Collage will always be a technique that’s near and dear to my heart, because it’s my chosen way of (art) working. Creating in the same vein is Chia-Chi Yu, a Taipei-based illustrator who uses a myriad of textured papers to create stunning landscapes and feathery friends. I love how the papers are paired, which gives the compositions a sense of structure while also distorting them. The slightly-abstract results are curious and marvelous places—just like the real world.
You’ve got mail! And no, not those pesky spam emails, but beautiful, hand-painted envelopes by Lucy Halcomb. The Brooklyn-based illustrator uses gouache to adorn brightly-hued paper products which she then sends to lucky recipients. Lucy chronicles her delightful creations on her Instagram called @lucy_mail. Some of my favorites are below.
Sometimes, it’s the most simple approach that makes the biggest impact. Edda Gimnes, aka EDDA, has created a line of clothing that combines the energy and spontaneity of a pencil sketch with avant-garde fashion. They’re drawings brought to life!
Edda produced this stunning surface design using her non-dominant left hand and then digitally printed it onto canvas. The garment’s silhouettes are basic, but they don’t need to be overly sophisticated—their bold, black lines define skinny pants, bikini tops, and glamorous dresses.
Recently, I shared something off my summer wish list: shirts and tanks by Doops Design. If you didn’t see them, I suggest you check ’em out—they’re fashionable with charming cacti-themed illustrations.
You know what would look great with one of their tank tops? These ceramic accessories by Bea Bellingham! They have the same sort of warm-weather appeal with repeat-patterns of bananas, chili peppers, palm trees, and more. They’re statement pieces without being too loud, making them great for a special outdoor gathering or a Tuesday at the office.
Bea sells her jewelry, planters, and tiny pots on Etsy.
Geraldine Sy creates colorful compositions inspired by the screen printing technique. Fields of flat, distress-textured hues overlap one another and produce an off-registered effect. It gives her work a handcrafted feel—even though she works in Photoshop. This, I find, is something we crave when staring at a screen—to know that there’s still the human touch beneath all those pixels.
Geraldine sells her work through Society6. Pick up a new cellphone case!
I’ve confessed my love for face planters on this blog before—the fact that there are flowers, cacti, or succulents growing out of someone’s head is delightfully strange. Rachel Sender has created Potheads in this vein, using her illustration style to craft faces and personalities out of clay. Their eyes, hair, and bright red lips add a friendly touch to ceramics, and better yet, you can alter their identity by whatever you choose to put inside.
Rachel sells her ceramics in her Tictail shop. (via Creative Boom)
I’ve tried different productivity apps, Google Tasks, and calendar reminders, but nothing feels as good as physically writing my to-do list down. My love extends beyond list making, though—I find it soothing and satisfying to scrawl pen to paper, so it’s no surprise that I love notebooks. Not your average spiral-bounds—I’m talking beautifully illustrated covers with high-quality papers. Mossery is a shop I’ve recently swooned over thanks to their selection of delightful notebooks and planners. The colors are bright and feature a fun cast of characters like ducks in hats and pugs in socks.
“We believe in effortless sophistication, quiet confidence and living light—free from fuss and clutter—with just a little mischief thrown into the mix,” they write. “So whether you’d rather roar or whisper, we hope to add a splash of color to your busy day.”
Pick up a notebook (or three) on Etsy.
1. Palm Tree Necklace by Things By Bea
2. Sloth Planter by Minky Moo
3. Cork Cactus by SuckUK
4. Pineapple Earrings by ban.do
5. Cat Face Planter by Pony People
6. Plant Leaves Coaster by Tilissimo
7. Ceramic Bumble Bee Brooch by Polly Fern
Happy Friday! I hope you’ve got something fun planned this weekend…whether that be binge-watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, enjoying a day outdoors, or just not setting your alarm!
One last illustrated product obsession before I bid adieu until Monday. This up-cycled ceramic plate by Nastassja Imiolek:
Embroidery can take many forms, one of my favorites being tiny pendants to wear as jewelry. Artist Sarah Buckley has created a series of exquisite necklaces that feature stitched bouquets sewn on cotton and suede. The colorful, tiny hoop art hangs on antique chains that add a hand-crafted statement piece to your favorite outfit. I’m very partial to the piece above—it seems like the perfect complement to my blue and grey-loving closet.
Sarah sells these creations and other conventionally-sized embroideries in her
Etsy shop, Itty Bitty Bunnies.
Illustrator Malin Koort creates charming characters out of cut paper. Her work features elements of 2D and 3D design—most notably, she’ll fold paper and casts its shadows onto the composition. This produces the illusion that they’re really sitting. Surface patterns—on clothing, in hair, etc—are otherwise drawn onto the figures. Coupled with bright colors, these two approaches give her work a fresh and playful feel with the best of both flat and tactile worlds.
Malin sells selected works on Society6. I’m partial to her iPhone cases!