Hey! I Curated an Exhibition! ‘In the Palm of Your Hand’

'In the Palm of Your Hand' - Lisk Feng

Many, many months ago, I was approached by Carly of EMP Col­lec­tive to curate a show in their multi-purpose art space. Located in down­town Bal­ti­more, EMP is used for gallery shows, live per­for­mances, writ­ing work­shops, film screen­ings, and more. The space is also HUGE. It’s in one of the old build­ings down­town and has beau­ti­ful archi­tec­ture and a raw, indus­trial look to it. Here’s part of the space to give you an idea:

EMP Gallery space

As you can see, the square footage is daunt­ing. I’d attended other exhi­bi­tions there, and most cura­tors chose to try and fill most of the space with work. I decided I’d do the oppo­site. Instead of find­ing big work to hang, how about tiny pieces that I’d arrange?

That’s how In the Palm of Your Hand was born. EMP and I worked to build a small room (about 6FT by 8FT) inside of their gar­gan­tuan space. Then, I made it like a room in someone’s home; I included a din­ing table and chairs, a shelf, a lamp, and a few other knick­knacks besides the work.

Seven artists and illus­tra­tors were kind enough to lend me their work for the exhi­bi­tion: Leah GorenGre­gory EuclideAmy Santo­fer­raroPUTPUTLisk FengKarin Hagen, and Hiné Mizushima. And, I must say, that pic­tures don’t do them jus­tice. The work is intri­cate, beau­ti­fully crafted, and at times, pre­cious too.

The open­ing for the show was Jan­u­ary 10, but In the Palm of Your Hand will be up for a few more weeks. I’ll be at EMP for gallery hours from 12 — 4 on Feb­ru­ary 15! The fol­low­ing are some of the images from the show, but I took a lot more. Check out the whole set on my Flickr.

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'In the Palm of Your Hand'

'In the Palm of Your Hand'

'In the Palm of Your Hand'

'In the Palm of Your Hand'

'In the Palm of Your Hand' - Amy Santoferraro (front) and Karin Hagen

'In the Palm of Your Hand' - PUTPUT (left) and Karin Hagen

'In the Palm of Your Hand' - Amy Santoferraro

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'In the Palm of Your Hand' - Hiné Mizushima

'In the Palm of Your Hand' - Hine Mizushima & Leah Goren

'In the Palm of Your Hand' - Leah Goren

'In the Palm of Your Hand' - Leah Goren (far left), PUTPUT (middle), and Karin Hagen

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'In the Palm of Your Hand' - PUTPUT

'In the Palm of Your Hand' - Gregory Euclide

'In the Palm of Your Hand' Gregory Euclide

'In the Palm of Your Hand' - Gregory Euclide

See more here. 

Florals Cross-Stitched onto Stiff Metal Objects


Ya’ll know I love embroi­dery. So, I was totally blown away when I saw the work of Lithu­a­t­ian artist Sev­er­ija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė, who takes every­day metal objects and applies cross-stitching to them. She drills tiny holes in buck­ets, water­ing cans, shov­els, and even car doors, and then uses thread for adorn­ment. Some­times, she adds a lit­tle trompe l’oeil to the mix, stitch­ing cig­a­rette butts on an ash­tray or fruit on a fruit dish.

I really enjoy the jux­ta­po­si­tion of hard and soft mate­ri­als in Severija’s work. She’s apply­ing a craft to hard, stiff objects in an unex­pect­edly delight­ful way. There is an ele­ment of sur­prise as well as won­der, when you think about how involved her process must be. In an essay about her work, Dr. Jur­gita Ludavičienė wrote the following:

Employ­ing irony, Sev­er­ija con­cep­tu­ally neu­tral­izes the harm­ful­ness of kitsch’s sweet­ness and sen­ti­men­tal­ity. Irony emerges in the process of draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from the post­war Lithuan­ian vil­lage, with which artists have lost con­nec­tion today, or from the des­ti­tute Soviet domes­tic envi­ron­ment, which women were try­ing to embell­ish with hand­i­crafts, no mat­ter what kind of absurd forms it would take. The inti­macy of indoors freed from all ten­sions is the essence of cozi­ness, that is crys­tal­lized in Severija’s works as cross stitch embroi­dery on var­i­ous house­hold uten­sils not intended for it.

Via Colos­sal. See more of her work!

