If you peruse Aimee Bee Brooks‘ Instagram, you’ll find that her sketchbook is full of delicate drawings with a retro sensibility. In particular, I’m fond of the illustrative ladies who don vintage hairstyles and fashions. Created with a light hand, the portraits seem to flicker, like a memory you can’t quite grasp onto in your mind—they’re fleeting and poignant.
You can always use at least one deck of playing cards in your home, and illustrator Sarah Ferone has created a set that’s a playful twist on convention. Called Cocktail Hour, she pays homage to the “craft of the cocktail” and adorns the cards with fabulous portraits of people who hold muddlers, martini shakers, tiny umbrellas, and much more.
Taking it “one stitch at a time,” embroiderer Slow Stitch Sophie creates splendor of tiny, colorful blooms. They sprawl across the hoop, engulfing the fabric in intricate tics and knots. When complete, they resemble a hilly landscape that’s dotted with wildflowers. I’d gladly go there!
1. Double Daisy Flower Girl Head Vase by Dim + Sum
2. Painted Spoon Portrait by Emma Lisette Palmer (She’ll create a custom one for you!)
3. Roach Clip Necklace by Erica Weiner
4. Woven blanket by Slowdown Studio
5. Siamese Cat Bookmarks by Sonia Cavallini
6. Owl Tattoo Tights by Stern Tights
7. Ceramic Chubby Cat Yarn Bowl by Barruntando
If you feel comforted by tiny animal companions, then RamaLama Creatures is going to make you real happy. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the adorable polymer sculptures are hand painted with a ton of intricate detail and finished with a glossy varnish.
Raminta is the lady behind RamaLama creatures, and she’s always had a fascination with the beauty of nature—her childhood was spent on the Baltic Sea shore. After graduating with a degree in photography, she dedicated herself to “mastering skills and perfecting design” of her characters. It usually takes days to create a single animal.
RamaLama Creatures are available on Etsy, but they’re often sold out. Follow Raminta on Instagram to see what’s coming up next!
If you’re still feeling down about recent events (I know I am), Grace Chin offers a beautiful pick-me-up with her empowering floral wreaths. Combining paper craft with text, she creates delicate faux flowers and arranges them onto a circular form. In the middle of it, she places cut-paper letters phrases like “All bodies are good bodies” and “Be brave.”
My work is inextricably tied to my passion for intersectional feminism and fighting negative forces— both political and personal—with words. I sincerely believe in the power of internalizing and imbibing positive messages. In particular, I’m in search of pithy, compelling statements that are meant to occupy primarily domestic spaces and serve as daily reminders.
Compositionally, I take influence from the Dutch tradition of pronkstilleven (decadent still life painting), as well as outsider and American folk art. In positioning myself firmly between craft and art traditions, I hope to do what many women artists and artisans did before me: create beautiful everyday objects that also serve some usefulness beyond their aesthetic value.
Grace sells her work (including these wreaths!) through her online shop.
For the past week, I’ve continually admired the cut paper illustrations of Irene Servillo. It might come as no surprise—after all, her work is crafted out of collage, my favorite medium. Using cut paper and drawing, Irene creates stylized figures and scenes by employing colorful, eye-pleasing shapes that intermingle throughout the composition.
1. Terrarium Back Patch By Rand Renfrow
2. Snake Knot Ring by Kaye Blegvad
3. Heart Leaf Enamel Pin by Sarah Abbott
4. Lunar Blossom Embroidery Kit by Cozyblue
5. Wall Lamp BULB by Madda
6. Banana Pillow by thing Ind.
7. Mexico Lindo Earrings by La vidriola
Illustrator Leah Goren just came out with this new book that celebrates female friendships, aptly titled Besties. Perfect timing for the gift-giving season—and especially considering the events of this past week.
I don’t need to tell you that it’s been a rough couple of days… so here’s something that makes me happy: this embroidered collar by Señorita Lylo. For the past week or so, I’ve been staring at all its great details, texture, and color. Loaded with florals and sculptural stitches, this collar is ready to party—just like her other ones.
Do yourself a favor and follow Señorita Lylo on Instagram!