I know I shared the work of Trini Guzmán last week in my 1 theme, 5 ways post, but I can’t help but share her other embroideries—they’re great! She has a bold sense of color that adorns both clothing as well as hoop art. This imagery takes the form of flowers, but it’s often abstract, or a combination of the two. I especially like when she uses thick thread and French knots because it creates a variance in texture that excites the eye.
1. Magic Eye Wall Hooks by Baba Souk
2. Metallic Dots on a White Necklace by Floti
3. Custom Cat Portraits by Erika Iozsa
4. DIY Paper Sheep Puppet by Furze Chan
5. Balloon House Pin by Clive Roddy
6. Pink Rose Patch by Big Bud Press
7. White Skull Holder and Pink Brain Candle by The Jacks
Happy Friday! And here’s a bonus illustrated product for ya—so cute!
Let’s face it—embroidered denim is nothing new, but it’s had a resurgence in the past few of years in both DIY circles and on runways like Gucci.
And I am living for it! There’s a stunning juxtaposition between vibrant colors and imagery when paired with the stiff surface of denim. Each makes the other shine, and together they create garments that are statement pieces.
Honestly WTF created a comprehensive DIY on how to embroider your own denim. I am planning on trying it for myself. But in the meantime, here are 5 ways artists / crafters / illustrators to inspire mine and your projects.
I first marveled at Tessa Perlow’s embroideries a few months ago and haven’t stop since. She works on a variety of fabrics, but the denim shift dress above really caught my eye. Tessa has a flair for designing her stitched elements with the curve of the body so that they complement the wearer.
She occasionally puts some of her embroiders for sale on Etsy.
Gucci designed a whole capsule collection around embroidered denim. Reminiscent of their Garden Exclusive, the pieces are emblazoned with butterflies, flowers, and snakes. These elements are scattered on the front and back of clothes, and their application also resembles iron-on patches (also a huge trend!).
Bliss and Mischief
Hillary Justin is the founder and designer of Bliss and Mischief, a label inspired by “epic cactus” and the “vivid embroidered details of classic Western kitsch.” Her current collection—which includes a lot of decorative denim—pays tribute to the year 1982 by “obsessing over Edwardian whites, delicate blooms, casual beauty, and all things romantic.”
Trini Guzmán brings an abstract vibe to my list. Using bold colors and a lot of French knots, she creates non-representational patterns that seem to take over whatever denim they inhabit.
Die Trying TX
Lacy Van Court is the lady behind Die Trying TX, a label that upcycles denim into one-of-a-kind pieces. To create this western wear-inspired imagery, she uses vintage machines and hand processes that can take up to six hours to complete.
Do you take a sketchbook with you when you travel? Clover Robin does… and then some—she collages her adventures! The London-based illustrator and pattern designer recently created a bevy of collaged imagery from her roadtrip through the West and Pacific NW of the United States and Canada. Using textured paper and bold shapes, she assembled the giant Redwood trees, the lakes of Oregon, and desert in Nevada. It’s a great way to commemorate her trip, and impressive, too, creating these detailed paper pieces as her vacation was happening.
Clover is also in the midst of creating a floral alphabet!
Cruschiform is the moniker for Marie-laure Cruschi, a French illustrator and graphic designer whose colorful digital works showcase the beauty of rural and urban landscapes. Whether she’s depicting a vertical garden in Paris or a solitary cabin in the woods, Marie-laure does so with the same bold shapes and fine details.
“My art grows into the poetry of simple modular forms,” she writes. “Little by little, my graphic vocabulary get more and more figurative, driving me to new narratives territories, without loosing sight that I believe the best work is a combination of a keenness mind, a great know-how, a good dose of insight and a bit of malice.”
1. Relax Pose Ceramic Sculpture by Tactile Matter
2. Owl and Owl Ceramic Sculpture by Nathalie Choux
3. “Trash Squirrel” Pin by Teagan White + Lost Lust Supply
4. Fluffy Cat Bag by Kate Spade
5. Make A Face by Moon Picnic
6. Monogrammed Meadow Trinket Dish by Amelia Herbertson
7. Dagger Necklace by Erica Weiner
This week, I spent a lot of time perusing through the Moon Picnic shop. It’s geared towards kids, but I am enamored by so many of its illustrative products. If you’re looking for a beginner cross stitch project, they’ve got several DIY kits available. Like this owl! Or fox!
And one more thing for your special eyes! Nicole Rallis of Leila + Olive illustrated 48 cards in her new Oracle deck. It’s “rooted in mythology and infused with plant magick,” and is read in traditional Tarot spreads. (If you don’t know how, Nicole includes instructions.)
I know that fashion works a year ahead, meaning that this Delpozo Fall 2016 collection debuted back in 2015. That, however, does not take away from the beauty of these gloves. Presented as elongated bouquets, they’re stunning statement pieces that cloak the arm in bold colors and intricate textures. Paired with the soft, billowy outerwear, it provides a nice visual balance on the body.
If you’re itching for a new sketchbook, look no further than that an old (unwanted) book on your shelf. Its pages are begging to be upcycled into colorful works of art. A fantastic example of this is illustrator Molly Egan who showcases the possibilities with her fun and vibrant imagery. Spread after spread is filled with amusing characters, hand lettering, and bold shapes. And because these pages are already printed on, there’s less pressure to make each of them perfect. This book has already had a full life—Molly is giving it a new one.
Molly chronicles her work on Instagram and sells a selection of it in her online shop.
I’m envious of those who complete 100 day (or longer) projects. Sticking with something for more than a week is both impressive and provides a valuable opportunity to really explore a theme—to pick it apart, bit by bit, and take it to weird and wonderful places. For 76 days (and counting!), craft dabbler and monster enthusiast Becky Margraf has created tiny faces out of of felt. Aptly-called Felt Faces, she produces a daily portrait that’s similar yet different; each follows the same square portrait format and is affixed with the same beady eyes.
Throughout the two-plus months she’s embarked on this project, Becky has created a variety of characters. Some are fuzzy, others scattered, and one is a window. Each has its own charms and fits neatly into the palm of your hand. Once Felt Faces is complete, Becky will sell them through her Etsy shop. But for now, enjoy seeing them on her Instagram!
If you’re read this blog for any length of time you know that Aitch is one of my favorite illustrators. The folk-inspired images, clad in vibrant colors, feel both vintage yet contemporary. Aitch’s work often exists as paintings, but within the last few years, she’s ventured into the world of fashion and collaborated with designers. Her most recent endeavor is with Rami Kadi for his 2017 F/W collection, and it showcases her patterns like I’ve never seen it before—intricate, sculptural beading adorns her florals. This technique evokes the same feeling as her conventional illustrations, but infuse them with luxury.