Olympia Le-Tan’s Beautiful Embroidered Clutches Look like the Cover of a Book

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Book lovers and ocean enthu­si­asts… this post is for you!

It’s hot in Bal­ti­more (hello 99% humid­ity…) and sort of rainy, so these nautical-inspired acces­sories by Olympia Le-Tan (pre­vi­ously) seem very appro­pri­ate. The artist/illustrator/maker hand embroi­ders and appliques vin­tage book cover clutches, beaded fish purses, and caviar-themed hand­bags.  So, these aren’t just prod­ucts — they’re works of art! I’m super impressed by the high level of craft in each one of Le-Tan’s objects.

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Charlotte Smith’s Delightful Paper-Sculpted Pastries

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I’ve always had a sweet tooth, and my desire for sugar hasn’t faded as I’ve aged (will it ever?). So, when I saw designer/illustrator Char­lotte Smith’s paper sculp­tures that fea­tured delicious-looking cakes, pop­si­cles, and other good­ies, I was excited.

The angu­lar objects adorn food and bev­er­ages with delight­ful details. She gar­nishes tea with sliced lemons and even includes festive-looking straws in her milk. Wouldn’t you order these if they were served in a cafe? I know I would. papercup icecream papermugmacaron ice2 apple

Delightful and Naughty Illustrations by Irene Rinaldi

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Irene Rinaldi is an Ital­ian illus­tra­tor whose lim­ited color and floral-heavy scenes are styl­ized in just the way I like. She depicts fig­ures inside and out­side, wear­ing styl­ish clothes and loung­ing on the couch. Aes­thet­i­cally, I enjoy see­ing the bro­ken appli­ca­tions of color paired with bold shapes. Some illus­tra­tions are fun, oth­ers are naughty and all are beau­ti­ful.  irene4irene6 irene10 irene8 irene11

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Judy Kaufmann Cloaks Everything in Her Patterned Work

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Illus­tra­tor Judy Kauf­mann recently unveiled Hello Pat­tern, a col­lec­tion of sur­face designs that she cre­ated. It fea­tures a wide selec­tion of geo­met­ric, organic, and typo­graphic forms that can be licensed and applied to paper, fab­ric, wood, and walls!

While there are many more pat­terns avail­able on her site, I was drawn to these images where she cloaks the entire scene in her work. It abstracts objects and space in an engag­ing way, and I can imag­ine how her play­ful aes­thetic could be used in a vari­ety of projects.

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Your Twenties Sorta Suck, According to Natalie Adkins

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My par­ents place or yours?

For those of you (this includes me) in your 20’s what do you think? Bet­ter or worse than you expected? Illus­tra­tor Natalie Adkins has a scathing, tongue-in-cheek look at what we thought life would be like vs. what it actu­ally is.

The titles for these pieces are hilar­i­ous, so I’m includ­ing them in the cap­tions. Via The Fox is Black.

If You Fell In The Shower and No One Was There To Hear You Fall, Would You Still Make a Sound?

If You Fell In The Shower and No One Was There To Hear You Fall, Would You Still Make a Sound?

It's Not That People Won't Give You The Time of Day, They Won't Give You The Morning After.

It’s Not That Peo­ple Won’t Give You The Time of Day, They Won’t Give You The Morn­ing After.

Adkins cre­ated image-changing volvelles with these illus­tra­tions that cre­ate a new mes­sage as they’re turned.


And finally, here’s a col­lag ani­mal for good mea­sure. I really enjoy her cut paper stylizations.

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Whooli Chen’s Illustrations of Palm-Sized Ponies and Tigers in Jars

whooli chenI’ve always enjoyed illus­tra­tions that were slightly odd, a lit­tle off-beat, and well, sur­real. Such is the work of Taiwan-based illus­tra­tor Whooli Chen. Her water­color works depict palm-sized ponies, float­ing objects, and draw­ers that take the places of eyes. Strange, yes, but not dis­turb­ing as Chen’s del­i­cate tech­nique and calm­ing col­ors put the viewer at ease.

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Incredible Stitched Illustrations by Almas Pieters

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Almas Pieters is an illus­tra­tor based in the Nether­lands who cre­ates her illus­tra­tions with things like tex­tiles and embroi­dery thread. She uses a vari­ety of stitches to cre­ate full color and highly tex­tured works of three-eyed beasts, masks, and sev­ered heads.

I’m really impressed with the craft of Pieter’s work. The stitches are neatly applied, and there’s a real sense of move­ment in each piece. Per­fect for depict­ing waves, limbs, and more.

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Beautifully-Adorned Ceramics by an Illustrator Named Aitch


This isn’t the first time I’ve fea­tured the work of Romanian-based illus­tra­tor Aitch on Brown Paper Bag, but it is the first time I’ve shared her ceram­ics. The flat­tened and styl­ized depic­tion of ani­mals and women focus a lot of dec­o­ra­tive sur­face design. Aitch’s illus­tra­tive sen­si­bil­i­ties trans­late well to clay, and their treat­ment is looks sim­i­lar to the Har­riet Damave’s tra­di­tional Dutch tech­nique of paint­ing cobalt oxide on porcelain.

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