For many illustrators, having their work on the cover of The New Yorker is a dream. Since the magazine launched in 1925, it has produced some truly iconic covers that, in a single image, demonstrate why illustration is an important part of our visual culture. Not one to shy away from representing timely and/or controversial topics, the images produced are a snapshot of society at that particular time.
Does the middle of the week got you down? If so, escape to the dreamy illustrations by Camila Ortega. Clad in cotton candy pinks and tranquil blues, her characters greet you with a relaxed smile and sleepy gaze. They occupy a space that’s neither here nor there—the place where our subconscious thrives.
Embroidering on tulle seems like a challenge. It’s more delicate than your traditional cotton—making it less forgiving than other fabrics. But when done well, the effect is mesmerizing. We’ve seen how tulle and flowers can frame the world in beautiful bouquets. And with work of Katerina Marchenko, the hoop is like an aquarium; her colorful fish embroidery seemingly floats on the gauzy surface. Confined to their circular frame, it’s like an old fashioned fish bowl. Katerina stitches more than fish, however, bringing whales into the mix. But don’t worry about them—they are later freed from the hoop and adorn her stylish clothing.
Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve shared over 30 of my favorite Instagram feeds from some of my must-follow creatives. Through embroidery artists, illustrators, and sketchbook keepers, it’s so easy to be inspired by simply turning on your phone.
In one of the final stops of our tour, I’ve selected 10 of the best paper artists on Instagram. They each have their own way of working and turning the 2D material into spectacular 3D sculptures.
1. Niñas y Chicos by Uni + Ichi
2. Bubblegum the Pink Fuzzy Alpaca by Sleepy King
3. Circular Garden at Night by Franciscomffonseca
4. Foxes in the Forest Illustrated Banner by Papio Press
5. Scallop Clutch by La Lisette
6. Cicada Earrings by Erica Weiner
7. Mini Llama Air Plant Holder by Bits of Silver
I’ve got some llama and alpaca love featured this week. Did you know you can hire these creatures for your wedding? In formal wear, no less!
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My love for planters is well documented on Brown Paper Bag. And on Instagram, too—one of the happiest areas of my apartment features a couple of thriving succulents in creature-shaped pots. Emma Jo Alford of Minty Mountain continues this trend with her dazzling animal ceramics. The hand-sculpted hedgehogs, rabbits, and bears are adorably sleepy creatures that have gold accents and in some instances, fancy accessories. The polar bear planter, for instance, has an icicle headdress. How regal!
Hiné Mizushima (previously) creates a fantastical world of out of felt. Using that, as well as other materials like beading, she produces portraits of beetles, cephalopods, and clams. Each of her colorful has an astounding level of detail, and her felt crafts go beyond your typical representation of these creatures. Rather, through her series The Anatomy of, she shows us what’s inside.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shared inspiring illustrators and some of the best sketchbooks to follow on Instagram. Continuing this tour of my favorite feeds, here are 11 embroidery artists who fill my timeline with beautiful stitching.
The chosen embroiderers will make you a better stitcher by following them. From beautiful interior scenes to abstract beading, they both inspire and showcase techniques that you’ll want to try. And, if you’re looking for more specific advice, Elizabeth Pawle sometimes does a Q & A in her posts.
1. Small Carry-All Pouch by Isabelle Feliu
2. Woman Up! Hoop Art by The Wandering Thread
3. Hedgehog Pincushion by Sombrilla Verde
4. Herbarium Hoop Art by Zelia Smith
5. White Cat Desk Pet by I Like Cats
6. Hand iPhone Case by Coucou Suzette
7. Monstera Collar Pins by Mica Peet
My illustrated product obsessions are back for a limited engagement! For the next few weeks (at least), I’ll be sharing 7 things every Friday that I’ve had my eye on.
If you’ve got any suggestions for creative products, let me know.
Art of art. That’s how I describe some of my favorite interior illustrations by María Luque. The drawings and paintings—a blend of color pencils, markers, and acrylics—feature people living and interacting with art, and many times they’re accompanied by an animal who is seriously taking up their personal space. Either way, I want to go to the places she illustrates.