Design, Illustration

Vicki Turner’s Minimalist Illustrations Inspired by Wandering

Vicki Turner

Vic­ki Turn­er is a design­er, illus­tra­tor, and mak­er who has a pas­sion for the nat­ur­al world. Her refresh­ing style is the result of a few years of world­wide wan­der­ing, and she brings sto­ries to life in a smart, abstract way. Vic­ki uses sym­bols and min­i­mal­ist design to tell com­plex tales that have mul­ti­ple way of inter­pre­ta­tion.

In addi­tion to 2D illus­tra­tions, Vic­ki also makes things. Her shape-cen­tric work lends itself well to acces­sories like the pin below. Per­fect for some­one who has wan­der­lust!

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Check Out the Amazing Embroidered Details on These Valentino Dresses!

Valentino Resort 2015I’m not a flashy dress­er, but I admire peo­ple who are. And, since illus­tra­tion can take many, many forms, I’ve mar­veled over the details on the Valenti­no Resort 2015 line. It’s dreamy, with these amaz­ing embroi­dered details like mon­keys and flo­ral arrange­ments. Long dress­es, short dress­es, and jack­ets will all make you have the over­whelm­ing desire to go on a cruise (and I don’t even like cruis­es!).

I love to see print and pat­tern on cloth­ing. Illus­trat­ed prod­ucts make our lives bet­ter — fun, bright, and allow us to express our­selves through objects.

The entire col­lec­tion has 83 pieces. See them all on

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Artist, Sculpture

Sandra Fettingis Expresses Relationships Via Bold Geometry

Sandra Fettingis

Den­ver-based artist San­dra Fet­tingis cre­ates bold sculp­tures, instal­la­tions, and murals using a vari­ety of geo­met­ric shapes. “…I strive to demon­strate rela­tion­ships, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, change, and mind­ful atten­tion,” she writes in an artist state­ment. “I mix and lay­er mate­ri­als such as acrylic, styrene, wood, paper and paint, and uti­lize the laser for its pre­ci­sion, while for­mu­lat­ing sys­tem­at­ic guide­lines, rep­e­ti­tion and pur­pose­ful­ly restrained col­or palettes.”

San­dra strives to com­bine art and archi­tec­ture seam­less­ly. Her beau­ti­ful pieces, strong shapes are a per­fect match with beams, floor­boards, and of course, walls.

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Embroidery, Sculpture

Felted Fungi on Real Wood… For Your Home!

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This past Novem­ber, I was brows­ing one of my favorite Bal­ti­more shops, Tro­hv. There, I came across the local Close Call Stu­dio. It’s run by Aman­da Adams who hand­crafts dec­o­ra­tive mush­rooms from recy­cled veg­an felt. They’re mount­ed on wood and per­fect for dis­play­ing on your shelf, cof­fee table, etc..

I love the jux­ta­po­si­tion between craft and real tim­ber. It can be hard to com­bine the two and make it not look cheesy, but Aman­da picked the the right col­or and mate­ri­als for the job.

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BPB Projects

New Landscapes: 6 Works from the Collage Scrap Exchange (!!!)

Ya’ll. As the Col­lage Scrap Exchange (#col­lage­con­test) rolls on to its Feb­ru­ary 15th dead­line, I’ve already received fin­ished pieces! Here are some of my favorites so far.

For all of those still work­ing on your col­lages (or even wait­ing on scraps), no wor­ries. You have plen­ty of time, and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing your inter­pre­ta­tion of New Land­scapes!

AND: Don’t for­get to Tweet, Insta­gram, or FB your Col­lage Scrap Exchange using the hash­tag #col­lage­con­test!

