Chanel Couture’s Amazing Floral Backdrop Featuring 300 Blooms

It’s no secret my love for paper sculpt­ing, and so when I saw the Chanel Spring 2015 Cou­ture Run­way, I was instantly enthralled. The flo­ral theme fea­tured an arbore­tum of white card­board palms con­structed under a glass ceil­ing. And, bet­ter yet, they moved!

It took 6 months to pro­duce the 300 flow­ers that dec­o­rated the set. Each fea­tured their own engine, and at the start of the show, Bap­tiste Giabi­coni (Karl Lagerfeld’s muse) “watered” them and brought the mechan­i­cal blooms to life.

The mostly-white back­drop had pops of color that com­pli­mented the cou­ture out­fits, some of which were heav­ily adorned with bril­liant flow­ers. Images of the set and cloth­ing below!

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Pho­tos of some of my favorite out­fits. See the entire thing on Vogue.com.

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Illustrators with Ink: Daniel Fishel

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So, it’s been a while, but I have for you another install­ment of Illus­tra­tors with Ink! Queens, New York-based illus­tra­tor Daniel Fishel was gra­cious enough to share his tat­toos with me.

Daniel grew up near Har­ris­burg, PA but moved to New York and pur­sued his MFA in Illus­tra­tion as Visual Essay from SVA. His clients include an impres­sive list: the New York Times, McSweeneys, The Globe & Mail, GQ Mag­a­zine, Wash­ing­ton Post, Baron Fig, Lands End Can­vas and National Pub­lic Radio (yay, NPR!). If you don’t fol­low him on Insta­gram, please do. He has an adorable cat named Avo­cado and likes pizza.

How many tat­toos do you have? 9 (8 patched, 1 unfin­ished sock)

How old were you when you got your first tat­too? I was 19 years old. I was going to get one at 18 but I was super broke just start­ing art school. I’m kind of glad I waited because I prob­a­bly would have got­ten some­thing really dumb but I was smart enough to avoid get­ting a nau­ti­cal star or sparrows.

My first tat­too is a pirate ship on the Susque­hanna river with the Har­ris­burg cap­i­tal build­ing and Three Mile Island on the other side. It’s framed with a ban­ner with 717, my area code, and two straight razors on the sides. It’s a com­mem­o­ra­tion of where I was from and what I believe in. Also, every­one who lis­tened to hard­core and was apart of the scene had got­ten a 717 area code tattoo.

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Did you design any your­self? If not, would you ever? For some of the cus­tom work I roughed it out but had them draw it. It’s their job to draw it in the way they typ­i­cally do. My Buddy Holly tat­too is ref­er­enced based on a Chris­t­ian Clay­ton illus­tra­tion and obvi­ously all of my punk rock band logos are just that.

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Do you have a favorite? If so, which one and why? Prob­a­bly the tat­too on the back of my arm. It’s of a T-Bone steak with a halo at the top that has a ban­ner around it say­ing “For­ever Ten­der.” I got it out of spite at 21 when most of my friends were aggres­sive hard­core veg­ans. I mean they had vegan writ­ten on their knuck­les and “xVE­G­ANx” up their shin. At the time I ate meat and it was all out of fun. Now I’m veg­e­tar­ian and it’s kind of has a whole new mean­ing to me.

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Where did you get your work done? Most of the artists who have done the work on me have moved onto other shops. In no order, Black Thorn Gallery (Mechan­ics­burg, PA), Machine Heads Tat­too (Ley­mone, PA), 717 Tat­too (Mechan­ics­burg, PA), Atom Age Tat­too (Mechan­ics­burg, PA). Ryan Spahr did my awe­some Buddy Holly tat­too and he should get a bunch of atten­tion. I’ve never got­ten a tat­too in NYC yet but it’s on my list of things to do. I’ve lived here for 6+ years so I should get on that.

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Is there any mean­ing behind any of your tat­toos? All of my tat­toos are mean­ing­ful and some­times poetic. I have a tree fort, sub­urb and kids play­ing on my leg which plays as a loose nar­ra­tive of grow­ing up in cen­tral PA. Just run­ning out and about and you came home at dusk to eat din­ner. I guess a call for sim­pler times that I kind of miss before computers/cell phones took over our lives. Before that it was just TVs.

Do you see a con­nec­tion between the type of tat­toos you have and your illus­tra­tive work? Tat­toos have been apart of my life and apart of my visual lan­guage. When­ever I can I try to add tattoo’s on the char­ac­ters I draw.

Here’s a selec­tion of Daniel’s illustrations:

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Energetic Scribbles (and Carefully-Drawn Lines) by Felicita Sala

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Ital­ian illus­tra­tor Felicita Sala cre­ates delight­ful works that incor­po­rate ele­ments of paint­ing, draw­ing, and cut paper. She’s not mar­ried to any one tech­nique and com­bines pho­tog­ra­phy with ener­getic scribbles.

I decided to dis­cover the world of art and illus­tra­tion out­side of for­mal insti­tu­tions, tak­ing inspi­ra­tion from from con­tem­po­rary art, phi­los­o­phy, music, chil­dren, archi­tec­ture and peo­ple on the street,” Felicita writes on her blog. She’s got a very active sketch­book (and reg­u­larly posts snip­pets of it on her there), which I would imag­ine has helped her in her approach.

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Playing with Fire, Illustratively

Matches, fire, smoke… that’s the idea behind today’s Fri­day roundup. There are a lot of neat match­book designs out there, and it was my ini­tial inspi­ra­tion for this post. But, I wanted wanted to go beyond that and explore a few ways in which fire is shown/thought of in illus­tra­tion. (This is by no means com­pre­hen­sive.) Got a cool fire-themed illus­tra­tion to show me? Let me know in the com­ments or on Twit­ter!

