You know the saying think outside the box? Well, Veselka Bulkan, aka Little Herb Bouquet, thinks outside the embroidery hoop with her exquisite vegetable art. Combing traditional stitches with felting, she creates tiny carrots, radishes, and onions that dangle the edge of their wooden circle. I love how subtle and peculiar these creations are—it takes you a second to notice the felting because you aren’t expecting it and assume everything is contained in the hoop. Not the case!
Veselka sells these creations on Etsy.
For the past week, I’ve been entranced by the above illustration by Kim Salt. It’s beautiful in its thriving vegetation while being an alluring depiction of space. Splendor is a common component to many of Kim’s works, commonly seen in oversized plants that welcome her characters and keep them company.
Kim sells a selection of her work on Etsy.
Kim also creates animated GIFs! She describes it as, “A personal project inspired by the Alabama Shakes album, Sound and Color.”
1. Ceramic Animals by Sarah Theron
2. Sweet Peach Ceramic Pin by Louise Reimer
3. Timber Tiger Clock by Paul Farrell for ByShop
4. Pink Paint Pin by Dying Slowly
5. Bird Plate by Moonbird Pottery (Photo credit: Justina Blakeney)
6. Watermelon Necklace by Lucie Ellen
7. Floral Laser Engraved Rolling Pin by Rolling Woods
Happy Friday! In more illustrated product news, if you love cute kitchen products, you’ve got to check out this list that Mallory compiled on Buzzfeed. I want them all—especially this handy whale strainer:
If you can’t tell by my posts over the past few weeks, I’m excited for the summer time. After a whole bunch of snow, the thought of warm weather has me over the moon! One thing I love about summer is the pool. Sadly, I don’t make it there as much as I used to, but I still fantasize about riding a waterslide. Joanne Ho’s illustrations depict these sorts of fun times with whole lotta tiny figures enjoying the water. Each painting is from a bird’s eye view, dwarfing the bodies so that they look like ants poking out of fantastic fields of blue.
Joanne sells prints of her work on Etsy.
One craft trend I can’t get enough of is paper plants. I recently marveled at Kim Sielbeck’s delightful papier-mache cacti, and I’ve also pinned many a plant tutorials on my Pinterest. So when Corrie Beth Hogg shared with me her DIY potted paper plants, I was really excited. Like Kim’s colorful pieces, Corrie paints on the texture of leaves and bundles them together like bushy, healthy plants.
If you have a brown thumb, you can make these plants too! The instructions are available on Corrie’s website, The Apple of My DIY. In fact, they’re probably better than the real thing—your cat won’t try and eat them, forcing you to put all of your succulents on a high shelf. (Le sigh.)
As summer approaches, I am loving one of its most prevailing trends—the off-the-shoulder shirt and dresses. Creating one of my favorite iterations of this style is Thief & Bandit, a line of clothing (among other things) that prints and sews garments in their Halifax-based studio. The all-over print patterns feature natural subjects including feathers, birds, and plants. They’re fun and glamorous, perfect for a BBQ or wedding.
Thief & Bandit sells their handiwork on Etsy. (I have a necklace and it gets a ton of compliments!)
A couple of weeks ago, I introduced a series called 1 Theme, 5 Ways. The premise was (and is) simple—to show how one idea interpreted can look very different. It all depends on the illustrator.
My first installment focused on fashionable ladies, and now I’ve moved from portraits to places. Specifically, the jungle! What a wild and wonderful place it is; just look at how different these worlds are, depending on the visual lens of which they’re imagined.
Tierra Connor calls this subtle illustration Lurk, which is exactly what it conveys. You never know what or who is behind the shadows of giant leaves and curling vines. Here, the animation makes all the difference—the blinking eyes create an ominous presence throughout the piece.
Who traipses through the jungle? Maxime Sabourin gives us an idea with his mustachioed explorer. From the looks of it, theres a lot to see (and fear). Check out more of this series on Maxime’s blog.
Sure, the jungle can represent something unknown and scary, but it can also be full of friendly creatures. So welcoming, in fact, that skinny-dipping with tigers is totally a thing. Monica Ramos imagined this state of utter bliss.
Like Monica’s work, Mouni Feddag also finds a tranquil place to take a dip. In an unrelated illustrations, however, she highlights the jungle’s fierce beauty with a loud-mouthed lion and bevy of long-beaked birds.
We started with a GIF and we’ll end with two more. Tristan Gion engineered these animations, and I love how their splendorous colors are framed by black shapes. We’re literally seeing them through our eyes—blinking and all.
1. Ivy 3D-Printed Clutch by Odo Fioravanti for Maison 203
2. Llama Enamel Pin by Lindsey Balbierz
3. Witchy Mug by Lisa Junius
4. Hand Sculpted Dotted Bell Flower Brooch by eried
5. Floral Standard by Baggu
6. Hand Sewn Eye Earrings by Monk House Design
7. 3D Printed Eye Brooch by TAPAM-TAPAM
Happy Friday, ya’ll! Last week, I took a brief pause on Illustrated Product Obsessions because I was on vacation. So, I should really say these are over the last couple of weeks… but who’s counting?
I’ll leave you with this hoop art by Alex’s Embroidery. I miss Parks and Rec.
Collage will always be a technique that’s near and dear to my heart, because it’s my chosen way of (art) working. Creating in the same vein is Chia-Chi Yu, a Taipei-based illustrator who uses a myriad of textured papers to create stunning landscapes and feathery friends. I love how the papers are paired, which gives the compositions a sense of structure while also distorting them. The slightly-abstract results are curious and marvelous places—just like the real world.
You’ve got mail! And no, not those pesky spam emails, but beautiful, hand-painted envelopes by Lucy Halcomb. The Brooklyn-based illustrator uses gouache to adorn brightly-hued paper products which she then sends to lucky recipients. Lucy chronicles her delightful creations on her Instagram called @lucy_mail. Some of my favorites are below.