I have a well-documented love of face planters on Brown Paper Bag. My years-long admiration is because of the playful nature they inherently contain. These delightful objects dress up your plants while creating wild, ever-changing hairstyles for the stoneware characters.
Design Forest is inspired by animals—bunnies, cats, elephants, and more— and pares them down to essential, simple shapes that are minimal in decoration yet convey sweet personalities. Just look at their smiles!
Design Forest sells their entire pastel-colored collection through their online shop.
1. Ceramic Winking Beastie Bud Vase by jen e
2. Embroidered Tassel Necklace by Oh My Heart Embroidery
3. Charming Creatures Tiger Decor by Sarah Walsh for The Land of Nod
4. Cotton Swan Boat Dress by Anna Kovecses for Lazzari
5. Orange Bomba Vessel by Beech Hall
6. Patches The Pup Pendant by Christine Schmidt for Uncommon Goods
7. Embroidered Leather Fox Shoes by Katz & Birds
When I was in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of meeting Carrie and Hal of Red Cap Cards. If you’re not familiar with their work, they make beautiful cards with amazing illustrators—many of which have been featured on Brown Paper Bag!
Carrie and Hal have been busy and recently debuted a new gift wrap collection. It’s full of lovely, gorgeous imagery—the choice between ripping their paper and opening the present it’s wrapped in will certainly be a difficult one.
I am a doodler. Whenever I’m sitting idly, talking on the phone, or bored on a plane, I find myself drawing the same sort of shapes time and again. It’s why I connect with Elizabeth Pawle’s scattering embroideries—they remind me doodles made with thread. The bevy of colors, textures, and shapes are organized in aesthetically-pleasing squares, like I’m getting a glimpse inside of Elizabeth’s head. Scatterings showcases all of the unique ways in which she processes information.
Elizabeth sells her work through Etsy. Follow her on Instagram to see when her next listing will be.
Artist Robert Bowers paints tranquil jungle scenes that feature four-legged friends nestled within their lush green leaves. His work is 50% to 75% plants that make it impossible to see beyond their walls of tropical flora… but I’m not complaining. The low depth of field is otherworldly, and Robert’s images offer a form of escapism in which animals rule the land and we’re merely visitors.
Robert has an Instagram that includes a lot of works in progress—so a lot of plants. Give it a follow if you want Henri Rousseau-inspired botanicals in your feed.
The letter R has never meant much to me, but Eleonora Kolycheva is challenging my ambivalence with her hand-painted typography. This isn’t the first time I’ve admired her illustrations on Brown Paper Bag, and she brings a similar floral aesthetic to the letter form. Serifs and sans serifs become nests for birds, walls for vines, and are transformed into giant blooms.
Eleonora calls this project an “experiment,” and it’s one we could all try—you simply pick your favorite letter and imagine all of its pictorial possibilities. (If you do this, send me a picture. I’d love to see what you came up with!)
Genevieve Griffiths weaves abstract wall hangings inspired by architectural structures. Her colorful pieces have pyramids, steps, arches, and stairs woven into their designs, resembling the maps of fantastical cities far away. Aside from shape design, the New Zealand-based artist plays with texture, too—she’ll incorporate extra-thick yarns as a way to break up space and add even more visual interest to these spectacular pieces. Impressive as a whole, the details are what really make her weavings exciting—be prepared to get lost!
1. 3-Piece Sloth Ring Set by Mary Lou
2. Long Handle Shapes Mug by Tactile Matter
3. Fishy Garden Top by Doops Design
4. Narwhal Pin by Almanac for June
5. Pool Girls Safari Clutch by Lizzie Fortunato
6. Cactus Plant Stand Small by Bankymoon Plantstands
7. Ant Pendant Necklace by Collected Edition
Cat Rabbit, one of my favorite plush makers, recently released some new figures. They’re adorable, as always.
That is cloak is hand embroidered and fancier than any item of clothing I own.
Bodil Jane illustrates rooms that I wish I could live in—cozy, patterned-filled spaces with a lot of plants. She writes on her website that enjoys painting the likes of food, fashion, interiors, and flora which is evident from her colorful, fluid way to art making. Images feel carefree and fun, like Bodil was happy to be painting and drawing these people, places, and things.
Bodil sells her work as prints and ceramics in her Tictail shop.
Growing up, my mom had books stacked high towards the ceiling of our living room, and I spent a lot of time studying their various covers. As an adult, I read less books (Audible, you’ve spoiled me), but I still enjoy a well-crafted book cover. Mrs. Chaplin pays homage to these memorable designs by recreating classic and contemporary tales using a combination of wool felt and silk thread. Although you can’t pull back the cover and read its words, the appliqué-style illustrations serve as the front of statement-making clutches.
If you’re a literary lover and enjoy a bit of quirk with your accessories, this Etsy shop has you covered.
Stitchy Friday is a project that’s sure to warm your heart. It’s an endeavor between an embroiderer mother and her illustrator daughter, Marijke Buurlage; Marijke creates the colorful, stylized images and then her mother translates the flattened shapes into stitched form. Their Instagram, @stitchyfriday, is updated at the end of each week with their progress and finished pieces.
As wonderful as Marijke’s illustrations are, her mother’s handiwork is also admirable. I love the lush texture and the mixing of threads—they add dimension and bring 2D to life. After seeing this sweet collaboration, it makes me want to plan a creative project with my own mom! Don’t you?