I recently shared the work of Jessica Harrison, with her tattooed porcelain ladies… so how about some tattoos on real people? I am itching to get some more ink this summer (shh… don’t tell my parents), and have really been inspired by the beautiful body art that people have. So, without further ado, here you go. Tattoo fans, what are some of your favorite pieces? Let me know!
Josh Stephens… I’ve been wanting to get some work done by him for a long time!
I’m sure that by now you’ve seen Jessica Harrison’s tattooed porcelain figurines, because why not? They’re awesome and because of it, have made their way around the blogs. As someone who grew up seeing these type of antique objects and has several tattoos herself, I feel like these works are definitely in my wheelhouse. So, despite all the visual saturation you’ve probably have from them, I want to share the on Brown Paper Bag, too!
I love the juxtaposition between what’s traditionally “dainty” (petticoats and dresses) with what’s seen as “hard” or “alternative,” although now tattoos have entered the mainstream. Who’s not to say that the tattoos Harrison has depicted here reflect a more feminine sensibility (within the realm of tattoos). It’s a contemporary reinterpretation of these antiquated objects.
These mysterious drawings by French artist Kevin Lucbert pique my curiosity. They are a little strange, hinting at another world beyond what we can see. The artist uses blank space to his advantage and the fully-colored areas only make it look more unusual in comparison.
From a formal standpoint, I’m really impressed by the visual interest that Lucbert achieves with only one color. He varies the direction of his drawn strokes and uses them to create direction and implied textured. (Via It’s Nice That)
PS — I got these images through his Flickr. He also has a Tumblr, too.
I love these beautiful, ornately illustrated textiles by artist Klaus Haapaniemi. Together with designer Mia Wallenius, they use fine materials to create luxury pillows, throws, scarves, and more.
Their approach is influenced by nature and Finnish folklore. It’s a modern twist on traditional decorative arts, and each piece is full of exquisite details and large-eyed creatures. The sophisticated color palette illustrates fun subject matter, like buzzing bees and jumping rabbits, without feeling juvenile at all.
(H/T Amy Boone-McCreesh)
I was in New York this past weekend (check out the awesome Airbnb I stayed in via my Instagram), and the four hour bus ride gave the me the opportunity to get some embroidery done.
I still have a long ways to go, but I’m happy with how it’s turning out so far. Does anyone else find embroidery soothing?
Bonus! My cat Pauline (and a blurry look into my kitchen).
I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve gotten a manicure. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t admire the heck out of all the crazy cool things that people put on their nails. Seriously, tiny works of art, you guys.
I’ve shared awesome nail art here before, so how about an encore? Do you have a colorful manicure (or pedicure?) Let me know!
Since yesterday featured some collaged houses, why not continue the trend? Nancy Liang is an Australian-based illustrator whose proves my theory that kraft paper is the best thing to draw on. I love how graphite looks on it, and Liang’s gestural marks add some serious visual interest. Especially when you look at her squiggly, out-of-control shadows.
In addition to drawing, I’m also digging the color palette. Or, rather, lack thereof — there’s a rich combination of neutral papers that illustrate the strange (and not so strange) activities that we do under a bright moon.
And finally, a colorful illustration by Liang:
Buildings and thread. Two things I love. Oh, and collage too. Given these preferences, it’s no surprise that I really enjoy the work of Happy Red Fish, aka Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen. This Amsterdam based designer adores the combination of paper and embroidery.
Thread can act as another way to draw a line or to build a structure. So, it’s appropriate that Heummen uses it in this context, and the thin marks create a unique exoskeleton to each building. That, or they act as a forcefield that holds these homes in place. Either way, I am really intrigued by these beautiful works.
Visit the Happy Red Fish shop for original, hand-threaded collages.
You might know Erin Zingré as the talented lady who illustrated the awesome header at the top of my blog’s page (prints available). But, she’s also produced two zines that I love and want to share with you today.
The Beasts of Fancy series focuses on humorous mythological creatures from around the world. In volume one, Erin colorfully illustrates beasts from Greek, Islamic, Celtic, and European folklore. The recently-published volume two focuses on American mythos from the 19th and 20th century. For each creature, she writes a short blurb describing these imagined (or real?) phenomena.
Both are very well illustrated, designed, and produced. Beasts of Fancy: Fearful Critters is my personal favorite, with beautiful hand lettering on the cover with a cool extra — clear varnished monster eyes who are sneakily lurking beneath it all.
I’ve always admired Erin’s style and I think that it really shines in this project. She adds her own twist to creatures of legend, and I think her illustrations are delightful. They are stylized depictions with added texture and repeat patterning to make them visually interesting.
You can purchase Erin’s zines in her online shop. Do it!