Bedazzle the Buns of Ceramic Ladies by Sticking Them with Sewing Pins

Bespoke pin cushions by Erin Paisely

If you sew, you know how vital the pin cush­ion is. We’re often so used to the stan­dard toma­to, but there’s ways to make the prac­ti­cal tool both fan­cy and fun—thanks to illus­trat­ed ceram­ics. And Erin Pais­ley does just that with her bespoke pin cush­ions.

Erin’s pro­duc­tion process looks like this: she first hand builds the form—either a woman or animal—out of earth­en­ware clay. After it’s paint­ed, glazed, and fired, she adorns the fig­ure with a tight black wool bun stuffed with wool rov­ing. The pin cush­ion part looks like hair, so the more pins you stick in, the more bejew­eled her bun looks.

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Julia Iredale Fuses Gorgeous Technique with What Lives Inside Our Heads

Surreal illustration by Julia Iredale

Over a year ago, I first mar­veled at the curi­ous work of Van­cou­ver-based illus­tra­tor Julia Iredale. Her sur­re­al illus­tra­tion style fus­es land­scapes and fig­ures into sin­gu­lar­ly com­pelling scenes. While Julia hasn’t depart­ed from her visu­al lan­guage, she’s con­tin­ued to refine it with a new body of work. Rather than cre­at­ing full-bleed illus­tra­tions, she plays raw edges to pro­duce pieces that deft­ly con­vey lucid dream­ing and mem­o­ries you can’t quite shake.

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Botanical Embroideries Transform Thrifted Garments into Coveted Clothing

Embroidered clothing by Sam Eldridge

Embroi­der­er Sam Eldridge stitch­es jun­gles, gar­dens, and flo­ral bou­quets on thrift­ed gar­ments. The col­or­ful cre­ations breath new life into these sec­ond-hand pieces and give them a fresh feel by trans­form­ing them into one of a kind pieces. Her embroi­dered cloth­ing fol­lows a long tra­di­tion of repair­ing a gar­ment rather than out­right dis­pos­al. Long ago, before the atom­iza­tion of the Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion, peo­ple would mend their cloth­ing over and over again, because each piece was so expen­sive to make in the first place. That’s not real­ly a con­cern today, of course, but Sam is engag­ing in the same idea—create a new twist on some­thing old and extend its life for the wear­er.

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Artist, Sculpture

Felted Fungi (on Real Wood) That You Don’t Have to Forage For

Mushroom felt crafts by Close Call Studio

Maybe you don’t have a green thumb and all your plants even­tu­al­ly wilt. You know what? That’s okay. Because thanks to the mush­room felt crafts by Close Call Stu­dio, you can still have some­thing life-like in your home. Aman­da Adams, the illus­tra­tor and sculp­tor behind Close Call, cre­ates play­ful plants and veg­eta­bles that are an eye-catch­ing fusion of craft­ed nature with a piece of the real out­doors. She hand-sews and mounts small fun­gi, col­or­ful blooms, and prick­ly cac­ti on a slice of hand-cut wood. The result is a unique homage to nature that brings the beau­ty of the out­doors inside—but no extra care required.

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Illustrated products

7 Creative Products That’ll Help Illustrate Your Life This Week

Best creative products

1. Stand­ing ceram­ic rain­bow by eloeil
2. Cac­tus embroi­dery pat­tern by Mut­ed Rose Embroi­dery
3. Brass woman neck­lace by Lisa Junius
4. Mon­steras leaf brooch by Lucie Ellen
5. Female sup­port sys­tem brass hook by Kaye Bleg­vad
6. Ceram­ic cat lamp by SowiesoWies
7. Hand­made porce­lain chip and dip by Jar­jour Pot­tery

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Paper Craft

Tiny Talisman are Pocket-Sized Paper Craft That Wish You Good Luck

Tiny talisman you can hold in your hand

Juli­ette Sallin, aka Gang of Frey­ja, is an illus­tra­tor and cut paper artist who works on a minia­ture scale. She’s recent­ly cre­at­ed a series of “pock­et tal­is­man,” which fea­ture styl­ized hands and paper flow­ers encased in small glass jars. The exquis­ite cre­ations are small enough to fit between two fingers—and put in your pock­et for good luck. “I like to think of my paper cuts as tiny trea­sures that reveal a secret we all car­ry deep inside,” she says. “[That] our innate rela­tion­ship with our world is light­heart­ed and sen­su­ous.”

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Illustration, Sketchbooks

Celebrity Names Combined with Animals is a “Punny” Creature Hybrid

Celebrity Animal Puns by Lee May Foster-Wilson

Yes­ter­day, I wrote about the ambi­tious #100­daypro­ject of Cheryl Teo—she’s in the midst of build­ing vibrant cut paper scenes on match­book-sized stages. Illus­tra­tor Lee May Fos­ter-Wil­son, aka Bon­bi For­est, is also com­plet­ing this hun­dred day endeav­or. She’s going the 2D route, how­ev­er, and designed a project around celebri­ty ani­mal puns. Justin Beaver, Spaniel L. Jack­son, and Lla­ma Del Rey are just a few of the “pun­ny” crea­tures that she’s drawn.

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Ceramics, Inspirational Instagram

11 Inspiring Ceramic Artists to Follow on Instagram

Best ceramic artists on Instagram

It’s the final stop on my unof­fi­cial “Insta­gram tour” that high­lights some of my favorite feeds worth your fol­low. So far, I’ve high­light­ed paper artistsillus­tra­tors, embroi­dery artists, and sketch­books that are inspire me—and others—with their incred­i­ble artistry. Last but not least, I’m chron­i­cling some of the best ceram­ic artists on Insta­gram.

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