Rebecca Artemisa’s Colorful and Therapeutic Illustrations

Rebecca Artemisa
I wrote about Rebecca Artemisa’s work on My Mod­ern Met last week, and found it so delight­ful that I wanted to share it here. Aren’t all of her details divine? Ghosts! Can­dles! Snakes! Stars! So much. I love it, and espe­cially enjoy the sym­bol­ism that’s inher­ent in all of her images.

Artemisa’s work is col­or­ful and some­times cheery. Other times, though, it’s not. It’s filled with fear and sad­ness. Her paint­ings are a form of ther­apy for the men­tal stress that her chronic ill­ness causes her. In her words:

i am still always paint­ing. my paint­ings feel very dark to me but i think it is easy to some­times dis­miss them as sweet. some­times my paint­ings get a lit­tle sweet look­ing, maybe as a way to cope with how bad i can feel. this isn’t a sad thing to me though, quite the oppo­site. i’m glad i have some­thing good to pour myself into when i am stuck inside so often, it keeps my life and my abil­ity to be kind opened up.

Be sure to check out her shop!

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Elisa Strozyk’s Cozy-Looking Textiles Are Made of Wood

Elisa Strozyk

Elisa Strozyk’s work fools us. These pieces might look like cloth, they are actu­ally made out of wood. The light wooden pat­tern folds into itself and looks soft and cozy. But, I’m sure that if you were to fall onto this blan­ket, you wouldn’t have a warm greeting.

Strozyk explains the idea behind her work, writing:

Wooden Tex­tiles con­vey a new tac­tile expe­ri­ence. We are used to expe­ri­ence wood as a hard mate­r­ial; we know the feel­ing of walk­ing across wooden floors, to touch a wooden table­top or to feel the bark of a tree. But we usu­ally don’t expe­ri­ence a wooden sur­face which can be manip­u­lated by touch.

Wooden Tex­tiles is a mate­r­ial that is half wood-half tex­tile, between hard and soft, chal­leng­ing what can be expected from a mate­r­ial or cat­e­gory. It looks and smells famil­iar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unex­pected ways.

The processes to trans­form wood into a flex­i­ble wooden sur­face is its decon­struc­tion into pieces, which are then attached to a tex­tile base. Depend­ing on the geom­e­try and size of the tiles each design shows a dif­fer­ent behav­ior regard­ing flex­i­bil­ity and mobil­ity. There are var­i­ous pos­si­ble appli­ca­tions, for exam­ple as floor­ings, cur­tains, drapes, plaids, uphol­stery or parts of furniture.

I not only love this con­cept, but the design as well. It’s really sat­is­fy­ing to see all of these tri­an­gles, and they make Strozyk’s work look effort­less.  Elisa Strozyk Elisa Strozyk elisa_strozyk4 elisa_strozyk5 elisa_strozyk6 elisa_strozyk11 elisa_strozyk9 elisa_strozyk10 elisa_strozyk7 elisa_strozyk8 elisa_strozyk12

Friday Round Up: Contemporary Quilts I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

I love quilts and find their rich his­tory fas­ci­nat­ing. It’s some­thing that’s been passed down count­less gen­er­a­tions and is not only a craft, but a form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ther­apy. (Read about the AIDS Memo­r­ial quilt, for instance.)

Quilts aren’t just some­thing for your grand­mother to do. More and more, I see younger folks piec­ing together their designs, espe­cially with the trend of mini quilts mak­ing a come­back. Let’s take a look at some con­tem­po­rary quilts, shall we? As always, if you have a quilt or know of an awe­some quil­ter, please share with me!

Happy Fri­day!

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Janine Rewell’s Body Paint Collaboration With Minna Parikka Shoes

Janine Rewell

Yes­ter­day, I gave a pre­sen­ta­tion to my friend Amanda’s class at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity. They were a really great group of stu­dents, and I had fun talk­ing about some of the things I’ve done over the years (this blog being one of them, of course).

At the end of the class, there was a brief dis­cus­sion about illus­tra­tion and it’s appli­ca­tion. I think illus­tra­tion has a wide range of appli­ca­tions. It can be any­where! On anything!

