Illustration, Interview

Picture Yourself as One of These Painted Women by Rachel Jo

Illustration by Rachel Jo

Last year, illus­tra­tor Rachel Jo gave her­self an assign­ment. “I decid­ed to chal­lenge myself to do a paint­ing a day for a month in Novem­ber 2016 to real­ly get my style to show some con­sis­ten­cy,” she tells me in an email. “The pro­por­tions of my fig­ures were real­ly wonky and my col­or palette was all over the place.” The 30 days were “dif­fi­cult but reward­ing,” and it’s been a big help in her cur­rent endeav­ors and over­all career.
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Embroidery

Embroideries Appear to Be Created With a Brush Rather Than Needle and Thread

Lauren Singleton floral and text embroidery

When I first came upon the embroi­deries of Lau­ren Sin­gle­ton, aka YesStitchYes, my imme­di­ate thought was, “They look painter­ly!” Her style, with elon­gat­ed leaves and petals, remind me of grace­ful brush strokes rather than lines poked with a nee­dle. Paired with script-style text, this hoop art has a breezy, care­free style to it—one I don’t often see in embroi­dery.

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Illustration, The Color Series

The Color Series | 15 Illustrations + Embroidery That Form a Fortress of Green

Green illustrations

Anoth­er Mon­day, anoth­er edi­tion of The Col­or Series! Over the past cou­ple of weeks, I’ve picked illus­tra­tion and crafts where one col­or dom­i­nates the rest (in a good way, of course) in com­po­si­tion and form. So far, we’ve seen tran­quil blue and pink rever­ie. Now, it’s time for green embroi­dery and green illus­tra­tions.

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Illustrated products

7 Creative Products to Illustrate Your Life This Week

Creative goods, July 7, 2017

1. Bronze lla­ma neck­lace by Dawn­ing Col­lec­tive
2. July but­ter­flies pat­tern PDF by Sarah K. Ben­ning
3. Tiger and lily hand-embroi­dered top by Sam Eldridge
4. Fan palm gold pin by Hem­l­e­va
5. Spring-inspired tote bag by Sylvie Demers
6. Safari by Vogue tem­po­rary tat­too by Tat­tly
7. Dish with woman by Car­o­la Jose­fa

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Embroidery

Intricate Embroidered Illustrations Offer a Playful Twist on Intimate Apparel

Embroidered bralette by Birds & Beestings

Bralettes are en vogue, and I am here for it. One of my favorite iter­a­tions of this trend is the embroi­dered bralette, which com­bines intri­cate stitch­ing with del­i­cate, sheer fab­rics. Emi­ly Parkin­son of Birds & Beestings has an illus­tra­tive take on this type of inti­mate. She stitch­es entire scenes that extend across the chest. Her small but strik­ing col­lec­tion fea­tures embroi­dered prick­ly cac­ti (pre­vi­ous­ly), spot­ted fun­gi, jade snakes, and the art of Hen­ri Rousseau.

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Illustrated products

7 Creative Products to Illustrate Your Life This Week

Creative Products, June 30

1. Big dog patch­es by Buried Dia­monds
2. Hand-shaped hand soap by Imag­i­nary Ani­mals
3. Infi­nite Uni­verse wal­let by Oli­ness Art Stu­dio
4. Flower pot by Miri­am Brug­mann
5. Prick­ly pear embroi­dered bralette by Birds and Beestings
6. Leaf buck­et back­pack by Leafling Bags
7. I Hate You the Least mug by Gem­ma Cor­rell

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Sculpture

Designer-Turned-Crafter Stitches Little Leather Creatures That Live Under the Sea

Leather Creatures by Freda Cheung

Trained as graph­ic design­er, Fre­da Che­ung has gone ana­log and sculpts leather crea­tures by hand. “I’ve always been inter­est­ed in the ocean,” she tells Frankie Mag­a­zine. “Some of my dig­i­tal art­work shares the ocean theme. Then I saw oth­er artists mak­ing ani­mals from felt, and want­ed to make my own sea crea­tures in leather.” To pro­duces her octo­pus­es, crabs, and lob­sters, their pat­terns are pieced togeth­er and secured with whip stitch­es. Some, like the tiny whales, are quirky brooches. Oth­ers are larg­er and stur­dy enough to stack on top one another—for extra fun.

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Illustration, Interview

Illustrator Abbey Lossing Makes It Personal with Her Stylish Portraits

Abbey Lossing digital illustration

If you’ve fol­lowed my Insta­gram for a while, you’ve prob­a­bly seen the work of Abbey Loss­ing. I became enam­ored with her por­traits that com­bine styl­ish ensem­bles, a lim­it­ed col­or palette, and nature-inspired motifs. By day, she’s a staff illus­tra­tor and ani­ma­tor at Vice News, but she also main­tains an active port­fo­lio of per­son­al work.

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