1. Lashes Small Dish by Clementine Store
2. Mini Cactus Banner by Marigold and Mars
3. Colorful Wooden Necklace by pipapiep
4. Stephen the Mouse Ceramic Bowl by Clay Opera
5. Set of Tea Towels by Sam Kalda for West Elm
6. Vases Tray by Depeapa
7. Ceramic Pink and Yellow Polka Dot Jewelry Bowl by jen e
Happy Friday! And, happy first full week of 2016! I am just getting over a nasty cold and feel like my old self. It finally feels like my year is just beginning, especially since the last weekend was spent on my couch binge watching Happy Endings.
Here’s one other product obsession for this week: cacti coasters. I am someone who needs a coaster—I hate condensation rings. I like this display because it doubles as an art object, and would look great in your home when the coasters aren’t in use. Buy it here.
Emillie Ferris creates hand-embroidered hoop art starring a myriad of creatures. From foxes to bees to Lil’ Bub, the Suffolk-based artist stitches them all in majestic, realistically-styled portraits. They’re simple—devoid of a background—but demonstrate an impressive amount of depth in terms of their color and shading. Each meticulous stitch creates a feeling of dimensionality, whether it be in wings or fur.
Emillie’s hoop art is my favorite parts of her portfolio, but she also has embroidered necklaces for sale in her Etsy shop:
Using an X-Acto knife and some careful cutting, Ukraine-based artist Eugenia Zoloto creates intricate silhouettes out of twisting vines, beautiful blooms, and winged insects. The large, lacy portraits—around 15 inches by 11 inches—look stunning against a range of backdrops (check out the vibrant green grass, below). Some of them are now available in Eugenia’s Etsy shop, where you can frame them however you like.
Charles Young must be a busy man. In 2014, he created Paperholm, a project where each day, a new model is produced, photographed, and uploaded to the web. On August 11, 2015, after year of building, he completed its first iteration. The paper sculptor then took a short break but has continued Paperholm as of November of last year. Charles’ creations now depict a city that has the hustle and bustle we’d expect from an up-and-coming metropolis.
Individually, the pieces are impressive—they often include some movement from, revolving doors to driving vehicles. Once together, however, you see how clever Charles’ work really is—the relatively simple forms (created with 200gsm watercolor paper and PVA glue) appear increasingly complex as they spatially relate to one another and create an overall narrative about the place.
Check out all of Paperholm on Tumblr.
I’m a long time fan of Kate Pugsley’s paintings and illustrations. They feature a fantastic mix of styles, riding a fine line between realism, fantasy, and abstraction—it’s what makes her compositions so memorable. My favorite pieces involve figures in flattened landscapes where the trees and plants are stylized versions of palms and cacti. I find them both aesthetically pleasing and conceptually interesting—what will happen to these heroines?!
Kate sells prints and originals in her online shop. And fans of Instagram—don’t forget to give her IG a follow! It’s a favorite of mine.
Collage artists—need some inspiration? Here are some of Kate’s scraps:
1. FORESTA Textile by Maria Cristina Ballarin
2. Hand Brooch by Jordan Grace Jones
3. Leaves Planter by Universal Issac
4. Sleeping Light by Fajno Design (see another image below)
5. Flying Bird Handkerchief by Elizabeth Graeber
6. Pocket Mirror by Matou en Peluche
7. Monarch Envelopes sold by Dots & Loops
Happy New Year!! This is my favorite holiday. I love the optimism—even though it’s not really a fresh start, it sure feels like one. I wish you the best for your 2016!
And, here’s another view of the awesome eyelash lights. I want them above my bed:
Embroiderer and illustrator Lisa Smirnova fuses two types of artistic styles to create one visually compelling textile. The portrait of this tattooed man has an Impressionistic-approach to it, with strands of peach, burnt sienna, and ivory sewn next to one another to imply a three-dimensional form. In addition to this style, Lisa uses bold, graphic elements in the background that allow the fabric to peek through and give us a visual reprieve from the dynamic and directional stitches.
Be sure to follow Lisa’s Instagram for inspiring in-progress work!
Here’s another lovely project that Lisa completed. It’s a lush, colorful embroidered pillow!
Looking for a new start for the new year? Modern Thrive has a BOGO offer just in time for 2016!
Modern Thrive is an online learning platform that was designed to help you figure out what you should do with your life, then help you find the path to get there. Their live online workshops connect you to the resources you need to build a career you love.
Anyone that purchases a workshop before January 2nd using the discount code NewYearNewYou will get a second workshop totally free! They will be launching new workshops every single week in 2016, and your free workshop can be redeemed on any of the programs. It does not expire.
Modern Thrive offers a variety of creative workshops. Here are my picks, perfect for artist and illustrators!
>> Build a Freelance Illustration Business
>> Instagram for Artists
>> Publishing Paths for Illustrators
>> Monetizing Your Art Through Licensing
>> Sell Your Handmade Goods Online
Check out the entire workshop portfolio here. And remember, you don’t have to pick just one. Using the code NewYearNewYou, you can select two classes for the price of one! It’s a great way to build on your skills, by say, learning the basics of freelance illustration and then figuring out how to market your work online.
If you sign up for a workshop, let me know how you like it!
Lately, I can’t get enough of candles. Whenever I’m in my office/studio, there is a candle burning. What can I say—I love the comforting glow! Ceramist Laura Bird (previously) created these delightful holders perfect for burning two tall taper candles. Normally, you’d find those types of torches accompanying fine and special occasion dining. Here, Laura has shifted their focus, using an imperfect construction and cartoonish faces to give them a rustic feel for everyday table decor.
All of these pieces are available in Laura’s Etsy shop.
In addition to her candlestick holders, Laura has also created a smiling vases:
Using materials such as polymer clay, wood, and paper, artist Sean Chao creates intricate, fantastical dioramas. The miniature sculptures depict landscapes—including dense forests and oceans—as well as bizarre creatures such as cat-controlled robots. Each hand-crafted scene feels like it’s a moment frozen in time, and Sean’s attention to detail begs you to pore over his wonderful handiwork.
Itching to see Sean’s work in person? Right now, he has a piece in the Flower Pepper Gallery’s 4th Year Anniversary Show, which is open now until January 19, 2016. If you’re local to Pasadena, California, be sure to check it out!