Danielle Krysa

Sight See­ing by Danielle Krysa

Danielle Krysa

Mes­sages From Blanche by Danielle Krysa

Danielle, AKA The Jeal­ous Cura­tor, had a real­ly cool sto­ry about this above piece. She explains:

mes­sages from blanche is about my grand­moth­er, blanche — that’s a pho­to of her the year my mom was born. right before she died she told my mom that her spir­it was pink. after she died real­ly strange pink relat­ed things start­ed hap­pen­ing… my mom’s white rhodo­den­dren (sp?!) bush bloomed one pink flower, in novem­ber!!!, and it stayed there for one month. i had a lit­tle red rose bush on my bed­side table that hadn’t bloomed in 4 years. it threw one pink bud and it stayed there for a month before it dropped. so… this piece is about those “pink” mes­sages. lucy had includ­ed that amaz­ing lit­tle fold­ed paper enve­lope in her scraps so i HAD to use it 😉

And, bet­ter yet? “That house in the enve­lope is the house I lived in when I was lit­tle,” she writes.

Christina Marie Phelps

Christi­na Marie Phelps


Illustrations by Mouni Feddag Harness the Spontaneity of Sketches

mouni feddagHAPPY NEW YEAR! Get ready to feast your peep­ers on these dizzy­ing illus­tra­tions by Mouni Fed­dag! Their sprawl­ing scenes are impres­sion­ist and live­ly thanks to the ges­tur­al mark-mark­ing. The works feel like pol­ished sketch­es because they har­ness an awe­some ener­gy and spon­tane­ity.

Mouni’s use of paint and pen­cils cre­ate a nice “push and pull” with­in the com­po­si­tion. Large fields of col­or are punc­tu­at­ed with intri­cate details. Your eyes find reprieve between the small dots, slash­es, and pat­terns.


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Design, Illustration

Bold Flora & Fauna by Illustrator Aino Maija Metsola

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If you’re a fan of the brand Marimekko, then you’ll enjoy these designs and illus­tra­tions by Aino-Mai­ja Met­so­la. The Helsin­ki-based cre­ative has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the com­pa­ny since 2006, and her col­or­ful images are seared into my brain as the face of Marimekko. They fea­ture flo­ra, fau­na, and geo­met­ric shapes in flat­tened, bold draw­ings.

You can see much more (includ­ing some fash­ion­able dress­es!) on Aino-Maija’s web­site.

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Skip the Fishing, Carry These Fashionable Fish Instead

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to fish. When I was younger, a hook got caught in my fin­ger. Mor­ti­fy­ing! I’ll nev­er fish again. Instead, I’ll just mar­vel at these adorable fish-shaped clutch­es by Don Fish­er. They fea­ture col­or­ful salmon, sar­dines, her­rings, and more with hand-paint­ed scales and even boney insides. They’re well-thought and quirky — sure to make a state­ment as you’re car­ry­ing them around.

Don Fish­er sells their charm­ing pieces on Etsy.

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Colorful Folk Animals Feature Beautiful, Intricate Details

Nestor Melchor

Nestor Mel­chor

I love how col­or­ful these Oxa­can wood carv­ings are! They’re avail­able through the San­dia Fine Mex­i­can Art web­site and fea­ture a cast of live­ly crea­tures with intri­cate pat­terns. Dif­fer­ent skilled artists paint bears, giraffes, dogs, and more. Some­times, they’re total­ly wacky and ride bicy­cles and carts.

Take some time and look at all of these crit­ters. You won’t be dis­ap­point­ed. (You can pur­chase them, too.)

Ivan Fuentes

Ivan Fuentes

Martin Melchor

Mar­tin Mel­chor

Luis Pablo

Luis Pablo

Lauro Ramirez

Lau­ro Ramirez

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Mar­tin Mel­chor

Nicolas Morales

Nico­las Morales

Gil Santiago

Gil San­ti­a­go

David Hernandez

David Her­nan­dez

Susano Morales

Susano Morales

Luis Pablo

Luis Pablo

Angelico & Isaias Jimenez

Angeli­co & Isa­ias Jimenez

BPB Projects

Share Your Space: Libby Zay & The Scout Project


I love look­ing at people’s work­spaces, don’t you? Today, let’s take a look at The Scout Project cre­ator Lib­by Zay’s cozy stu­dio. Her Bal­ti­more-based office is full of inter­est­ing objects that all have their own sto­ry!

