Lindsey Hampton’s Ceramics are Clever And Jubilant

lindsey hampton Lind­sey Hamp­ton is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist who designs, pho­tographs, and more. For now, I am going to focus on her ceram­ics and instal­la­tions because it’s what orig­i­nally drew me to her port­fo­lio. The ves­sels that Hamp­ton sculpts have an under­stated sophis­ti­ca­tion to them. They are col­or­ful but not over­whelm­ing, jubi­lant with­out being sac­cha­rine, and as a whole really clever. I love how sub­tle they are — the sil­hou­ettes are clean, and you’re able to focus on details like the skewed plant stand (below) or the retool­ing of the aver­age table lamp (above).

Here’s part of a short state­ment about Hampton’s work, and how she achieves con­ti­nu­ity no mat­ter what she’s crafting:

Hampton’s use of colour, pat­tern and shape speak together across all plat­forms, she thrives in the del­i­cate bal­ance between pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive space. Hamp­ton believes that every­thing is design, whether  cre­at­ing a poster or logo, a ceramic ves­sel or mug; her approach is equal.

All images via her web­site.

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Accolades, Badges, and Banners I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

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With the begin­ning of the 2014 Win­ter Olympics, it feels appro­pri­ate to have a post ded­i­cated to acco­lades and badges. Not nec­es­sar­ily the type you’d find given at the Olympics… but I don’t have a prob­lem with that, do you?


ll_secretholiday3 I love these pos­i­tive reminders by Secret Hol­i­day.

ll_hammerpress ll_hammerpress4 ll_hammerpress3 ll_hammerpress2 Badges that are also cards by Ham­mer­press. They are from my home­town of Kansas City, Mis­souri! I vis­ited their stu­dio many, many years ago when I was in high school.

ll_myokubithreads4 ll_myokubithreads3 ll_myokubithreads2 ll_myokubithreads Silly and not-so-silly patches by Mokuy­obi Threads. How do I get into the Bear Friend Society?

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ll_pinestreet Pine Street Mak­ery makes an East pen­nant. Per­fect for if you live on the east coast, or just the east side of town.

ll_mitzi4 ll_mitzi3 ll_mitzi2 Vin­tage horse show rib­bons via Mitzi’s Mis­cel­lany. (H/T Les­ley Barnes)

Dawid Ryski’s Structured Illustrations Exercise Restraint

Dawid Ryski Dawid Ryski is a land­scape archi­tect by pro­fes­sion and moon­lights as an illus­tra­tor. Based on his com­po­si­tions and lim­ited color palette, this makes a lot of sense. There’s a def­i­nite struc­ture to his work and order to the chaos. Some­times, he uses flat fields of color and other times scanned in tex­tures that make the whole illus­tra­tion and lit­tle more interesting.

All images via Behance, but check out Dawid’s web­site and his start up, Pinata Unique.

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Sasha Unisex Tattoos Remind Me of Lisa Frank Stickers

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Do you know that I write for the site My Mod­ern Metrop­o­lis?  I do! If you’re not famil­iar with it, it’s a blog that cel­e­brates visual cre­ativ­ity. The con­tent is a bit dif­fer­ent than what’s on Brown Paper Bag, and I really enjoy writ­ing about the wide vari­ety of con­tent that it has to offer (I learn so much!). Any­ways, I wrote about these tat­toos on My Mod­ern Met ear­lier this week, and I loved them so much I’d thought I’d share on here.

As you may or may not know, I love tat­toos and have sev­eral. All of mine are out­lined, unlike these col­or­ful tat­toos by Sasha Uni­sex. Her work strays from a con­ven­tional style because they don’t use lines and instead use shape and color to define their form. The jewel tones are bril­liant, and remind me of a per­ma­nent Lisa Frank sticker. Too bad Uni­sex is based in St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia. I’d love to get some­thing done by her!

Also, for read­ers that have tat­toos, how do you think they’ll  hold up? Will the sub­tle color fade over time and them loose their shape?

All images via her Insta­gram.

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Ellen van Engelen’s Contemporary Trippy Illustrations

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The illus­tra­tions by Antwerp-based Ellen van Enge­len are pretty trippy, but that’s a major part of their appeal for me. The warm, psy­che­delic scenes of long-haired women, odd track suits, and sur­real brain explo­ration feel like I’m look­ing at at the work of Sey­mour Chwast. He’s one of my all-time-favorite illustrators/designers, so that means I’ll be fol­low­ing the work of Enge­len for years and years to come.

All images via her web­site (which is actu­ally a Tumblr).

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Aakash Nihalani’s Playful Street Art Made With Tape

Aakash Nihalani

Aakash Niha­lani is a street artist based New York. Armed with tape as his medium, he crafts trompe l’oeil scenes by care­fully con­sid­er­ing per­spec­tive and the right van­tage point for a pho­to­graph. The result is work that’s engag­ing, vibrant, and fun. Niha­lani doesn’t try and attach a high brow mean­ing to his work, either.  He writes:

For how­ever briefly, I am try­ing to offer peo­ple a chance to step into a dif­fer­ent New York than they are used to see­ing, and in turn, momen­tar­ily escape from rou­tine sched­ules and lives. We all need the oppor­tu­nity to see the city more play­fully, as a world dom­i­nated by the inter­play of very basic color and shape. I try to cre­ate a new space within the exist­ing space of our every­day world for peo­ple to enter freely , and unex­pect­edly ‘dis­con­nect’ from their reality.

Niha­lani goes on to say that this work is him con­nect­ing the dots as he sees them. I think it’s a lovely sentiment.

Not all of the fol­low­ing images are in New York, but all images are via his web­site. H/T Colos­sal.

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Move Mountain, a Short Film by Kristen Lepore

Move Mountain by Kristen Lepore

Do you have about 11 min­utes today? Sure you do! So, use your time wisely and check out Kris­ten Lepore’s new ani­mated short, Move Moun­tain. You might remem­ber her work, Bot­tle, which was widely pop­u­lar a few years ago. This, like its pre­de­ces­sor, does not dis­ap­point. Delight­ful yet sophisticated.

PS: If you have scardy cats like I do, they might be star­tled by some of the sound effects.

Shoes Over Bills! Shoes Over Bills!

Hannah K. Lee - Shoes Over Bills

Last week­end I pur­chased a pair of shoes that was 3 month’s worth of cable. I’ve bought (and ruined) boots that were half a month’s worth of rent. And when I look at my boyfriend’s gar­ment rack, I don’t even want to con­sider what kind of used car I could buy from all of the cloth­ing that hangs there.

The point is, I could prob­a­bly make myself feel bad all morn­ing by think­ing about the prices I pay fash­ion. Or, I could read Han­nah K. Lee’s zine, aptly titled Shoes Over Bills, and feel bet­ter about it. I’ll do the lat­ter, thanks.

Buy the zine here.

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