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Julian Glander’s Animated GIFs Featuring Glamourous Sandwiches

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I don’t know about you, but boy, did it snow in Bal­ti­more! Schools and busi­nesses were closed and I didn’t leave my apart­ment for over 24 hours. Julian Glander’s ani­mated GIF of a sand­wich snow­board­ing down a moun­tain feels oddly appro­pri­ate right now.

The snow­board­ing sand­wich GIF isn’t the only sub-related ani­ma­tion that Julian has in his port­fo­lio. He actu­ally cre­ated a slew of them for the pop­u­lar sand­wich fran­chise, Sub­way. The ani­ma­tions fea­ture $5 Foot­longs mod­el­ing, in space, get­ting their por­trait painted, and more. I think Julian’s work is hilar­i­ous and I love his style. His char­ac­ters are tac­tile, set­tings col­or­ful, and it’s just a lot of fun. I wasn’t aware that Sub­way had a sense of humor, but these GIFs prove me wrong.

All images via his web­site. You might remem­ber Julian’s work from the pop­u­lar Yule Log 2.0 last hol­i­day season.

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Catch Me Bloggin’ on Printaholic.com

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Caleb Luke Lin

A cou­ple of months ago, the kind folks at Printaholic.com invited me to guest blog for them. I’ve writ­ten a 2 posts for them about dif­fer­ent design ideas for posters and postcards.

But first, what is Printaholic.com? It’s a site that tests the qual­ity of print­ing between major print­ing com­pa­nies. They order every job (busi­ness cards, t-shirts, and more) and eval­u­ate the results. Print­a­holic then reviews them for their site for all to read.

In addi­tion, they also have How-To’s on their site as well as Design Ideas. There, I wrote about 10 Cool Poster Illus­tra­tions. Below is a snip­pet and a few images from the post. Read the post in its entirety here.


When I used to think of a poster, I would instantly imag­ine a teenager’s room, walls plas­tered with images of boy bands or the hot actor/actress.

It’s not the most flat­ter­ing asso­ci­a­tion, and as an adult, I see posters don’t have to mean some­thing cheap, tem­po­rary and dis­pos­able (like the Leonardo Dicaprio poster of my youth).

Instead, artists and illus­tra­tors craft beau­ti­ful works that hap­pen to be in poster form.


Becca Stadt­lander
This poster dou­bles as a cal­en­dar for the year. Every flower in the vase cor­re­sponds to its offi­cial birth month.


Poster duo Land­land crafted a crustacean-themed image, mak­ing it an addi­tion in a kitchen or din­ing area.


Ray­mond Biesinger
A styl­ized depic­tion of female anatomy by Ray­mond Biesinger. It is a 36-point anatomy chart that also has a male poster counterpart.

Bianca Pratorius’ Comforting Soft Felt Sculptures

Bianca Pratorius

Using pat­tern, struc­ture, and rep­e­ti­tion, artist Bianca Pra­to­rius crafts soft felt sculp­tures that are affixed to the wall. These forms remind me of an arti­cle of cloth­ing, like a soft scarf or fringe. They are com­fort­ing in that way, which is par­tially the point of Bianca’s work.

In her artist state­ment, she writes, Her work arises out of a desire to orga­nize and secure her own real­ity in a world that is becom­ing increas­ingly more chaotic and inter­de­pen­dent.” Going to say,The mate­ri­als them­selves are essen­tially sim­ple even unre­mark­able when viewed in their raw state, but lend them­selves beau­ti­fully to rep­e­ti­tion and expan­sion thus becom­ing the per­fect coun­ter­bal­ance to the struc­tures she cre­ates with them.”

I agree.

All images via Saatchi Online. View her web­site, too.

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Nicoletta de la Brown Embroiders the Most Beautiful Bodega Bags

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I first fea­tured one of these black, embroi­dered plas­tic bags a cou­ple of months ago and wasn’t sure of who the artist was. Thanks to the power of the inter­net and its detec­tives (namely Kris­ten Kief­fer,) I found out that they were crafted by Nico­letta de la Brown. She’s now a Baltimore-based artist that grew up in New York. Here’s a short state­ment about her series, El Bar­rio Bodega:  

From my series of embroi­dered corner-store gro­cery bags. Res­cued from the gut­ter; blow­ing down the street like city tum­ble­weed. I reclaim and ele­vate what once was dis­carded by cre­at­ing embell­ished art objects. Grow­ing up in Brook­lyn and Harlem I’d visit my block’s bodega daily, with pen­nies in hand, and leave with price­less trea­sures. More than just bags, they reflect a sense of pride for my neigh­bor­hood and are a sym­bol of my cul­tural identity.

