Publications: “Beasts of Fancy” by Erin Zingré

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

You might know Erin Zin­gré as the tal­ented lady who illus­trated the awe­some header at the top of my blog’s page (prints avail­able). But, she’s also pro­duced two zines that I love and want to share with you today.

The Beasts of Fancy series focuses on humor­ous mytho­log­i­cal crea­tures from around the world. In vol­ume one, Erin col­or­fully illus­trates beasts from Greek, Islamic, Celtic, and Euro­pean folk­lore. The recently-published vol­ume two focuses on Amer­i­can mythos from the 19th and 20th cen­tury. For each crea­ture, she writes a short blurb describ­ing these imag­ined (or real?) phenomena.

Both are very well illus­trated, designed, and pro­duced. Beasts of FancyFear­ful Crit­ters is my per­sonal favorite, with beau­ti­ful hand let­ter­ing on the cover with a cool extra — clear var­nished mon­ster eyes who are sneak­ily lurk­ing beneath it all.

I’ve always admired Erin’s style and I think that it really shines in this project. She adds her own twist to crea­tures of leg­end, and I think her illus­tra­tions are delight­ful. They are styl­ized depic­tions with added tex­ture and repeat pat­tern­ing to make them visu­ally interesting.

You can pur­chase Erin’s zines in her online shop.  Do it!

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Erin Zingré Beasts of Fancy zines

Friday Round Up: Paper Shapers I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

If you couldn’t guess, today’s round up focuses on paper, and those who use it to cre­ate cool things. Some are illus­tra­tive and oth­ers are sculp­tural, but all of the artists and illus­tra­tors fea­tured here wield the Exacto knife like a pro.

Happy week­end, ya’ll!

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Star Wars paper toys, via Monde Mosaic

Star Wars paper toys, via Monde Mosaic

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Rebecca Louise Law’s Stunning Floral Installations

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Aren’t these instal­la­tions by Rebecca Louise Law just beau­ti­ful? The London-based artist uses both wild and cul­ti­vated flow­ers to arrange them high above the floor on nearly invis­i­ble threads. It fills the sky with color and is awe-inspiring in the sheer vol­ume of blooms. I love it. Here’s a short state­ment from Law about her work:

Most of my instal­la­tions are reflect­ing what’s hap­pen­ing in nature, by look­ing at plant pat­terns or observ­ing the way some­thing grows. Then I imag­ine these themes in real life and times that by a thou­sand so that it becomes fantasy,”

Via Yel­low­trace.

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Sarah Burwash Draws “The Summit”

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I’ve been a fan of Sarah Bur­wash (pre­vi­ously) for years now, ever since I saw her ceram­ics appear on Buy Some Damn Art (I am the proud owner of one her limited-edition hands).

She’s released a new series of draw­ings titled The Sum­mit, which are sprawl­ing works where each com­po­si­tion has a lot going on. We see peo­ple and ani­mals inter­act­ing with the great out­doors, and I love the the free­dom she exer­cises with her water-based medium. If you look at the detail shots below, you’ll see the rocks and how she uses a wet-on-wet tech­nique to let the pig­ment go where it may.

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Joana Vasconcelos’ Impressively Crocheted Statue and Painting

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Do you know how to cro­chet? If so, good for you! (I am very bad at it.) Joana Vas­con­ce­los is very adept at this craft, and uses it to cover cement stat­ues and as the basis for paintings.

Dainty-looking cro­chet cov­ers an oth­er­wise nude woman, adding not only mod­esty but reli­gious over­tones as well. Vas­con­ce­los impres­sively forms the dec­o­ra­tive net­ting and dol­lies to strate­gic parts of the woman’s body.

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This paint­ing, com­posed within an ornate gold frame, bursts out of its con­fines and towards the viewer. Vas­con­ce­los cre­ates abstract forms that read as a liv­ing organ­ism, like a coral reef on the ocean floor.

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Monica Ramos Makes Me Excited for Fun in the Sun

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I don’t know about you, but I am very happy about the warmer temps. With a harsh win­ter, I’m excited to be buy­ing short-sleeve shirts and look­ing for a new pair of black san­dals. You know what else I’m look­ing for­ward to? Swim­ming! And, with Mon­ica Ramos’ fun-in-the-sun illus­tra­tions, it makes me even more eager to get in the water.

These two trip­tychs con­vey dif­fer­ent types of aqua adven­tures. One looks a lit­tle dan­ger­ous (bathing with a tiger!) and another that’s the quin­tes­sen­tial crowded beach scene. Which would you rather have? I’m par­tial to tigers, and they look pretty friendly…

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Saturday Roundup: 7 Sweet Treats I Want to Try

Happy week­end! I’m going to devi­ate from my nor­mal pat­terns for a moment and do a round up of treats that I’ve wanted to try. If you fol­low me on Pin­ter­est, you’ll see that I have a huge sweet tooth. I’m con­stantly pin­ning recipes. Here are 7 of them (with links).

Maybe I’ll make one of these this week­end. If I do, I’ll let you know! If you hap­pen to try one, let me know how you like it.

Not a recipe, but still oddly satisfying:

Sophie Woodrow’s Ceramics Feature Mysterious Characters

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When I first saw Sophie Woodrow’s ceram­ics on The Jeal­ous Cura­tor, I instantly fell in love. The mys­te­ri­ous, highly-textured char­ac­ters and their vacant eyes intrigued me. I like that she’s cloaked her fig­ures in all white and relies on light and shadow to high­light their sub­tle details.

If are you won­der­ing about Woodrow’s inspi­ra­tion for these bizarre char­ac­ters, then look no further:

Her work has been informed by an inter­est in the Vic­to­ri­ans as the first gen­er­a­tion who chose to define nature in oppo­si­tion to what is human. In a spirit of wild curios­ity, tinged with fear, the Vic­to­ri­ans idolised nature, ‘pack­ag­ing’ it into highly roman­ti­cised, palat­able works of art. Our modern-day under­stand­ing is very dif­fer­ent, so that we now inter­pret much Vic­to­rian art as ‘unnat­ural’ or kitsch.

(Via The Jeal­ous Cura­tor)
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Harriet Lee-Merrion’s Quietly Strange Illustrations

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Har­riet Lee-Merrion is an illus­tra­tor who’s based in Bris­tol, UK. Her quiet illus­tra­tions are minimalist-style draw­ings that fea­ture a lot of soli­tary fig­ures and deserted spaces. Even when they are bustling scenes, every­one and every­thing still feels like they are on their own.

I love the odd and sur­real qual­i­ties in her work. The illus­tra­tions aren’t overtly strange, but once you really look at them you’ll see some sur­pris­ing things — peo­ple who have more than one set of eyes or even heads.

You can pur­chase some of Lee-Merrion’s work in her shop. Fol­low her on Tum­blr, too, if that’s your thing.

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Jessica Dance Knits Comfort Food… Literally and Figuratively

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Jes­sica Dance is an art direc­tor, model maker, and prop styl­ist who spe­cial­izes in hand­crafted mod­els. I’ll say! Check out this series of knit­ted com­fort foods that totally gives new mean­ing to the phrase.

As some­one who knows how to knit (poorly), I am super impressed with the forms them­selves and detail­ing on items like sausage and bacon. Very neat.

All pho­tog­ra­phy is by David Sykes. Via Make:

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