Illustration

Colorful Illustrations that Celebrate Nature, Digitally

Colorful illustrations by Kiki Ljung

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.

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Embroidery

Abstract Embroideries Made with Colorful Polymer Clay

Clay embroidery by Justyna Wolodkiewicz

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.

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Illustration

Captivating Illustrations Depict the “Perfect” Life Through Social Media

Lee Eunjoo Goddess of Fantasy illustrations

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.

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Embroidery

Señorita Lylo Has a Collection of 10 Embroidered Patterns for You to Try (for Free!)

Srta Lylo DIY embroidery collection

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.

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Illustration

Intimate Interior Illustrations of Rooms Around the World

Illustrated interiors by Liz Rowland
Melbourne, Australia

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.

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Embroidery

Tactile Embroideries Inspired by Vibrant Watercolor Illustrations

Colorful hoop art by Katy Biele

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.

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Illustrated products

Subtly-Knit Animal Scarves Add Some Unexpected Fun to Your Winter Wardrobe

animal scarves by Nina Führer

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.
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