Guest Post: Hana Kim Introduces Us to Vanessa Ramirez

Another guest post! This time, from Hana Kim of Supah­cute, who is intro­duc­ing us to the work of Vanessa Ramirez. Hana is a Cura­tor of Cute & Expe­d­i­tor of Awe­some Projects. She is the founder/editor of Supahcute.com, an arts blog inspired by cute cul­ture and the cute aes­thetic. You can find her on Insta­gramTwit­ter , and Face­book. Take it away, Hana!

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Mon­sters Galore by Vanessa Ramirez

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Vanessa Ramirez is a Ser­ial Doo­dler and self taught Sculp­tor. A love of odd toys and resin fig­ures led her to reignite a pas­sion for draw­ing and new found pas­sion for sculpting.

Her work tends to bounce between styles both cre­at­ing soul­ful crea­tures that weave their own sto­ries as you fol­low them suf­fer­ing through life and a dis­tinct illus­tra­tion style that uses lines and line weight to build form.

You can see Vanessa’s newest work in the upcom­ing group exhi­bi­tion Sum­mer­land Movie Club A Trib­ute to Our Favorite Sum­mer Movies. Curated by Hana Kim of Supahcute.com, Sum­mer­land Movie Club opens at Leanna Lin’s Won­der­land on July 12, 2014.

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Thanks, Hana!

Guest Post: Daniel Fishel Introduces Us to Dasha Tolstikova

Since I’m on vaca­tion this week, I have a cou­ple of guest blog­gers fill­ing in for me! Today the won­der­ful Daniel Fishel is shar­ing the work of Dasha Tol­stikova with us. Daniel is an illus­tra­tor and hand let­terer who paints things for mag­a­zines, book cov­ers and other things. He has a cat named Avo­cado who answers work emails for him sometimes.

So, with­out fur­ther ado, here’s Daniel!
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 Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tol­stikova is an illus­tra­tor based out of Brook­lyn, NY. After receiv­ing her MFA from School of Visual Arts, she has been keep­ing things steady by work­ing with folks such as the NY Times, Wall Street Jour­nal, and the New Yorker. She’s been pretty pre­oc­cu­pied lately with cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful Children’s books. She also has a reg­u­larly updated blog called “A Foxes Diary” where she illus­trates the thoughts and feel­ings of a foxes day to day life. I can also per­son­ally say that not only is Dasha’s work inspir­ing but she is also one of the kind­est peo­ple I know.

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Thanks, Daniel!

Nicole Gastonguay Crochets Everyday Objects and Makes Them Totally Adorable

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It’s a fact that goo­gly eyes make every­thing bet­ter. So, when those things are cro­cheted ver­sions of the real objects? Infi­nitely cooler. Nicole Gas­tonguay is graphic designer and fiber artist who repli­cates every­day things using yarn. Polaroids, pick­les, and even boom boxes are impres­sively pro­duced in a happy and engag­ing way thanks to their large eyes and sweet smile (or even frown).

Gastonguay’s sub­ject mat­ter and the color choice in yarn make her work feel vin­tage, as if you’d find it in an antique mall. It has an air of nos­tal­gia about it.

(Via Art is a Way)

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Saturday Roundup: Tattoos I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

I recently shared the work of Jes­sica Har­ri­son, with her tat­tooed porce­lain ladies… so how about some tat­toos on real peo­ple? I am itch­ing to get some more ink this sum­mer (shh… don’t tell my par­ents), and have really been inspired by the beau­ti­ful body art that peo­ple have. So, with­out fur­ther ado, here you go. Tat­too fans, what are some of your favorite pieces? Let me know!

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Diana Sev­er­i­nenko via You got a henna tat­too that said forever

Josh Stephens... I've been wanting to get some work done by him for a long time!

Josh Stephens… I’ve been want­ing to get some work done by him for a long time!

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Jessica Harrison’s Tattooed Porcelain Ladies

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I’m sure that by now you’ve seen Jes­sica Harrison’s tat­tooed porce­lain fig­urines, because why not? They’re awe­some and because of it, have made their way around the blogs. As some­one who grew up see­ing these type of antique objects and has sev­eral tat­toos her­self, I feel like these works are def­i­nitely in my wheel­house. So, despite all the visual sat­u­ra­tion you’ve prob­a­bly have from them, I want to share the on Brown Paper Bag, too!

I love the jux­ta­po­si­tion between what’s tra­di­tion­ally “dainty” (pet­ti­coats and dresses) with what’s seen as “hard” or “alter­na­tive,” although now tat­toos have entered the main­stream. Who’s not to say that the tat­toos Har­ri­son has depicted here reflect a more fem­i­nine sen­si­bil­ity (within the realm of tat­toos). It’s a con­tem­po­rary rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of these anti­quated objects.

(H/T Colos­sal)

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Kevin Lucbert’s Mysterious, Monochrome Drawings

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These mys­te­ri­ous draw­ings by French artist Kevin Lucbert pique my curios­ity. They are a lit­tle strange, hint­ing at another world beyond what we can see. The artist uses blank space to his advan­tage and the fully-colored areas only make it look more unusual in comparison.

From a for­mal stand­point, I’m really impressed by the visual inter­est that Lucbert achieves with only one color. He varies the direc­tion of his drawn strokes and uses them to cre­ate direc­tion and implied tex­tured. (Via It’s Nice That)

PS — I got these images through his Flickr. He also has a Tum­blr, too.

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Klaus Haapaniemi’s Modern Twist on Traditional Decorative Art

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I love these beau­ti­ful, ornately illus­trated tex­tiles by artist Klaus Haa­paniemi. Together with designer Mia Wal­le­nius, they use fine mate­ri­als to cre­ate lux­ury pil­lows, throws, scarves, and more.

Their approach is influ­enced by nature and Finnish folk­lore. It’s a mod­ern twist on tra­di­tional dec­o­ra­tive arts, and each piece is full of exquis­ite details and large-eyed crea­tures. The sophis­ti­cated color palette illus­trates fun sub­ject mat­ter, like buzzing bees and jump­ing rab­bits, with­out feel­ing juve­nile at all.

(H/T Amy Boone-McCreesh)

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My Studio: Floral Embroidery in Progress

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I was in New York this past week­end (check out the awe­some Airbnb I stayed in via my Insta­gram), and the four hour bus ride gave the me the oppor­tu­nity to get some embroi­dery done.

I still have a long ways to go, but I’m happy with how it’s turn­ing out so far. Does any­one else find embroi­dery soothing?

Embroidery in progress - May 19

Embroidery in progress - May 19

Embroidery in progress - May 19

Embroidery in progress - May 19

Bonus! My cat Pauline (and a blurry look into my kitchen).

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Friday Roundup: Nail Art I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve got­ten a man­i­cure. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t admire the heck out of all the crazy cool things that peo­ple put on their nails. Seri­ously, tiny works of art, you guys.

I’ve shared awe­some nail art here before, so how about an encore? Do you have a col­or­ful man­i­cure (or pedi­cure?) Let me know!

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