If you’ve read this blog for months (or even years), you know how fond I am of Jen Collins and her illustrations. Since 2013, she’s applied her delightful paintings onto ceramics, and the application of tigers, swans, and cats lights up any piece of stoneware.
Keep Company is a collaboration between Jen and ceramicist Shaya Stevenson. Each piece is wheelthrown by Shaya and then glazed by Jen. As a result, the forms of beautifully crafted with surface decoration that has a carefree gestural quality to them.
Keep Company just updated their shop. Many of these pieces are gone, but there are still some up for grabs—check it out now!
Tomorrow, I’m traveling from Baltimore to Los Angeles for an exciting reason—I’ve curated a show at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena! It’s called Inside / Outside features works that explore indoor and outdoor spaces. I’ve lined up fantastic artists and illustrators, so I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.
The opening is this Saturday, August 13, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Flower Pepper Gallery on Union Street. If you’re local, please stop by! I’d love to meet you and say hello.
Here’s a sneak peek—a few more pieces that’ll appear in the show!
Anna Valdez, Plants on Black Wool Embroidered Bed Cover
Betsy Walton, Resting Garden Two
Sarah Burwash, Dawn and Dusk
For months, I’ve been eagerly awaiting for those special moments when Valeria Molinari (a former grad school cohort!) updates her Instagram with embroidered typography. The playful pieces depict sayings such as “Girl Gang,” “Trust Your Gut,” and “Boss Lady,” in beautiful mashups of color and texture.
“Most of my work is inspired by my activism and the love for play on words, or just simple phrases that make my day,” she says. “Each of these pieces is made to create an inspirational, productive and whimsical environment.”
Valeria sells her embroideries through Etsy.
1. Teal Green Plant Print Linen Dress by Banquet Atelier & Workshop
2. Rainbow Alpaca Patch by Crowded Teeth (I own one of these—super cute!)
3. Handmade Leather Cat Necklace by Benu Made
4. Hissss Lapel Pin by Stay Home Club
5. Little Wooden Paint Palette Brooch/Necklace by Kate Rowland
6. Swans and Roses Vintage Illustrated Teapot by Nina van de Goor
7. Ceramic Siamese Cat Planter by Barruntando
Happy Friday! Here’s some donut and Pokémon GO inspiration for this weekend by Vickie Liu:
(She’s a must-follow on Instagram!)
In 2014, Lucy Sparrow filled an abandoned corner shop in London’s East End with 4,000 hand-sewn groceries—think canned beans, packs of gum, and magazines—in a site specific fiber installation. A smashing success, she’s bringing this caliber of exhibition to New York City and using Kickstarter to help fund it.
Lucy’s project—a TBA location (probably) in Manhattan—is slated to open in the summer of 2017. It will be called Eight Till Late, and it’ll be double the size of her London shop: 8,000 items that include a hot counter selling the likes of pizza slices and hot dogs. I’m most excited, however, by the slushy machine—Lucy plans to fill it with beads! In addition, people will be able to buy felt fruits and veggies akin to going to an actual grocery store.
There’s currently a Kickstarter campaign happening to pay for half of the production costs, and it’s well on its way. Check it out and pick yourself up a pack of gum while you’re at it. (via The Guardian, H/T Lisa)
Here’s how Lucy’s London exhibition looked (via The Guardian):
Do you have a totem to carry around? You know, a small object that brightens your day and brings you good luck? If not, might I suggest the adorable works by Danielle Pedersen, aka Small Wild. Her ceramic pieces feature a myriad of animals—such as dogs, giraffes, alpacas, and more—decorated with tiny patterns and best of all: gold. Your day can’t get that bad when you’ve got a fancy elephant by your side!
Danielle sells her work through her online shop. New products drop on Sunday at 11AM MST, so set your alarm if you want to scoop one up!
Illustrator Chloe Bristol is a background painter for Disney Junior and Cartoon Network, but she also creates excitement in the foreground of her works. Crafted with a cinematic touch, these vignettes introduce us to many stories and characters whose scenes beg us to fill in the blanks. I would love to see them as animated GIFs—it’d add to the mystique that Chloe has so expertly crafted with setting and color.
And a couple of portraits, just for fun:
1. Pretzel Share Necklace by Rachel Pfeffer Designs
2. Woodland Bird Pouch by The Blue Rabbit House
3. Free as a Bird Enamel Pin by Frolik
4. Winking Eye Pillowcases by Pink Top
5. Menagerie Oven Mitt by Donna Wilson
6. Houseplant the Idea Glass Set by Modcloth
7. Hidden Dragon Top by Gorman
I don’t have much to say because I’m currently watching Stranger Things and I need to know what happened to Barb. Have a good weekend, everyone!
Illustrator, ceramicist, and canary keeper Polly Fern follows in the long historical tradition of adorning clay with pictures. Her colorful vases, plates and bowls feature everyday scenes: a table set with a long baguette; men and women digging holes among the trees; and people riding on horses. They tell short stories—perhaps of not the most glamorous lives, but ones that are filled with people, pets, and good food. It all sounds lovely to me!
Polly sells her ceramics through her online shop.
Yesterday, I raved about the cut-paper creations of Ultralazer, an artistic duo that utilizes the medium to produce flattened castles and landscapes. Timrose is another creative working with the same type of bold shapes in stylized ways—but instead of paper, it’s pieces of leather. The material—clad in pink, silver, and textured greens—forms tropical leaves that are stitched over the flap of the structured bags.
Sleek and stylish, the accessories are part of Timrose’s collection called Road To Hana. It was made in collaboration with jewelry design Fruzsi Petró and inspired by collages and outsider art—seeing them, I can’t help but be reminded of Henri Rousseau‘s paintings.
They illustrative bags are currently available through Timrose’s online shop.