Lydia Hardwick’s Abstract Ceramic Art Objects

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I recently became acquainted with Lydia Hardwick’s abstract ceramics because of her new show up on Buy Some Damn Art. I’m loving the colors and the surface design, as well as all of the random little bits that are mixed in.

In an interview with Kate Singleton of BSDA, Hardwick gives a detailed explanation of her process, which I find fascinating:

I use porcelain because it is very white. This means that when I mix colouring oxides and stains into it, the colours show up well. I tend to work quickly, making a lot of pieces in one go. Sometimes I squash the clay into big flat sheets, and cut out shapes to create a sort of collage. I also use porcelain a lot in its liquid form. This is called ‘slip’. I mix newspaper pulp into it, which makes it look a bit like porridge. I then pour the substance onto a surface and drop other small fragments of porcelain into it. When this dries, I might paint stained porcelain slip onto the surface. The true colours don’t emerge until the work has been fired in the kiln, so there is a lot of guesswork involved.

I would recommend reading the entire interview. It’s really interesting! And, if you’re interested in purchasing any of these works, mosey on over to Buy Some Damn Art.

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Yvan Duque’s Fantastical and Illustrative Tales

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The vintage-inspired illustrations by Yvan Duque tell fantastical tales of strange, larger-than-life creatures. We see giant squids, ghost-like figures, and even a foxy lady occupy these richly-colored compositions. They travel through dark forests, fiery lands, and houses off secluded coasts.

The luscious reds, blues, and greens remind me of illustrators like Mary Blair (personal favorite!) and Martin + Alice Provensen. Duque has nice use of dry brush paired with fine, painted details.

Wanna own some of Duque’s work? Check out their Etsy shop.

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Ann Khokhlova’s Poetic Embroidered Illustrations

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I’m blown away by all of the color and texture that’s in these illustrations by Ann Khokhlova. The luscious application of thread/yarn makes for dense compositions that are very expressive. They are a sea of stitches, and I like how Khokhlova uses the chain stitch to create waves of color that sends your eye on a journey as she depicts narrative folk-inspired tales.

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BPB Projects

Header Picture Project: Take a Ride With Melissa Chaib

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It’s a new month, so it’s another iteration of the Header Picture Project! June’s illustration was created by the lovely Melissa Chaib, whose work I’ve featured on Brown Paper Bag before. I think she created a super fun and colorful image that perfectly captures the magic of summer.

You can own a gorgeous mini 4″ x 6″ print of this work for only $8!

Here’s a short interview I conducted with Melissa about her work. Thanks, Melissa!

Name: Melissa Chaib
Location: Mexico
Website: melissachaib.com
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? I don’t remember actually, but I’ve always been into creating things, as far back as I can remember.
Your profession now: Graphic Designer & Illustrator
What’s your favorite thing to draw? Women going on adventures
What was the inspiration for this piece? I think life in general was my biggest influence
our journey exploring and seeking answers to the many doubts that rise up in our everyday life with the curious feeling that there is more than we have been told to believe.
How did you create your illustration? Was it any different than your regular process? It was really exciting to collaborate with a blog that I admire so much
I always want to push myself with every project and make sure I am learning something new along the way.

I tried out different ideas and layouts, created a mood board with image references and colours.
Which place would you go to on this block? I think I’d get my nails done. Me too, and then I could seriously go for a huge chocolate cake across the street. Yup.


Guest Post: Hana Kim Introduces Us to Vanessa Ramirez

Another guest post! This time, from Hana Kim of Supahcute, who is introducing us to the work of Vanessa Ramirez. Hana is a Curator of Cute & Expeditor of Awesome Projects. She is the founder/editor of Supahcute.com, an arts blog inspired by cute culture and the cute aesthetic. You can find her on InstagramTwitter , and Facebook. Take it away, Hana!


Monsters Galore by Vanessa Ramirez

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Vanessa Ramirez is a Serial Doodler and self taught Sculptor. A love of odd toys and resin figures led her to reignite a passion for drawing and new found passion for sculpting.

Her work tends to bounce between styles both creating soulful creatures that weave their own stories as you follow them suffering through life and a distinct illustration style that uses lines and line weight to build form.

You can see Vanessa’s newest work in the upcoming group exhibition Summerland Movie Club A Tribute to Our Favorite Summer Movies. Curated by Hana Kim of Supahcute.com, Summerland Movie Club opens at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland on July 12, 2014.

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Thanks, Hana!


Guest Post: Daniel Fishel Introduces Us to Dasha Tolstikova

Since I’m on vacation this week, I have a couple of guest bloggers filling in for me! Today the wonderful Daniel Fishel is sharing the work of Dasha Tolstikova with us. Daniel is an illustrator and hand letterer who paints things for magazines, book covers and other things. He has a cat named Avocado who answers work emails for him sometimes.

So, without further ado, here’s Daniel!

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Dasha Tolstikova is an illustrator based out of Brooklyn, NY. After receiving her MFA from School of Visual Arts, she has been keeping things steady by working with folks such as the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and the New Yorker. She’s been pretty preoccupied lately with creating beautiful Children’s books. She also has a regularly updated blog called “A Foxes Diary” where she illustrates the thoughts and feelings of a foxes day to day life. I can also personally say that not only is Dasha’s work inspiring but she is also one of the kindest people I know.

 Dasha Tolstikova

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Thanks, Daniel!


Nicole Gastonguay Crochets Everyday Objects and Makes Them Totally Adorable

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It’s a fact that googly eyes make everything better. So, when those things are crocheted versions of the real objects? Infinitely cooler. Nicole Gastonguay is graphic designer and fiber artist who replicates everyday things using yarn. Polaroids, pickles, and even boom boxes are impressively produced in a happy and engaging way thanks to their large eyes and sweet smile (or even frown).

Gastonguay’s subject matter and the color choice in yarn make her work feel vintage, as if you’d find it in an antique mall. It has an air of nostalgia about it.

(Via Art is a Way)

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