After taking a week off, it’s nice to return to The Color Series. Unfamiliar with what that is? Over the past several weeks, I’ve chronicled illustration, embroidery, and sketchbooks that overwhelmingly use one color in their compositions. (If you’ve missed my previous picks, check out blue, pink, green.) Now, helping to round this series out are purple illustrations.
Brown Paper Bag is taking a short break from July 17 to July 21.
If you’re reading this, I’m probably on vacation in California! I’m determined to unplug while I’m there—easier said than done. I’ll be back on Monday, July 24 with a continuation of The Color Series. Have a great week!
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1. Azylis zippered pouch by Manuella Gonzalez
2. A wild bouquet hoop art by Katy Biele
3. Creature of the Night locket by Bonbi Forest
4. Seduction sculpture by Janice Chang
5. Fern print napkins by Bonnie Kaye Studio
6. Stackable succulent terrarium rings by Star Strung
7. Custom portrait pillow by camelotia
Last year, illustrator Rachel Jo gave herself an assignment. “I decided to challenge myself to do a painting a day for a month in November 2016 to really get my style to show some consistency,” she tells me in an email. “The proportions of my figures were really wonky and my color palette was all over the place.” The 30 days were “difficult but rewarding,” and it’s been a big help in her current endeavors and overall career.
When I first came upon the embroideries of Lauren Singleton, aka YesStitchYes, my immediate thought was, “They look painterly!” Her style, with elongated leaves and petals, remind me of graceful brush strokes rather than lines poked with a needle. Paired with script-style text, this hoop art has a breezy, carefree style to it—one I don’t often see in embroidery.
Another Monday, another edition of The Color Series! Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve picked illustration and crafts where one color dominates the rest (in a good way, of course) in composition and form. So far, we’ve seen tranquil blue and pink reverie. Now, it’s time for green embroidery and green illustrations.
1. Bronze llama necklace by Dawning Collective
2. July butterflies pattern PDF by Sarah K. Benning
3. Tiger and lily hand-embroidered top by Sam Eldridge
4. Fan palm gold pin by Hemleva
5. Spring-inspired tote bag by Sylvie Demers
6. Safari by Vogue temporary tattoo by Tattly
7. Dish with woman by Carola Josefa
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In Philadelphia, there’s an exhibition at the Paradigm Gallery on embroidery and contemporary fabric work that’s a must see. Called Stitched: Part II, it features 16 artists who make use of these techniques in a variety of ways. Their individual imagery differs, but they are all constructed (in part) with a needle and thread.
Bralettes are en vogue, and I am here for it. One of my favorite iterations of this trend is the embroidered bralette, which combines intricate stitching with delicate, sheer fabrics. Emily Parkinson of Birds & Beestings has an illustrative take on this type of intimate. She stitches entire scenes that extend across the chest. Her small but striking collection features embroidered prickly cacti (previously), spotted fungi, jade snakes, and the art of Henri Rousseau.
Last Monday, I started The Color Series, in which I select illustrations, paper craft, and embroidery that overwhelming utilize one hue in their compositions. First up was blue with its tranquility and melancholy on full display. Now, I’m featuring pink; the color of beautiful blooms and cotton candy.