Ann Wood and Dean Lucker are the duo behind Woodlucker, a studio that creates interactive mechanical sculptures and botanical paper creations. I’ve been on a paper flower kick for a while now, so that’s what I was instantly drawn to when looking at their beautiful Instagram. Each petal, wing, and stem is crafted with care, and this attention to detail is evident in every facet of the work, including the tiny brush strokes that adorn paper’s surface.
If you’re local to Minneapolis, you can visit the Woodlucker studio and see these gorgeous pieces in person. They open their work space to the public at least a couple of times a year. Find out more here. Otherwise, admire them from afar, just like me! (H/T Perrin)
1 // Bowl H by Jen Collins and Shayna Stevenson
2 // Raga Oxford Kimono by Fictive Fingers
3 // Little Bud Vase House by 2of2
4 // Crowned Swan Platter by Ninainvorm
5 // Coin Kosumepochi by Aiko Fukawa
6 // Breakfast Cookies by Baked Ideas (Check out her awesome Instagram!)
7 // Folklore Canister by Dots & Loops
Happy Friday! I hope you have some fun things in store for this weekend. I’m participating in Light Grey Art Lab’s upcoming exhibition, Bower Bird, so I’m planning on starting a new embroidery for that. The show is based on collections, so I’ll be creating a piece that revolves around my collection of small, quirky ceramics!
And speaking of ceramics, I received this adorable creation from Il Sung Na on Wednesday! I’m in love.
I don’t know why, but I’ve always had a thing for head pots. I’m so delighted by the thought of flowers growing out of the top of someone’s noggin, that I’ve started a small collection of them in my home. Kinska is a ceramic shop creating these very products that I covet. No matter the vessel—be it mug or vase—it’s stylistically the same person or few people. They have black hair, dark eyes, and bright red lips. I like this, because you can collect all and have a little Kinska family sitting on your window sill.
Follow Kinska’s Instagram to see fun works in progress!
Artist Jennifer Angus has created an installation that might gross you out, but it’s sure to fascinate you! Called In the Garden, she has wallpapered a hot pink-painted room with a gorgeous textured pattern that comprises 5,000 (!!) bugs. She collected the critters from southeast Asia and arranged them on the wall with their natural coloring intact—think iridescent greens, blues, and pearly mauves. The creatures form skull shapes and other decorative motifs and take over a room in the newly-renovated Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (This space officially opens on November 13.)
Jennifer’s piece is one of nine artworks in Wonder, the inaugural exhibition of the Renwick Gallery. In addition to her bugs, the other artists will each occupy a different gallery in the building and turn their space into a room-size installation. I’m not far from its location in Washington, DC, so I’m going to pop in one weekend and check it out. Fun! (Via designboom)
Sarah Burwash is no stranger to Brown Paper Bag. Over the years, I’ve admired both her ceramics and drawings and have been following her work ever since. One of her latest endeavors is Sweet Smelling Ashes, a recently-opened exhibition at Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The busy, detailed paintings showcase figures living their lives in ritual and routine. They occupy sprawling landscapes where everyone is at work, whether it be in physical feats or intimate interactions towards others. Success, failure, struggle, and grace are all visible in her work.
If you’re local to Edmonton, check out Sweet Smelling Ashes until November 14 of this year. Here are some selected images. Click on them to see ‘em in a larger size!
A couple of weeks ago, I launched a class on the online learning site, Skillshare. It’s called Paper Art: Create a Cut Paper Self-Portrait, and it demonstrates how to make a fun collaged picture of YOU! I take you from start to finish: the sketch phase to paper selection to the final portrait. Throughout the videos (which, collectively, are about 20 minutes long), I use this example:
It’s a couple of years old at this point and outdated—now, I have super short hair, am sans Monroe piercing, and I don’t wear glasses (all the time) anymore. So, for the class, I decided to make a brand new self portrait to share with the students. (PS: you can enroll anytime! Please do.)
Here’s my collage self portrait that’s currently in progress. I have a reference photo, sketch, and a bunch of painted papers that I’m using for my skin, eyes, hair, and clothing. I plan to have the entire thing finished this week. I’ll post it on class’ project page once I’m done.
Part of my paper stash.
Want in on the fun? Join me!
In December of last year, I first fell in love with Il Sung Na’s adorable ceramics. I bought one at MICA’s annual Art Market, and I’ve been itching to buy more ever since I saw his MFA Illustration Practice thesis in May. So, I’m super excited to tell you that his online shop is now open! It’s called Clay and Wish and currently sells five “models” of ceramic figurines—Coby, Cori, Benji, Daisy, and Lola—which all have multiple figures available in each model. (Each piece has slight variations.)
Since Clay and Wish opened yesterday, a few of the characters have already sold out. So scoop one up before they’re all gone!
Kelly Louise Judd is an artist living in Kansas City, Missouri (my hometown!), creating the curious paintings you see here. They’re often surreal compositions devoid of a background, which beg us to ponder these symbols’ greater meanings, like how human figures and animals are combined with flowers—a poetic reminder that we’re all one with this Earth.
Kelly has an Etsy shop! There, you can purchase prints, pillows, and original paintings.
Isn’t it incredible the effect that a simple brush stroke can have? Illustrator Marion Barraud creates an entire world with just some watercolor pigment and cleverly drawn lines. There isn’t a lot of details—there doesn’t need to be—but it’s just enough to give us an idea of who a character is and what their personality is like.
Marion sells her work on Etsy. Check it out for prints, badges, and postcards.
Prism of Starlings is the online shop of Kirsty Baynham. It sells prints, stationary, and home goods, all with an illustrative twist. They’re just what I love—pieces that combine the beauty of nature with human-crafted elements. And, that’s the point of Kirsty’s designs. “My work explores the emotions and interactions between wildlife, plants and architecture, using intricate pattern scapes,” she writes. No matter the form, each piece has the same attention to detail and beautiful use of a limited color palette. (Via So Super Awesome)