London-based illustrator Mariana Rodrigues illustrates places and landscapes. Machu Picchu, Bangkok, mountains, and seascapes are depicted in full color with photographic attention to detail.
One thing that drew me to Mariana’s work (aside from the alpaca in the Machu Picchu illustration) is her series where a single figure is looking onwards towards grandiose landscapes. She travels alone, showing us beautiful sights and reminding us that sometimes, it’s okay to journey solo.
Cinder & Honey is the brain child of Caitlin Benson, a Vancouver-based artist and embroiderer. Much of her work involves flowers—which ya’ll know I love—and even some tattoo imagery (above). I’ve always been attracted to color luscious and thick stitching, of which Cinder & Honey has both.
Caitlin sells her vibrant hoop art through Etsy. In addition to already-stitched pieces, she sells downloadable patterns for you to DIY.
As you many of you might know, I write for a few other blogs, including My Modern Met. We’ve recently launched My Modern Met Selects, a product-focused site that celebrates creative goods from cutting edge artists, designers, and makers. (It’s hosted through Tumblr, so give it a follow!) Last week, I shared these adorable bud houses from the Etsy shop 2of2 and I had to feature them here. I love this idea and its execution so, so much! Built to resemble miniature houses, they’re a fun way to display clippings and a flower or two.
The dwellings are created using precision cut 1/8″ birch that’s been sanded and stained. The vase is a glass and is affixed behind the structure, as if the greenery is growing out of its backside.
Many of the houses are of similar format, but each has its own look and feel—my favorite has a moss-covered roof! Check out more on Etsy.
Barcelona-based illustrator Mar Cerdà creates small, charming dioramas out of cut paper. Her practice revolves around watercolor paint, and she uses its sturdy paper to form her sculptures. Afterwards, she photographs her handiwork. When viewed just right, the scenes are reminiscent of film stills.
There’s a good reason that these dioramas remind me of movies—Mar’s training is in cinema with a specialization in art direction. This background encouraged a fascination with the treatment of space. “I firmly believe that a character can be defined by a space,” she writes, “even if is not present at all.” I agree! (via The Jealous Curator)
1. Bird Print Shirt Dress by Warehouse
2. Ceramics by Leah Jackson
3. Fish Scale Planter by Hinkleville
4. Blue Eye Keychain by Coucou Suzette
5. Night Ring by Stefanie Sheehan Handmade Jewelry
6. Small Linen Bucket by Jenna Rose Handmade
7. Fingers Crossed Patch by eradura
Happy weekend, ya’ll! I don’t have much to say except Happy Galentine’s Day and Happy Valentine’s Day, respectively. Whether you celebrate one, both, or neither, do something nice for yourself on Saturday or Sunday. Buy that venti latte you want but never order. You deserve it.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—I love a good pencil drawing. There’s something so satisfying about seeing a collection of marks. It looks very meditative, and even therapeutic? Italian illustrator Monica Barengo incorporates this style of drawing into her work, harnessing the energy of a sketch. Monica, however, is a more controlled with her technique, and will often juxtaposed erratic marking making with fine, measured lines.
Monica’s approach benefits the overall illustrations; the contained chaos is a great foil to the portraits of poised, calm individuals. It makes you wonder… do they have something to hide?
I know I called Monica’s characters poised, but this cute fellow is a welcome exception:
Saddo is an Romanian artist whose career has switched gears. Starting out as a muralist, his style was was noticed by advertising agencies and galleries in cities around the world.
Saddo’s visual language has many disparate influences, including horror movie posters, comics, Hieronymus Bosch, Henri Rousseau, naturalistic illustrations of plants and animals, pop surrealism, and religion. Wow! This is reflected in his paintings and illustrations, which feature realistically-formed figures that are often in busy, lusciously-colored scenes.
If you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you might remember when this artist collaborated with Aitch on Memory. Check it out—it’s my favorite iteration of the classic card game.
Artist and illustrator Alice Wellinger creates surreal imagery that deals with the troubles of daily life and of childhood memories. Her realistic approach to these figures and accompanying subjects has a eerie effect—it’s as if they actually exist, but in a way that’s similar to a vivid dream. Did these things really happen or was it just a figment of your imagination?
Her conceptual—and often, thematically dark—work lends itself well to things that aren’t so cheery. Most recently, she created a series of illustrations about Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Othello.
Tsuru Bride is the pseudonym of Meghan Willis, a Brooklyn-based embroidery artist whose textile works celebrate women’s strengths and sexuality. “I aim to tempt the viewer to follow the delicate stitching that caresses the bodies I reveal through thread,” she writes. All figures are drawn from real women, and I love seeing their uninhibited poses—they’re an awesome sense of freedom in each work.
Meghan uses a combination of appliquéd fabric and hand-painted leather, as well as embroidered stitches that act as a pencil or pen. The figures’ stances are minimally stitched and accented with small bursts of colors and patterns—together, they’re exquisite!
Fun fact: I included Tsuru Bride on my list of 10 Artists Who Contemporize the Ancient Craft of Embroidery, appearing on Illusion.
1. Love Charm Bracelet by Buried Diamond
2. Palmistry Tea Towel by Kelzuki
3. Gold Leaf Branch Brooch Pin by LemKa Jewelry
4. Cecil the Crocodile Lambswool Plush by Sara Carr
5. Ceramic Fox Planter by Agustina Barrenechea
6. Tumblr Planter by Megan Clarke
7. Forest Animals Wall Decal by DURIDO (h/t Perrin)
Happy weekend! I hope you’ve got at least one fun thing planned. Mine is baking these insane cookies from Momofoku Milk Bar: cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookies. Yum!
Before I end this post, I’ll leave you with one last illustrated product. Embroidery is having a major moment, and if you’ve wanted to try your hand at this awesome craft, now’s your chance. Kiriki Press creates special kits where you can make your own embroidered plush doll. They are all-inclusive and seem really neat! (via Lustik)