Colorful Tapestries Find New Life as Taxidermy Skin

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French artist Frédérique Mor­rel com­bines tapes­try and taxi­dermy to cre­ate fresh and unex­pected works. Deer, moose, and cat­tle tell vibrant sto­ries on their new skin that fea­tures a dizzy­ing array of col­ors, pat­terns, and peo­ple. I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by both taxi­dermy and tapes­tries, so the fusion of the two is excit­ing to see.

But, many peo­ple don’t think of these crafts as things that are wor­thy of atten­tion. Frédérique’s artis­tic phi­los­o­phy rec­og­nizes this and tries to change it. She writes:

These tapes­tries are telling the sto­ries of these key and essen­tial casualties:

- loss of sale value : these tapes­tries are expen­sive (mate­r­ial and time con­sum­ing), but worth peanuts.
– loss of aes­thetic value : these tapes­tries are con­sid­ered ugly and out of date, but have their own hid­den beauty, par­tic­u­larly for those who are them.
– loss of emo­tional value : these tapes­tries are telling love and fam­ily hap­pi­ness sto­ries, but are aban­doned and thrown into mud.

I revi­tal­ize them, offer­ing a redemp­tion, beneath ani­mal appear­ance and cov­ered with this pop­u­lar lan­guage. I give them back their cen­tral and essen­tial place inside households.

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Paper-Cut Illustrations with a Relief-Sculpture Feel

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Last week, I shared paper-crafted illus­tra­tions by Estu­dio Guard­a­bosques and this week it’s the hand­i­work of Maëlle Doliveux. The New York-based cre­ative sculpts paper into edi­to­r­ial illus­tra­tions for clients like Newsweek and the Boston Globe. But really, our enjoy­ment doesn’t hinge on the fact that these are pro­fes­sional assign­ments. She’s made inter­est­ing and beau­ti­ful images that stand on their own as art­works. I espe­cially like how Maëlle uses light to add drama and enhance the cuts that she’s made in the paper. It gives them a nice 3D feel — like a relief sculpture.

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Colorful Cut-Paper Collages by Chris Hagen

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Using a com­bi­na­tion of paint­ing and col­lage, illus­tra­tor Chris Hagen cre­ates vibrant works that high­light the nat­ural beauty of this world. Ani­mals, land­scape scenes, and even some fan­tas­ti­cal things hap­pen in his tex­tured scenes. I’m a huge fan of col­lage and love this tech­nique. Chris painted and drew on pieces of paper and then cut them out and assem­bled them into a flat, folk-inspired com­po­si­tions. See an in-progress shot below! He has even more on his Face­book page.

Chris has an Etsy shop and a Folksy shop where greet­ing cards and prints are avail­able for purchase.

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Dingding Hu’s Illustrations are Everyday Life… Enhanced

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I went to grad school with the (now) New York-based illus­tra­tor Dingding Hu, and it’s been a plea­sure see­ing her work develop since we’ve grad­u­ated. I love these col­or­ful, bizarre, and ener­getic illus­tra­tions that she’s made. They’re busy scenes with a lot of details, so make sure that you look at what’s hap­pen­ing in both the fore­ground and back­ground — it’s all very entertaining!

Dingding writes that “she loves to make fun and juicy images, to express her curios­ity about the quirk­i­ness of every­day life.” I’d say it’s every­day life+ . She enhances the ordi­nary with sur­real and dream­like elements.

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13 Submissions from the Collage Scrap Exchange (Pt. 2)

Each day, I receive more and more sub­mis­sions from those who par­tic­i­pated in the Col­lage Scrap Exchange. It’s great! I am always so excited to see the cre­ative things that ya’ll came up with (and sent each other!). Here are a selec­tion of 13 I’ve received so far. Check out my other ear­lier post that fea­tures 6 submissions.

A reminder to those who are par­tic­i­pat­ing: the dead­line is Feb­ru­ary 15. That’s less than a month! You can email me your sub­mis­sions once you’re done. I can’t wait to see them!

I’ll leave you with one very awe­some email I received from par­tic­i­pant Beth Maiden about her experience.

My friend Polly and I booked a teeny-tiny cabin in the hills of mid-Wales for the week­end — I thought this would be the per­fect time to do my col­lage. It snowed and we woke up to a total win­tery won­der­land. We went out in the snow for long walk, then came home, stoked up the fire, put on the radio and got busy with scis­sors and glue. It was so blissful.

That sounds amazing!

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Polly working on her collages!

Polly work­ing on her collages!

Awesomely Outrageous Scenes on Silk Scarves by Karen Mabon

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So, ear­lier this week I shared some illus­tra­tive scarves by Nathalie Lété, and now it’s these silk beau­ties by artist and designer Karen Mabon. They’re whim­si­cal as well as nar­ra­tive and char­ac­ter dri­ven — terms you nor­mally wouldn’t use to describe scarves. Karen’s out­ra­geous, busy scenes fea­ture things such eat­ing at a diner, rob­bing a candy store, and a sleight of hand. It’s totally not what you’d expect to be on a scarf and makes each piece a wear­able work of art.

On her web­site, it says that “Karen rev­els in pro­duc­ing work that is acces­si­ble, indi­vid­ual and fun.” That’s exactly what I love about these scarves. This style isn’t for stodgy old ladies anymore!

I found Karen’s work via the online shop Whim. Check it out for other awe­some good­ies. I swoon at their sweaters!

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