At the end of July, I posted about an embroidery project I was working on: Favorite Bites in Baltimore. I’m happy to say that it’s done (!!) and features some of my favorite things I’ve eaten during my 10+ years of living in the city.
The foods I embroidered:
- Top left: S’mores in a Jar (from Hamilton Tavern)
- Bottom left: Dirtyboy (from Bun Shop)
- Middle: Greek Pizza (from Joe Squared)
- Right: Fried Oyster Mushrooms, Feta Cheese, Arugula, and Hot Sauce (from Mushroom Stand at JFX Farmer’s Market)
There will be text on top of the embroidery that explains the project—I’ll post that once it’s done.
Now that Favorite Bites is done, I’m going to go back to embroidering decorative floral scenes. But I do have plans to continue this food series. Cleveland is next!
Fun fact: I found Rebekah Miles’ work totally by chance. I was Googling someone of the same name, and her Instagram popped up as one of the top results. Thinking she was that someone else, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a portrait of Reba McEntire and June Carter.
Rebekah creates faux book covers in the same gestural style as her portraits. Describing this on-going project, she writes:
I paint one-of-a-kind book jackets on specific artists, photographers, and some literature. The selected books are a reference to art history and the art of libraries. I choose an image to paint for a cover illustration based on qualities such as poignancy and visual graphics. If the book is not illustrated, I find an image that is complementary to its contents.
Rebekah also makes ceramics. They are, as she describes, “interpretations of images that appeal to a sense of place and beauty, such as an antique loteria set (Mexican bingo) from the 1800’s, a seed savers exchange catalogue, and a California native plant identification book.”
September is one of my favorite months. Not just because of the cooler temperatures, but because it’s my birthday, too! (I suspect that many people chose their birthday month as their favorite, too.) First on my gift wish list? These plush dolls by Cat Rabbit (previously)! They are totally adorable and the detailing is, as always, impressive—especially with the small accessories.
All of these characters were created for Cat Rabbit’s show Return to Twinkle Plaza at the Brisbane-based Outré Gallery, which is based on her recent travels. “I used materials and supplies that I sourced in all of those amazing craft stores you find everywhere in Japan,” she writes on her blog, “including wool from bricoleurs in Sapporo and lovely traditional fabric from Nippori Fabric Town.”
If you’re local check out Cat Rabbit’s show until September 7. Buy works from the show on the Outré Gallery website.
Dark and mysterious—that’s how I describe illustrator Pierre Mornet’s beautiful paintings. Combining vintage-inspired realism (think the Golden Age of illustration) with bold, flat colors, he creates curious images whose young subjects have arresting stares that sear into you.
I’m not the only fan of Pierre’s work. Renowned author and infamous Twitter user Joyce Carol Oates had this to say:
1 // Valentino Space-Embroidered Satin Booties (sadly, these are sold out… but still so pretty…)
2 // Skunk Plush Pillow by Three Bad Seeds
3 // Connifer Collection hankies by Alena Tkach for R.CULTURI
4 // Ceramic Hanging Planter ‘Olivia’ by Megan Clarke (available on Little Deer)
5 // Marguerite Blouse Navy by Mina Perhonen
6 // Flower Bud Vase by Eleonor Boström
7 // Henri & Evelyn’s Return Home Diorama Necklace by Miniatures for a Modern World (via So Super Awesome)
Happy weekend, ya’ll! If you need me, I’ll be sewing forever on my Baltimore Bites project.
Using acrylic, gouache, and watercolor pigments, Laura Garcia Serventi paints the plant collections I wish I had. The colorful scenes feature tall succulents and flowering cacti, neatly potted and sitting on a geometric floor. They’re healthy and flourishing, which is more than I can say for some of the plants in my apartment.
Purchase these images as prints in Laura’s Etsy shop!
Nancy Liang (previously) is one of my favorite GIF illustrators, using an awesome assortment of collage materials to create eerie moving pictures. She often illustrates landscapes, but here are two editorial fashion pieces. I love the surface design and the subtly moving eyeballs.
Wondering how Nancy creates her work? Check out How Did You Do That?, an interview series where she shares her process step-by-step.
Kaori Seno is a Japanese illustrator who creates delightful paintings of clothing that I wish I owned. There’s intricate lacework, strange patterns, and fancy bird brooches woven within the flattened, stylized views. Note that there’s no one wearing these clothes, a fact that’s okay with me. Clothing tells enough of a story on its own—these works speak volumes about the type of person who’ll wear these charming garments.
Kaori also paints other subjects not related to clothing. I’m not sure I’d eat candy that has eyeballs…
I want this mural in my apartment! Called Hidden Garden, illustrator Sretan Bor painted it in a private residence in Croatia. It features a host of different flora and fauna that wrap around the walls, creating an ongoing narrative that engulfs the room in illustration. Fun!
The entire scene is incredibly detailed, and this works in the mural’s favor. The client, most likely, will look at the piece everyday, so it’s got to be something that they can continually discover new things in.
If you’ve read this blog for even a little while, you know that I’m a big fan of cut paper illustrations. These are two projects—by different illustrators—that I’ve enjoyed, and I thought you would too!
If you follow me on Tumblr or Instagram, then you’ve seen part of these before. Follow me to see daily illustrations that don’t always make it on here!