Rebecca Artemisa’s Colorful and Therapeutic Illustrations

Rebecca Artemisa
I wrote about Rebecca Artemisa’s work on My Modern Met last week, and found it so delightful that I wanted to share it here. Aren’t all of her details divine? Ghosts! Candles! Snakes! Stars! So much. I love it, and especially enjoy the symbolism that’s inherent in all of her images.

Artemisa’s work is colorful and sometimes cheery. Other times, though, it’s not. It’s filled with fear and sadness. Her paintings are a form of therapy for the mental stress that her chronic illness causes her. In her words:

i am still always painting. my paintings feel very dark to me but i think it is easy to sometimes dismiss them as sweet. sometimes my paintings get a little sweet looking, maybe as a way to cope with how bad i can feel. this isn’t a sad thing to me though, quite the opposite. i’m glad i have something good to pour myself into when i am stuck inside so often, it keeps my life and my ability to be kind opened up.

Be sure to check out her shop!

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Elisa Strozyk’s Cozy-Looking Textiles Are Made of Wood

Elisa Strozyk

Elisa Strozyk’s work fools us. These pieces might look like cloth, they are actually made out of wood. The light wooden pattern folds into itself and looks soft and cozy. But, I’m sure that if you were to fall onto this blanket, you wouldn’t have a warm greeting.

Strozyk explains the idea behind her work, writing:

Wooden Textiles convey a new tactile experience. We are used to experience wood as a hard material; we know the feeling of walking across wooden floors, to touch a wooden tabletop or to feel the bark of a tree. But we usually don’t experience a wooden surface which can be manipulated by touch.

Wooden Textiles is a material that is half wood-half textile, between hard and soft, challenging what can be expected from a material or category. It looks and smells familiar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unexpected ways.

The processes to transform wood into a flexible wooden surface is its deconstruction into pieces, which are then attached to a textile base. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility. There are various possible applications, for example as floorings, curtains, drapes, plaids, upholstery or parts of furniture.

I not only love this concept, but the design as well. It’s really satisfying to see all of these triangles, and they make Strozyk’s work look effortless. Elisa StrozykElisa Strozykelisa_strozyk4elisa_strozyk5 elisa_strozyk6elisa_strozyk11elisa_strozyk9elisa_strozyk10elisa_strozyk7 elisa_strozyk8elisa_strozyk12

Lately & Liked

Friday Round Up: Contemporary Quilts I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

I love quilts and find their rich history fascinating. It’s something that’s been passed down countless generations and is not only a craft, but a form of communication and therapy. (Read about the AIDS Memorial quilt, for instance.)

Quilts aren’t just something for your grandmother to do. More and more, I see younger folks piecing together their designs, especially with the trend of mini quilts making a comeback. Let’s take a look at some contemporary quilts, shall we? As always, if you have a quilt or know of an awesome quilter, please share with me!

Happy Friday!

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Illustrator, Photography

Janine Rewell’s Body Paint Collaboration With Minna Parikka Shoes

Janine Rewell

Yesterday, I gave a presentation to my friend Amanda’s class at Towson University. They were a really great group of students, and I had fun talking about some of the things I’ve done over the years (this blog being one of them, of course).

At the end of the class, there was a brief discussion about illustration and it’s application. I think illustration has a wide range of applications. It can be anywhere! On anything!

Take, for example, the work of Janine Rewell. It isn’t the traditional form of illustration, and uses the body as a canvas to advertise Minna Parikka shoes. Rewell’s colorful shapes are surface designs that communicate how stylish this particular product is, and the a lifestyle (of sorts) that accompanies it. I love this out-of-the box thinking.  (H/T Sarah Jacoby)

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Janine Rewell and Minna Parikka Collaboration: Body Painting and Scandinavian Spring from MINNA PARIKKA on Vimeo.


Maurizio Anzeri Embroiders Masks Over Photographs

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Maurizio Anzeri isn’t the first to embroider on photography and he won’t be the last, but I’ve always enjoyed his work. The thread acts as a bizarre mask that takes the photographs from ordinary portraits to surreal and subversive places. My favorite moments are when he gathers up the up the thread into something akin to a nest. It’s expressive and makes something that’s so calculated feel really spontaneous.

And, from a technical standpoint: As someone who embroidered for years on paper, the fact that his work looks so clean (no major gaping holes) is really impressive. Kudos to you, Maurizio, you have better craftsmanship than me!  (Via I need a guide)

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Art History on Your Fingertips… Literally.


Barry McGee

Barry McGee

One of my favorite discoveries of this weekend was when I stumbled upon Nail Art History Tumblr. The name is sort of self-explanatory. Taking inspiration from artists of both the past and today, art lover Susi Kenna gets an awesome manicure. Her nails are inspired by the likes of street art, abstract art, and more.

All work is done by Mei Kawajiri / @ciaomanhattan2012. The details on these tiny surfaces is amazing! I’m really impressed by the Barry McGee interpretation.

(H/T The Creator’s Project)





Shirley Jaffe

Shirley Jaffe


Andrew Masullo

Andrew Masullo


Julia Chiang

Julia Chiang


Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker


Illustrator, Lately & Liked

Friday Roundup: Illustrations I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

Today’s Friday round includes illustrations that I’ve seen lately and liked. They’ve been liked on my Tumblr or repinned by me on Pinterest. Either way, they’ve stayed in my brain.

There’s so much great stuff on the interwebs. I wish I could share everything I find! So, here’s a little sampling. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

Also: Píccolo, a small business I have with my friend Lisa, has jumpstarted our blog. We have an exciting new feature, Picture Party, that celebrates illustrated products! Follow us on Tumblr for twice-weekly awesomeness.


Karin Hagen Crafts Tiny Ceramic Cartoon-esque Characters

Karin Hagen

When I was in high school, I took a ceramics class. And boy, did I suck at it! I was terrible at throwing and not very good at hand-building, either. Probably because of my shortcomings, the medium has always been something that I’ve admired. Luckily, I get an excuse to write about it on a regular basis!  So today, let’s look at the work of Karin Hagen.

Hagen’s tiny earthware sculptures are creatures and people. The hand-painted sculptures depict cats, mice, and people with cool hairstyles. They are chock full of nooks, crannies, and imperfect forms. And, for that reason, I love them; There’s so much personality in these tiny objects!


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Katy Horan’s Dark, Folk-Inspired Paintings

Katy Horan

The illustrative paintings of Katy Horan are moody. Painted on dark backgrounds, the artist illuminates her subjects with subdued greens, reds, and blues. Their narratives examine the role of women throughout history and mythology; They depict death, loss, fear, and the supernatural. “Most recently,” Horan writes, “My research has focused on folk superstitions and witch tales from the Ozark and Appalachian regions.”

If you find yourself in the Bay area, you can see Horan’s work at the LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland. She’s one half of a two-person show with Katherine Rutter titled For the Sake of Being(s). It’s on view until March 29th.

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