Esmé Shapiro (@esmeshapiro) is an illustrator I’ve kept my eye on since discovering her work in 2014. I love following her Instagram, which is a mixture of illustrative experiments, works in progress, and finished pieces. She also, occasionally, posts snapshots of her life that mimic the types of pictures she makes—it’s no surprise where her aesthetic comes from!
Follow Esmé’s feed as she works on her first book OOKO that’ll be released this summer from Tundra Books.
1. Pretzel Shape Cushion by Whimsy Milieu
2. Rain Drop Pen Caddy by Oh Dier
3. Slip Cast Porcelain Cloudy Big Bud Vase by Bean and Bailey
4. Menagerie Oven Mitt by Donna Wilson
5. Ferns Linen Pouch by Amelie Mancini
6. Colored Concrete Planter by Fox and Ramona
7. Taco-Shaped Clutch by Charlotte Olympia
I’ve been baking a lot lately, so that Donna Wilson oven mitt is so on point… how fun!
I’ve featured a lot of brightly-colored artwork this week (did you see the paper cacti?), so let’s continue the trend! Illustrator Lucie Brunellière produced this series of playful images for The Very Jungly Jungle Book. In it, she uses beautiful jewel tones to create a world that’s both familiar and fantastical.
Lucie’s stylized landscape is inhabited by a vibrant cast of animal characters. Pandas, leopards, toucans, and many more creatures are seen throughout the spreads—there are 55 in all. Some are hidden and encourage you to pour over each page to spot each one.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed that I pin a lot of paper flower DIYs. I’m attracted to their bright colors and the sheer novelty of recreating living things out of inanimate objects. Illustrator Kim Sielbeck does just this with her charming series of tiny cacti. Using papier-mache, cardboard, polymer clay, paper, styrofoam, and clay pots, she’s constructed living-ish sculptures you can hold in the palm of your hand. All I can say is: do want!
Kim will be selling these small plants at the NYC MoCCA festival on April 2 and April 3.
Kim’s tiny plants are inspired by a spectacular window display she created at Desert Island in Brooklyn:
I’m not shy about my love of florals. Typically, they’re shown here as drawn or embroidered, but these spreads for Bons Fluidos Magazine are beautiful and special… so of course I wanted to share!
To produce the project, a team of creatives—Fernanda Didini, Rodolfo França, Marina Chaccur, Alex Silva, and Andréa Silva—hand-assembled colorful bouquets and then stuck cut paper lettering among them. Then, they were photographed straight-on to create a flattened, knockout effect.
When I think of typography pieces like these, I just assume they’re produced digitally—like so many things these days—but it’s nice to see that an analog approach was taken. They appear polished but contain certain nuances that could’ve only been done by hand.
These collars are ready to party! Loly Ghirardi (aka Señorita Lylo) is a Barcelona-based designer and embroiderer who created these colorful pieces. They’re full of tiny, abstract shapes that have a great visual variety—some stitches are very tactile while others are smaller and intricate. I’m especially drawn to the collar with tiny houses on it—the idea of creating a story on this unconventional space.
Loly is a graphic designer by trade. After working on the computer so much, she wanted to “bring a more ‘human touch'” to her projects and incorporated embroidery. She enjoyed it so much that she began working on the types of pieces featured here. Learn more about her in an interview with Poppytalk.
1. ‘Plume’ Flutter Top by Thief&Bandit
2. Cactus Succulent Terrarium Stamp Set by TalkToTheSun
3. Set of 8 Tropical Bird Cards by Kitty McCall
4. ‘Geometric Boobs’ Collar Pins by Vanessa Gong
5. Sunshine Baby Pillow Cover by Ditto House
6. Moon Phase Ring by Almanac for June
7. Matchstick Dog by Eleonor Boström
Happy weekend! Just gonna leave this here—
(Embroidery by itsonlyyou.)
These illustrations by Frau Isa are so delightfully weird—I don’t know what to make of them. The acrylic paintings feature a single female figure surrounded by a myriad of seemingly disparate objects and animals. It’s fun to try and connect the dots and figure out how they all come together. I, for one, can only enjoy my tea with a dagger by my side.
Looking for an inspiring Instagram? Follow Isa!
Isa also paints murals, too!
Teresa Lim creates embroideries that are simultaneously lush—full of color and texture—while also mimicking the look of a sketch. Teresa makes detailed portraits with thin, black thread, and surrounds them dreamy blues, pinks, yellows, and greens. Together, they’re a compelling juxtaposition, with a nice compositional balance between visually light and heavy.
It’s not hard to see where Teresa’s interests lie: illustration, embroidery and surface pattern design. Through her work, she wants to “blur the lines and boundaries between being an illustrator and a textile designer.” It’s a good place to be.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: illustration is everywhere—including on desserts! Tortik Annuchka is a Moscow-based bakery that creates incredible cakes with an artistic flair. They include beautiful watercolor-style paintings, intricate “ink” drawings, and fondant that resembles paper quilling. I’m sure the desserts are delicious, but with designs like these, they look too good to eat.
Follow the bakery on Instagram to see more of their edible handiwork.