My creative products picks are taking a pause this week, because I’ve recently become enamored with the Keds x Rifle Paper Co. shoe collection; I felt I had to share. Combining beautiful blooms with comfy sneakers, illustrator Anna Bond adds a touch of fancy to the casual kicks. My favorite pair, of course, is completely embroidered—but I’m also partial to the high tops in metallic gold.
This week, I’ve been enamored with artwork and illustrations where small elements make up a spectacular whole. On Tuesday, I shared the meticulous cut paper work of Margaret Scrinkl, who uses a combination of scissors and an X-ACTO knife to achieve fine details. Brannon Addison of Happy Cactus Designs does the same thing with a needle and thread. Her tiny embroidery features a host of beautiful blooms, from five petal plants to leafy ferns. After finishing a piece, Brannon usually frames it.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love true crime. Documentaries, long form articles, podcasts… it’s the type of stories I enjoy consuming in my free time. So, imagine my delight when I was introduced to a book that combined illustration and true crime. Called Women Who Kill, it’s written by Anna Davies and illustrated by Sarah Tanat-Jones.
1. Opal Eye Ring by Gem Blue
2. Embroidered cat patch by Papio Press
3. Bee and beetle crop top by Dogbreath Apparel
4.Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson (on Brown Paper Bag)
5. Floral patterned canvas clutch by Esther Sandler
6. Hanging plant keychain by Idlewild
7. Cactus stripe throw pillow by The Ahlgren Collage
Lars Book Club Poster, featuring a quote by Mary Going from In the Company of Women, by Grace Bonney
The animated GIF made its debut to the world in 1987, but it remains even more relevant today. It’s common, especially for illustrations that live only on the web, that they have a motion-based element to them. Libby VanderPloeg is one of my favorite illustrators using this format to enhance her work.
It’s the last in my installment of The Color Series! After five weeks of chronicling work that utilizes blue, pink, green, purple, and gray, the series has come to its natural conclusion. For this final week, let’s explore the rich world of brown illustrations, embroidery, and paper craft.
1. Little house brooch by Nastia Sleptsova
2. Autumn leaf embroidered necklace by Itty Bitty Bunnies
3. Leaf vinyl backpack by Mirage
4. Bee embroidered coin purse by Zana Products
5. Potted cactus felt border by Sweet Chic Mercerie
6. Olive’s Garden tee by Doops Design
7. White dreamer cat mug by Barruntando
Illustration is everywhere ya’ll, even in places you wouldn’t suspect. For those with limited mobility, it affords them an opportunity to express themselves. Izzy Wheels is a shining example of this; they adorn wheel spokes with color and patterning to bring another dimension to otherwise ordinary chairs.