Illustrator, ceramicist, and canary keeper Polly Fern follows in the long historical tradition of adorning clay with pictures. Her colorful vases, plates and bowls feature everyday scenes: a table set with a long baguette; men and women digging holes among the trees; and people riding on horses. They tell short stories—perhaps of not the most glamorous lives, but ones that are filled with people, pets, and good food. It all sounds lovely to me!
Polly sells her ceramics through her online shop.
Yesterday, I raved about the cut-paper creations of Ultralazer, an artistic duo that utilizes the medium to produce flattened castles and landscapes. Timrose is another creative working with the same type of bold shapes in stylized ways—but instead of paper, it’s pieces of leather. The material—clad in pink, silver, and textured greens—forms tropical leaves that are stitched over the flap of the structured bags.
Sleek and stylish, the accessories are part of Timrose’s collection called Road To Hana. It was made in collaboration with jewelry design Fruzsi Petró and inspired by collages and outsider art—seeing them, I can’t help but be reminded of Henri Rousseau‘s paintings.
They illustrative bags are currently available through Timrose’s online shop.
I’ve never been to It’s a Small World in Disneyland, but I’ve always admired Mary Blair’s version that features stylized buildings constructed out of simple, colorful shapes. It’s this aesthetic that instantly drew me to the cut-paper works of Ultralazer, a collaborative project from two France-based makers named Maxence and Pauline.
Together, Maxence and Pauline create playful scenes that you can hold in the palm of your hand. I’m partial to their castles, but nature scenes are common, too. Regardless of the landscape, each is crafted with a stunning attention to detail.
Another week, another embroidery artist! Similar to Tessa Perlow‘s bold upcycled garments, Ellie Mac adorns jackets and sweatshirts with beautiful florals, leaves, and graceful winged creatures. Sometimes, she stitches directly onto clothing, while other pieces include patches that are affixed to fabric.
My favorite thing about Ellie’s pieces is her use of iridescent thread. It catches the eye, adding some unexpected glitz to the designs.
1. Brass Beetle Collar Brooches by Tick Tack Tick
2. Dainty Daisy Pizza Pin by Jordan Sondler for Valley Cruise Press
3. Zadie Hand Bookends by Kate Spade New York
4. Cat Skeleton Necklace by J. Topolski
5. Cactus and Martini Hanging Mirrors by McKean Studio
6. Japanese Choku Botan Karakusa by Readymade Objects Shop
7. Scare Bear Printed Clutch by Jade Clark and Allison Bamcat
One of the biggest stories this week—in illustration news—was that clothing brand ZARA stole Tuesday Bassen‘s designs. When she and her lawyer approached them, the company’s response was that she’s not famous enough to matter. The story went viral and Tuesday has received a ton of support, garnering the attention of Buzzfeed, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post. ZARA eventually commented on the matter and suspended the stolen designs from sale.
Tuesday is still fighting this battle, but one of the best things to come out of it—aside from the massive attention and her new, aggressive lawyer—is that Adam J. Kurtz set up a shop to support the artists whose work has been stolen by these type of big companies. Buy the true designs and see for yourself just how shameless the unauthorized reproductions are.
Tessa Perlow embroiders garments with bold flowers, turning ordinary tank tops and t-shirts into something spectacular. The up-cycled fashions are in keeping with the long tradition of cultures who adorn their clothing with decorative stitches. These pieces recall hints of beautiful Oaxaca dresses, but with a modern twist as blooms freely flow down and across the body.
You can buy Tessa’s handiwork in her Etsy shop. Follow her on Instagram for works in progress!
I know I was just raving about leather bags that celebrate the summer, but these specially-painted gloves by artist Bunnie Reiss are too good to pass up. They’re recycled accessories that, with her help, are given a new life. “My Cosmic Animal Gloves are one of my favorite on-going projects where I get to play with the idea of old and new, symmetry and our strange connection to the cosmic world of spirit animals,” she explains. They feature intricate marks and vintage-inspired patterns whose arrangements will make you contemplate the delicate balance between nature and the human world.
Bunnie sells these gloves! She asks that you contact her directly about it.
When it comes to summer accessories—or any seasonal adornments—there’s a fine line between chic and cheesy. If you’re too literal, it can be read as silly. La Lisette is an example of where the colors and motifs of the warm-weather months work together to produce fun-yet-exquisite bags. With fruit and tropical leaves as inspiration, the pieces feature fine leather detailing whose patterns and shapes are informed by orange and watermelon slices. The surface design recalls these foods, but doesn’t go overboard—it also works as abstract, vibrant patterning.
La Lisette sells these and other fun accessories on Etsy. The Monstera leaf bag is on my “must have” list!
Big, bold, and beautiful—that’s how I describe the work of Jenny Kiker, aka Living Pattern. Her watercolor paintings feature the striking leaves of plants like Monstera deliciosa, Valley Oak, and good ole ferns. To create these pieces, Jenny says that her process “starts with a combination of drawing from observation and imagination,” letting the leaf (or leaves) inform “where the line wants to go and how it wants to feel.” The results showcase the exquisite subtleties of these plants as well as the color achieved from watercolor paint.
Jenny sells her work through her website, but be sure to follow her on Instagram for frequent botanical inspiration!
1. Eyes Pouch by Zana Products
2. Serpent Heart Clutch by Poppy Lissiman (thx, Lisa!)
3. Wooden Girl Clock by Lawrence Slater at Beach London
4. Mirror Masks by Areaware
5. Anteater Ceramic Planter by Cumbuca Chic
6. Mirka Serpent Earrings by Gorman
7. Cat Toy Catnip Sardines by Miso Handmade
I love making these collages each week—and looking back on the old ones. There are definitely themes that emerge throughout my illustrated product obsessions, such as eyes. I love things with eyes on them!
What about you? Are there certain design elements that you gravitate towards?