Collage

Portraits on Portraits on Portraits: Collages by B.A. Lampman

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One of the best things about run­ning the Col­lage Scrap Exchange is all of the new work I’ve seen. I nev­er knew about B.A. Lampman’s col­lages until I match­ing her up with some to exchange their paper scraps. It’s awe­some! She com­bines vin­tage paint­ings, draw­ings, and mag­a­zines into strange, mul­ti­fac­eted por­traits. Boys and girls morph with ani­mals and dec­o­ra­tive prints to form some­thing that’s cool, con­tem­po­rary, and a lit­tle eerie.

Most of these works are avail­able to buy.

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Illustration

15 of My Favorites From “The Sexy Calendar”

Andrea Tsurumi

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The oth­er day I was intro­duced to The Sexy Cal­en­dar, a Tum­blr that’s run by illus­tra­tors Maëlle Doliveux and Andrea Tsu­ru­mi. It’s described as a “beef­cake cal­en­dar for the broad-mind­ed,” and it doesn’t dis­ap­point. “Sexy” means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple, and Maëlle and Andrea explore that idea in a num­ber of crazy ways. Some illus­tra­tions are total­ly bonkers, in terms of its sexy sub­jects,  while oth­ers more “con­ven­tion­al.” Occa­sion­al­ly, the duo has oth­er tal­ent­ed friends help out, but its most­ly their work.

The Sexy Cal­en­dar isn’t updat­ed dai­ly, but they do post at least sev­er­al times a month. I’ve cher­ry-picked 15 SFW-ish (some might be bor­der­line, sor­ry!).

Look­ing for more Tum­blrs to fol­low? Check out my list of 20 illus­tra­tors on Tum­blr!

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Andrea Tsu­ru­mi

Maëlle Doliveux

Maëlle Doliveux

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Maëlle Doliveux

Maëlle Doliveux

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Illustration

Intimate Still Life Illustrations Are More Telling than Portraits

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Babeth Lafon is a Berlin-based illus­tra­tor who cre­ates inti­mate still lifes fea­tur­ing make­up, trav­el items, and acces­sories. They are styl­ish and con­tem­po­rary, and based on her sub­ject mat­ter, it’s no sur­prise that Babeth has worked with clients such as Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, and L’Oréal.

In gen­er­al, I real­ly enjoy these types of still life images because they are more telling than por­traits; objects go beyond phys­i­cal appear­ance (looks can deceive) and com­ment on someone’s lifestyle. So, they are con­cep­tu­al­ly more inter­est­ing, and these illus­tra­tions are beau­ti­ful. I love her col­or com­bi­na­tions.

(Via Brown Paper Bag sub­mis­sions)

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Lately & Liked

Friday Roundup: 20 Illustrators on Tumblr You Need to Follow

I love it when illus­tra­tors keep reg­u­lar­ly-updat­ed Tum­blrs. It means that I’ll prob­a­bly fol­low their work much more close­ly, par­tial­ly because I scroll through my Tum­blr dash many, many times per day — when­ev­er I have an idle moment, real­ly.

Do you use Tum­blr? If so, here are 20 illus­tra­tors for you to fol­low (link is in the cap­tion)! In addi­tion to post­ing their fin­ished pieces, some of them also post prod­ucts that they pro­duce and in-progress shots. Hap­py Fri­day!

Tweet at me with oth­er illus­tra­tors on Tum­blr that you fol­low!

Embroidery

Lorena Marañon’s Contemporary Quilts (+Interview!)

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One of my favorite things about run­ning a blog is see­ing how artists and illus­tra­tors progress over time. When I first encoun­tered Lore­na Marañon’s work, she was mak­ing embroi­dered jew­el­ry in her Etsy shop (I bought a neck­lace!). She was lat­er apart of my con­tem­po­rary embroi­dery project, Sam­pler, in 2013, and mixed bead­ing and thread on a vin­tage hand­ker­chief. Now, she’s quilt­ing! And, like the rest of her work, they look great.

