My love for planters is well documented on Brown Paper Bag. And on Instagram, too—one of the happiest areas of my apartment features a couple of thriving succulents in creature-shaped pots. Emma Jo Alford of Minty Mountain continues this trend with her dazzling animal ceramics. The hand-sculpted hedgehogs, rabbits, and bears are adorably sleepy creatures that have gold accents and in some instances, fancy accessories. The polar bear planter, for instance, has an icicle headdress. How regal!
Hiné Mizushima (previously) creates a fantastical world of out of felt. Using that, as well as other materials like beading, she produces portraits of beetles, cephalopods, and clams. Each of her colorful has an astounding level of detail, and her felt crafts go beyond your typical representation of these creatures. Rather, through her series The Anatomy of, she shows us what’s inside.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shared inspiring illustrators and some of the best sketchbooks to follow on Instagram. Continuing this tour of my favorite feeds, here are 11 embroidery artists who fill my timeline with beautiful stitching.
The chosen embroiderers will make you a better stitcher by following them. From beautiful interior scenes to abstract beading, they both inspire and showcase techniques that you’ll want to try. And, if you’re looking for more specific advice, Elizabeth Pawle sometimes does a Q & A in her posts.
1. Small Carry-All Pouch by Isabelle Feliu
2. Woman Up! Hoop Art by The Wandering Thread
3. Hedgehog Pincushion by Sombrilla Verde
4. Herbarium Hoop Art by Zelia Smith
5. White Cat Desk Pet by I Like Cats
6. Hand iPhone Case by Coucou Suzette
7. Monstera Collar Pins by Mica Peet
My illustrated product obsessions are back for a limited engagement! For the next few weeks (at least), I’ll be sharing 7 things every Friday that I’ve had my eye on.
If you’ve got any suggestions for creative products, let me know.
Art of art. That’s how I describe some of my favorite interior illustrations by María Luque. The drawings and paintings—a blend of color pencils, markers, and acrylics—feature people living and interacting with art, and many times they’re accompanied by an animal who is seriously taking up their personal space. Either way, I want to go to the places she illustrates.
Whether you realize it or not, collaboration is inherent in embroidery. To begin, an embroidery artist will create a design and make it into a pattern for others to complete as they wish. Color choices, for instance, can change based on the whims of that particular stitcher. Libby Moore of Thread Folk takes this collaboration idea a step further with her modern embroidery patterns. In her charming Artist Series, she translates an illustrator’s work into something that anyone can complete with a needle and thread.
Last week, I shared 12 illustrators inspiring illustrators to follow on Instagram. But that’s not all of who I follow; I use my feed to track awe-inspiring sketchbooks, too. From collage to painting, these artists are using their playtime to hone their craft by trying new techniques and imagery.
“Famous Ladies is an illustrated homage,” Alexandra Beguez writes, “to some of the most influential and inspiring women in STEM, literature, the visual and performing arts, sports, and exploration.” The striking pen-and-ink drawings capture faithful likenesses of these incredible women who, as Alexandra says, “paved the way for future generations of women and men alike to work towards their dreams.”
Almost a year to the day, I wrote about Joanne Ho’s exquisite swimming paintings. From a bird’s eye view, she introduced us to a bevy of anonymous characters who were so tiny they looked like ants among the grandiose landscape. Well, Joanne is back with more! She recently shared with me some of her latest works, which still feature miniature folks doing what they do best—enjoying the scenery.
I don’t have a car, so riding the local bike share is one of the ways I get around. But, I can guarantee that my rides are not nearly as whimsical as the bicycle embroidery by Walker Boyes of TrueFort. Called the Velo Series, it features hand-stitched bikes that are decorated with colorful blooms. They represent a fantasy, like something out of a movie—carefree weekend excursions to the farmer’s market that overflow with a bounty of fresh flowers.