Prism of Starlings is the online shop of Kirsty Baynham. It sells prints, stationary, and home goods, all with an illustrative twist. They’re just what I love—pieces that combine the beauty of nature with human-crafted elements. And, that’s the point of Kirsty’s designs. “My work explores the emotions and interactions between wildlife, plants and architecture, using intricate pattern scapes,” she writes. No matter the form, each piece has the same attention to detail and beautiful use of a limited color palette. (Via So Super Awesome)
Ya’ll know I love illustrated ceramics, and I’m always delighted when I find new pieces to obsess over. Enter Uhaala—a shop that sells awesome artwork handmade in Barcelona. They’re crafted by Sonia Pulido and Susana Requena, and each person has their own style that decorates mugs, plates, and trays.
Sonia’s work features small, intricate line drawings of flowers, figures, and repeat patterns. Susana’s pieces have more carefree fluidity, and her thick brush strokes are used as abstract coloring for ladybugs and petals.
Purchase Uhaala products through their online shop.
I love the illustration on this tote bag, too!
1 // Birds Tea Towel by Dinara Mirtalipova
2 // Hand painted ceramic brooches by Lindsay Grime
3 // Ceramic Donuts Plates by Yellow Tree (via So Super Awesome)
4 // Small Ceramic Plates by KATA KATA for UGUiSU Online
5 // Midnight Feast Scarf by Karen Mabon for Howkapow
6 // All Seeing Eye Amulet by Mud Puppy
7 // Epherma Pouch by Dots + Loop
Happy Friday, as always! It seems like I’ve been admiring the Birds Tea Towel (#1) by Dinara forever now… I should probably just buy it! What are you obsessing over this week? Let me know in the comments.
And one last (important) thing…
…I’m teaching a Skillshare class about creating a cut-paper self portrait! If you have ever wanted to learn collage techniques or know how I create cut-paper portraits, now is the time. Enroll here! Everyone, no matter their skill level is welcome.
If you’re not familiar with what Skillshare is, it’s an awesome site where you can learn different subjects, focused on things like design, photography, film, food, and so much more. The courses are all taught via video, and you go at your own pace. At the end of every class, you complete the class project and upload it to share with your fellow classmates. Fun, huh?
For over 40 years, artist Ed Bing Lee has created knotted artworks to form small sculptures like sweet treats and junk food. He was first attracted to this fiber process because of its “immediacy, and the fact that little specialized equipment is required, which allows for great latitude in approach as to design, concept and technique.” Basically, you can really customize the process to make it your own.
Because these soft pieces are made with thread, they aren’t as sturdy as other materials. The artworks twist and bend, creating surreal-looking objects that are reminiscent of Dali’s melting clocks. But the famed Spaniard isn’t the only artist whose work is conjured by these textiles. In an artist statement, Lee explains:
I thought the process of creating an image of multicolor knots is not unlike Seurat’s pointillism. In three dimensional or sculptural work, the knotting process is most forgiving and the work can progress in many directions simultaneously. The distinction of warp and filling is interchangeable.
Cupcakes, ice cream cones, key lime pie… Ed’s pieces are definitely after my own heart. (via Creative Boom)
Are you superstitious? As a kid, I was, but as an adult—not so much. Russian illustrator Natalia Yamshchikova created a series of beautiful plywood paintings that pay homage to these unjustified beliefs. They sound silly now, but just think back to your childhood. Would you have believed any of these? I probably would have! Maybe that just makes me gullible…
If you throw your cut hair away birds will pick up it, build a nest, and give you a headache.
One hundred mosquito bites will lead to your death.
If you swallow a whole sunflower seed it will sprout in your belly.
If you yawn at your reflection in the mirror you will ruin your beauty.
If you look at the moon long enough you’ll become a lunatic.
The world of illustration is always evolving, and with it, new and exciting ways to communicate using beautiful images. One way—and a favorite of mine—is through apps. There are so many different approaches to composing and interacting with them, and when they’re done well, it’s a wonderful combination of technology and art.
I’ve written about app-makers Tinybop before: they were featured in my How Did You Do That? series. I learned how they made Robot Factory! Now, they’ve recently launched The Earth, an interactive model that lets kids study and observe the geological forces that change our planet. As always, they have a talented illustrator creating their graphics, and this time it’s my pal Sarah Jacoby! She’s infused her gorgeous style into every aspect of the educational app. Don’t these screenshots look like landscape paintings?!
Kids learn how plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and deposition work by shaping the land with their fingertips. They can trigger earthquakes, set off tsunamis and rockslides, erupt volcanoes, make a glacier advance and recede, and create and destroy beaches.
The Earth is now available in the Apple store!
This week, I’m departing from my typical Illustrated Product Obsessions format. Above you’ll find my obsessions, but they’re geared towards the cooler months. Sweaters, mittens, cozy socks… I can’t wait!
1 // Sundara High Waist Leggings by Simka Sol
2 // Garden Mosaic Sweater by SHiliconfETTI°
3 // Wool Beanie by Sourpuss Knits
4 // Coil Bracelet by Meyelo
5 // Dog Cup with Saucer by Eleonor Boström
6 // Wild Woodland Sweater by Donna Wilson
7 // Flower Mittens by Donna Wilson
8 // Rain Drop Crew Socks by Yu Square
Japanese illustrator Ryo Takemasa is a pro at creating tranquil landscapes that depict the beauty of grandiose settings. Mountains, lakes, and fields are often featured, but he’ll occasionally paint urban settings, too. No matter the scene, they’re done with flattened perspective and lovely shape design, with texture that resembles screen printing.
Ryo sells pillows, mugs, prints, and more through his Society6 shop.
Kate O’Hara writes that, “She enjoys creating illustrations that draw people in through their nostalgic mood and intricate detail. ”
I started with the above quote because I couldn’t have said it better myself—Kate’s meticulous, realistic style composes these strange and alluring scenes, which feel oddly familiar by combining common imagery of birds, flowers, insects, and more.
Although Kate’s illustrations are client-specific, the general subject matter and beautiful style allows you to enjoy them anytime. Purchase her work as prints, totes, mugs, and more via Society6. (Via Pixel Loft)
What a colorful cast of characters! Illustrator Marion Arbona created these fun figures that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I’m fascinated by how unique each of them appears, with varied styles of clothing, facial features, and bodies that are both long and short. It’s no wonder that she works in animation and children’s books fields, in addition to producing vibrant matryoshka dolls.