Take, for exam­ple, the work of Janine Rewell. It isn’t the tra­di­tional form of illus­tra­tion, and uses the body as a can­vas to adver­tise Minna Parikka shoes. Rewell’s col­or­ful shapes are sur­face designs that com­mu­ni­cate how styl­ish this par­tic­u­lar prod­uct is, and the a lifestyle (of sorts) that accom­pa­nies it. I love this out-of-the box think­ing.  (H/T Sarah Jacoby)

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Janine Rewell and Minna Parikka Col­lab­o­ra­tion: Body Paint­ing and Scan­di­na­vian Spring from MINNA PARIKKA on Vimeo.

Maurizio Anzeri Embroiders Masks Over Photographs

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Mau­r­izio Anz­eri isn’t the first to embroi­der on pho­tog­ra­phy and he won’t be the last, but I’ve always enjoyed his work. The thread acts as a bizarre mask that takes the pho­tographs from ordi­nary por­traits to sur­real and sub­ver­sive places. My favorite moments are when he gath­ers up the up the thread into some­thing akin to a nest. It’s expres­sive and makes some­thing that’s so cal­cu­lated feel really spontaneous.

And, from a tech­ni­cal stand­point: As some­one who embroi­dered for years on paper, the fact that his work looks so clean (no major gap­ing holes) is really impres­sive. Kudos to you, Mau­r­izio, you have bet­ter crafts­man­ship than me!  (Via I need a guide)

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Art History on Your Fingertips… Literally.


Barry McGee

Barry McGee

One of my favorite dis­cov­er­ies of this week­end was when I stum­bled upon Nail Art His­tory Tum­blr. The name is sort of self-explanatory. Tak­ing inspi­ra­tion from artists of both the past and today, art lover Susi Kenna gets an awe­some man­i­cure. Her nails are inspired by the likes of street art, abstract art, and more.

All work is done by Mei Kawa­jiri / @ciaomanhattan2012. The details on these tiny sur­faces is amaz­ing! I’m really impressed by the Barry McGee interpretation.

(H/T The Creator’s Project)





Shirley Jaffe

Shirley Jaffe


Andrew Masullo

Andrew Masullo


Julia Chiang

Julia Chi­ang


Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker


Friday Roundup: Illustrations I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

Today’s Fri­day round includes illus­tra­tions that I’ve seen lately and liked. They’ve been liked on my Tum­blr or repinned by me on Pin­ter­est. Either way, they’ve stayed in my brain.

There’s so much great stuff on the inter­webs. I wish I could share every­thing I find! So, here’s a lit­tle sam­pling. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

Also: Píc­colo, a small busi­ness I have with my friend Lisa, has jump­started our blog. We have an excit­ing new fea­ture, Pic­ture Party, that cel­e­brates illus­trated prod­ucts! Fol­low us on Tum­blr for twice-weekly awesomeness.

Karin Hagen Crafts Tiny Ceramic Cartoon-esque Characters

Karin Hagen

When I was in high school, I took a ceram­ics class. And boy, did I suck at it! I was ter­ri­ble at throw­ing and not very good at hand-building, either. Prob­a­bly because of my short­com­ings, the medium has always been some­thing that I’ve admired. Luck­ily, I get an excuse to write about it on a reg­u­lar basis!  So today, let’s look at the work of Karin Hagen.

Hagen’s tiny earth­ware sculp­tures are crea­tures and peo­ple. The hand-painted sculp­tures depict cats, mice, and peo­ple with cool hair­styles. They are chock full of nooks, cran­nies, and imper­fect forms. And, for that rea­son, I love them; There’s so much per­son­al­ity in these tiny objects!

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Katy Horan’s Dark, Folk-Inspired Paintings

Katy Horan

The illus­tra­tive paint­ings of Katy Horan are moody. Painted on dark back­grounds, the artist illu­mi­nates her sub­jects with sub­dued greens, reds, and blues. Their nar­ra­tives exam­ine the role of women through­out his­tory and mythol­ogy; They depict death, loss, fear, and the super­nat­ural. “Most recently,” Horan writes, “My research has focused on folk super­sti­tions and witch tales from the Ozark and Appalachian regions.”

If you find your­self in the Bay area, you can see Horan’s work at the LeQui­V­ive Gallery in Oak­land. She’s one half of a two-person show with Kather­ine Rut­ter titled For the Sake of Being(s). It’s on view until March 29th.

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