptor El Anatsui finds inspiration in the waste caused by modern consumption. He creates colorful wall sculptures out of discarded aluminum bottle caps, seals and labels produced by local distilleries in Nigeria, where he’s lived for most of his career.

El Anatsui’s current exhibit, Gravity and Grace, features twelve monumental sculptures on show at Miami’s Bass Museum of Art (@bassmuseumofart).

Next, the exhibit will be installed in other institutions across the United States, each time with a unique approach: El Anatsui encourages those installing the pieces to influence them by squeezing, stretching or reshaping the sculptures to best fit the space and context.