Aren’t these the cutest? I think I’m in love. Melbourne-based MIMAW (short for Micro.Macro.Workshop) created these character bowls, which double as delightful pencil holders and planters. They have 3D-printed bodies and hand-painted details (like those smiling faces!). MIMAW uses biodegradable PLA (Poly Lactic Acid), which is used in food packaging and containers. It’s strong, durable, and won’t shatter like porcelain.
MIMAW is passionate about combining emerging technologies and traditional methods of working, producing functional pieces that “inject delight and embed itself in the everyday.”
Now, the big question is… which one do I pick?
1 // Handpainted Floral Spring Shirt by Purple Fishbowl
2 // Scandinavian Retro Toy Folk by Gunna Ydri
3 // Soft Leather Cactus Pouch by Amelie Mancini
5 // Vessels by Louise Madzia
4 // French Bulldog Patches by Natali Koromoto
6 // Eye Ear Jacket Earring by Boo + Boo factory
7 // Poppy Bouquet Necklace by Layla Amber
In other illustrated product news…
// On Monday, I did a roundup of 10 illustrated shower curtains available on Society6. They’re all great, and I ended up buying this one by Teagan White!
// For YEARS, I’ve coveted the sweet ceramics of Atelier Stella. Every once and a while, she has these flash sales that seem to sell out in minutes. This past week, she sent out an email announcing a sale at 11:30AM UK time — 6:30AM my time — so needless to say, I totally missed it. Oh well! Better luck next time, I guess.
// I’ve been getting steady sign ups for my Mapping Memories project! Not sure what that is? It’s the inaugural project under my newest endeavor, Speckled Canary. How it works: using washi tape, you’ll create artwork based on a memory, submit it to me, and maybe win a prize! Sign up now and receive 5 rolls of washi tape to get you started. You won’t be sorry.
I love it when embroidery is in used in unconventional applications, and designer Elliot Schultz has done so in a super creative way. He created a series of embroidered zoetrope!
If you aren’t familiar with a zoetrope, it’s an animation technique that uses a series of pictures on an inner surface. When they’re rotated and displayed — either with a strobe light or by photographs — the illusion of motion is created.
For his final project at the ANU School of Art in Australia, Elliot created six discs with animated sequences embroidered on their surfaces. They were designed to be played on standard turntables, borrowing the shape and size from a 10″ vinyl record. Once they were hit with a strobe light, the animations came to life.
Check out the GIFs and video to see these pieces in action. How cool! (Via Colossal)
Are you interested in illustration as a career, but aren’t sure how to turn your talents into a business? Well, you’re in luck! Modern Thrive is hosting an online workshop called Build a Freelance Illustration Business with Salli S. Swindell of Studio SSS. You might also know her from They Draw & Cook and They Draw & Travel, which are recipes and maps drawn by illustrators around the world.
The 3-day workshop will teach you how to build and online portfolio and “leverage your unique style to land deals with name brand clients.” It takes place August 17–19 at 6pm PST // 8pm CST // 9pm EST, with three sessions that are each 1 hour long. Registration is only $97!
Don’t worry if you can’t make one of those days — all of the content is recorded so you can access anything you missed on your own time.
London-based illustrator Alessandra Genualdo paints fantastic gouache works that are a satisfying fusion of shapes and a limited color palette. She pairs pale pinks, mustard yellows, and fiery reds with blacks, grays, and whites, which are a great juxtaposition of cheerful and dull. And, I especially love it when she mixes these hues with her patterns and blob-like forms. They have a visual ease about them, making them feel contemporary and stylish.
Are you a zine lover? If so, Alessandra has made a few that are available in her online shop.
Aimee Bee Brooks is a recent art school grad who creates colorful illustrations featuring stylish vintage ladies and familiar objects.
“My work is inspired by the past,” Aimee explains. “I don’t have a strong interest in contemporary things. My artwork generally depicts items and people from the time periods I find aesthetically pleasing. I believe the items I surround myself with, the music I listen to, and the art I’m fond of have an affect on the work I create.” It’s this sentiment that I find so comforting about her illustrations. They’re often things I grew up (tape cassettes and all), and that I attach a certain nostalgia to.
Buy Aimee’s zines, scarves, pins, and more in her Etsy shop!
In less than 2 weeks, I’ll be moving. Not far, just to another neighborhood in Baltimore — one where I have my own studio space and a bathroom. I’m super excited about this, because I’ll have total control of the decor. Normally, it’s a compromise — my boyfriend tends to favor neutral-colored furnishings, but I usually go for more illustrative, bright decor (as you can probably tell from reading this blog!).
I’ve already started planning/scheming my new bathroom, including the shower curtain. As I began looking, it quickly occurred to me — hey! Society6 makes shower curtains! So, I started perusing.
I didn’t realize how many of my illustrators have shower curtains on the site. I went through all of the pages, and here are some of my favorites. Maybe one of them will inspire you to give a fun update to your bathroom, too!
Note: Society6 did not approach me to write this post — I am genuinely super excited about their shower curtains!
1 // Cotélac dress by Marion Fayolle, in collaboration with Cotélac for Kiblind magazine
2 // Sloth Necklace by Yellow Tree store (via Artistic Moods)
3 // Ceramic tassels by Junghwa Park (contact her if you want one!)
4 // Sad Dog Patch by Buried Diamond
5 // Mix and Match Notebook Bundle by Wrap Magazine (featuring various illustrators)
6 // Ocean Dweller cards by Vikki Chu for teNeues
7 // Flying Wiener Dog with Rainbow Brooch by Danadamki
Happy weekend, ya’ll. Here are 7 illustrated products I’m obsessing over this week. What about you? Let me know in the comments!
Also, are you an artist who loves washi tape? Or at least wants to try? Join my project and receive 5 rolls of tape!
Mai Ly Degnan is a Baltimore-based illustrator and a former grad school cohort of mine. Since graduating in 2014, she has kept herself busy by drawing all sorts of curious ladies in strange lands. They’re great — her characters don costumes, have swim parties, and best of all, scheme! I love it when she releases a new illustration — it’s always a joy to see what her stylish girls will be doing next, crafted with a meticulous attention to detail.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Mai Ly’s Instagram is one you should follow. Check it out to see her sketches, illustrated products, and more.
In addition to illustrative prints, Mai Ly has made mermaid brooches. They’re all available in her Etsy shop.
Teresa Bellon is a Spanish illustrator who caught my eye with the young Frida Khalo piece that’s above. I love the color, simplicity, and shape design, in addition to the distressed printmaking texture that gives her works a hand-crafted touch.
Teresa’s illustrations often depicts jungles, oceans, and people generally on the go. I don’t know about you, but they make me want to get up and start moving!