I posted the above illustration on my Instagram (@brwnpaperbag) recently, but I like it so much that I had to share it here. British graphic artist Laura Knight painted these portraits that are inspired by Staffordshire Figures, a popular tchotchke for someone to have in their home.
I’m familiar with these types of things after having visited many antique stores with my mother and wooing over them. Laura explains their appeal to the blog Spitialfields Life. “They were on everybody’s mantlepiece and everybody’s dresser. They are a vivid background, deep in our memories of home. There wasn’t a kitchen without a piece of willow pattern or a mantlepiece without a piece of Staffordshire,” she says.
Do you/did you have anything like these figures growing up?
If you’re a regular reader of this blog (and I hope that you are!), then you’ve probably heard about the Collage Scrap Exchange I’m hosting with Papirmass, a mail art subscription service. In short: it’s a super fun art contest where you can make cool collage art and win awesome prizes!
This is geared towards those working in collage, but anyone is welcome to participate (as long as they are willing to follow the guidelines!)
How it works:
- Sign up to participate in the Collage Scrap Exchange (CSE) with the form below.
- After November 15, we’ll match up collage partners.
- You’ll package your scraps and mail ‘em via snail mail to your partner.
- Once you receive your collage partner’s package, make a collage using both of your scraps! Theme: New Landscapes
- Turn in your finished artwork before the February 15, 2015 deadline.
Win a prize package worth over $250!
- $125 cash prize
- 2 free subscriptions for Papirmass
- Get your work published in an issue of Papirmass!
Project theme: New Landscapes
- Sign up until November 15, 2014
- Artwork must be received by February 15, 2015
All are welcome to participate, so please pass this along to a friend! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Inspired by yesterday’s paper mask post, here are some Halloween images to get you excited for the holiday! Ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, and more. Oh my!
And… check out Katy Horan’s spooky print, Lucy, which is available in the Brown Paper Bag Print Shop. It’s based off the character of Lucy from Bram Stoker’s Dracula:
Halloween is right around the corner! So, if you haven’t figured out a costume, now is the time. Maybe you prefer to go a minimalist route and don only a mask; don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. These illustrated paper pop-up masks by Crankbunny (AKA Norma V. Toraya) are perfect! They come in three designs — a bunny, cat, and devil — and feature intricate details and implied texture. A ribbon secures the mask to your beautiful face.
Everything is made by Crankbunny. Nothing is outsourced and she does all of the designing, cutting, and assembling. The imagery is inspired by the whimsy found in vintage ephemera and mechanical toys.
There’s a lot more to see in her shop. (Via Lustik)
I’ve been a fan of Allyson Mellberg Taylor’s drawings for several years now, but only recently realized that she creates illustrative ceramics, too! Her slightly grotesque portraits have made their way onto vintage dinner plates where the subjects have pimples, two heads, and talk in leaves.
I can’t help but be reminded of the graphic novel Black Hole by Charles Burns when I look at Allyson’s work. If you aren’t familiar with that story, it’s about teenagers in the 1970’s who contract STDs and develop outlandish things such as tails and weird growths. Like these plates, the comic is slightly unnerving but undeniably alluring.