Cari Vander Yacht writes, growing up in Oregon, she developed as a “loud nerd that drew dragons,” later entering the advertising field as a graphic designer. Like a super hero, Cari has a double life. She designs and art directs by day and paints at night.
She takes on some commercial jobs and commissions, and also shows as a gallery artist. In that setting, she’s made masks, bling, and silk prints.
All images via her website.
Did you know I have 10+ houseplants in my 1 bedroom apartment? Is that crazy? I have plans to buy more this summer, too! So, I’m on the lookout for more interesting planters and vases. I came across Atelier Stella’s Tumblr via Pinterest (I have a major love affair with this site), and fell in love with her handmade ceramics.
The vases and planters are given faces and have their own personality– a quiet smile, sassy hands on hips, and sleepy faces adorn Stella’s work.
You can buy her work from her Etsy shop. Sadly, as I write this, everything is sold out until the middle of March. You can sign up for the Atelier Stella mailing list to get the word when she’s about list new stock.
All images via her Tumblr.
Rachel Levit is a recent graduate of Parsons School of Design. She uses gouache to create her illustrations, my favorites being her solitary portraits shown here. I love the sense of loneliness she’s captured, as well as her color palette. All images via her blog and her website.
Rachel also does some sculptural work. Her Botany series was featured in the latest American Illustration.
I’m not really a bat lover. I know that some people find them cute, but me? Not so much. I also don’t find rodents cute, either. (Sorry I’m not sorry.)
BUT, I will make an exception for the Etsy shop Cretur Fetur. Leticia Rocha-Zivadinovic is the shop owner and artist behind these mammals, which are created using needle felting. Leticia describes the process on her website, writing:
Needle felting is a sculptural technique invented at some point in or around the 80’s, a spinoff of industrial dry felting. It works by poking wool repeatedly with a specially barbed needle, which makes the fibers lock together and increases the density of the fiber. You can make 2D appliqué embellishments like this, or you can build upon it sculpturally by adding more and more wool, manipulating the shape by poking more here and less there and/or adding a little more wool in places. It’s really easy to pick up on, easy to fix mistakes, intuitive and flexible.
The Cretur Fetur shop has included brooches of bats, hairpins featuring tiny axolotls, and other creatures like anteaters and birds. Adorable.