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.
Collage artists, have you signed up for the Collage Scrap Exchange yet? It’s a fun, creative art contest where you can win awesome prizes! I’ve partnered with Papirmass to offer this.
The premise is simple: bundle some of your favorite scraps and send them to your partner — another collage artist. They’ll ship their scraps to you, and the two of you will have a whole new set of materials to experiment and play with! Then, make artwork that fuses both of your unique pieces. Learn more about prizes here! Anyone and anywhere is eligible to sign up and win.
So, what makes a good set of scraps to exchange? Here’s a collection of my own, diagramed:
- Magazine photographs (like these colorful flowers!)
- Hand-painted papers of pre-cut shapes (such as hands)
- Photographs of people you don’t know
- Scraps from your latest printmaking project
- Kraft paper (or other conventional papers)
- Airbrushed experiments
- Interesting shapes cut out from papers
- Patterned papers (like scrapbook pages)
- Hand-painted paper with ink lines on them
When you package your scraps, think about a variety of things to offer. Maybe it’s a bunch of multi-colored papers, or a lot of different textures. Either way, compile a collection that you’d like to receive and I’m sure your partner will appreciate it!
Ever since I made a repeating pattern this week, I’ve been jonesing to make some more! So, here are 10 of ‘em as inspiration. You can see that there are all different subject matters, illustrative styles, and color combinations possible; but clearly, florals are my personal favorite.
If you want to learn about how to make a repeat pattern (without a computer), check out this tutorial by Julia Rothman on Design Sponge. I thought that it was pretty easy to do!
Ya’ll. Ever since Lisa sent me the link to Mirdinara Kitchen, I’ve been admiring the entire line of tea towels. They are designed by illustrator Dinara Mirtalipova and are inspired by her ethnic background and folklore (she’s originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan). You can see the influence in her visual language; the style of flowers and women with babushkas are definitely of a certain world.
Mirdinara Kitchen believes that cooking together stimulates healthy relationships to food — it shows the joy that comes with preparing a meal. Kids, especially, benefit from being involved in food preparation. They explain, “Through the stories we share about cooking together we are aiming to inspire our readers [they have a blog] to rather try and learn new recipes, than purchase processed food.”
Gorgeous! You can buy them here.