Melissa Chaib’s work first appeared to me as a submission on the Brown Paper Bag Tumblr, and I’m so glad it did. The illustrator’s colorful images are illustrated products, including cards, prints, and soon-to-be notebooks.
If you visit her shop, you’ll find that a lot of the stock is of cards. Chaib’s emphasis is on these social expressions, writing, “Our work celebrates the adventures in life, our mission is to create original, inspiring greeting cards and products that connect and enrich people’s lives… We make products for you to enjoy the funny, crazy moments with the people you love. ”
Check out the hand lettering, too! It’s on nearly everything Chaib paints, and is very well done.
All images via her shop and website.
Artist Nina Jun crafts delicate, life-like balloons from ceramics. Seems contradictory, no? Balloons are so light, and here they are made from something that is unable to float. But with Jun’s balloons, they will never deflate, and we’re able to capture their fun forever. From her artist statement:
Flying is everyone’s desire. When a helium balloon escaped from my hand one day and went into infinite space I began to wonder what is there beyond the blue sky? Even though we cannot see with our eyes, we know that there in the universe are layers of galaxies merging constantly with dying and forming stars. My wonders about space inspired me to create this series of ceramic balloons. The patterns and motifs on some of my ceramic balloons reflect the abstract images of constellations and views of the cosmos.
Perpetuity is also one of the unsolved problems we face. What if a balloon never deflated, so that the joy it brought us never ended? What if our memories never escaped us? What if these balloons could lift us up while also keeping us grounded? I make these ceramic balloons to remind us our unobtainable desire to be in charge of time and space.
The selling point for believability in Jun’s work are the seams that she’s formed into her pieces. Without them, they wouldn’t look like balloons and would just be dense, colorful shapes.
Even though I know that Jun’s work will never leave the ground, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it. A lot.
Via Design Boom.
Lindsey Hampton is a multidisciplinary artist who designs, photographs, and more. For now, I am going to focus on her ceramics and installations because it’s what originally drew me to her portfolio. The vessels that Hampton sculpts have an understated sophistication to them. They are colorful but not overwhelming, jubilant without being saccharine, and as a whole really clever. I love how subtle they are — the silhouettes are clean, and you’re able to focus on details like the skewed plant stand (below) or the retooling of the average table lamp (above).
Here’s part of a short statement about Hampton’s work, and how she achieves continuity no matter what she’s crafting:
Hampton’s use of colour, pattern and shape speak together across all platforms, she thrives in the delicate balance between positive and negative space. Hampton believes that everything is design, whether creating a poster or logo, a ceramic vessel or mug; her approach is equal.
All images via her website.
So after 4 years, I FINALLY made a Facebook page for this blog. If you’re an avid Facebooker, do me a favor and like my page?
Do you know that I write for the site My Modern Metropolis? I do! If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a blog that celebrates visual creativity. The content is a bit different than what’s on Brown Paper Bag, and I really enjoy writing about the wide variety of content that it has to offer (I learn so much!). Anyways, I wrote about these tattoos on My Modern Met earlier this week, and I loved them so much I’d thought I’d share on here.
As you may or may not know, I love tattoos and have several. All of mine are outlined, unlike these colorful tattoos by Sasha Unisex. Her work strays from a conventional style because they don’t use lines and instead use shape and color to define their form. The jewel tones are brilliant, and remind me of a permanent Lisa Frank sticker. Too bad Unisex is based in St. Petersburg, Russia. I’d love to get something done by her!
Also, for readers that have tattoos, how do you think they’ll hold up? Will the subtle color fade over time and them loose their shape?
All images via her Instagram.