I  asked Lore­na, who is based in Mia­mi, Flori­da, a few ques­tions about this ven­ture.

When did you start quilt­ing?

I began quilt­ing late 2013 when work­ing for a fab­ric man­u­fac­tur­er. I’d done many dig­i­tal quilt designs there and under­stood the basic steps and ter­mi­nol­o­gy, and I thought that was enough to start on a project on my own. I dove right into a king-sized quilt using that expe­ri­ence. The tough­est step was the math I had to fig­ure out to get the design to fit togeth­er. Weeks lat­er I com­plet­ed assem­bling the top of the quilt, but to this day it remains unquilt­ed, most­ly because of its mas­sive size. I’ve since learned that my pref­er­ence is with small­er scales, and on pieces that are impro­vised rather than designed and cal­cu­lat­ed.

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Lorena Marañon

How have you incor­po­rat­ed your embroi­dery skills into it?

Bring­ing the two togeth­er was a no-brain­er for me. I had old­er works of embroi­dery that I used to first exper­i­ment. They were already set in the per­fect fab­rics to com­ple­ment the quilt, so it was only a mat­ter of cut­ting them to size, and sewing them with the rest of the patch­work pieces. Until now, I’ve added the embroi­dery as sep­a­rate pieces in my quilts, but I want to exper­i­ment embroi­der­ing direct­ly on a the fin­ished patch­work. When I don’t add embroi­dery to a quilt, I replace the tex­tur­al void by hand quilt­ing large, dec­o­ra­tive stitch­es onto the sur­faces.

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What is your inspi­ra­tion for your designs?

I love explor­ing all sorts of pos­si­ble out­comes by sim­ply play­ing around with col­or, fab­ric, print and tex­ture. I am inspired most when I’m work­ing, and ideas come in a fren­zied rush and I just have to try new ways to lay out shapes, or new ways to mix medi­ums. Exper­i­men­ta­tion and fun def­i­nite­ly fuel my quilt­ed projects, and that has to be the rea­son I’ve fall­en in love with it.

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Vis­it her shop and fol­low her on Insta­gram.

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Illustration

Vikki Chu Paints Wild Animals + Beautiful Florals

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Vik­ki Chu (pre­vi­ous­ly) paints beau­ti­ful flo­ral arrange­ments and wild ani­mal por­traits. Her style is ges­tur­al with sparse line work; she lets the col­or­ful shapes do the talk­ing.

Dur­ing a time when the leaves are falling off the trees, Vikki’s work come as a respite for the cold win­ter days. They are my ver­sion of Dutch flower paint­ings — art­work that out­lasts nature to bright­en up the home.

Want a print of hers? Mosey on over to Etsy!

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Interview

Interview: Meg Wachter Talks Collaborating on Girl Crushes

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I knew from the moment I received the third issue of Got a Girl Crush mag­a­zine that I would love it. After all, it has a Tues­day Bassen illus­tra­tion on the cov­er and inter­views with Fal­con­wright (ladies who pro­duce leather goods)  and the women of Stuff Mom Nev­er Told You (a great, infor­ma­tive pod­cast). The pub­li­ca­tion is a mix­ture of inter­views, pho­tog­ra­phy, illus­tra­tion, and per­son­al essays. Just the right amount to keep you inter­est­ed.

I enjoyed read­ing it from cov­er to cov­er and learn­ing things about roller der­by, the impres­sive Rena Tom, hav­ing 6 sis­ters, and more. Meg Wachter, one of the founders of Got a Girl Crush, was kind enough to speak with me  about work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive, a dream inter­view, and then some!

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My paper weight is a ceram­ic face by Tues­day Bassen. It felt appro­pri­ate to use it!

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For those who aren’t privy, can you briefly describe how Got a Girl Crush (blog, mag­a­zine) came to be? Was there an a-ha moment, or was it a nat­ur­al pro­gres­sion of both your inter­ests?

