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Kate Jenkins Crochets Anchovies and Other Delectable Entrees

Kate Jenkins

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.

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Textiles

Digitally Embroidered Celebrity Portraits by Ashlee Woo

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David Bowie

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!

H/T @sbuzelli

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Kim Jong En

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Keith Har­ring

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Mick Jagger

Mick Jag­ger

Salvador Dali

Sal­vador Dali

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

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Textiles

Exquisitely Minimalist Embroideries by Miga de Pan

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Miga de Pan is the label under which Buenos Aires-based crafter Adri­ana Tor­res cre­ates her work. Her exquis­ite and min­i­mal­ist pieces are a lovely com­bi­na­tion of tex­ture and line. Quiet scenes fea­tur­ing wood­land crea­tures, geo­met­ric shapes, and even archi­tec­ture are sewn onto natural-colored back­grounds. These images are inspired with the help of Adriana’s ded­i­ca­tion and for­mal train­ing in a num­ber of fields: archi­tec­ture, graphic design, illus­tra­tion and gen­eral fine arts.

As some­one who embroi­ders for fun, I am lov­ing the vari­ety of stitches that Adri­ana uses. It adds keeps things visu­ally inter­est­ing. My eye doesn’t get bored look­ing at the same stitch over and over — instead, I find myself keenly exam­in­ing every part of her handiwork.

Fol­low Miga de Pan on Face­bookInsta­gram, and Pin­ter­est.

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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.

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Collage, Illustrator, Textiles

Exquisite Illustrations Created by Drawing with Thread

Annalisa Bollini

This past week­end, while watch­ing the lat­est episode of Mad Men, I started a new embroi­dery. It’s my first one in many months! It feels good, ya’ll. Just like the work of Annal­isa Bollini. The Ital­ian illus­tra­tor cre­ates these mixed media scenes that are a com­bi­na­tion of embroi­dery, appliqué , and paper bits. She has exquis­ite line work that’s made with tiny stitches, and I love how it’s a sub­sti­tute for a pen or pencil.

Annal­isa has prints of her work for sale in her Etsy shop. You’ll find brooches there, too.

And… one last that’s apt, espe­cially since it’s Fri­day. Annal­isa gives this sage advice on her web­site: If you don’t know what to do, eat some chocolate!

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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!
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Illustrator, Textiles

Sofia Arnold’s Naturalistic Scenes of Wild Fantasies

Sofia Arnold

For years, I’ve mar­veled at the work of Sofia Arnold. Her nat­u­ral­is­tic scenes are wild fan­tasies fea­tur­ing a host of char­ac­ters. Look closely, and you’ll see women in flow­ing dresses, small ani­mals, and ener­getic chil­dren woven in her compositions.

In an inter­view with Buy Some Damn Art, Sofia talks about recy­cling imagery and ideas in her work. It’s a valu­able prac­tice that can help your work feel con­cep­tu­ally cohe­sive. ” A copy of a copy of a copy might become visu­ally unrec­og­niz­able from the source, but I think that con­tin­ued reit­er­a­tion will even­tu­ally dis­till some kind of mean­ing for me,” she says.

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And here’s a lit­tle extra. Sofia sells this awe­some small patches in her Big Car­tel shop!

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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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Sculpture, Textiles

Fancy! Adorable Hand-Felted Cat Creatures and Regal Poodles

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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.

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Lately & Liked, Objects, Textiles

Beautiful, Bold Illustrations on Natural Fabrics by Amelie Mancini

Amelie Mancini

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.

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