I’ve become something of a planter collector—especially those illustrative that are in nature. I recently filled a (similar) Beardbangs planter with a small succulent, as well as a bikini clad pot from Group Partner. And, I backed this self-watering pot on Kickstarter! Maybe collector isn’t the right word. Obsessed?
The Yarn Kitchen, with its felted animal planters, is next on my list for my collection. Online purveyor Stella Melgrati creates adorable animal-head pots that are perfect for air plants or succulents. Best of all, her planters come in 28 different colors, because, she says, “love is a rainbow.”
Let’s #TBT with a textile artist whose illustrative approach to the medium is both influential and strikingly modern. Mariska Karasz was a Hungarian-American designer and textile artist who got her start designing clothing in the 1920s and 1930s. Her approach to fashion sounds like something I’d wear today; garments incorporated traditional Hungarian embroidery and appliques that were “similar to Henti Matisse’s cutouts” and utilized bold, abstracted shapes.
Becky of Fuzzy and Flora hasn’t even opened up shop yet, but I’m excited about her hoop art. It revolves around llamas and alpacas! I love alpacas, and I have more than a few figurines sitting on my shelf that pay tribute to this member of the camel family. Becky’s homage uses needle felting to depict their fluff and embroidery to showcase beautiful blooms that they carry on their backs. I love the combination of texture between the smooth thread and felting fibers. As the two opposites complement each other, they together create a visual feast for the eyes.
Leather jackets are one of the staple pieces to have in your wardrobe. Whether they’re new or vintage, I consider them an investment. Take good care of it, and the jacket will last you years to come. To personalize these pieces, some people are painting them with gorgeous flowers or hand lettering.
Inspired by wildflowers, roootree (aka Kaori) illustrates their colorful beauty onto porcelain plates, cups, and saucers. My favorite pattern—a mixture of tall grasses and bright buds—seems undoubtedly inspired by this meadow of wildflowers. Kaori has translated the endless rows of flowers into layers of color and texture. Using a combination of tight drawing and diffused shapes, she creates the feeling of depth. It’s as if her illustrated ceramics are actually made of a field of blooms.
Kaori sells her wildflower ceramics on Etsy.
A few weeks ago, I debuted a #TBT series that’ll focus on illustration produced long ago. Next up is Lorraine Fox was an editorial illustrator whose work graced magazines, book covers, and advertisements during the mid 20th century. She was described a standout in a “field overbearingly populated by men.”
Leah Goren is an illustrator known for her awe-inspiring sketchbook. That spontaneous, painterly-style works on more than just paper, though. She’s transferred her visible, energetic brush strokes to hand-built illustrated ceramic plates and vessels. They too feel like something out of her 2D illustrations, but with these, they’ve got an added practical purpose of displaying fresh cut flowers or store your favorite rings. Personally, I wish she’d make another one of the tiger dishes.
Leah sells her one-of-a-kind ceramics in her online shop. But if ceramics aren’t your thing, Leah also has a Skillshare class called Illustration & Inspiration: Keeping a Sketchbook.
Over two years ago, I first featured the intriguing work of Sonia Alins. Back then, she had recently completed a series called Dones d’aigua, which featured illustrations of women swimming — and sometimes struggling — among a hazy watery abyss. Sonia has recently released a continuation of these compelling vignettes that’s appropriately titled Dones d’aigua II.
I’ve featured a fair share of hoop art on Brown Paper Bag, and it generally involves embroidery thread—but not for crafter Olga Prinku. Rather, she’s reimagined this popular format with her floral wreath weavings. Using a tulle (or mesh) fabric, Olga places small blooms—both fresh cut and dried—into artful arrangements. They compose half crescent shapes around the circles in a variety of different-sized flowers, leaves, and berries.
This week, I’ve shared vibrant portraits celebrating women of color and strong females kicking the shins of the patriarchy. Let’s cap off this week with the work of Rachel Ignotofsky, who recently released a poster depicting Female Activists Throughout History. “These women have fought, organized, and protested the inequality they saw around them,” Rachel explains. “This poster celebrates how they helped to create a better future. I hope this illustration inspires you to use your own unique voice to resist and fight injustice.” Half of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the ACLU in your name.