Stitched fish, anyone? Artist Kate Jenkins crochets all sorts of different foods that just might make you hungry. Or, at the very least, in awe of her crafting skills. Anchovies, eggs, and bacon all resemble what they actually are. Sometimes, Kate will add some glam to her creations and work sequins in with the yarn. This makes her pieces appear shiny , which is perfect for glossy fish scales and amber-colored honey.
Ashlee Woo creates portraits of celebrities, artists, and political leaders using a combination of digital embroidery and silk screen. The abstract images feature thick stitched lines that define the large, bold shapes of the subject. Smaller, more expressive embroidery adds fun details like crazy hair styles and delicate facial features. This combination produces unique profiles that capture both a likeness as well as an essence of their personality. Love!
Kim Jong En
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.
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.
And, a little extra. Another creation by Joshua!
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
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!
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.
Amelie Mancini is a French print maker and painter who is based in Brooklyn. Her Etsy shop is full of wares that I’m constantly searching for: tea towels, totes, and pouches. The hand-printed pieces are bold, shape-driven drawings that feature animals, plants, and decorative objects. Check out that vase tea towel that’s below — it’s my favorite.
I find the graphic quality of these accessories really appealing. With their neutral colors and natural fabrics, they’ll be valuable additions to outfits and decor, but also stand on their own as beautiful pieces.