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Sara Barnes

Illustrated products

Rifle Paper Co. And Keds Created Snazzy Sneakers with a Springtime Twist

Rifle Paper Co x Keds Shoes

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.

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Tiny Embroidered Flowers Burst into Spontaneous Arrangements

Tiny embroidery by Happy Cactus

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.

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Illustrated Books

Book Review | ‘Women Who Kill’ Illustrates 19 Female Murderers Throughout History

Women Who Kill illustrated by Sarah Tanat Jones

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.

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Illustration, Interview

Libby VanderPloeg’s Love of Cooking Leads to a Career in Animated GIFs

Libby Vanderploeg illustration

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.

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