If you’ve read this blog over the past year, then you’ve definitely seen illustrations by Madalina Andronic. She’s talented in both 2D and 3D, with her latest endeavor being “tableware essentials” like cups, bowls, and plates.
Once again, Kirsten Sims has captured an incredible energy in her paintings that recall the spontaneity of pencil sketches. Her latest series was created for the Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, and they feature vibrant outdoor and indoor scenes that act as a yin and yang—the beauty of solitude, as well as the hustle and bustle of large groups. Each is lively in its application of paint; the colors swirl and mix on canvas, diffusing and abstracting the illustrations. It’s as if they represent one long, fantastic dream… or better yet, a memory!
I love creating illustrations in cut paper collage; this past summer, I made a self portrait using hand-painted papers that’s my social media avatar. So, when Shutterfly approached me about their customized holiday cards, I instantly thought about making a collage for the cover.
If Slow Stitch Sophie encapsulates intricate wildflowers in her hoop art, Allie Frazier captures the diffused—and chaotic!—beauty that’s reminiscent of a hazy landscape. Using a variety of stitches (including my favorite, French knots) and beading, the layered, textured pieces are similar to abstract patches of fog or storm clouds that could seemingly erupt at any moment.
If you peruse Aimee Bee Brooks’ Instagram, you’ll find that her sketchbook is full of delicate drawings with a retro sensibility. In particular, I’m fond of the illustrative ladies who don vintage hairstyles and fashions. Created with a light hand, the portraits seem to flicker, like a memory you can’t quite grasp onto in your mind—they’re fleeting and poignant.
You can always use at least one deck of playing cards in your home, and illustrator Sarah Ferone has created a set that’s a playful twist on convention. Called Cocktail Hour, she pays homage to the “craft of the cocktail” and adorns the cards with fabulous portraits of people who hold muddlers, martini shakers, tiny umbrellas, and much more.
Taking it “one stitch at a time,” embroiderer Slow Stitch Sophie creates splendor of tiny, colorful blooms. They sprawl across the hoop, engulfing the fabric in intricate tics and knots. When complete, they resemble a hilly landscape that’s dotted with wildflowers. I’d gladly go there!
1. Double Daisy Flower Girl Head Vase by Dim + Sum
2. Painted Spoon Portrait by Emma Lisette Palmer (She’ll create a custom one for you!)
3. Roach Clip Necklace by Erica Weiner
4. Woven blanket by Slowdown Studio
5. Siamese Cat Bookmarks by Sonia Cavallini
6. Owl Tattoo Tights by Stern Tights
7. Ceramic Chubby Cat Yarn Bowl by Barruntando