Drawing, Woman and a Dog, 1935
I realize it’s been a while since I did a #TBT. Let’s change that with Christina Malman, an illustrator who produced work in the beginning half of the 20th century. Born in 1911 (or 1912), she came to New York City from England at the age of 2. She attended the Pratt Institute for college and pursued the illustration field from there.
If I could sum up Kimberlie Wong’s illustration in an image, it would be the tranquil monkey sitting on a surfboard amidst a pink abyss (below). “I was born and raised on the island of Oahu,” the recent Art Center grad tells me in an email, “and that has inspired my aesthetic which is warm, whimsical, and uses a limited color palette.” Continuing, “I love to include nature, usually a tropical feel with animals.”
Read Brown Paper Bag for any length of time and you’ll see my affinity for both paper craft and flowers. I can’t get enough! Sarah Yakawonis is the latest paper artist to catch my eye with her shop Folded Petal. Her Masterpieces series involves her replicating some of art history’s most famous flowers, like Van Gogh’s Irises, to create a 3D version of the classic painting.
1. Embroidered t-shirt by Cup of Needles
2. Mandarin duck embroidery pattern by Thread Folk x Pete Cromer
3. Ceramic dog vase by Katy Kimmel
4. Knitted fingerless gloves by NB Gloves and Mittens
5. Ceramic bird brooch by Fox in the Mist
6. Aria Tee by Boden
7. Monstera leaf zipper pouch by Mama Bleu Designs
Artist and illustrator Andrea Wan creates some of my favorite surreal art. For years, I’ve admired her paintings of people fused with botanicals and architecture. Not afraid to branch out from conventional 2D ink paintings, Andrea has translated her dreamlike sensibilities into three dimensional paper art.
Citing “worn out brushes” as one of her favorite tools, Sofia Moore paints scenes that fuse abstracted landscapes with elegant figures and animals. The imaginary places burst with color, texture, and gorgeous shape design that builds rich, dense illustrations.
Some people might get shy when talking about our bodies, but not embroidery artist Jess de Wahls. Her ongoing series called Big Swinging Ovaries features the reproductive organ stylized and turned into a motif representing female strength and empowerment. As hoop art, the shape of the ovaries are the centerpiece, and they act as chameleons. Cloaked in a variety of subject matter—including Frida Kahlo, cats, and cacti—the organ has a mind of its own. Sometimes, Jess even gives them eyes or other facial expression. But regardless of the subject matter, each piece is done in a Jess’ gorgeous, maximalist style that covers much of the surface in bright colors and textures.
The kiddos and college students have recently started their school year, but if you’re not one of them, have no fear. You can jumpstart your learning any time with online art classes from Skillshare. Last week, I announced a special offer of 2 free months of Skillshare Premium—that means you can take as many classes as you like!
I spent some time in Cleveland this past weekend, which included at trip to one of the best antique stores I’ve ever been to: Sweet Lorain. While there, I looked an impressive collection of dog statues (and ended up buying a pooch known as a spaghetti poodle), and it got me thinking about Eleonor Boström’s ceramic sculptures. I’ve long been a fan of how she marries form and function. Or, as Eleonor puts she depicts #dogsatwork. These pups are holding plant clippings, matches, and your morning cup of coffee—and they’re doing it all with a smile.