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Illustrator, Paper Craft, Sculpture

Isobelle Ouzman Transforms Discarded Books into Sculptural Illustrations

Isobelle Ouzman
Dis­carded books have found a new life with the work of Iso­belle Ouz­man. Her intri­cate, sculp­tural illus­tra­tion carve into the pub­li­ca­tions’ pages, cre­at­ing mys­ti­cal land­scapes that tell a whole new story—separate from the book’s orig­i­nal tale. Many of her com­po­si­tions fea­ture pen and ink draw­ings, but some­times she’ll accent areas with water­color paints.

Ouz­man sells her altered books through her Etsy shop. She occa­sion­ally takes com­mis­sions, too. Wouldn’t this be per­fect for the book lover in your life?
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Paper Craft, Sculpture

Beautifully Delicate Paper Flowers and Insects by Woodlucker


Ann Wood and Dean Lucker are the duo behind Wood­lucker, a stu­dio that cre­ates inter­ac­tive mechan­i­cal sculp­tures and botan­i­cal paper cre­ations. I’ve been on a paper flower kick for a while now, so that’s what I was instantly drawn to when look­ing at their beau­ti­ful Insta­gram.  Each petal, wing, and stem is crafted with care, and this atten­tion to detail is evi­dent in every facet of the work, includ­ing the tiny brush strokes that adorn paper’s surface.

If you’re local to Min­neapo­lis, you can visit the Wood­lucker stu­dio and see these gor­geous pieces in per­son. They open their work space to the pub­lic at least a cou­ple of times a year. Find out more here. Oth­er­wise, admire them from afar, just like me! (H/T Per­rin)







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New Plush Dolls by Cat Rabbit are Based on Recent Trip to Japan

Cat Rabbit

Sep­tem­ber is one of my favorite months. Not just because of the cooler tem­per­a­tures, but because it’s my birth­day, too! (I sus­pect that many peo­ple chose their birth­day month as their favorite, too.) First on my gift wish list? These plush dolls by Cat Rab­bit (pre­vi­ously)! They are totally adorable and the detail­ing is, as always, impressive—especially with the small accessories.

All of these char­ac­ters were cre­ated for Cat Rabbit’s show Return to Twin­kle Plaza at the Brisbane-based Outré Gallery, which is based on her recent trav­els. “I used mate­ri­als and sup­plies that I sourced in all of those amaz­ing craft stores you find every­where in Japan,” she writes on her blog,  “includ­ing wool from bricoleurs in Sap­poro and lovely tra­di­tional fab­ric from Nip­pori Fab­ric Town.”

If you’re local check out Cat Rabbit’s show until Sep­tem­ber 7. Buy works from the show on the Outré Gallery web­site.







Illustrated products, Sculpture

These are the Cutest 3D-Printed Characters You’ll See Today


Aren’t these the cutest? I think I’m in love. Melbourne-based MIMAW (short for Micro.Macro.Workshop) cre­ated these char­ac­ter bowls, which dou­ble as delight­ful pen­cil hold­ers and planters. They have 3D-printed bod­ies and hand-painted details (like those smil­ing faces!). MIMAW uses biodegrad­able PLA (Poly Lac­tic Acid), which is used in food pack­ag­ing and con­tain­ers. It’s strong, durable, and won’t shat­ter like porcelain.

MIMAW is pas­sion­ate about com­bin­ing emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and tra­di­tional meth­ods of work­ing, pro­duc­ing func­tional pieces that “inject delight and embed itself in the everyday.”

Now, the big ques­tion is… which one do I pick?












Illustrated products, Illustrator, Sculpture

Illustrative and Intricately Crafted Relief Sculptures by Martin Tomsky

Martin Tomsky

Mar­tin Tom­sky is a London-based illus­tra­tor who cre­ates bril­liant relief sculp­tures with lay­ers of laser cut stained ply­wood. They range in size from small acces­sories to larger, more intri­cate art­works. Mar­tin hand-assembles each piece and sells them in his Etsy shop, Tom­sky Store.

The amount of detail in these 3D illus­tra­tions is remark­able. The fish, for instance, includes more than a sim­ple skele­ton. It fea­tures fan­ci­ful flour­ishes with tiny crea­tures that are hid­den amongst them. Take a close look and you’ll see all of Martin’s clever addi­tions. It’s not what’d you expect from wood.

