If you’re read this blog for any length of time you know that Aitch is one of my favorite illustrators. The folk-inspired images, clad in vibrant colors, feel both vintage yet contemporary. Aitch’s work often exists as paintings, but within the last few years, she’s ventured into the world of fashion and collaborated with designers. Her most recent endeavor is with Rami Kadi for his 2017 F/W collection, and it showcases her patterns like I’ve never seen it before—intricate, sculptural beading adorns her florals. This technique evokes the same feeling as her conventional illustrations, but infuse them with luxury.
1. Ceramic Serving Board by Bon Matin Studio
2. Moth Rubber Stamp by Beetle Ink Co.
3. Cat Iron On Patch by I Like Cats
4. Rosebud Stag Socks by Bonne Maison
5. Forever Plant Enamel Pin by Weekender Supply Co.
6. Hand Painted Evil Eye Wall Ornament by eikcam
7. Colored Concrete Planter by Fox & Ramona
Happy Friday! This Instagram is perfect and I don’t need to say any more.
Elizabeth Beer & Brian Janusiak are the masterminds behind Various Projects, Inc. a multidisciplinary creative collaboration that started in 2005. One of their ongoing projects is called Birdwatching, and it’s a cuddly homage to our feathered friends. The first subject was a hand-knit pigeon, but it only grew from there. Now, there’s an “ever-growing flock of state and regional birds.” The Blue Jay, Cardinal, Carolina Wren, and Mourning Dove are just some of the charming soft sculptures available in their Project No. 8 online shop.
Have you started thinking about Halloween? Now that September has rolled around, it’s time to get spooky. Illustrator Eleni Kalorkoti has crafted a whole zine around a holiday favorite—specters—that’s appropriately called Ghost. It’s 12 striking black and white portraits of ladies who haunt. Each has their own personality; some wear stylish garments while others are cloaked in long hair from head to toe. They’re set against a solid background where Eleni’s strong, bold shapes create the illusion that they are, in fact, hovering on the page.
Ghost is now available in Eleni’s online shop.
Illustrator Stephanie Wunderlich composes charming scenes from cut paper. The stylized figures, landscapes, and objects occupy compositions like a Cubist painting, balancing shapes and textures in one eye-pleasing way. Despite their simplicity, Stephanie creates a lot of depth and peppers her work with intricate details—look closely and you’ll see that there are tiny folds in shirts, barrettes in hair, and laces on shoes.
(The above illustration recently appeared in my weekly hello (newsletter)!)
Illustrator Andrea Sparacio painted over 54 portraits that depict “trailblazing women who make America great” for NARAL Pro-Choice America‘s Gender Card deck of playing cards. Each card features a woman (or women) who has/have achieved cultural and/or historical significance. For each individual, Sparacio has immortalized their face in her charming style.
The deck showcases women throughout American history. Icons like Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Beyoncé, and Hilary Clinton are part of this set, but there are many more—including some you might not recognize. It’s a great opportunity to support NARAL Pro-Choice America and learn more about the amazing sheroes who have helped shape the country. You can purchase your set of cards here.
1. Fingers Crossed Sculpture by Bolden Ceramics
2. Serpent Iron-On Patch by Lisa Vanin for Stay Home Club
3. Floraldrops by Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius for Glamora
4. Cactus Hook by Thing X Sylvester
5. Estrella Hat by Laura Apsit Livens (via Miss Moss)
6. Black Floral Stocking by Strathcona Stockings
7. Bloomin’ Neon Light by Electric Confetti
And a little extra. I love the elegant hanging vases of Kirralee & Co:
If you step inside of my apartment, you’ll immediately see that it’s a house ruled by cats. There are scratching posts for them to lounge on and toys in nearly every room. I’ve also splurged on a fancy food dish that’s set against some empty wall space…until now. To take my cat-lady status up a notch, I created a hanging banner that immortalizes Pauline, my calico that’s the emboidment of the Sour Patch Kids candy.
Like my cut paper self portrait, I made a video that offers a behind-the-scenes look at how 2D Pauline came to life. Nearly everything was done using felt—a first for me, but something I’m definitely going to repeat. It was fun!
Here’s the tools I used:
I started cut the shape of the banner first and then sewed the casing for the dow rod. Then, I dove into my felt portrait using a sketch as a guide. Although it’s not shown on the video, I cut out shapes from my initial drawing and used them as a pattern, tracing around them with the ink pen onto the felt.
If you have any questions about this project, let me know! I’m happy to answer them. And, if you want one of these for yourself (or as a gift), I’m currently taking commissions. In fact, I’m working on one right now!
I know everyone is talking about Pumpkin Spice lattes, but you know what I’m excited about this fall? Wearing socks again—and not your plain-colored pairs, but illustrative socks with fun images knitted within them. I am especially attracted to the stylings of Sammy Icon, an Etsy shop that highlights their products with incredible cut-paper backgrounds. Giant, sock-covered feet invade the jungle, ocean, and sky. It’s an engaging way to show off their product and create fun illustrations at the same time.
All of these socks are available through Etsy. (H/T So Super Awesome)
Dr. Propolus is the moniker for Ilias Walchshofer—an Austrian-Moroccan illustrator who adds intricate lines to editorial fashion photographs. The striking white and black marks cloth the partially nude and fill the stark, moody compositions with feathered and furry friends. As a result, they’ve got a more playful and light-hearted feel rather than the serious nature that the models often portray.
Like Eleonora Kolycheva’s illustrative reimagining of the letter R, this could be something fun for you to try. Infuse a magazine photo with doodles and share them with me! (via Trendland)