Sophie Woodrow’s Ceramics Feature Mysterious Characters

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When I first saw Sophie Woodrow’s ceram­ics on The Jeal­ous Cura­tor, I instantly fell in love. The mys­te­ri­ous, highly-textured char­ac­ters and their vacant eyes intrigued me. I like that she’s cloaked her fig­ures in all white and relies on light and shadow to high­light their sub­tle details.

If are you won­der­ing about Woodrow’s inspi­ra­tion for these bizarre char­ac­ters, then look no further:

Her work has been informed by an inter­est in the Vic­to­ri­ans as the first gen­er­a­tion who chose to define nature in oppo­si­tion to what is human. In a spirit of wild curios­ity, tinged with fear, the Vic­to­ri­ans idolised nature, ‘pack­ag­ing’ it into highly roman­ti­cised, palat­able works of art. Our modern-day under­stand­ing is very dif­fer­ent, so that we now inter­pret much Vic­to­rian art as ‘unnat­ural’ or kitsch.

(Via The Jeal­ous Cura­tor)
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Harriet Lee-Merrion’s Quietly Strange Illustrations

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Har­riet Lee-Merrion is an illus­tra­tor who’s based in Bris­tol, UK. Her quiet illus­tra­tions are minimalist-style draw­ings that fea­ture a lot of soli­tary fig­ures and deserted spaces. Even when they are bustling scenes, every­one and every­thing still feels like they are on their own.

I love the odd and sur­real qual­i­ties in her work. The illus­tra­tions aren’t overtly strange, but once you really look at them you’ll see some sur­pris­ing things — peo­ple who have more than one set of eyes or even heads.

You can pur­chase some of Lee-Merrion’s work in her shop. Fol­low her on Tum­blr, too, if that’s your thing.

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Jessica Dance Knits Comfort Food… Literally and Figuratively

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Jes­sica Dance is an art direc­tor, model maker, and prop styl­ist who spe­cial­izes in hand­crafted mod­els. I’ll say! Check out this series of knit­ted com­fort foods that totally gives new mean­ing to the phrase.

As some­one who knows how to knit (poorly), I am super impressed with the forms them­selves and detail­ing on items like sausage and bacon. Very neat.

All pho­tog­ra­phy is by David Sykes. Via Make:

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This piece isn’t apart of her com­fort foods series… but goes with the theme of what she’s doing. knitted_christmas_dinner_jessica_dance_web2_860

Friday Roundup: 10 Illustrations I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

Today’s Fri­day roundup revolves around 10 illus­tra­tions I’ve seen lately and liked. At the risk of sound­ing like a bro­ken record, there’s so much awe­some work out there, and I lament that I don’t have time to share it all. I hope you enjoy them!

As always, fol­low me on Pin­ter­est and Tum­blr to see what I’m enjoy­ing in real time.

Kjersti Johanne Barli’s Ceramics of the 7 Deadly Sins

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A long time ago, one form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion was through the sur­face design of ceram­ics. Sto­ries were told on ves­sels that were handed-down pieces of his­tory. A lot has changed since that time, but we still use this medium to tell a story. Kjer­sti Johanne Barli’s nar­ra­tive ceramic pieces revolve around the theme of the 7 Deadly Sins. They include watercolor-esque draw­ings that fea­ture cats, cos­tumes, ham­burg­ers (yum), and guns.

Drawn in blue, they ref­er­ence the tra­di­tion of blue china pat­terns. Barli’s work is more sub­ver­sive and silly (at times), of course, and the visual artist also works in comics. Can you tell?

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I love these col­laged heads. Just wanna throw these in the post, too!

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Hudson Christie’s Humorous Polymer Clay Illustrations

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Hud­son Christie is a design stu­dent at the Ontario Col­lege of Art and Design. They use sculp­ture and pho­tog­ra­phy to craft their images, and specif­i­cally use poly­mer clay, paper, wood, and foam as mate­ri­als. Not sur­pris­ingly, Christie is influ­enced by Gumby, among other things.

These illus­tra­tions are part of their the­sis series, Work-Life Bal­ance. I am absolutely lov­ing the tac­tile style, exquis­ite details (like the sewn-on heart), and humor­ous con­tent. They’re cute, but a lit­tle sin­is­ter at the same time.

(H/T Amy Boone-McCreesh for intro­duc­ing me to Christie’s work!)

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My Knitted Boyfriend by Noortje de Keijzer

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Many moons ago, I saw a knit­ted man on Pin­ter­est. I didn’t know much about it, aside from the fact that I liked his goofy smile and the nov­elty of a life-sized tex­tile. Years later, this project popped back up on my radar. I found out it’s titled My Knit­ted Boyfriend and is cre­ated by design stu­dio Noortje de Kei­jzer. Here’s a descrip­tion of it:

My Knit­ted Boyfriend is a cush­ion with a story. A cush­ion with a per­son­al­ity. A cush­ion to kiss! Or, well… to cud­dle, to caress, to hug, and to smile with. Because this man is always happy. And he is flex­i­ble as well. He will have a mus­tache if you pre­fer mus­taches. He will wear glasses if you pre­fer glasses. He likes to sit on your floor, on your couch or at you din­ner table. But most of all he likes to lay down next to you in bed. With your head on his chest and his arms wrapped around you. This way you will never feel alone ever again. With this man you can be sure, he will never leave you.

I love see­ing the knit­ted man go from being a droop­ing pile of yarn on someone’s lap to a full-bodied per­son brush­ing their teeth (although there is a real human being under the yarn).

PS — he comes with acces­sories, like a mustache.

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I’m a Guest Curator for UGallery.com!

Right now, right this sec­ond, I am a guest cura­tor for the web­site UGallery.com. If you’re unfa­mil­iar with it, it’s a place to buy orig­i­nal art by a vari­ety of cre­ative peo­ple. Paint­ing, print­mak­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, and sculp­ture are all for sale through this site.

Over the past cou­ple of weeks, I pinned some of my favorite things I’ve seen while click­ing around UGallery. I’ve def­i­nitely dis­cov­ered some new folks to admire and emerg­ing tal­ent to watch. If you’re a Pin­ter­est user, check out my board! Oth­er­wise, be sure to see all my picks here.

These are some of my very favorites. Thanks for the oppor­tu­nity, UGallery!