Becky of Fuzzy and Flora hasn’t even opened up shop yet, but I’m excited about her hoop art. It revolves around llamas and alpacas! I love alpacas, and I have more than a few figurines sitting on my shelf that pay tribute to this member of the camel family. Becky’s homage uses needle felting to depict their fluff and embroidery to showcase beautiful blooms that they carry on their backs. I love the combination of texture between the smooth thread and felting fibers. As the two opposites complement each other, they together create a visual feast for the eyes.
Leather jackets are one of the staple pieces to have in your wardrobe. Whether they’re new or vintage, I consider them an investment. Take good care of it, and the jacket will last you years to come. To personalize these pieces, some people are painting them with gorgeous flowers or hand lettering.
Inspired by wildflowers, roootree (aka Kaori) illustrates their colorful beauty onto porcelain plates, cups, and saucers. My favorite pattern—a mixture of tall grasses and bright buds—seems undoubtedly inspired by this meadow of wildflowers. Kaori has translated the endless rows of flowers into layers of color and texture. Using a combination of tight drawing and diffused shapes, she creates the feeling of depth. It’s as if her illustrated ceramics are actually made of a field of blooms.
Kaori sells her wildflower ceramics on Etsy.
A few weeks ago, I debuted a #TBT series that’ll focus on illustration produced long ago. Next up is Lorraine Fox was an editorial illustrator whose work graced magazines, book covers, and advertisements during the mid 20th century. She was described a standout in a “field overbearingly populated by men.”
Leah Goren is an illustrator known for her awe-inspiring sketchbook. That spontaneous, painterly-style works on more than just paper, though. She’s transferred her visible, energetic brush strokes to hand-built illustrated ceramic plates and vessels. They too feel like something out of her 2D illustrations, but with these, they’ve got an added practical purpose of displaying fresh cut flowers or store your favorite rings. Personally, I wish she’d make another one of the tiger dishes.
Leah sells her one-of-a-kind ceramics in her online shop. But if ceramics aren’t your thing, Leah also has a Skillshare class called Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook.
Over two years ago, I first featured the intriguing work of Sonia Alins. Back then, she had recently completed a series called Dones d’aigua, which featured illustrations of women swimming — and sometimes struggling — among a hazy watery abyss. Sonia has recently released a continuation of these compelling vignettes that’s appropriately titled Dones d’aigua II.
I’ve featured a fair share of hoop art on Brown Paper Bag, and it generally involves embroidery thread—but not for crafter Olga Prinku. Rather, she’s reimagined this popular format with her floral wreath weavings. Using a tulle (or mesh) fabric, Olga places small blooms—both fresh cut and dried—into artful arrangements. They compose half crescent shapes around the circles in a variety of different-sized flowers, leaves, and berries.
This week, I’ve shared vibrant portraits celebrating women of color and strong females kicking the shins of the patriarchy. Let’s cap off this week with the work of Rachel Ignotofsky, who recently released a poster depicting Female Activists Throughout History. “These women have fought, organized, and protested the inequality they saw around them,” Rachel explains. “This poster celebrates how they helped to create a better future. I hope this illustration inspires you to use your own unique voice to resist and fight injustice.” Half of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the ACLU in your name.
I first met Hayley Powers Thornton-Kennedy when I visited the MFA Illustration Practice program (MFA ILP) as a guest critic and lecturer. In their cozy, well-lit studio, she showed me a selection of signage she had created for the Women’s March on January 21. I was instantly attracted to the bold illustrations and, above all, imagery featuring strong female figures. I had the opportunity to talk to Hayley more about her work, both in person and via email. The conversation and her illustrations seem especially fitting for today’s International Women’s Day and A Day Without Women.
Last summer, Jess Phoenix wowed me with her vibrant blooms. And, she was a hit on Brown Paper Bag, too; her beautiful bouquets were one of the most popular posts of 2016. Jess has just finished another gorgeous series called Queens that builds off of flowers and incorporates illustrated women and cats.