Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions

Illustrated Product Obsessions, July 29

1. Pretzel Share Necklace by Rachel Pfeffer Designs
2. Woodland Bird Pouch by The Blue Rabbit House
3. Free as a Bird Enamel Pin by Frolik
4. Winking Eye Pillowcases by Pink Top
5. Menagerie Oven Mitt by Donna Wilson
6. Houseplant the Idea Glass Set by Modcloth
7. Hidden Dragon Top by Gorman

I don’t have much to say because I’m currently watching Stranger Things and I need to know what happened to Barb. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Ceramics, Illustrated products

Illustrative Ceramics Tell the Charming Stories of Everyday People

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Illustrator, ceramicist, and canary keeper Polly Fern follows in the long historical tradition of adorning clay with pictures. Her colorful vases, plates and bowls feature everyday scenes: a table set with a long baguette; men and women digging holes among the trees; and people riding on horses. They tell short stories—perhaps of not the most glamorous lives, but ones that are filled with people, pets, and good food. It all sounds lovely to me!

Polly sells her ceramics through her online shop.

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Ceramics by Polly Fern

Illustrated products

Collage Techniques, in Leather: Stylish Appliqué Bags by Timrose

Timrose applique leather bags

Yesterday, I raved about the cut-paper creations of Ultralazer, an artistic duo that utilizes the medium to produce flattened castles and landscapes. Timrose is another creative working with the same type of bold shapes in stylized ways—but instead of paper, it’s pieces of leather. The material—clad in pink, silver, and textured greens—forms tropical leaves that are stitched over the flap of the structured bags.

Sleek and stylish, the accessories are part of Timrose’s collection called Road To Hana. It was made in collaboration with jewelry design Fruzsi Petró and inspired by collages and outsider art—seeing them, I can’t help but be reminded of Henri Rousseau‘s paintings.

They illustrative bags are currently available through Timrose’s online shop.

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose applique leather bags

Timrose

Paper Craft

Intricate Cut Paper Castles You Can Hold in the Palm of Your Hand

Ultralazer cut paper

I’ve never been to It’s a Small World in Disneyland, but I’ve always admired Mary Blair’s version that features stylized buildings constructed out of simple, colorful shapes. It’s this aesthetic that instantly drew me to the cut-paper works of Ultralazer, a collaborative project from two France-based makers named Maxence and Pauline.

Together, Maxence and Pauline create playful scenes that you can hold in the palm of your hand. I’m partial to their castles, but nature scenes are common, too. Regardless of the landscape, each is crafted with a stunning attention to detail.

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

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Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Textiles

Embroideries Transform Ordinary Clothes into Wearable Works of Art

Ellie Mac embroidery

Photo credit: @mercedesmac

Another week, another embroidery artist! Similar to Tessa Perlow‘s bold upcycled garments, Ellie Mac adorns jackets and sweatshirts with beautiful florals, leaves, and graceful winged creatures. Sometimes, she stitches directly onto clothing, while other pieces include patches that are affixed to fabric.

My favorite thing about Ellie’s pieces is her use of iridescent thread. It catches the eye, adding some unexpected glitz to the designs.

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Photo credit: @off____white

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Ellie Mac embroidery

Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions

Illustrated Product Obsessions

1. Brass Beetle Collar Brooches by Tick Tack Tick
2. Dainty Daisy Pizza Pin by Jordan Sondler for Valley Cruise Press
3. Zadie Hand Bookends by Kate Spade New York
4. Cat Skeleton Necklace by J. Topolski
5. Cactus and Martini Hanging Mirrors by McKean Studio
6. Japanese Choku Botan Karakusa by Readymade Objects Shop
7. Scare Bear Printed Clutch by Jade Clark and Allison Bamcat

One of the biggest stories this week—in illustration news—was that clothing brand ZARA stole Tuesday Bassen‘s designs. When she and her lawyer approached them, the company’s response was that she’s not famous enough to matter. The story went viral and Tuesday has received a ton of support, garnering the attention of Buzzfeed, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post. ZARA eventually commented on the matter and suspended the stolen designs from sale.

Tuesday is still fighting this battle, but one of the best things to come out of it—aside from the massive attention and her new, aggressive lawyer—is that Adam J. Kurtz set up a shop to support the artists whose work has been stolen by these type of big companies. Buy the true designs and see for yourself just how shameless the unauthorized reproductions are.

Textiles

Upcycled Clothing Given New Life with Large, Tactile Embroideries

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Tessa Perlow embroiders garments with bold flowers, turning ordinary tank tops and t-shirts into something spectacular. The up-cycled fashions are in keeping with the long tradition of cultures who adorn their clothing with decorative stitches. These pieces recall hints of beautiful Oaxaca dresses, but with a modern twist as blooms freely flow down and across the body.

You can buy Tessa’s handiwork in her Etsy shop. Follow her on Instagram for works in progress!

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroidery by Tessa Perlow

Embroideries by Tessa Perlow

Illustrated products

A Little Paint Transforms Old Gloves into Cosmic Spirit Animals

Painted gloves by Bunnie Reiss

I know I was just raving about leather bags that celebrate the summer, but these specially-painted gloves by artist Bunnie Reiss are too good to pass up. They’re recycled accessories that, with her help, are given a new life. “My Cosmic Animal Gloves are one of my favorite on-going projects where I get to play with the idea of old and new, symmetry and our strange connection to the cosmic world of spirit animals,” she explains. They feature intricate marks and vintage-inspired patterns whose arrangements will make you contemplate the delicate balance between nature and the human world.

Bunnie sells these gloves! She asks that you contact her directly about it.

Cosmic Animal Gloves by Bunnie Reiss

Cosmic Animal Gloves by Bunnie Reiss

Cosmic Animal Gloves by Bunnie Reiss

Cosmic Animal Gloves by Bunnie Reiss

Cosmic Animal Gloves by Bunnie Reiss

Cosmic Animal Gloves

Illustrated products

Bold Citrus Bags are a Chic Celebration of Summer

la-lisette-5When it comes to summer accessories—or any seasonal adornments—there’s a fine line between chic and cheesy. If you’re too literal, it can be read as silly. La Lisette is an example of where the colors and motifs of the warm-weather months work together to produce fun-yet-exquisite bags. With fruit and tropical leaves as inspiration, the pieces feature fine leather detailing whose patterns and shapes are informed by orange and watermelon slices. The surface design recalls these foods, but doesn’t go overboard—it also works as abstract, vibrant patterning.

La Lisette sells these and other fun accessories on Etsy. The Monstera leaf bag is on my “must have” list!

Bag by La Lisette

Bag by La Lisette

Bag by La Lisette

Bag by La Lisette

Bag by La Lisette

Bag by La Lisette

Bags by La Lisette

Painting

Bold and Beautiful Watercolor Paintings of Tropical Plants

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Big, bold, and beautiful—that’s how I describe the work of Jenny Kiker, aka Living Pattern. Her watercolor paintings feature the striking leaves of plants like Monstera deliciosa, Valley Oak, and good ole ferns. To create these pieces, Jenny says that her process “starts with a combination of drawing from observation and imagination,” letting the leaf (or leaves) inform “where the line wants to go and how it wants to feel.” The results showcase the exquisite subtleties of these plants as well as the color achieved from watercolor paint.

Jenny sells her work through her website, but be sure to follow her on Instagram for frequent botanical inspiration!

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

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Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

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Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Plant paintings by Living Pattern

Plant paintings by Living Pattern