For U.S. folks, Mother’s Day is just around the corner—May 14. But, there’s still time to buy your mom a special gift. If you’re looking for a present that’s centered around illustration, I’ve got you covered. Here are 15 creative Mother’s Day gift ideas, all available through Etsy. And if you’re looking for everyday playful illustrated products, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to them!
Last year, Isa Beniston wowed me with her playful clothing that looked like the pages of a sketchbook. She’s been busy since then; through her retail line called Gentle Thrills, she’s released her most recent collection for spring, the aptly-named Get Sprung. Here, Isa branches out from hand-painted clothing and includes revamped vintage and military surplus pieces into her one-of-a-kind garments. They’re adorned with embroidery based on her own drawings, and the colorful additions add a contemporary look and feel to these upcycled pieces.
This time of year, painted eggs are a popular way to celebrate spring and Easter. What comes to my mind is the egg dye kits you used to get from the grocery story. You’d use a crayon to mask the area you wanted to keep white and then dip the egg and hope it looked good. Most of it was left up to chance.
The longer that Society6 is around, the more practical products it carries. (Years ago, I bought a shower curtain that I still use!) And I’m continually impressed with how they offer illustrators the opportunity to sell their work through products other than prints. One of their latest offerings is comfy seating—floor pillows! Available in square or round shapes, they’re perfect for making a cozy reading nook. Or, if you’ve got a large furry friend, it could be a fancy bed.
Remember last week when I was declaring my obsession for planters? Cumbuca Chic is another online shop that makes my list. Brazilian artist Priscilla Ramos is the woman behind these cute animal planters, which feature foxes, whales, sloths, and even tiny capybara. Each is adorned with a combination of shiny glaze that’s offset by the matte stoneware. I like this combination—it offers a nice visual contrast that proves that sometimes, minimalism can say as much as heavy decoration.
I’ve become something of a planter collector—especially those illustrative that are in nature. I recently filled a (similar) Beardbangs planter with a small succulent, as well as a bikini clad pot from Group Partner. And, I backed this self-watering pot on Kickstarter! Maybe collector isn’t the right word. Obsessed?
The Yarn Kitchen, with its felted animal planters, is next on my list for my collection. Online purveyor Stella Melgrati creates adorable animal-head pots that are perfect for air plants or succulents. Best of all, her planters come in 28 different colors, because, she says, “love is a rainbow.”
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.
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.
It’s been two years since I last shared the three-dimensional illustrations of Bozka Rydlewska (aka Bozka). Back in 2015, she had recently started her foray into pop-up and tunnel books. They focused specifically on botany and were (and still are!) exquisite in their depiction of natural of beauty. Since then, Bozka has continued her work in multiple dimensions and created a 3D puzzle that’s under the sea.