Thanks to Amy, I was recently acquainted with the lively work of Enemies Yay. It’s the brainchild of Australian artists and designers Pete Cromer and Laura Blythman. They collaborate on vibrant collages that use hand-painted and cut papers that form happy animals, fruits, specters, and more. I love their technique and all of the kooky characters that are made of fun shapes.
You can purchase prints, cards, and more in their online shop.
I’m loving these small objects by Chau Nguyen. The Houston-based artist and teacher created them as an experiment. She writes, “For my second test [below] of these tiny pieces (still unnamed) I used a rougher textured clay. Dreaming of a wall covered with these?”
An entire wall? Yes, please!
Here’s more work by Nguyen. In addition to teaching and art-making, she’s also a buyer/partner of the shop Myth + Symbol.
What makes something cute? Is it the size? The material? The content? Obviously, it’s a subjective term that varies from person to person. To me, something that is small, colorful, and occasionally cuddly is adorable. Some people might think otherwise. Here are 10 of ‘em for your Friday. Enjoy!
It’s been a while since I’ve featured photographic collages. I picked these works by Rocio Montoya because I like them and because they have a flora twist to them, loosely relating to yesterday’s post about Michelle’s Morin’s illustrations. The blooms seen here peek from behind flesh and distort the face with a beautiful mix of color and delicate textures.
These images are from Montoya’s Behance page.
I really love nature, ya’ll. Although I live in a city, it’s comforting to me to spend time in the grass and underneath the trees. I was in Cleveland this past weekend (see my Instagram) near Lake Erie, and it was great sitting on a rock and overlooking the vast body of water. This love is partially why I enjoy the work of Michelle Morin so much. She illustrates different flora and fauna in bright colors and patterns using water-based media.
Morin worked for many years in the horticultural field to cultivate a relationship with plants, wildlife, and their idiosyncrasies. She writes:
With many years designing and maintaining gardens, I have narrowed my primary focus to nature as a subject to reference. I work to convey the beauty and complexities of nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout my work, which range from elaborate watercolor and gouache compositions…
Buy her prints in her Etsy shop!
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!