I’ve talked before my love for illustrated animal totems. I think, partially, it comes from a childhood fascination I had with my mom’s miniatures that she kept displayed old printer drawers. Through her online shops, Emily Rose Thomson crafts similarly tiny creatures you can hold in the palm of your hand. Sloths, camels, foxes, and more are hand-sculpted and adorned with repeating patterns and my favorite—tiny pillows and other colorful packs.
I’ve got a quick note of house-keeping: I’m phasing out my 7 illustrated product obsessions. You’ll probably see them every so often in the future, but now I’m going to dedicate Fridays to individual shops. It’ll still be an illustrated product-related day, just with more laser focus.
That being said, happy Friday! Doops Design is one of my favorite illustrated clothing shops. I love the bright colors, kooky cacti, and other bold imagery on the shirts, dresses, and tank tops.
If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, your everyday attire probably consists of puffy jackets and knitted beanies. Might I suggest another winter addition? Animal scarves by Nina Führer! The subtly playful products feature high-quality wool with one unexpected twist—at the end of each scarf is a knitted animal’s head. Cockatoos, parrots, sloths, and cats all lend their likenesses to these accessories. They also double as a clip to secure the garment into place. This way, you can arrange them to look like they’re perched on your shoulder.
Nina sells these animal scarves in her Etsy shop—just in time for some late winter fun.
1. Green Cactus LED Light by YiaMia
2. Peelin’ Myself Pin by Katie Turner
3. Polar Bear Bracelet by Liten Kanin
4. Tiger Vessel by Bonnie Hislop
5. I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss by Martha Rich for BlueQ
6. Iris Apfel Birds Socks by Happy Socks
7. Hand iPhone Case by Coucou Suzette
Don’t get me wrong… I love my Rifle Paper Co. phone case, but that case by Coucou Suzette? I’m in love.
1. MiniDogs ceramic figurines by Little Birdy
2. Wonky Floral acrylic brooch by Jo Chambers
3. Cheese Plant brooch by Hello Sunshine
4. Blue Flower Lady vase by Elizabeth Graeber
5. Black Healing Hand collar pin by Juliade Klerk
6. Big Face Hair pin by Lane Walkup
7. Gold Leather Laurel Leaf necklace by Benu Made
One of my favorite trends lately is necklaces, brooches, and rings made from kiln-fired clay. I’ve got a few pieces now and love how essentially, these are mini sculptures you’re wearing on your fingers, around your neck, or on your favorite shirt. Some makers color their jewelry with glaze while others leave their designs bone white. What style of ceramic jewelry do you like?
Fiber artist Jill Ffrench crafts felted bird sculptures that pay homage to their voluptuous plumage. Using 100% pure felt, she stitches the hand-held creatures and adheres them with embroidery thread, wire, and wax. When complete, the soft figures don ornamental long, tails, which feature a combination of layered felt and decorative stitches to produce a spectacular effect. (The detail shots are my favorite.)