The jux­ta­po­si­tion of dis­carded objects and col­or­ful adorn­ment is par­tially what makes these pieces so beau­ti­ful. Bags like this are often hastily dis­carded, while the embroi­dery on them takes a lot of time (and patience). I love the col­li­sion of two dif­fer­ent worlds.

All images via Nicoletta’s Baker Artist Award page.


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Monochromatics I’ve Seen Lately & Liked

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(Via. Who is the lovely artist that made this? And where can I get a print?)

Yes­ter­day, the type I fea­tured was mono­chro­matic, so why not con­tinue? I’m quickly learn­ing how much eas­ier my life is if I stick to a mono­chro­matic wardrobe, It all matches!

So, here are some home goods, illus­tra­tions, and cloth­ing I’ve seen lately and liked. Keep­ing with a mono­chro­matic black/white/gray theme, every­thing is pri­mar­ily in that color.

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Geo­met­ric pil­lows and throws by mik­abarr. The fab­ric is engi­neered so it folds on the lines of the sur­face, result­ing in geo­met­ric silhouettes.

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I know I’ve fea­tured Fal­con­wright before, but I recently ordered one of their prod­ucts and wanted to tell ya’ll how much I like it! I ordered the pineap­ple wal­let pouch (above), and it is the per­fect size to hold my small wal­let, cell phone, and a few other items. The pouch is also easy to trans­fer from bag to bag, or carry it by itself! I feel like a much more orga­nized and gen­er­ally “together” per­son because of it.

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Some very painterly tem­po­rary tat­toos by Bur­row­ing Home. I’d even con­sider get­ting that kit­ten tat­too as a per­ma­nent fix­ture on my body.

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By illus­tra­tor I-Ying Yeh.

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I am lov­ing this light fix­ture by Fao Shop. Did you know you can buy iron cords (like the one pic­tured) in a vari­ety of col­ors? Check out Sno­er­boer if you’re interested.

My Name is Wendy, Freaks


Typog­ra­phy and illus­tra­tion aren’t mutu­ally exclu­sive. The two inter­twine as we see illus­tra­tors and design­ers alike cre­at­ing hand drawn, one-of-a-kind type. My Name is Wendy is a French group formed from the col­lab­o­ra­tion of two inde­pen­dent graphic design­ers, Car­ole Gau­tier and Eugénie Favre. Together, they cre­ate visual iden­ti­ties, pic­tures, pat­terns and printed material.

Freaks is My Name is Wendy’s cus­tom alpha­bet using vec­tor shapes and sketches. On their web­site, they explain it as, “...hybridiza­tion that reveals a tense prac­tice between spon­tane­ity “traf­fick­ing” forms (the idea of ​​a form against another but also the idea of ​​travel), home of the acci­dent and the search for a for­mal bal­ance moti­vated.” If you look closely, you can see the push and pull of the graphite and flat shapes. It’s a lovely bal­ance and a really excit­ing typeface.

All images via their web­site. This is just one project — be sure to check out more!

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Hvass & Hannibal’s Colorful Digital Illustrations

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Hvass & Han­ni­bal is a multi-disciplinary arts stu­dio based in Copen­hagen. It’s com­prised of duo Nan Na Hvass & Sofie Han­ni­bal, and their clients span con­ti­nents and dis­ci­plines. Much of the work I’m fea­tur­ing on here is dig­i­tal illus­tra­tion, but they do more than that. They work in tex­tiles (there are some quilts below!), pho­tog­ra­phy, and even set design.  I urge you to visit their web­site to see more.

Hvass & Han­ni­bal do not limit them­selves, and instead are hired based on not only visual style, but prob­lem solv­ing. It gives them free­dom to exper­i­ment with tech­niques and media that con­cep­tu­ally fit what they are doing.

All images via their site. You can also pur­chase things from their shop.

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The Surreal Fashion GIFs of Tara Dougans

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These ani­mated GIFs by Tara Dougans are a lit­tle crazy, a lit­tle weird, but very cool. They com­bine draw­ing, ani­mat­ing, and are a nod to fash­ion illus­tra­tion. Some are sub­tle, like the long-necked mod­els del­i­cate tears. Oth­ers are dizzy­ing, like the images directly above and below. I’m mesmerized.

All images via her web­site. Fol­low her on Tum­blr, too!

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