I want to live in the colorful illustrations of Kiki Ljung. The Paris-based creative crafts vibrant imagery that’s inspired by the natural world—even her illustrations of people are seeping with beautiful blooms on their clothes and in the background. While nature driven, Kiki creates an interesting juxtaposition: her artwork is defined by geometric shapes and digital production. It really symbolizes the world today; that we love the outdoors, but also our devices.
Here’s an interesting combination: polymer (aka oven bake) clay and embroidery. Artist Justyna Wolodkiewicz has fused the two in her latest series of abstract hoop art. Full of color and texture, these pieces use flattened pieces of clay with tiny holes poked in them, which are then attached to fabric. The result is a rich juxtaposition between the smoothness of the clay with the fuzziness of the thread.
This clay embroidery represents a new path for Justyna, who has previously made elaborate polymer clay clocks. You can find it all in her Etsy shop.
Illustrator Lee Eunjoo explores the notion of “fantasy consuming” through her series Goddess of Fantasy. It’s inspired by Krishan Kumar’s The Ends of Utopia, that says that “modern man could consume their own fantasy, and in doing so create utopia.” Lee’s illustrations connects this with social media—specifically, the idea of “consuming images” on social media.
One of my favorite embroidery artists Señorita Lylo (aka Srta. Lylo) is known for her collars that come ready to party. Aside from making these special accessories, she also creates hoop art and recently collaborated with the thread brand DMC. “I made a design of 10 patterns for them,” she tells me in an email. “All are for free!” So, if you ever wanted to try DIY embroidery, now’s your chance.
Have I ever told ya’ll how much I love interior illustrations? Because I do—they’re fascinating! You can learn so much about a person from the objects they own. It’s why I’m drawn to the illustrated homes of Liz Rowland. Simply called Interiors, they feature “small scenes from around the world.” There’s a window and a plant in Mexico, sunflowers in London, and a messy desk in Melbourne. Each has artifacts telling us about the person who inhabits the space, done in a style that recalls the great Jonas Wood.
It’s been just over a month since I—along with many, many others—started 1 Year of Stitches. Since that time, I’ve seen more than amazing embroidery; friendships have formed across the world in the Facebook group and Instagram!
If you’ve read this blog for at least a week, you’ll know that I reserve each Friday for my 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions. This week, I’m breaking from tradition… mostly because I’ve been sick all week and finding creative goods has eluded me. But! That only provides the opportunity to share with you Katy Biele’s new vibrant hoop art.
For many months, I’ve admired the Instagram account of illustrator Jane Newland. Particularly, her patterned landscape illustrations. Each piece is a slice of paradise as houses are tucked away in bustling forests or along the banks of a river. They’re escapism at its best.
If you’re in the Northern hemisphere, your everyday attire probably consists of puffy jackets and knitted beanies. Might I suggest another winter addition? Animal scarves by Nina Führer! The subtly playful products feature high-quality wool with one unexpected twist—at the end of each scarf is a knitted animal’s head. Cockatoos, parrots, sloths, and cats all lend their likenesses to these accessories. They also double as a clip to secure the garment into place. This way, you can arrange them to look like they’re perched on your shoulder.
Nina sells these animal scarves in her Etsy shop—just in time for some late winter fun.