Gorgeously Intricate & Hand-Crafted Pop-Up Books by Bozka Rydlewska

Bozka Rydlewska

I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by the con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing that goes into pop-up and accordion-fold books. So, when I saw Bozka Rydlewska’s beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions in a 3D form, I was wowed by their beauty and detail.

I had the oppor­tu­nity to ask Bozka a cou­ple of ques­tions about her work. She’s loved pop-up books since child­hood and had always wanted to make one.

When I fin­ished my series of illus­tra­tions New Botany [above], I thought it would be inter­est­ing to inter­pret the illus­tra­tions into three-dimensional forms,” she tells me. “At that point I was really tired of work­ing non-stop on the com­puter and eager to do some­thing with my hands.”

To make her pop-up books, she did some research. Bozka read sev­eral man­u­als and also attended a week-long pop-up book course at West Dean Col­lege in Eng­land. Um, I want to take one of those. Sign me up!

So, how long did it take to cre­ate these pieces? “It took me 3 to 4 weeks to make each pop-up. It was a com­pli­cated and time con­sum­ing process — I was work­ing on 1:1 scale mod­els, cut­ting and glu­ing over and over again until the pop-up matched the vision I had in my head,” she explains. “The final pieces were printed on high qual­ity archival paper, cut out by cut­ting plot­ter and assem­bled by hand by myself. The assem­bly of the most com­pli­cated pop-up took 14 hours.”

Totally worth the time spent. They’re beautiful!

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Trains, Planes, and Other Modes of Transportation

Happy Fri­day! For many of you, this was your first week back since the hol­i­days. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to get back in the groove. A few weeks before Christ­mas, I bought myself a Rifle Paper Co. weekly desk pad, and it has kept me focused (so far).

I’ve com­piled a visual list of trains, planes, and other modes of trans­porta­tion. With all of my recent trav­el­ing, it felt appro­pri­ate! There are some con­ven­tional meth­ods on this list, but oth­ers… not so much.

Vicki Turner’s Minimalist Illustrations Inspired by Wandering

Vicki Turner

Vicki Turner is a designer, illus­tra­tor, and maker who has a pas­sion for the nat­ural world. Her refresh­ing style is the result of a few years of world­wide wan­der­ing, and she brings sto­ries to life in a smart, abstract way. Vicki uses sym­bols and min­i­mal­ist design to tell com­plex tales that have mul­ti­ple way of interpretation.

In addi­tion to 2D illus­tra­tions, Vicki also makes things. Her shape-centric work lends itself well to acces­sories like the pin below. Per­fect for some­one who has wanderlust!

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Check Out the Amazing Embroidered Details on These Valentino Dresses!

Valentino Resort 2015I’m not a flashy dresser, but I admire peo­ple who are. And, since illus­tra­tion can take many, many forms, I’ve mar­veled over the details on the Valentino Resort 2015 line. It’s dreamy, with these amaz­ing embroi­dered details like mon­keys and flo­ral arrange­ments. Long dresses, short dresses, and jack­ets will all make you have the over­whelm­ing desire to go on a cruise (and I don’t even like cruises!).

I love to see print and pat­tern on cloth­ing. Illus­trated prod­ucts make our lives bet­ter — fun, bright, and allow us to express our­selves through objects.

The entire col­lec­tion has 83 pieces. See them all on Style.com.

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Sandra Fettingis Expresses Relationships Via Bold Geometry

Sandra Fettingis

Denver-based artist San­dra Fet­tingis cre­ates bold sculp­tures, instal­la­tions, and murals using a vari­ety of geo­met­ric shapes. “…I strive to demon­strate rela­tion­ships, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, change, and mind­ful atten­tion,” she writes in an artist state­ment. “I mix and layer mate­ri­als such as acrylic, styrene, wood, paper and paint, and uti­lize the laser for its pre­ci­sion, while for­mu­lat­ing sys­tem­atic guide­lines, rep­e­ti­tion and pur­pose­fully restrained color palettes.”

