When I first accidentally discovered Ribbonesia, I thought it was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life. Simple things bring me joy but I never thought it would come from ribbons. But these aren’t just any ribbons! I realized that I’ve severely under-appreciated ribbons and didn’t give proper respect to the material until I encountered Ribbonesia.
These sculptural creations are made by Baku Maeda, who has been experimenting with ribbon and other soft materials to create a zoo of animals. You can see the hand of the artist in these, and each and every one of them is unique and remarkable. These ribbon sculptures can be small-stand alone pieces, adorn gift boxes, become a giant installation piece or be worn as an accessory.
Their website is another thing that caught my attention. The art direction and design of the site changed my perception of the ribbon from something that we can find easily around us to a piece of art. The photography is also amazing. They look like sophisticated and tastefully done portraits. The design of the website is strikingly simple and highlights the beauty of each and every ribbon sculpture. Maeda has recently published a book, The World of Ribbonesia, featuring his past and future projects.
Ribbonesia showed me that ribbons could go from a cheap $2-a-pop ready-made sticker ribbon to a stand-alone piece of art that could be appreciated and treated with care. And anything that gives me an opportunity to see things in a different way, however small that may be, is worth being called an inspiration.