The letter R has never meant much to me, but Eleonora Kolycheva is challenging my ambivalence with her hand-painted typography. This isn’t the first time I’ve admired her illustrations on Brown Paper Bag, and she brings a similar floral aesthetic to the letter form. Serifs and sans serifs become nests for birds, walls for vines, and are transformed into giant blooms.
Eleonora calls this project an “experiment,” and it’s one we could all try—you simply pick your favorite letter and imagine all of its pictorial possibilities. (If you do this, send me a picture. I’d love to see what you came up with!)
Genevieve Griffiths weaves abstract wall hangings inspired by architectural structures. Her colorful pieces have pyramids, steps, arches, and stairs woven into their designs, resembling the maps of fantastical cities far away. Aside from shape design, the New Zealand-based artist plays with texture, too—she’ll incorporate extra-thick yarns as a way to break up space and add even more visual interest to these spectacular pieces. Impressive as a whole, the details are what really make her weavings exciting—be prepared to get lost!
1. 3-Piece Sloth Ring Set by Mary Lou
2. Long Handle Shapes Mug by Tactile Matter
3. Fishy Garden Top by Doops Design
4. Narwhal Pin by Almanac for June
5. Pool Girls Safari Clutch by Lizzie Fortunato
6. Cactus Plant Stand Small by Bankymoon Plantstands
7. Ant Pendant Necklace by Collected Edition
Cat Rabbit, one of my favorite plush makers, recently released some new figures. They’re adorable, as always.
That is cloak is hand embroidered and fancier than any item of clothing I own.
Bodil Jane illustrates rooms that I wish I could live in—cozy, patterned-filled spaces with a lot of plants. She writes on her website that enjoys painting the likes of food, fashion, interiors, and flora which is evident from her colorful, fluid way to art making. Images feel carefree and fun, like Bodil was happy to be painting and drawing these people, places, and things.
Bodil sells her work as prints and ceramics in her Tictail shop.
Growing up, my mom had books stacked high towards the ceiling of our living room, and I spent a lot of time studying their various covers. As an adult, I read less books (Audible, you’ve spoiled me), but I still enjoy a well-crafted book cover. Mrs. Chaplin pays homage to these memorable designs by recreating classic and contemporary tales using a combination of wool felt and silk thread. Although you can’t pull back the cover and read its words, the appliqué-style illustrations serve as the front of statement-making clutches.
If you’re a literary lover and enjoy a bit of quirk with your accessories, this Etsy shop has you covered.
Stitchy Friday is a project that’s sure to warm your heart. It’s an endeavor between an embroiderer mother and her illustrator daughter, Marijke Buurlage; Marijke creates the colorful, stylized images and then her mother translates the flattened shapes into stitched form. Their Instagram, @stitchyfriday, is updated at the end of each week with their progress and finished pieces.
As wonderful as Marijke’s illustrations are, her mother’s handiwork is also admirable. I love the lush texture and the mixing of threads—they add dimension and bring 2D to life. After seeing this sweet collaboration, it makes me want to plan a creative project with my own mom! Don’t you?
“If we can make it out of paper,” yelldesign writes, “you can make it out of food.” This is the idea behind Papermeal, a delightful series of stop motion animations by the Melbourne-based creative group. Obsessed with fish, chips, and other delicious meals, their videos take everyday recipes and interpret them with paper. The result is a surreal cross between art process and food demonstration. Watch ’em all below!
1. Floral Cutpaper Necklace by Sarah Trumbauer
2. Helping Hand by Andrew Neyer
3. Ants Classic Skirt by PARTYSKIRTS
4. Pokémon Ceramic Planters by Artsysaurs
5. Cathy’s Hands Blouse by H.K.M.
6. Pro Cats Enamel Pin by Punky Pins
7. Bottle Stoppers by Anna Demchenko
Happy Friday! I’m currently in Los Angeles for Inside / Outside, a show that I curated at the Flower Pepper Gallery. If you’re local to the area—it’s in Pasadena—please come to the opening tomorrow night from 6:30 – 9:30!
Here’s a shot from the show: Kim Sielbeck‘s amazing cut paper cacti. Love!
If you’ve read this blog for months (or even years), you know how fond I am of Jen Collins and her illustrations. Since 2013, she’s applied her delightful paintings onto ceramics, and the application of tigers, swans, and cats lights up any piece of stoneware.
Keep Company is a collaboration between Jen and ceramicist Shaya Stevenson. Each piece is wheelthrown by Shaya and then glazed by Jen. As a result, the forms of beautifully crafted with surface decoration that has a carefree gestural quality to them.
Keep Company just updated their shop. Many of these pieces are gone, but there are still some up for grabs—check it out now!
Tomorrow, I’m traveling from Baltimore to Los Angeles for an exciting reason—I’ve curated a show at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena! It’s called Inside / Outside features works that explore indoor and outdoor spaces. I’ve lined up fantastic artists and illustrators, so I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.
The opening is this Saturday, August 13, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Flower Pepper Gallery on Union Street. If you’re local, please stop by! I’d love to meet you and say hello.
Here’s a sneak peek—a few more pieces that’ll appear in the show!
Anna Valdez, Plants on Black Wool Embroidered Bed Cover
Betsy Walton, Resting Garden Two
Sarah Burwash, Dawn and Dusk