Empowering Embroideries Transform ‘Big Swinging Ovaries’ into Colorful Designs

Empowering embroidery by Jess de Wahls

Some peo­ple might get shy when talk­ing about our bod­ies, but not embroi­dery artist Jess de Wahls. Her ongo­ing series called Big Swing­ing Ovaries fea­tures the repro­duc­tive organ styl­ized and turned into a motif rep­re­sent­ing female strength and empow­er­ment. As hoop art, the shape of the ovaries are the cen­ter­piece, and they act as chameleons. Cloaked in a vari­ety of sub­ject matter—including Fri­da Kahlo, cats, and cacti—the organ has a mind of its own. Some­times, Jess even gives them eyes or oth­er facial expres­sion. But regard­less of the sub­ject mat­ter, each piece is done in a Jess’ gor­geous, max­i­mal­ist style that cov­ers much of the sur­face in bright col­ors and tex­tures.

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Eleonor Boström Puts Her Ceramic Dog Sculptures to Work for You

Eleonor Bostrom ceramic dog sculptures

I spent some time in Cleve­land this past week­end, which includ­ed at trip to one of the best antique stores I’ve ever been to: Sweet Lorain. While there, I looked an impres­sive col­lec­tion of dog stat­ues (and end­ed up buy­ing a pooch known as a spaghet­ti poo­dle), and it got me think­ing about Eleonor Boström’s ceram­ic sculp­tures. I’ve long been a fan of how she mar­ries form and func­tion. Or, as Eleonor puts she depicts #dogsat­work. These pups are hold­ing plant clip­pings, match­es, and your morn­ing cup of coffee—and they’re doing it all with a smile.

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88 Artists ‘Look Up’ at the Same Time to Create Brilliant Portraits of One Sky

One Sky Illustrations

Women Who Draw con­tin­ues to be one of my favorite things on the inter­net. It’s an open direc­to­ry for female (and female-iden­ti­fy­ing) illus­tra­tors, and it increas­es the vis­i­bil­i­ty of women work­ing in illus­tra­tion, arts, and cartooning—with empha­sis placed illus­tra­tors of col­or, LBTQ+, and oth­er minor­i­ty groups.

That’s a long-wind­ed way of intro­duc­ing their new col­lab­o­ra­tive project that recent­ly appeared on Top­ic. Called One Sky, co-founders Wendy Mac­Naughton and Julia Roth­man gave 88 artists one sim­ple instruc­tion: look up at August 13, 2017 at exact­ly 12:00PM East­ern Stan­dard Time. The select­ed artists then drew and paint­ed what they saw.

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Embroidery, Painting

Together, Embroidery and Painting Create Unique Snapshots of Travels Abroad

Mixed media embroidery by Libby Williams

Innsbruck, Austria

Embroi­der­er and artist Lib­by Williams uses a com­bi­na­tion of stitch­ing and paint­ing to cre­ate unique trav­el por­traits of the places she’s been. “I’m from the U.S. but have been liv­ing in Lux­em­bourg for the past year and a half,” she tells me in an email. “I like to work back and forth between abstrac­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion, always tak­ing inspi­ra­tion from the land­scape.”

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Sketchbooks, Sponsored

Learn How to Add a Dazzling New Dimension to Your Sketchbook Paintings with Skillshare (Sponsored)

White Pen Art

While many stu­dents are back in the class­room, you don’t have to feel left out if you aren’t one of them. Through the online learn­ing site Skill­share, you can edu­cate your­self all year long—even dur­ing sum­mer and win­ter breaks! Best of all, you don’t have to leave your home to do so; they offer over 17,000 art, design, and pho­to class­es that you can take any­where at any­time on any device. Ear­li­er this year, I tried Leah Goren’s Illus­tra­tion & Inspi­ra­tion: Keep­ing a Sketch­book and had a ton of fun paint­ing and gain­ing new inspi­ra­tion for sketch­ing. Recent­ly, I’ve enrolled in anoth­er class to help build on my sketch­book skills. Ohn Mar Win’s Sketch­book Prac­tice: Make Every­day Objects Pop With Water­colour and Pen implored me to try some­thing I’ve nev­er done before: use white ink. Curi­ous? You too can try this class with 2 free months of Skill­share Pre­mi­um.

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Illustrated Art Journals Offer Exquisite Ways to Spark Your Creativity

Art journals by Lily Moon

Hav­ing a good jour­nal is like hav­ing a trusty com­pan­ion. I have so many small art jour­nals and keep every one of them; I can’t bear to part with my scrib­bled (and often inde­ci­pher­able) notes or doo­dles. Artist Lily Moon cre­ates blank hand-bound note­books that are per­fect for your writ­ing, draw­ing, or col­lages. The dif­fer­ent themes—such as The Blue Jour­nalWild Ideas Pock­et Book, and Run­away Thoughts—each have their cov­ers adorned with a dif­fer­ent detailed illus­tra­tion. In addi­tion to their pret­ty paint­ed cov­ers, Lily includes stick­ers that will help get your cre­ative juices flow­ing.

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