1. ‘Plume’ Flutter Top by Thief&Bandit
2. Cactus Succulent Terrarium Stamp Set by TalkToTheSun
3. Set of 8 Tropical Bird Cards by Kitty McCall
4. ‘Geometric Boobs’ Collar Pins by Vanessa Gong
5. Sunshine Baby Pillow Cover by Ditto House
6. Moon Phase Ring by Almanac for June
7. Matchstick Dog by Eleonor Boström
Happy weekend! Just gonna leave this here—
(Embroidery by itsonlyyou.)
These illustrations by Frau Isa are so delightfully weird—I don’t know what to make of them. The acrylic paintings feature a single female figure surrounded by a myriad of seemingly disparate objects and animals. It’s fun to try and connect the dots and figure out how they all come together. I, for one, can only enjoy my tea with a dagger by my side.
Looking for an inspiring Instagram? Follow Isa!
Isa also paints murals, too!
Teresa Lim creates embroideries that are simultaneously lush—full of color and texture—while also mimicking the look of a sketch. Teresa makes detailed portraits with thin, black thread, and surrounds them dreamy blues, pinks, yellows, and greens. Together, they’re a compelling juxtaposition, with a nice compositional balance between visually light and heavy.
It’s not hard to see where Teresa’s interests lie: illustration, embroidery and surface pattern design. Through her work, she wants to “blur the lines and boundaries between being an illustrator and a textile designer.” It’s a good place to be.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: illustration is everywhere—including on desserts! Tortik Annuchka is a Moscow-based bakery that creates incredible cakes with an artistic flair. They include beautiful watercolor-style paintings, intricate “ink” drawings, and fondant that resembles paper quilling. I’m sure the desserts are delicious, but with designs like these, they look too good to eat.
Follow the bakery on Instagram to see more of their edible handiwork.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know that Aitch is one of my favorite illustrators. I love her folk-inspired style—the imagery lends itself well to repeat patterns on clothing. Case in point: the illustrations created for Sandra Mansour’s AW 2016 Collection. Flowers, tigers, coffins, and long-haired figures grace maxi-dresses, jackets, and capes. Coupled with the elegant garment lines, they’re a playful juxtaposition to the colorful illustrations.
1. Felt Cactus by sah-rah
2. SNUG.BLOWBALL / brooch by SNUG.STUDIO
3. Moth Necklace by Rachel Suggs
4. CARP Case Fish by Don Fisher Shop
5. Night Jumper Sweatshirt by Rachel Katstaller for The Club of Odd Volumes
6. Cactus Soap by Seventh Tree Soaps
7. Reading Raccoon Bookend by Design Atelier Article
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Claymate Creatures is the Etsy shop of Daria Lapto, a doll artist from Ulyanovsk, Russia. For weeks, I’ve been admiring her Instagram, which is full of her beautifully strange figures. They’re often hybrids—such as a bear-girl or a bunnicorn—or a fantastical reimagining of bats, wolves, and even narwhals. I’m amazed with Daria’s character design, and these figures feel like they’re part of an exquisite stop-motion film.
To produce her curious creations, Daria uses clay to build their heads, adding glass eyes for an eerie, realistic feel. She then paints them with acrylics and applies matte and gloss finishes. Afterwards, she adds fabric—for clothing, wings, and soft bodies—that create an atheistically-pleasing juxtaposition of hard and soft materials.
Daria sells her dolls on Etsy, but they seem to go fast. Follow her on Instagram for shop updates.
Last fall, illustrator Rose Wong had a show called Consider Death at Grumpy Bert in Brooklyn. The works included are poignant and beautiful in their simplicity —Rose mixes bold floral elements with geometric forms, inserting a contemplative figure among them. This character, devoid of a face/emotions, could be, as its namesake suggests, considering the end. It takes the illustrations to a dark place, but this is in line with Rose’s artistic philosophy. In an interview with Light Grey Art Lab, she explains:
When I get sad or frustrated, art makes me feel better. But getting myself to draw when I feel down is often an uphill battle. I am often a positive and upbeat person, but sometimes when I draw, the other part of me comes through – the quiet and contemplative side. I want people to feel good when they look at my work, but to also find some sadness in it. We are all complex individuals and life is all about the emotional experiences, whether it be positive or not.
See more of Consider Death on Rose’s Tumblr. Some of my favorites are below.
While perusing Catherine Campbell’s Instagram the other day—I told you, I can’t get enough of IG— I found that in addition to being an illustrator, she’s an embroiderer, too! Typically, Catherine works with pen, ink, and watercolor, but a small selections of her works are made with fabric. She approaches these textiles in a similar way, saying they “are very much like drawings that are made with needle and thread.” The results include chain stitching and appliqué in small banner pins and wall hangings. In addition, Catherine adds pompoms and ribbons, giving these works a celebratory and ceremonial feel.
These embroideries aren’t Catherine’s most recent work, but it looks like she’s finding time for the craft again. Stay tuned!
I’m always on the hunt for an inspirational Instagram, and this week, I’ve found it in illustrator Carolyn Gavin. Her posts feature vibrant sketchbook paintings of animals and beautiful blooms, crafted with the carefree fluidity of watercolor. Seeing them has a few effects: for starters, you’ll yearn for spring; then, you’ll want to head to the florist for a real, colorful bouquet, afterwards, you’ll have the urge to pick up your brush and create your own paintings!
After you’ve followed Carolyn on Instagram, check out her Etsy shop for prints and original paintings of these pieces.