Illustrated products

Felted Animal Planters are the Perfect Companions for Your Tiny Plants

The Yarn Kitchen felted animal planters

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.”

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#TBT | Vintage Embroidery by Mariska Karasz That Looks Strikingly Modern

Mariska Karasz vintage embroidery from the 1940s

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.

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Needle Felted Llamas Carry Beautiful Embroidered Blooms on Their Back

Fuzzy and Flora needle felted llamas

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.

UPDATE: The Fuzzy and Flora shop is open!

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Ceramics, Illustrated products

Wildflower Ceramics That’ll Make You Want to Frolic in a Sunny Field

painted ceramics by roootree

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.

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Illustration History

#TBT | Lorraine Fox, a Standout in a “Field Overbearingly Populated by Men”

Illustration of women by Lorraine Fox

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.”

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Illustrated Ceramics Capture the Beautiful Spontaneity of Sketchbook Pages

tiger painting

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.

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Floating Among the Infinite Abyss with Illustrator Sonia Alins

illustrations of women swimming by Sonia Alins

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.

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Exquisite Wreath Weavings Frame the World in Real Flowers

Olga Prinku floral wreath weavings

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.

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Illustrated products, Illustration

Female Activists Throughout History’ Honored in One Glorious Poster

Rachel Ignotofsky Female Activists Throughout History

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.

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