Lib­by and I are work­ing on a series of stu­dio vis­its with dif­fer­ent Bal­ti­more artists and illus­tra­tors. We’re kick­ing this all off with shar­ing our respec­tive spaces. Here’s what Lib­by has to say about hers:

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The Scout Project is a mer­it badge pro­gram for curi­ous peo­ple of all ages. Basi­cal­ly, I pro­vide badges that peo­ple can use as rewards when pur­su­ing a new hob­by or learn­ing a new skill. I also main­tain a blog that’s meant to inspire read­ers and encour­age them to dis­cov­er new things.


The office where I write is a fun­ny space. To get to it, you have to walk through our bed­room. It’s not an uncom­mon set­up in rowhomes, and it actu­al­ly makes the space feel a lit­tle more pri­vate and qui­et. There are two win­dows that over­look our tiny back­yard.


My lap­top trav­els around quite a bit. I work a lot at the kitchen table or on the couch, and some­times escape to a near­by cof­fee shop. But most often, I work in here. This is also where I pack­age up badge orders and keep inven­to­ry. The man in the news­pa­per clip­ping is my dad, who invent­ed a coin counter in the 1980s called the “Ready to Roll.” We trav­eled to trade shows and fairs so he could sell it.


I love field guides and ref­er­ence books, espe­cial­ly vin­tage ones. They always have the best illus­tra­tions! I used to live near The Book Thing, a ware­house in Bal­ti­more full of donat­ed books that are absolute­ly free. It was dan­ger­ous. I think my boyfriend, Raul, was relieved when we moved out­side of walk­ing dis­tance.


Con­fes­sion: these pen­nants are from eBay. I wish they had a cool­er sto­ry, but I still love them. I’m from Ohio and now live in Bal­ti­more. I have a lot of pride for both places.


The type­writer and most of this thread is my inher­i­tance form my grand­ma on my mother’s side, who was a gift­ed seam­stress. I have a few let­ters she typed on here stored away. One of them stern­ly tells me I should keep my room clean! The box with the stamps on it is a music box made by my pater­nal grand­fa­ther, who I called “Bop­py.” He had a wood­shop in his base­ment and he col­lect­ed stamps and coins.


Inside the music box is a pic­ture of Bop­py and my grand­ma, plus a bunch of oth­er ran­dom items (oh, there’s where all my chap­stick has been hid­ing). Grand­pa super­glued a dime with the suc­ces­sive year on it for each year I’ve been alive. It looks like i haven’t added a dime since 2005; time to hop on that!


All of the badges are kept in this library card cat­a­log that my dad gave me. I worked with an illus­tra­tor named Alyssa Nass­ner to cre­ate all of them, and am try­ing to work with top­ic experts to out­line guide­lines for each of them.


This tra­di­tion­al Ecuado­ri­an paint­ing is one of my favorite pos­ses­sions. It depicts Quilo­toa, a vol­cano that erupt­ed 800 years ago and has since filled with water. The paint­ing is one of the few sou­venirs I have from six months in Ecuador. If I remem­ber cor­rect­ly, I paid $4 for it.


In our guest bedroom/reading room is a lit­tle nook with more books. Two of these cow­boy hats were my grand­par­ents; they got them on a cross-coun­try RV trip. Raul and I picked up the one on the far right in Ban­dera, Texas—the “Cow­boy Cap­i­tal of the World.”


I worked at a cof­fee shop for five years, and these cof­fee bags are from the roast­ery where the beans came from. I’m hop­ing to some­day intro­duce a cof­fee badge. And yes, that’s John Wayne. In case you couldn’t tell, I like Amer­i­cana!

Thanks, Lib­by!