I think pom poms are coming back (because I just saw a cool looking DIY on Pinterest). Or are they already back? Probably the latter, because Australian-based artist Louise Weaver was putting them on fake birds years ago (around 2009).
Like Karley Feaver’s assemblage taxidermied birds, Weaver adds adornment to the stuffed budgies. She crochets rainbow-colored coats and adds sequins to their plumage. She talks with about the ideas behind the work, which primarily centers around transformation. Not just physically, but through mimicry and taking on the aspects of what’s around it. Camouflage, however fabulous it may be.
INTRODUCING a new Brown Paper Bag project! Own a new mini print each month by a different artist!
So, ever since I redesigned Brown Paper Bag, I knew I wanted the header image to be more than just a brown paper bag. There are so many amazing artists and illustrators in the world (just spend some time looking in the archives) that I thought, “maybe someone else could illustrate an awesome header!”
And thus, the Header Picture Project was born. Every month, I’ll launch a new header image for the top of Brown Paper Bag by a different artist/illustrator/designer. The best part about this? You can own a mini print of the image that’s featured!
So, without further ado, here’s the inaugural illustrator for the Header Picture Project, Perrin!
The print (preorder it here):
The header image for Brown Paper Bag:
I asked her a few questions about herself and her work. To learn more, check out her website and other beautiful illustrations.
Location: Practically in Lake Erie
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? I wanted to do voice-overs for commercials.
Your profession now: Mover & Shaker; Picture-maker.
What’s your favorite thing to draw? Anything delicate & tedious, maybe beautiful, but probably weird.
What was the inspiration for this piece? I was given the blog’s namesake as a jumping off point and wanted to create a mysterious and narrative piece. I had been looking at a lot of vintage photos from the 40s and was really attracted to the fashions, colors, and styling. I knew I wanted to make something in that world.
Who is the guy with the bag on his head? Thats the mysterious part! I really hope to give the viewer room to interpret him however the story plays out in their minds. (p.s. if any viewers want to submit the answer to this question I would be keen to know what they come up with!)
How did you create your illustration? Was this any different from your regular process? I worked digitally on a Wacom tablet in ye old Photoshoppe. I built everything up in full color before desaturating all the colors in the end to mimic the appearance of an old photograph. I left a little bit of my sketch layer showing through to soften things.
and finally: Who is Blanche DuBun? Enlighten those that don’t know: WELL, she is my muse, sidekick, and furry pal. She is my pet rabbit; a real funny bunny.
I’m back from a much needed vacation and will be here in full force tomorrow. For now, let’s admire the illustrations of Teagan White, shall we? If you shop at Anthropologie or have been to a bookstore, you might have seen her work — colorful, detailed images perfect for the nature lover. From White’s website:
Her work encompasses intricate drawings of flora and fauna, playful watercolors of anthropomorphic critters, illustrated typography, and everything in between. Nature’s subtleties and reciprocal relationships between living things inspire her most, and her work typically incorporates nostalgic colors, decorative arrangements of organic forms, and meticulous detail.
Get lost in all of the beautiful bird plumage! All images via her website.
Part of White’s portfolio includes children’s book work and typography. Here are a few more pieces!
It’s been a hard week, folks (see Tuesday’s post). So, imagine how happy I am headed to Austin, Texas this weekend (it’s warmer than 30 degrees there!). As you read this, I’m probably on a plane. Yippee!
Here’s some illustrated type that I’ve seen lately and liked. I’m including illustrations + typography, and hand lettering, too. Who is your favorite typographer or letterer? Let me know!
Ulla Saar’s graphite works use a lot of expressive shading and convey the feeling of a sketch. Their combination of lack of background with written words make these drawings seem very personal, and that’s partially why I like them so much.
Her images include little sentences like, “Hell is around the corner” and “It’s not enough and it never was” on what looks like scrap paper. It’s really raw and makes me feel the type of sadness I’d feel listening to my favorite melancholy song.
All images via her Flickr.
Do you have an old typewriter? Where did you find it? Off Craiglist? Did you inherit it? If I had one, I wouldn’t let it go. Yeah, I realize it’s a novelty now, this aesthetic, but I still love it. And, people don’t use it just to make things look twee. Take Stacey Elaine Dacheux, for instance. She used her typewriter to record her life. Instead of broadcasting it all through social media, she pecked away at something older. She explains:
For the month of November, instead of waking up each morning and logging onto Facebook, I sat at the roundabout in the middle of my street, typing status updates on my typewriter from 8 am — 9 am.
There, I logged into my actual community, engaged with neighbors, reported on findings, and mailed off status updates in the traditional post.
That’s how the series the roundabout was formed. After she was done writing, she cut up what she wrote and sent it on collaged handmade postcards through the snail mail. They are what you see here. If you’re interested in reading more about Dacheux, her project was also featured in the LA Times.
Shimrit Elkanati is an Israeli illustrator whose sweet images are a tinged with a bit of cheekiness. The subdued color palette depicts stories for children and celebrates imagination. We see penguins waving at planes and giant friendly rabbits hopping from place to place.
While I like all of Elkanati’s work, I chuckled at the last two images, which features a dad who sets some bad examples, like peeing in public and obnoxiously falling asleep in the movies. Her style, however makes it not feel so tacky and actually funny.
Images via Flickr.