San­dra strives to com­bine art and archi­tec­ture seam­lessly. Her beau­ti­ful pieces, strong shapes are a per­fect match with beams, floor­boards, and of course, walls.

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Felted Fungi on Real Wood… For Your Home!

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This past Novem­ber, I was brows­ing one of my favorite Bal­ti­more shops, Trohv. There, I came across the local Close Call Stu­dio. It’s run by Amanda Adams who hand­crafts dec­o­ra­tive mush­rooms from recy­cled vegan felt. They’re mounted on wood and per­fect for dis­play­ing on your shelf, cof­fee table, etc..

I love the jux­ta­po­si­tion between craft and real tim­ber. It can be hard to com­bine the two and make it not look cheesy, but Amanda picked the the right color and mate­ri­als for the job.

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New Landscapes: 6 Works from the Collage Scrap Exchange (!!!)

Ya’ll. As the Col­lage Scrap Exchange (#col­lage­con­test) rolls on to its Feb­ru­ary 15th dead­line, I’ve already received fin­ished pieces! Here are some of my favorites so far.

For all of those still work­ing on your col­lages (or even wait­ing on scraps), no wor­ries. You have plenty of time, and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing your inter­pre­ta­tion of New Land­scapes!

AND: Don’t for­get to Tweet, Insta­gram, or FB your Col­lage Scrap Exchange using the hash­tag #collagecontest!

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Sight See­ing by Danielle Krysa

Danielle Krysa

Mes­sages From Blanche by Danielle Krysa

Danielle, AKA The Jeal­ous Cura­tor, had a really cool story about this above piece. She explains:

mes­sages from blanche is about my grand­mother, blanche — that’s a photo of her the year my mom was born. right before she died she told my mom that her spirit was pink. after she died really strange pink related things started hap­pen­ing… my mom’s white rhodo­den­dren (sp?!) bush bloomed one pink flower, in novem­ber!!!, and it stayed there for one month. i had a lit­tle red rose bush on my bed­side table that hadn’t bloomed in 4 years. it threw one pink bud and it stayed there for a month before it dropped. so… this piece is about those “pink” mes­sages. lucy had included that amaz­ing lit­tle folded paper enve­lope in her scraps so i HAD to use it ;)

And, bet­ter yet? “That house in the enve­lope is the house I lived in when I was lit­tle,” she writes.

Christina Marie Phelps

Christina Marie Phelps

Illustrations by Mouni Feddag Harness the Spontaneity of Sketches

mouni feddagHAPPY NEW YEAR! Get ready to feast your peep­ers on these dizzy­ing illus­tra­tions by Mouni Fed­dag! Their sprawl­ing scenes are impres­sion­ist and lively thanks to the ges­tural mark-marking. The works feel like pol­ished sketches because they har­ness an awe­some energy and spontaneity.

Mouni’s use of paint and pen­cils cre­ate a nice “push and pull” within the com­po­si­tion. Large fields of color are punc­tu­ated with intri­cate details. Your eyes find reprieve between the small dots, slashes, and patterns.

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Bold Flora & Fauna by Illustrator Aino Maija Metsola

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If you’re a fan of the brand Marimekko, then you’ll enjoy these designs and illus­tra­tions by Aino-Maija Met­sola. The Helsinki-based cre­ative has col­lab­o­rated with the com­pany since 2006, and her col­or­ful images are seared into my brain as the face of Marimekko. They fea­ture flora, fauna, and geo­met­ric shapes in flat­tened, bold drawings.

You can see much more (includ­ing some fash­ion­able dresses!) on Aino-Maija’s web­site.

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Skip the Fishing, Carry These Fashionable Fish Instead

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to fish. When I was younger, a hook got caught in my fin­ger. Mor­ti­fy­ing! I’ll never fish again. Instead, I’ll just mar­vel at these adorable fish-shaped clutches by Don Fisher. The Etsy shop fea­tures col­or­ful salmon, sar­dines, her­rings, and more with hand-painted scales and even boney insides. They’re well-thought and quirky — sure to make a state­ment as you’re car­ry­ing them around.

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