Is it fairy tale related - yes!
OK, not directly but it feels very fairy tale-y so I had to share. :) I can see these being used in fairy tale productions, in photo shoots and to give fairy tale gifts.
Here's a little info, courtesy of Anthology Magazine:
In 2008, after working for a long time as a painter and illustrator, artist Baku Maeda decided to experiment with ribbon and other soft materials to try to capture the expression and character of various types of animals. Baku continues to create new animals and design variations, and the Ribbonesia creative team now includes six individuals, including the artist.
No two pieces are exactly alike, and they are all stunning—certainly an reminder of how any material can be made into something remarkable, in the hands of an artist. To see more pieces and learn more about the studio, visit the Ribbonesia blog.
These lovely bows by Japanese company Ribbonesia are so beautifully crafted.. you don't need a gift inside the box!
Here's a closer look at a few. They look really classy here:
It appears they can tackle any form, no matter how complicated. Check out their 2012 Dragon ribbon sculpture:
They have quite a large variety (which isn't immediately obvious when you see the website). Have a look at the displays below:
Apparently sample boxes are available (for stores?) but they would make lovely little treasures on their own.
They're also advertised as being accessories: from unusual hat adornments to lapel pins.
They look lovely as wall art too:
I only wish I could read Japanese to let you know about the originators and artists involved but rather than copy a bad Babelfish translation I'll let you go to the website and have a look for yourself. I can, however, show you a couple of pictures of the talented team:
website to see tons more pictures of ribbon animals, events and the artists at work. I believe they are all handmade (!) and that Ribbonesia is currently looking for interested people to take on the craft and expand the business.
It certainly seems like the business is quickly becoming successful! Check out the fronts and window display of this department (I think) store.
They even have workshops for people to go and learn how to craft various ribbon animals, especially birds (look at the variety below). From what I can gather, it's not an easy task for the average person to reproduce most of the designs.
They're available for purchase HERE.
You can get company and product updates via Twitter for updates too.
My wish list just keeps getting longer and longer...
Originally found via SuperPunch.