If you know of Japan, you would agree that it has a reputation for… err, unusual trends. Take this new trend, where Japanese people have been going gaga over “straw art” – that is, drinking straws of different lengths and colors, curved and twisted into lifelike animals, mythical beasts and cute characters.
One of the current kings of “straw art” is a Japanese artist who goes by the pseudonym “TAO”. The artist makes all kinds of shapes and animals, but it is his dragon designs that are to die for, and a lot of Japan’s internet public are giving the artist a thumbs up. TAO also makes insect figures, and even human figures with drinking straws. Take a look at the gallery to be amazed.
Being the country that birthed origami, it is not anymore surprising to see artwork such as these come from Japan. The detailing on each art piece is amazing, and one can only imagine the effort and dedication – not to mention the skill – that the artist has to create magical pieces such as these. Again, coming also from a culture that is highly technological – robotics, and even Gundam figure hobbyists come to mind – it is also refreshing that artists can express their creativity this way, and through a medium that is very unusual. If you yourself want to get started on “straw art,” we’re posting a tutorial video at the bottom of this post.