Dingding Hu’s Illustrations are Everyday Life… Enhanced

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I went to grad school with the (now) New York-based illus­tra­tor Dingding Hu, and it’s been a plea­sure see­ing her work develop since we’ve grad­u­ated. I love these col­or­ful, bizarre, and ener­getic illus­tra­tions that she’s made. They’re busy scenes with a lot of details, so make sure that you look at what’s hap­pen­ing in both the fore­ground and back­ground — it’s all very entertaining!

Dingding writes that “she loves to make fun and juicy images, to express her curios­ity about the quirk­i­ness of every­day life.” I’d say it’s every­day life+ . She enhances the ordi­nary with sur­real and dream­like elements.

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13 Submissions from the Collage Scrap Exchange (Pt. 2)

Each day, I receive more and more sub­mis­sions from those who par­tic­i­pated in the Col­lage Scrap Exchange. It’s great! I am always so excited to see the cre­ative things that ya’ll came up with (and sent each other!). Here are a selec­tion of 13 I’ve received so far. Check out my other ear­lier post that fea­tures 6 submissions.

A reminder to those who are par­tic­i­pat­ing: the dead­line is Feb­ru­ary 15. That’s less than a month! You can email me your sub­mis­sions once you’re done. I can’t wait to see them!

I’ll leave you with one very awe­some email I received from par­tic­i­pant Beth Maiden about her experience.

My friend Polly and I booked a teeny-tiny cabin in the hills of mid-Wales for the week­end — I thought this would be the per­fect time to do my col­lage. It snowed and we woke up to a total win­tery won­der­land. We went out in the snow for long walk, then came home, stoked up the fire, put on the radio and got busy with scis­sors and glue. It was so blissful.

That sounds amazing!

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Col­lages by Polly

Polly working on her collages!

Polly work­ing on her collages!

Awesomely Outrageous Scenes on Silk Scarves by Karen Mabon

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So, ear­lier this week I shared some illus­tra­tive scarves by Nathalie Lété, and now it’s these silk beau­ties by artist and designer Karen Mabon. They’re whim­si­cal as well as nar­ra­tive and char­ac­ter dri­ven — terms you nor­mally wouldn’t use to describe scarves. Karen’s out­ra­geous, busy scenes fea­ture things such eat­ing at a diner, rob­bing a candy store, and a sleight of hand. It’s totally not what you’d expect to be on a scarf and makes each piece a wear­able work of art.

On her web­site, it says that “Karen rev­els in pro­duc­ing work that is acces­si­ble, indi­vid­ual and fun.” That’s exactly what I love about these scarves. This style isn’t for stodgy old ladies anymore!

I found Karen’s work via the online shop Whim. Check it out for other awe­some good­ies. I swoon at their sweaters!

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Scenes from Nature Completely Crafted with Cut Paper

Estudio Guardabosques

Estu­dio Guard­a­bosques is the col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts of cre­atives Juan and Car­olina from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They craft scenes entirely out of paper by using com­plex sculpt­ing to fold and build forms. Often, that involves per­fo­rat­ing edges and cut­ting just so — enough to trans­form the paper, but not enough to wrin­kle or destroy it.

Much of the couple’s work involves nature, and this is def­i­nitely where they shine. My favorite instances are where ani­mals are involved. They’re cute, innocent-looking, and that fox… so wise!

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Nathalie Lété’s Busy Paintings Make Great Illustrated Products

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See that spot­ted dog in the paint­ing above? I love ‘em. And hon­estly, it’s the first thing I noticed when look­ing at Nathalie Lété’s work… like I have some sort of 6th sense for that type of thing. Her paint­ings are full of quirky objects  set against pat­terned back­grounds. They are busy, but so much fun to look at!

In addi­tion to paint­ings, Nathalie’s illus­tra­tions adorn many, many prod­ucts. I’ve included her scarves here, and she’s cre­ated images that are on toys, tote bags, key chains, and ceramics.

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Perrin’s Illustrations Make Tiny, Awkward Creatures Beautiful

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One of my best pals, Per­rin, recently illus­trated this awe­some set of pray­ing man­tises. I love how she com­bines these odd crea­tures with beau­ti­ful flo­ral arrange­ments. Per­rin says that they look like tiny, awk­ward aliens, and I’d have to agree.

These two pieces are a dip­tych and fea­tures one at rest and one that’s ready to attack!

Beautifully Grotesque Sculptural Illustrations by Sophie Page

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Sophie Geneva Page sculpts her illus­tra­tions and then pho­tographs them into 2D scenes that have an unde­ni­able 3D appeal. She’s inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and Catholic reli­gious imagery (among other things), and she’s also inter­ested in arts and crafts, dolls, fairy tales, plants, bugs, and more. Can’t you see these influ­ences in her work?

I love that Sophie’s illus­tra­tions are simul­ta­ne­ously beau­ti­ful and grotesque. I admire her abil­ity to sculpt and the incred­i­ble scenes that she builds for each of her piece. And some­times, her char­ac­ters aren’t por­trayed in their best light. They drool and have messy hair… but with the rosiest cheeks.

Sophie is a RISD grad­u­ate, and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing more of her work!

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Prickly Edges & Crying Pots: 12 Ceramics that Caught My Eye

On my “beau­ti­ful break­ables” Pin­ter­est board, I pin a bunch of ceram­ics that I intend to share on Brown Paper Bag but they never seem to make it on the site. Well, here they are! This post could also be about ceram­ics that have faces on them, because there are a lot of them fea­tured here. What can I say? I love things with eyes.

Enjoy, and have a happy weekend!

Tiny Monsters Around Your Neck by Min Pin

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Melbourne-based design label Min Pin is the hand­i­work of Penny Min Fer­gu­son. Her love of weird and awe­some things means that she’s cre­ated a series of shrink-plastic and metal neck­laces. Dinosaurs, snakes, ghosts, and even Big­foot hang around your neck! They’ve got a great style that would com­ple­ment any out­fit. Col­ors are bright, but not too bright. There are details like sim­ple, almond-shaped eyes, but they aren’t too dis­tract­ing. Per­son­ally, I’m lov­ing that yellow-greenish Bigfoot.

If you like this, check out the work of Cat Rab­bit Plush. She’s also a Aus­tralian crafter who makes amaz­ing, quirky animals.

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Now, these aren’t neck­laces, but I had to include these purses, too:

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Linzie Hunter Will Hand Letter Your New Year’s Resolutions

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With the new year comes New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. And why not? It’s such a pos­i­tive, hope­ful time. You think, yes! this year will be bet­ter than the last. It feels like you have a fresh slate. I’ve fea­tured Linzie Hunter’s work before — some­what recently, in fact — and mar­veled at her hand let­tered Unin­spir­ing Posters series. Now, she’s started another project that’s, dare I say, encour­ag­ing? Linzie is hand let­ter­ing your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions!

You can share your res­o­lu­tions with Linzie on Twit­ter, Face­book, or Insta­gram, and she’ll illus­trate them and then post her hand­i­work online. I love this idea. It’s not only a great exer­cise for Linzie, but prob­a­bly helps the per­son who made the com­mit­ment, too. Cause, ya know, if you tell the world that you’re going to grow your first real beard, you bet­ter do it.

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