Maybe you don’t have a green thumb and all your plants eventually wilt. You know what? That’s okay. Because thanks to the mushroom felt crafts by Close Call Studio, you can still have something life-like in your home. Amanda Adams, the illustrator and sculptor behind Close Call, creates playful plants and vegetables that are an eye-catching fusion of crafted nature with a piece of the real outdoors. She hand-sews and mounts small fungi, colorful blooms, and prickly cacti on a slice of hand-cut wood. The result is a unique homage to nature that brings the beauty of the outdoors inside—but no extra care required.
Juliette Sallin, aka Gang of Freyja, is an illustrator and cut paper artist who works on a miniature scale. She’s recently created a series of “pocket talisman,” which feature stylized hands and paper flowers encased in small glass jars. The exquisite creations are small enough to fit between two fingers—and put in your pocket for good luck. “I like to think of my paper cuts as tiny treasures that reveal a secret we all carry deep inside,” she says. “[That] our innate relationship with our world is lighthearted and sensuous.”
Yesterday, I wrote about the ambitious #100dayproject of Cheryl Teo—she’s in the midst of building vibrant cut paper scenes on matchbook-sized stages. Illustrator Lee May Foster-Wilson, aka Bonbi Forest, is also completing this hundred day endeavor. She’s going the 2D route, however, and designed a project around celebrity animal puns. Justin Beaver, Spaniel L. Jackson, and Llama Del Rey are just a few of the “punny” creatures that she’s drawn.
If you’ve read Brown Paper Bag for a while, you already know that I’m a big fan of 100 day projects. I love the dedication that comes with it, as well as the creative magic that can happen when you explore a single topic in so many ways. Over the next two days, I’ll share a couple of 100 day projects that have recently caught my eye.
It’s the final stop on my unofficial “Instagram tour” that highlights some of my favorite feeds worth your follow. So far, I’ve highlighted paper artists, illustrators, embroidery artists, and sketchbooks that are inspire me—and others—with their incredible artistry. Last but not least, I’m chronicling some of the best ceramic artists on Instagram.
1. Botanica mug by Bonnie Hislop
2. Calathea plant embroidery pattern by NaNee Hand Embroidery
3. Fibuloso Lauro brass brooch by Marta Lugo Jewels
4. Terrarium enamel pin by oh no rachio!
5. Lovebirds bracelet by SANKTOLEONO
6. Llama planter by Savage and Bloom
7. GIRLBO$$ scarf by Bodil Jane
For many illustrators, having their work on the cover of The New Yorker is a dream. Since the magazine launched in 1925, it has produced some truly iconic covers that, in a single image, demonstrate why illustration is an important part of our visual culture. Not one to shy away from representing timely and/or controversial topics, the images produced are a snapshot of society at that particular time.
Does the middle of the week got you down? If so, escape to the dreamy illustrations by Camila Ortega. Clad in cotton candy pinks and tranquil blues, her characters greet you with a relaxed smile and sleepy gaze. They occupy a space that’s neither here nor there—the place where our subconscious thrives.
Embroidering on tulle seems like a challenge. It’s more delicate than your traditional cotton—making it less forgiving than other fabrics. But when done well, the effect is mesmerizing. We’ve seen how tulle and flowers can frame the world in beautiful bouquets. And with work of Katerina Marchenko, the hoop is like an aquarium; her colorful fish embroidery seemingly floats on the gauzy surface. Confined to their circular frame, it’s like an old fashioned fish bowl. Katerina stitches more than fish, however, bringing whales into the mix. But don’t worry about them—they are later freed from the hoop and adorn her stylish clothing.