Do you subscribe to any monthly subscription boxes? I often hesitate signing up for them—I’m afraid of accumulating too much stuff I won’t ever use. But one product I can’t get enough of is stationary! I’m a firm believer in writing things down and hand-written thank you notes. So, even if I don’t scribble in a notebook right away, I know I’ll eventually use it.
Papergang is a monthly subscription box from Ohh Deer, an online purveyor of awesome illustrated products. They sent me one of their boxes recently and I got to see what it’s all about. Basically, it’s everything I use over the course of a given month: an On Point pencil (I never write notes in pen); three pocket-sized notebooks, a clipboard, two blank greeting cards, an illustrative print, and postcard featuring the current month.
I’ve already put one of the notebooks and pencil to good use, and if you’re a stationary lover, I’m sure you’ll find a way to incorporate these types of objects into your everyday routine. Better yet, you get something new each month that includes paper products. When you subscribe, you’ll never get a repeat box and almost all the product will be exclusive to Papergang before it goes on sale in the Ohh Deer shop. Go here to claim your box for this month!
This box transforms into a ram once you’re done!
Illustrator Anna Kövecses creates bold, bright images that feature minimalist shapes. This aesthetic is translated onto clothing for a charming effect—Anna prints cats, swans, mushrooms, and more for the Fall/Winter 16/17 Lazzari collection. I especially love the jacquard jersey pieces because they mix her clean lines with a pixelated-looking texture.
Anna’s collection is now available through the Lazzari website. I’ve got my eye on the llamas!
Australian maker Fleur Lyon calls her textile pieces “knitted fields of wild florals.” Using traditional techniques, she creates wool-on-wool artwork with a hand-knitted base and embroidered flowers among a timber frame. The pieces remind me of a soft, cozy sweater that feels and smells like home. I’d imagine these are best enjoyed while sipping a hot cup of tea.
Fleur Lyon sells her work online and posts upcoming sales as well as works in progress through Instagram.
1. Rattlesnake Safari Clutch by Lizzie Fortunato
2. Fig & Poppy Seed Mismatched Socks by Spox Sox
3. Nikelab X Riccardo Tisci Jacket by Nike
4. Confetti Cacti by Scout and Whistle
5. Cactus Bear Enamel Pins by Natelle Quek
6. Dripping Mint / Avocado Planter by Brian Giniewski
7. Marble Run Flocked Jumper by Liisa Chisholm
Have a great weekend, ya’ll. And if you’re in the States, enjoy your holiday!
This past spring, I marveled over illustrator Kim Sielbeck‘s tiny paper cacti with their bold colors and charming patterned pots. So, when I was in the midst of planning Inside / Outside at Flower Pepper Gallery, I knew her work would be perfect for it. I was so happy that Kim agreed and created a host of new plants—some large and some small—just for the show.
The pieces seen here are now available through Flower Pepper Gallery’s website. If you’ve been thinking about buying her work—do it! The cacti are even more delightful in person. And if you’re someone with a brown thumb, you still reap the benefits of some green without the fear of them wilting.
Collage is known best as paper-on-paper creations, but there are infinite possibilities with this technique. Often, the mashup of two disparate elements makes for the most exciting compositions, as is the case with Angie Lewin’s exquisite works. An illustrator, print maker, and pattern designer, she uses pieces of driftwood as the backdrop for her printed nature-themed imagery. Angie is inspired by the Mid-century modern movement, and its crisp lines and strong shapes offer a striking juxtaposition to the soft, uneven textured surface of the wood.
These pieces were originally produced as part of A Natural Line at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2014. But you can bet I’m keeping my eye out for more future works in this vein.
Here are some of Angie’s non-driftwood creations:
I have a well-documented love of face planters on Brown Paper Bag. My years-long admiration is because of the playful nature they inherently contain. These delightful objects dress up your plants while creating wild, ever-changing hairstyles for the stoneware characters.
Design Forest is inspired by animals—bunnies, cats, elephants, and more— and pares them down to essential, simple shapes that are minimal in decoration yet convey sweet personalities. Just look at their smiles!
Design Forest sells their entire pastel-colored collection through their online shop.
1. Ceramic Winking Beastie Bud Vase by jen e
2. Embroidered Tassel Necklace by Oh My Heart Embroidery
3. Charming Creatures Tiger Decor by Sarah Walsh for The Land of Nod
4. Cotton Swan Boat Dress by Anna Kovecses for Lazzari
5. Orange Bomba Vessel by Beech Hall
6. Patches The Pup Pendant by Christine Schmidt for Uncommon Goods
7. Embroidered Leather Fox Shoes by Katz & Birds
When I was in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of meeting Carrie and Hal of Red Cap Cards. If you’re not familiar with their work, they make beautiful cards with amazing illustrators—many of which have been featured on Brown Paper Bag!
Carrie and Hal have been busy and recently debuted a new gift wrap collection. It’s full of lovely, gorgeous imagery—the choice between ripping their paper and opening the present it’s wrapped in will certainly be a difficult one.
I am a doodler. Whenever I’m sitting idly, talking on the phone, or bored on a plane, I find myself drawing the same sort of shapes time and again. It’s why I connect with Elizabeth Pawle’s scattering embroideries—they remind me doodles made with thread. The bevy of colors, textures, and shapes are organized in aesthetically-pleasing squares, like I’m getting a glimpse inside of Elizabeth’s head. Scatterings showcases all of the unique ways in which she processes information.
Elizabeth sells her work through Etsy. Follow her on Instagram to see when her next listing will be.
Artist Robert Bowers paints tranquil jungle scenes that feature four-legged friends nestled within their lush green leaves. His work is 50% to 75% plants that make it impossible to see beyond their walls of tropical flora… but I’m not complaining. The low depth of field is otherworldly, and Robert’s images offer a form of escapism in which animals rule the land and we’re merely visitors.
Robert has an Instagram that includes a lot of works in progress—so a lot of plants. Give it a follow if you want Henri Rousseau-inspired botanicals in your feed.