I love brightly-colored blooms as much as the next person, but the greens of the forest are equally as pretty. Especially moss—did you know there’s over 12,000 species of this flowerless plant? What variation! How amazing! Emma Mattson pays homage to this organism with a collection of intricate embroideries. Using a variety of textures and shades of green, she creates sculptural hoop art that features a ton of my favorite stitch, the French knot. I love how these pieces look together—hang them all in a group and it’s like you’ve got your own little forest!
Emma sells her embroidery on Etsy… though they don’t last long. Follow her on Instagram for works in progress and upcoming sales.
1. Ceramic Hands by Erin Paisley
2. Bookend Cactus by Design Atelier
3. Alpaca Miniature Figurine by Piccolo Circo
4. Things Will Work Out pin by People I’ve Loved
5. Ring Dish with 22k Gold Bee by Pottery Lodge
6. Whale Tissue Holder by Sparkly Pony
7. Sleepy Eyes Bar Necklace by BlyDesign
Happy Friday, ya’ll! It’s rained every day for 16 days in Baltimore, and I’m ready for a few days of sun. But for now, I’ll let the Things Will Work Out pin give me life.
The beauty of cross stitch can be applied to more than just fabric. Merve Burma is the mastermind behind Grav Grav, a small studio that crafts exquisite rose designs on the front of wooden bags. Made from oak, the embroidered products come in two styles—clutches and purses—and are lined with hand-sewn suede. I love the tactile juxtaposition between the smooth wood and chunky thread. It’s an eye-catching combination tastefully done. (via Meet Me At Mikes)
Plants! Shrimp! Kabobs! Everything is made better with paper, don’t you think? Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or translated, Markets Las Palmas features a bevy of delicious foods and beautiful blooms. They have a exquisite sense of craftsmanship and color, made even more compelling with eye-catching arrangements.
These compositions were created for an advertising campaign collaboration between Club de Esgrima, María Laura Benavente, and Jorge León.
You know the saying think outside the box? Well, Veselka Bulkan, aka Little Herb Bouquet, thinks outside the embroidery hoop with her exquisite vegetable art. Combing traditional stitches with felting, she creates tiny carrots, radishes, and onions that dangle the edge of their wooden circle. I love how subtle and peculiar these creations are—it takes you a second to notice the felting because you aren’t expecting it and assume everything is contained in the hoop. Not the case!
Veselka sells these creations on Etsy.
For the past week, I’ve been entranced by the above illustration by Kim Salt. It’s beautiful in its thriving vegetation while being an alluring depiction of space. Splendor is a common component to many of Kim’s works, commonly seen in oversized plants that welcome her characters and keep them company.
Kim sells a selection of her work on Etsy.
Kim also creates animated GIFs! She describes it as, “A personal project inspired by the Alabama Shakes album, Sound and Color.”
1. Ceramic Animals by Sarah Theron
2. Sweet Peach Ceramic Pin by Louise Reimer
3. Timber Tiger Clock by Paul Farrell for ByShop
4. Pink Paint Pin by Dying Slowly
5. Bird Plate by Moonbird Pottery (Photo credit: Justina Blakeney)
6. Watermelon Necklace by Lucie Ellen
7. Floral Laser Engraved Rolling Pin by Rolling Woods
Happy Friday! In more illustrated product news, if you love cute kitchen products, you’ve got to check out this list that Mallory compiled on Buzzfeed. I want them all—especially this handy whale strainer:
If you can’t tell by my posts over the past few weeks, I’m excited for the summer time. After a whole bunch of snow, the thought of warm weather has me over the moon! One thing I love about summer is the pool. Sadly, I don’t make it there as much as I used to, but I still fantasize about riding a waterslide. Joanne Ho’s illustrations depict these sorts of fun times with whole lotta tiny figures enjoying the water. Each painting is from a bird’s eye view, dwarfing the bodies so that they look like ants poking out of fantastic fields of blue.
Joanne sells prints of her work on Etsy.
One craft trend I can’t get enough of is paper plants. I recently marveled at Kim Sielbeck’s delightful papier-mache cacti, and I’ve also pinned many a plant tutorials on my Pinterest. So when Corrie Beth Hogg shared with me her DIY potted paper plants, I was really excited. Like Kim’s colorful pieces, Corrie paints on the texture of leaves and bundles them together like bushy, healthy plants.
If you have a brown thumb, you can make these plants too! The instructions are available on Corrie’s website, The Apple of My DIY. In fact, they’re probably better than the real thing—your cat won’t try and eat them, forcing you to put all of your succulents on a high shelf. (Le sigh.)
As summer approaches, I am loving one of its most prevailing trends—the off-the-shoulder shirt and dresses. Creating one of my favorite iterations of this style is Thief & Bandit, a line of clothing (among other things) that prints and sews garments in their Halifax-based studio. The all-over print patterns feature natural subjects including feathers, birds, and plants. They’re fun and glamorous, perfect for a BBQ or wedding.
Thief & Bandit sells their handiwork on Etsy. (I have a necklace and it gets a ton of compliments!)