Scenes from Nature Completely Crafted with Cut Paper

Estudio Guardabosques

Estu­dio Guard­a­bosques is the col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts of cre­atives Juan and Car­olina from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They craft scenes entirely out of paper by using com­plex sculpt­ing to fold and build forms. Often, that involves per­fo­rat­ing edges and cut­ting just so — enough to trans­form the paper, but not enough to wrin­kle or destroy it.

Much of the couple’s work involves nature, and this is def­i­nitely where they shine. My favorite instances are where ani­mals are involved. They’re cute, innocent-looking, and that fox… so wise!

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Nathalie Lété’s Busy Paintings Make Great Illustrated Products

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See that spot­ted dog in the paint­ing above? I love ‘em. And hon­estly, it’s the first thing I noticed when look­ing at Nathalie Lété’s work… like I have some sort of 6th sense for that type of thing. Her paint­ings are full of quirky objects  set against pat­terned back­grounds. They are busy, but so much fun to look at!

In addi­tion to paint­ings, Nathalie’s illus­tra­tions adorn many, many prod­ucts. I’ve included her scarves here, and she’s cre­ated images that are on toys, tote bags, key chains, and ceramics.

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And, a rug!nathalie-8

Perrin’s Illustrations Make Tiny, Awkward Creatures Beautiful

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One of my best pals, Per­rin, recently illus­trated this awe­some set of pray­ing man­tises. I love how she com­bines these odd crea­tures with beau­ti­ful flo­ral arrange­ments. Per­rin says that they look like tiny, awk­ward aliens, and I’d have to agree.

These two pieces are a dip­tych and fea­tures one at rest and one that’s ready to attack!

Beautifully Grotesque Sculptural Illustrations by Sophie Page

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Sophie Geneva Page sculpts her illus­tra­tions and then pho­tographs them into 2D scenes that have an unde­ni­able 3D appeal. She’s inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and Catholic reli­gious imagery (among other things), and she’s also inter­ested in arts and crafts, dolls, fairy tales, plants, bugs, and more. Can’t you see these influ­ences in her work?

I love that Sophie’s illus­tra­tions are simul­ta­ne­ously beau­ti­ful and grotesque. I admire her abil­ity to sculpt and the incred­i­ble scenes that she builds for each of her piece. And some­times, her char­ac­ters aren’t por­trayed in their best light. They drool and have messy hair… but with the rosiest cheeks.

Sophie is a RISD grad­u­ate, and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing more of her work!

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Prickly Edges & Crying Pots: 12 Ceramics that Caught My Eye

On my “beau­ti­ful break­ables” Pin­ter­est board, I pin a bunch of ceram­ics that I intend to share on Brown Paper Bag but they never seem to make it on the site. Well, here they are! This post could also be about ceram­ics that have faces on them, because there are a lot of them fea­tured here. What can I say? I love things with eyes.

Enjoy, and have a happy weekend!

Tiny Monsters Around Your Neck by Min Pin

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Melbourne-based design label Min Pin is the hand­i­work of Penny Min Fer­gu­son. Her love of weird and awe­some things means that she’s cre­ated a series of shrink-plastic and metal neck­laces. Dinosaurs, snakes, ghosts, and even Big­foot hang around your neck! They’ve got a great style that would com­ple­ment any out­fit. Col­ors are bright, but not too bright. There are details like sim­ple, almond-shaped eyes, but they aren’t too dis­tract­ing. Per­son­ally, I’m lov­ing that yellow-greenish Bigfoot.

If you like this, check out the work of Cat Rab­bit Plush. She’s also a Aus­tralian crafter who makes amaz­ing, quirky animals.

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Now, these aren’t neck­laces, but I had to include these purses, too:

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Linzie Hunter Will Hand Letter Your New Year’s Resolutions

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With the new year comes New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. And why not? It’s such a pos­i­tive, hope­ful time. You think, yes! this year will be bet­ter than the last. It feels like you have a fresh slate. I’ve fea­tured Linzie Hunter’s work before — some­what recently, in fact — and mar­veled at her hand let­tered Unin­spir­ing Posters series. Now, she’s started another project that’s, dare I say, encour­ag­ing? Linzie is hand let­ter­ing your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions!

You can share your res­o­lu­tions with Linzie on Twit­ter, Face­book, or Insta­gram, and she’ll illus­trate them and then post her hand­i­work online. I love this idea. It’s not only a great exer­cise for Linzie, but prob­a­bly helps the per­son who made the com­mit­ment, too. Cause, ya know, if you tell the world that you’re going to grow your first real beard, you bet­ter do it.

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Anne Laval’s Illustrations Will Make You Wanna Hug a Polar Bear

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Anne Laval is a Strasbourg-based illus­tra­tor whose sweet works yield scenes like the one you see above. I want a giant bear friend like that!

Often, Anne’s pieces fea­ture wispy shapes that sig­nify hair, spir­its, and branches. It adds a sense of move­ment, as if the wind is gen­tly blow­ing through each scene. There’s a cer­tain level of com­fort that comes from this. Char­ac­ters look calm and relaxed, enclosed in pock­ets of happiness.

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Gorgeously Intricate & Hand-Crafted Pop-Up Books by Bozka Rydlewska

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I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by the con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing that goes into pop-up and accordion-fold books. So, when I saw Bozka Rydlewska’s beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions in a 3D form, I was wowed by their beauty and detail.

I had the oppor­tu­nity to ask Bozka a cou­ple of ques­tions about her work. She’s loved pop-up books since child­hood and had always wanted to make one.

When I fin­ished my series of illus­tra­tions New Botany [above], I thought it would be inter­est­ing to inter­pret the illus­tra­tions into three-dimensional forms,” she tells me. “At that point I was really tired of work­ing non-stop on the com­puter and eager to do some­thing with my hands.”

To make her pop-up books, she did some research. Bozka read sev­eral man­u­als and also attended a week-long pop-up book course at West Dean Col­lege in Eng­land. Um, I want to take one of those. Sign me up!

So, how long did it take to cre­ate these pieces? “It took me 3 to 4 weeks to make each pop-up. It was a com­pli­cated and time con­sum­ing process — I was work­ing on 1:1 scale mod­els, cut­ting and glu­ing over and over again until the pop-up matched the vision I had in my head,” she explains. “The final pieces were printed on high qual­ity archival paper, cut out by cut­ting plot­ter and assem­bled by hand by myself. The assem­bly of the most com­pli­cated pop-up took 14 hours.”

Totally worth the time spent. They’re beautiful!

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Trains, Planes, and Other Modes of Transportation

Happy Fri­day! For many of you, this was your first week back since the hol­i­days. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to get back in the groove. A few weeks before Christ­mas, I bought myself a Rifle Paper Co. weekly desk pad, and it has kept me focused (so far).

I’ve com­piled a visual list of trains, planes, and other modes of trans­porta­tion. With all of my recent trav­el­ing, it felt appro­pri­ate! There are some con­ven­tional meth­ods on this list, but oth­ers… not so much.