Illustration

Intriguing Landscape Illustrations Explore Our Planet… and Beyond

Landscape illustration by Maggie Chiang

Mag­gie Chi­ang (pre­vi­ous­ly) remains as one of my favorite con­tem­po­rary illus­tra­tors. Her work is tech­ni­cal­ly beau­ti­ful and con­cep­tu­al­ly intriguing—particularly when she delves into sprawl­ing land­scape illus­tra­tion. The abstract hori­zons leave much to the imag­i­na­tion as fig­ures con­tem­plate what’s ahead. The­se spaces, no mat­ter desert or forest, per­me­ate her imagery—even when it comes to por­trai­ture. This ded­i­ca­tion to spaces both near and far play into Maggie’s larg­er ideas of her work.

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Embroidery

Embroideries of Fowl-Mouthed Birds and Victorian Shadow Puppets

Embroidery hoop art by Kate Appleby

Inspired by flo­ra, fau­na, and Vic­to­ri­an shad­ow pup­pets, Kate Apple­by cre­ates delight­ful hoop art that com­bi­nes a vari­ety of stitch­ing tech­niques. From the basic back­stitch to French knots, she illus­trates birds with fowl mouths (pun intend­ed) and hands with sprawl­ing leaf tat­toos. The embroi­dery airs towards the side of min­i­mal­ism, but Kate has an excel­lent sense of com­po­si­tion and bal­ance that’s informed by her back ground in graph­ic design.

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Illustrated products

Colorful Illustrated Clothing that Celebrates the Joys of Sunshine

Illustrated clothing by Doops Design

I’ve got a quick note of house-keep­ing: I’m phas­ing out my 7 illus­trat­ed pro­duct obses­sions. You’ll prob­a­bly see them every so often in the future, but now I’m going to ded­i­cate Fri­days to indi­vid­u­al shops. It’ll still be an illus­trat­ed pro­duct-relat­ed day, just with more laser focus.

That being said, hap­py Fri­day! Doops Design is one of my favorite illus­trat­ed cloth­ing shops. I love the bright col­ors, kooky cac­ti, and oth­er bold imagery on the shirts, dress­es, and tank tops.

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Paper Craft

Exquisite Cut Paper Shadowbox Pays Homage to Lovely Forest Leaves

Colorful paper craft by Chao Zou

The inspi­ra­tion for Chao Zou’s paper craft project Forest Smell is aro­ma. “My wife sprayed her­self with my per­fume,” he explains, “who [wore] the [smell] of the forest for all day…” Motif of leaves were his start­ing point, and Chao lay­ered a vari­ety of plants with­in the sil­hou­et­te of a wom­an. Alone, it’s a com­pelling image that has an exquis­ite shad­ow box effect. Once you know the short back­sto­ry, how­ev­er, it’s a unique love let­ter.

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Illustration

Colorful Illustrations that Celebrate Nature, Digitally

Colorful illustrations by Kiki Ljung

I want to live in the col­or­ful illus­tra­tions of Kiki Ljung. The Paris-based cre­ative crafts vibrant imagery that’s inspired by the nat­u­ral world—even her illus­tra­tions of peo­ple are seep­ing with beau­ti­ful blooms on their clothes and in the back­ground. While nature dri­ven, Kiki cre­ates an inter­est­ing jux­ta­po­si­tion: her art­work is defined by geo­met­ric shapes and dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion. It real­ly sym­bol­izes the world today; that we love the out­doors, but also our devices.

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Embroidery

Abstract Embroideries Made with Colorful Polymer Clay

Clay embroidery by Justyna Wolodkiewicz

Here’s an inter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion: poly­mer (aka oven bake) clay and embroi­dery. Artist Justy­na Wolod­kiewicz has fused the two in her lat­est series of abstract hoop art. Full of col­or and tex­ture, the­se pieces use flat­tened pieces of clay with tiny holes poked in them, which are then attached to fab­ric. The result is a rich jux­ta­po­si­tion between the smooth­ness of the clay with the fuzzi­ness of the thread.

This clay embroi­dery rep­re­sents a new path for Justy­na, who has pre­vi­ous­ly made elab­o­rate poly­mer clay clocks. You can find it all in her Etsy shop.

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Illustration

Captivating Illustrations Depict the “Perfect” Life Through Social Media

Lee Eunjoo Goddess of Fantasy illustrations

Illus­tra­tor Lee Eun­joo explores the notion of “fan­ta­sy con­sum­ing” through her series God­dess of Fan­ta­sy. It’s inspired by Kris­han Kumar’s The Ends of Utopia, that says that “mod­ern man could con­sume their own fan­ta­sy, and in doing so cre­ate utopia.” Lee’s illus­tra­tions con­nects this with social media—specifically, the idea of “con­sum­ing images” on social media.

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Embroidery

Señorita Lylo Has a Collection of 10 Embroidered Patterns for You to Try (for Free!)

Srta Lylo DIY embroidery collection

One of my favorite embroi­dery artists Señori­ta Lylo (aka Srta. Lylo) is known for her col­lars that come ready to par­ty. Aside from mak­ing the­se spe­cial acces­sories, she also cre­ates hoop art and recent­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed with the thread brand DMC. “I made a design of 10 pat­terns for them,” she tells me in an email. “All are for free!” So, if you ever want­ed to try DIY embroi­dery, now’s your chance.

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Illustration

Intimate Interior Illustrations of Rooms Around the World

Illustrated interiors by Liz Rowland
Melbourne, Australia

Have I ever told ya’ll how much I love inte­ri­or illus­tra­tions? Because I do—they’re fas­ci­nat­ing! You can learn so much about a per­son from the objects they own. It’s why I’m drawn to the illus­trat­ed homes of Liz Row­land. Sim­ply called Inte­ri­ors, they fea­ture “small sce­nes from around the world.” There’s a win­dow and a plant in Mex­i­co, sun­flow­ers in Lon­don, and a messy desk in Mel­bourne. Each has arti­facts telling us about the per­son who inhab­its the space, done in a style that recalls the great Jonas Wood.

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