Andrea Cheng (in San Fran­cis­co, Cal­i­for­nia) and I (in Brook­lyn, New York) start­ed Got a Girl Crush, the blog, in 2009 after crush­ing on each other’s tastes and inter­ests via TUMBLR for some time. A lot of our own posts and re-blogs revolved around women doing awe­some things, so nat­u­ral­ly GAGC start­ed as a catch-all blog for both of us to share our admi­ra­tion for oth­er awe­some ladies. The mag­a­zine was born out of my hav­ing too much downtime/free-time as a free­lancer and need­ed a cre­ative project to pour myself into and, as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, proved to be a great tool to approach women I admired that I want­ed to pho­to­graph and get to know bet­ter.

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A strength of Got a Girl Crush is all of the voic­es fea­tured in it (from both inter­view and inter­vie­wees). How do you tie the whole issue togeth­er with so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple?

The mag­a­zine has real­ly turned into a venn dia­gram of con­nect­ing tal­ent­ed illus­tra­tors, pho­tog­ra­phers, writ­ers with oth­er inspir­ing, self-start­ing women. Some­times it starts from pick­ing some­one to fea­ture, oth­er times it’s ask­ing the cre­ative ladies we’d like to be involved who they’re cur­rent­ly crush­ing. I think the over­all tie that binds is the sis­ter­hood of explor­ing what oth­er women are doing to inde­pen­dent­ly to empow­er them­selves and oth­ers. Or just fuck­ing doing it! Broad­ly speak­ing, media trains women to be envi­ous or oth­er women’s fame, wealth, bod­ies, etc. It’s obvi­ous­ly not healthy and it pits us against each oth­er. We need to encour­age and cham­pi­on each oth­er to recon­di­tion our­selves as women and the girls that look up to us. “Crush” is an inter­change­able, all-encom­pass­ing pow­er word.

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What do you describe the pre­vail­ing themes of issue #3? I got the sense of dual­i­ty, cou­pling, mir­ror­ing… is that some­thing you were think­ing about?

It’s fun­ny you noticed that because real­ly there’s nev­er been an over­ar­ch­ing theme…but some­times it mag­i­cal­ly con­spires that way! There has nev­er been a set deci­sion mak­ing process for the blog since it’s a col­lab­o­ra­tion across the coun­try, but the mag­a­zine takes some more care­ful cura­tion to keep it broad and well-bal­anced (as to not have too many ladies who are design­ers or musi­cians, etc). But I have been schem­ing on themes for future issues…

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Lately & Liked

Friday Roundup: 25 Illustrated Holiday Cards (+ Where to Buy Them!)

This year, I’m going to feel like a real adult; I’m send­ing out Christ­mas cards to my friends and fam­i­ly, final­ly! After years and years of receiv­ing thought­ful, beau­ti­ful cards, I will have my own to send. Per­haps you’re like me and are ven­tur­ing into the world of hol­i­day card buy­ing. Well, have no fear. I’ve com­piled a list of 25 dif­fer­ent appro­pri­ate­ly-themed designs to peruse and pur­chase.

All of these cards fea­ture illus­tra­tion, hand let­ter­ing, and are made by small busi­ness­es. Enjoy brows­ing these unique cards. Let me know if you find any oth­er designs that you like (that aren’t includ­ed here)!

Hello! Lucky. (I include this because I'm spending my Christmas in Texas!)

Hel­lo! Lucky. (I include this because I’m spend­ing my Christ­mas in Texas!)

Sculpture

Illustrative Paper Toys Make DIY Fun!

Paper toys are so much fun! And, as illus­tra­tive char­ac­ters, these objects have per­son­al­i­ty and and life. Here are two Etsy shops that each sell dif­fer­ent DIY prod­ucts for you to assem­ble and have fun with.

Furze Chan is based in Hong Kong and cre­ates move­able ani­mal pup­pets.

Most Like­ly Shop col­lab­o­rat­ed with the artist BOICUT and cre­at­ed a unique kit that forms a lamp­shade, poster, and more!

If you’re inter­est­ed in paper toys, check out this book by Esther K. Smith: Mag­ic Books and Paper Toys.

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