Illustrator and graphic designer Lia Tuia creates a charming world consisting of creature characters and botanical elements. The images, which employ a limited color palette and bold black lines, have a decorative sensibility to them and feel like posters (or some other advertisement) for a larger story akin to the Moomins. But rather than resembling hippopotamuses, many of Lia’s figures are reminiscent of rabbits.
Over the past few years, weaving—much like embroidery—has made a comeback in contemporary craft circles. It offers a way to compose abstract compositions in thread as well as the opportunity to play with texture. Some of my favorite weavings use the ends of yarn and juxtapose it with tightly-woven stitches to create a striking combination that looks both hard and soft. Allyson Rousseau is one of these prolific weavers—creating more than 200 custom pieces for homes around the world—who often plays with scale. Rather than go big, however, she opts for something that will fit in the palm of your hand; she produces miniature weaving.
I know that just last week I started the series Around the World, and I had all intentions to continue it today. But, I got a little distracted when Tiffanie Turner’s The Fine Art of Paper Flowers arrived in the mail. I love making faux flowers—last Halloween, I made a whole bunch of them for my costume—but I hadn’t tried making paper flowers before. I was eager to give one of her tutorials a try.
1. Mini flower vase by Honey Thistle
2. Cheetah backpack by Mia Charro
3. Cloud sponge by Snug.Studio
4. (Pizza) Party Night t-shirt by Artmars
5. Gentle Thrills Bad Dog jacket by Big Bud Press x Gentle Thrills
6. Prickly pear iPhone case by Idlewild Co.
7. Tiger Tiger storage box by Camila Prada
It’s no secret that I love embroidery—and that especially extends to clothing. Last week, I shared the collaboration between Rifle Paper Co. and Keds, which included, among other styles, a pair of stitched sneakers. They’re great for the warmer weather months, but Boden is ready to take you into the fall and winter with their set of suede folk-inspired embroidered boots and flats.
There are some parts of one’s visual language that acts as the thread that ties years of work together. A style might shift, but a consistent element still remains. For artist and illustrator Laura Berger, it’s nudes. For as long as I’ve been looking at her art, Laura has always incorporated some form of the nude body—figures round and jovial, like they don’t have a care in the world. This visual mainstay has grown along side her as her color schemes change or explore an abstract world.
I love organization and finding connections between things. Because of that inclination, I had a lot of fun curating The Color Series, in which I grouped illustrations, embroidery, and paper craft by hue. In a similar vein, I’m starting a new mini series that, over the next six to eight weeks, will take us Around the World. It will feature illustrators, artists, and makers who are based in a particular locale(s).
My creative products picks are taking a pause this week, because I’ve recently become enamored with the Keds x Rifle Paper Co. shoe collection; I felt I had to share. Combining beautiful blooms with comfy sneakers, illustrator Anna Bond adds a touch of fancy to the casual kicks. My favorite pair, of course, is completely embroidered—but I’m also partial to the high tops in metallic gold.
This week, I’ve been enamored with artwork and illustrations where small elements make up a spectacular whole. On Tuesday, I shared the meticulous cut paper work of Margaret Scrinkl, who uses a combination of scissors and an X-ACTO knife to achieve fine details. Brannon Addison of Happy Cactus Designs does the same thing with a needle and thread. Her tiny embroidery features a host of beautiful blooms, from five petal plants to leafy ferns. After finishing a piece, Brannon usually frames it.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love true crime. Documentaries, long form articles, podcasts… it’s the type of stories I enjoy consuming in my free time. So, imagine my delight when I was introduced to a book that combined illustration and true crime. Called Women Who Kill, it’s written by Anna Davies and illustrated by Sarah Tanat-Jones.