If you’ve read this blog for at least a week, you’ll know that I reserve each Friday for my 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions. This week, I’m breaking from tradition… mostly because I’ve been sick all week and finding creative goods has eluded me. But! That only provides the opportunity to share with you Katy Biele‘s new vibrant hoop art.
For many months, I’ve admired the Instagram account of illustrator Jane Newland. Particularly, her patterned landscape illustrations. Each piece is a slice of paradise as houses are tucked away in bustling forests or along the banks of a river. They’re escapism at its best.
If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, your everyday attire probably consists of puffy jackets and knitted beanies. Might I suggest another winter addition? Animal scarves by Nina Führer! The subtly playful products feature high-quality wool with one unexpected twist—at the end of each scarf is a knitted animal’s head. Cockatoos, parrots, sloths, and cats all lend their likenesses to these accessories. They also double as a clip to secure the garment into place. This way, you can arrange them to look like they’re perched on your shoulder.
Nina sells these animal scarves in her Etsy shop—just in time for some late winter fun.
Influenced by vintage pottery, fashion, and mid-century architecture, Anne M. Bentley paints curious portraits of mysterious folks. Clad in oversized sunglasses and 70s-inspired outfits, they pose with big cats, poodles, and feathered friends.
Anne’s bright colors and bold visual approach leave me wanting more. I wish I knew the stories of these illustrated portraits—but, I can always make up my own back stories of these people. That’s part of the fun.
1. Green Cactus LED Light by YiaMia
2. Peelin’ Myself Pin by Katie Turner
3. Polar Bear Bracelet by Liten Kanin
4. Tiger Vessel by Bonnie Hislop
5. I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss by Martha Rich for BlueQ
6. Iris Apfel Birds Socks by Happy Socks
7. Hand iPhone Case by Coucou Suzette
Don’t get me wrong… I love my Rifle Paper Co. phone case, but that case by Coucou Suzette? I’m in love.
The sketchbook is a powerful place. It’s a place where artists and illustrators can play—try out new techniques, subject matter, or even jot down the occasional note. Many people prefer to keep these books private, and I don’t blame them. They can be incredibly personal spaces. So, I’m always delighted by those who choose to let us in on their sketchbook—it’s like seeing how someone’s mind works.
There are some who, with little effort, are able to make every page of their sketchbook look like a finished work of art. These books, in turn, are not just places to jot down lists or make a silly doodle. Rather, they’re intimate galleries that travel with them as they move throughout the world.
Here are 5 different illustrators who take the sketchbook to a whole new level.
Inspired by “mystical folklore, Indian animal tales, and a love of vegetables,” illustrator Megan Griffiths creates tiny embroidered dolls. The intricate totems are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and are adorned with a variety of stitched patterns as well as fancy attire. They’re welcome companions to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Unless you were in an isolation chamber this past weekend, you probably heard and/or participated in a Women’s March. I was fortunate to be able to make it to the main Washington, DC event (Baltimore is just an hour train ride away). It was incredible! The streets were full of people marching for the equality of all women, while also protesting Donald Drumpf’s disgusting attitudes and actions towards women.
Art and activism go hand in hand. The signs I saw were powerful, often incorporating humor or puns to make a point. Some were beautifully illustrated to boot. Here are some of my favorites I’ve seen around the web from the marches in DC and around the world.
1. MiniDogs ceramic figurines by Little Birdy
2. Wonky Floral acrylic brooch by Jo Chambers
3. Cheese Plant brooch by Hello Sunshine
4. Blue Flower Lady vase by Elizabeth Graeber
5. Black Healing Hand collar pin by Juliade Klerk
6. Big Face Hair pin by Lane Walkup
7. Gold Leather Laurel Leaf necklace by Benu Made
One of my favorite trends lately is necklaces, brooches, and rings made from kiln-fired clay. I’ve got a few pieces now and love how essentially, these are mini sculptures you’re wearing on your fingers, around your neck, or on your favorite shirt. Some makers color their jewelry with glaze while others leave their designs bone white. What style of ceramic jewelry do you like?