Charming Folk Art-Inspired Characters Who Have a Bigger Story to Tell

Folk art illustrations by Lia Tuia

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.

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Mini Weavings Offer Unique Fashion as Statement-Making Necklaces

Miniature weaving by Allyson Rous

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.

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How To, Paper Craft

The Fine Art of Paper Flowers’ Is a Recipe Book for Crafting Your Own Gorgeous Blooms

The Fine Art of Paper Flowers by Tiffanie Turner // paper flowers DIY

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.

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Embroidery, Illustrated products

Stylish Embroidered Boots Add a Folk-Inspired Touch to Your Everyday Attire

Embroidered boots by Boden

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.

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Interview, Painting

Laura Berger’s Nude Paintings Are Part of an Artistic Soup

Nude Paintings by Laura Berger

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.

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Around the World

Around the World | 10 Crafter and Illustrators Working in the “Land Down Under”

Illustrators in Australia

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).

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Illustrated products

Rifle Paper Co. And Keds Created Snazzy Sneakers with a Springtime Twist

Rifle Paper Co x Keds Shoes

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.

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Tiny Embroidered Flowers Burst into Spontaneous Arrangements

Tiny embroidery by Happy Cactus

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.

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Illustrated Books

Book Review | ‘Women Who Kill’ Illustrates 19 Female Murderers Throughout History

Women Who Kill illustrated by Sarah Tanat Jones

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.

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