Martin Tomsky
Martin Tomsky

Sculpture, Textiles

Elin Thomas Makes Moldy Petri Dishes Look Cuddly

Elin Thomas

Artist Elin Thomas makes moldy petri dishes look cute and cud­dly. Using a com­bi­na­tion of embroi­dery thread, cro­chet, and nee­dle felt­ing, she cre­ates unique tex­tile pieces. The fuzzy felt pro­duces the effect of tiny hairs sprout­ing from the yarn spores.

If some­thing has mold on it, I’m usu­ally grossed out. But not with Elin’s work! She’s able to make these sci­ence projects into appeal­ing brooches, rings, and art for your home. Check out more of her acces­sories on Etsy.


Elin Thomas

Elin Thomas

Elin Thomas








Sculpture, Textiles

Bear Skin Rug? Nahhh. How About a Monster Skin Rug?

Joshua Ben Longo

Years ago, on Pin­ter­est, I saw this Mon­ster Skin Rug designed by Joshua Ben Longo and fell in love. It’s a clever take on those bear skin rugs you see in the movies, except more fun and a lot less cruel. They’re made of 50% wool / 50% poly­ester felt scales that are then sewn to a felt sil­hou­ette and stuffed with poly­ester. Plus, they plas­tic teeth!

It turns out Longo had been mak­ing the rugs by hand for years, but at a very high cost for the con­sumer. Now, he’s turned to Kick­starter to help with the cost of pro­duc­tion and pro­duce Mon­ster Skin Rug in vol­ume. For $425, you can own this delight­ful piece of decor.

If $425 is out of your price range, Joshua has other monster-related items you can own. Fin­ger pup­pets, totems, and other soft sculp­tures are all avail­able.

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And, a lit­tle extra. Another cre­ation by Joshua!

Ceramics, Illustrator, Sculpture, Textiles

An Interactive Comic, Microorganisms & More: the MFA ILP Show

Illustration Practice

Two Fri­days ago, I had the plea­sure of attend­ing the MFA Illus­tra­tion Prac­tice (MFA ILP) The­sis Exhi­bi­tion at Mary­land Insti­tute Col­lege of Art (MICA). I was really excited to see the show, as I grad­u­ated from the pro­gram in 2013 (the first class!) and wasn’t as famil­iar with this year’s work.They didn’t dis­ap­point! I was really impressed with every­thing I saw, and I admire how they’ve pushed the bound­aries of what illus­tra­tion is/can be. (This idea is the cor­ner­stone of the MFA ILP program.)

So, with­out fur­ther ado, here are some pic­tures of the exhi­bi­tion, but this is by no means a com­pre­hen­sive look. If you’re local to Bal­ti­more, stop by the show before it closes on April 12!

Check out more pic­tures from the exhi­bi­tion on my Flickr. (Beware — they’re unedited.)

Il Sung Na

Illustration Practice

I’ve had my eye on Il Sung Na’s work since the end of 2014. I bought one of his adorable ceramic crea­tures at MICA’s Art Mar­ket and totally want more of ‘em. He had a bunch of through­out his space, and I wish he had them for sale at the opening!

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Collage, Illustrator, Sculpture

Insanely-Detailed Paper Animal Masks by Mlle Hipolyte

Look at all of these tiny pieces of paper! French illus­tra­tor and paper designer Mlle Hipolyte cre­ated these gor­geous ani­mals masks that are awe-inspiring in their intri­cate details. Seri­ously. Just take a look at the individually-folded pieces of paper lay­ered on top of one another. They build a col­or­ful, tac­tile form that mim­ics fur.

Mlle pro­duces 2D illus­tra­tions, too. Check out their Behance and Face­book for more.


Sculpture, Textiles

Fancy! Adorable Hand-Felted Cat Creatures and Regal Poodles

cat rabbit plush

I know, I know. It hasn’t been all that long since I fea­tured the adorable stuffed crea­tures of Cat Rab­bit Plush. But, I vis­ited her Big Car­tel shop the other day and was excited by what I saw! She’s added hand-felted fancy poo­dles and well-dressed cat crea­tures with their own lit­tle pets.

Since writ­ing about her work, I now own one of Cat Rabbit’s pieces — a flo­ral alpaca. And, I can attest at how well these are con­structed. They’re pos­able and chock-full of fun details like tiny flo­ral blooms and col­or­ful cheek high­lights. It only makes me want to buy more, more, and more.

cat rabbit plush

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