So these little creatures have been making their way around the web, and with good reason; they’re really neat! North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita handcrafted these textile moths, using a combination of fabric, cotton, fake fur, embroidery thread, wire, feathers, and more to construct them. The colorful sculptures will fit in the palm of your hand and are available in Okita’s Etsy shop. Via The Jealous Curator.
These beautiful images are by French illustrator Amélie Fléchais. They’re from her children’s book Le Petit Loup Rouge that was released in June of this year. It starts out saying:
“Once upon a time in the middle of a thick and mysterious forest stood a strange tree house, the home of a little wolf know to everyone as ‘Little red wolf’…”
Fléchais’ delicate, vintage-inspired illustrations depict a dark inner forest, a lot of light, and a cute wolf in an adorable red coat. I’d love to read the words to get the entire story!
Book lovers and ocean enthusiasts… this post is for you!
It’s hot in Baltimore (hello 99% humidity…) and sort of rainy, so these nautical-inspired accessories by Olympia Le-Tan (previously) seem very appropriate. The artist/illustrator/maker hand embroiders and appliques vintage book cover clutches, beaded fish purses, and caviar-themed handbags. So, these aren’t just products – they’re works of art! I’m super impressed by the high level of craft in each one of Le-Tan’s objects.
I’ve always had a sweet tooth, and my desire for sugar hasn’t faded as I’ve aged (will it ever?). So, when I saw designer/illustrator Charlotte Smith’s paper sculptures that featured delicious-looking cakes, popsicles, and other goodies, I was excited.
The angular objects adorn food and beverages with delightful details. She garnishes tea with sliced lemons and even includes festive-looking straws in her milk. Wouldn’t you order these if they were served in a cafe? I know I would.
Irene Rinaldi is an Italian illustrator whose limited color and floral-heavy scenes are stylized in just the way I like. She depicts figures inside and outside, wearing stylish clothes and lounging on the couch. Aesthetically, I enjoy seeing the broken applications of color paired with bold shapes. Some illustrations are fun, others are naughty and all are beautiful.
Illustrator Judy Kaufmann recently unveiled Hello Pattern, a collection of surface designs that she created. It features a wide selection of geometric, organic, and typographic forms that can be licensed and applied to paper, fabric, wood, and walls!
While there are many more patterns available on her site, I was drawn to these images where she cloaks the entire scene in her work. It abstracts objects and space in an engaging way, and I can imagine how her playful aesthetic could be used in a variety of projects.
For those of you (this includes me) in your 20’s what do you think? Better or worse than you expected? Illustrator Natalie Adkins has a scathing, tongue-in-cheek look at what we thought life would be like vs. what it actually is.
The titles for these pieces are hilarious, so I’m including them in the captions. Via The Fox is Black.
Adkins created image-changing volvelles with these illustrations that create a new message as they’re turned.
And finally, here’s a collag animal for good measure. I really enjoy her cut paper stylizations.
I’ve always enjoyed illustrations that were slightly odd, a little off-beat, and well, surreal. Such is the work of Taiwan-based illustrator Whooli Chen. Her watercolor works depict palm-sized ponies, floating objects, and drawers that take the places of eyes. Strange, yes, but not disturbing as Chen’s delicate technique and calming colors put the viewer at ease.
Almas Pieters is an illustrator based in the Netherlands who creates her illustrations with things like textiles and embroidery thread. She uses a variety of stitches to create full color and highly textured works of three-eyed beasts, masks, and severed heads.
I’m really impressed with the craft of Pieter’s work. The stitches are neatly applied, and there’s a real sense of movement in each piece. Perfect for depicting waves, limbs, and more.