Maybe keeping plants alive just isn’t your thing. But that’s alright—because with so many great paper versions, you can enjoy the beauty of these plants without water or adequate sunlight. Raya Sader Bujana has created miniature paper sculptures that you admire from the tip of your finger.
Using a combination of thread and paint, artist Jo Jimenez creates colorful mixed media bouquets. After painting the vibrant blooms and green leaves, she uses embroidery—both fuzzy yarns and metallics—as a tactile accent. The result is visually lush and something you’d find in the best gardens or exquisite arrangements.
Coral & Tusk takes exquisite embroidery out of its hoop and into home goods like pillows, table runners, and napkins. They also focus personal accessories, too, with one of my favorites being badge pins. These wearables feature bunnies, kitties, bears, and foxes that look like they’re merits you’d earn in the army. It’s a charming, unconventional way to adorn your daily outfit.
Last year, I discovered the work of Lucie Brunellière and her illustrated publication, The Very Jungly Jungle Book. The colorful pages are, in fact, very jungly—there are more than 50+ animals hidden within! Now, she’s released a similarly busy book called The Great Diving. In it, we go under the sea in digital ocean illustrations, where we meet giant whales, friendly sea turtles, colorful schools of fish, and more. They inhabit different types of underwater landscapes, from the deep dark depths of the ocean to frigid waters punctuated with glaciers.
Illustrator Lisa Vanin grew up in a small town in Canada. There, she drew and sculpted animals and forest scenes; I’ve spoken before on the importance of acknowledging the things that you liked to do when you were young. Often, these interests circle back around and hold great meaning in your adult life. They did for Lisa!
Illustrator Sanae Sugimoto grew up around the sea and mountains of Tottori, Japan. After attending art school in Kyoto, she made that her permanent home in a studio armed with rich Sumi and a vibrant orange-reddish ink. Her surreal illustrations each tell a story—ones with the likes of larger-than-life dogs and friendly butterflies.
1. Lovebirds carry-all pouch by Lee May Foster-Wilson
2. Floral embroidery denim jacket by Katy Biele
3. Palm hand necklace by Spice Wildflower
4. Embroidered Palm Baggu bag by True Fort
5. Folk Life cup by The Printed Peanut
6. Alive keychain by Stay Home Club
7. Crying unicorn candle
I realize it’s been a while since I did a #TBT. Let’s change that with Christina Malman, an illustrator who produced work in the beginning half of the 20th century. Born in 1911 (or 1912), she came to New York City from England at the age of 2. She attended the Pratt Institute for college and pursued the illustration field from there.
If I could sum up Kimberlie Wong’s illustration in an image, it would be the tranquil monkey sitting on a surfboard amidst a pink abyss (below). “I was born and raised on the island of Oahu,” the recent Art Center grad tells me in an email, “and that has inspired my aesthetic which is warm, whimsical, and uses a limited color palette.” Continuing, “I love to include nature, usually a tropical feel with animals.”
Read Brown Paper Bag for any length of time and you’ll see my affinity for both paper craft and flowers. I can’t get enough! Sarah Yakawonis is the latest paper artist to catch my eye with her shop Folded Petal. Her Masterpieces series involves her replicating some of art history’s most famous flowers, like Van Gogh’s Irises, to create a 3D version of the classic painting.