If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed that I pin a lot of paper flower DIYs. I’m attracted to their bright colors and the sheer novelty of recreating living things out of inanimate objects. Illustrator Kim Sielbeck does just this with her charming series of tiny cacti. Using papier-mache, cardboard, polymer clay, paper, styrofoam, and clay pots, she’s constructed living-ish sculptures you can hold in the palm of your hand. All I can say is: do want!
Kim will be selling these small plants at the NYC MoCCA festival on April 2 and April 3.
Kim’s tiny plants are inspired by a spectacular window display she created at Desert Island in Brooklyn:
I’m not shy about my love of florals. Typically, they’re shown here as drawn or embroidered, but these spreads for Bons Fluidos Magazine are beautiful and special… so of course I wanted to share!
To produce the project, a team of creatives—Fernanda Didini, Rodolfo França, Marina Chaccur, Alex Silva, and Andréa Silva—hand-assembled colorful bouquets and then stuck cut paper lettering among them. Then, they were photographed straight-on to create a flattened, knockout effect.
When I think of typography pieces like these, I just assume they’re produced digitally—like so many things these days—but it’s nice to see that an analog approach was taken. They appear polished but contain certain nuances that could’ve only been done by hand.
These collars are ready to party! Loly Ghirardi (aka Señorita Lylo) is a Barcelona-based designer and embroiderer who created these colorful pieces. They’re full of tiny, abstract shapes that have a great visual variety—some stitches are very tactile while others are smaller and intricate. I’m especially drawn to the collar with tiny houses on it—the idea of creating a story on this unconventional space.
Loly is a graphic designer by trade. After working on the computer so much, she wanted to “bring a more ‘human touch'” to her projects and incorporated embroidery. She enjoyed it so much that she began working on the types of pieces featured here. Learn more about her in an interview with Poppytalk.
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.
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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.