Hudson Christie’s Humorous Polymer Clay Illustrations

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Hud­son Christie is a design stu­dent at the Ontario Col­lege of Art and Design. They use sculp­ture and pho­tog­ra­phy to craft their images, and specif­i­cally use poly­mer clay, paper, wood, and foam as mate­ri­als. Not sur­pris­ingly, Christie is influ­enced by Gumby, among other things.

These illus­tra­tions are part of their the­sis series, Work-Life Bal­ance. I am absolutely lov­ing the tac­tile style, exquis­ite details (like the sewn-on heart), and humor­ous con­tent. They’re cute, but a lit­tle sin­is­ter at the same time.

(H/T Amy Boone-McCreesh for intro­duc­ing me to Christie’s work!)

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My Knitted Boyfriend by Noortje de Keijzer

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Many moons ago, I saw a knit­ted man on Pin­ter­est. I didn’t know much about it, aside from the fact that I liked his goofy smile and the nov­elty of a life-sized tex­tile. Years later, this project popped back up on my radar. I found out it’s titled My Knit­ted Boyfriend and is cre­ated by design stu­dio Noortje de Kei­jzer. Here’s a descrip­tion of it:

My Knit­ted Boyfriend is a cush­ion with a story. A cush­ion with a per­son­al­ity. A cush­ion to kiss! Or, well… to cud­dle, to caress, to hug, and to smile with. Because this man is always happy. And he is flex­i­ble as well. He will have a mus­tache if you pre­fer mus­taches. He will wear glasses if you pre­fer glasses. He likes to sit on your floor, on your couch or at you din­ner table. But most of all he likes to lay down next to you in bed. With your head on his chest and his arms wrapped around you. This way you will never feel alone ever again. With this man you can be sure, he will never leave you.

I love see­ing the knit­ted man go from being a droop­ing pile of yarn on someone’s lap to a full-bodied per­son brush­ing their teeth (although there is a real human being under the yarn).

PS — he comes with acces­sories, like a mustache.

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I’m a Guest Curator for UGallery.com!

Right now, right this sec­ond, I am a guest cura­tor for the web­site UGallery.com. If you’re unfa­mil­iar with it, it’s a place to buy orig­i­nal art by a vari­ety of cre­ative peo­ple. Paint­ing, print­mak­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, and sculp­ture are all for sale through this site.

Over the past cou­ple of weeks, I pinned some of my favorite things I’ve seen while click­ing around UGallery. I’ve def­i­nitely dis­cov­ered some new folks to admire and emerg­ing tal­ent to watch. If you’re a Pin­ter­est user, check out my board! Oth­er­wise, be sure to see all my picks here.

These are some of my very favorites. Thanks for the oppor­tu­nity, UGallery!

Friday Round Up: Mother’s Day with UncommonGoods

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Mother's Day is Sun­day, May 11th this year. If you’re prone to for­get­ting, then why not buy your gift ahead of time? This week, I’m happy to be work­ing with Uncom­mon­Goods on a selec­tion of prod­ucts per­fect for yo momma. They offer a bevy of items like jew­elry, art­work, gar­den­ing tools, and bak­ing sup­plies, that appeal to a wide range of tastes.

As I went through their col­lec­tion, I couldn’t help but pick out things I’d want to buy my own mom (and prob­a­bly will — so mom, try and act sur­prised!). She enjoys mak­ing sweets, like dec­o­rat­ing sugar cook­ies for all the major hol­i­days. Gar­den­ing and plants are also another of her inter­ests, so a ter­rar­ium is per­fect (we had one grow­ing up!). And, my mom is a fan of illus­trated prod­ucts, so the col­or­ful dish tow­els caught my eye. See some more of my favorites below!

Click on the prod­uct and you’ll be directed to the Uncom­mon­Goods web­site. And, let me know what you’re get­ting your mom for Mother’s Day!

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Birds and blooms, available in your home state. California is pictured.

Birds and blooms, avail­able in your home state. Cal­i­for­nia is pictured.

 

This is a mini ice cream sandwich press. I must have it!

This is a mini ice cream sand­wich press. I must have it!

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Visit Uncom­mon­Goods for more Mother’s Day gifts (and fun stuff for everyone)!

Intricately Patterned Ceramics by Dana Bechert

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Dana Bechert’s ceram­ics planters, plates, and fun­nels are hand-crafted pieces whose intri­cate pat­terns cre­ate sim­ple beauty. She adorns her limited-color objects with quirky geo­met­ric draw­ing, where lines aren’t per­fectly straight and tri­an­gles are dif­fer­ent sizes. I love see­ing this — it’s like I’m look­ing at a stream of con­scious­ness trans­lated on a pot.

Be sure to visit her shop!

H/T Sarah Jacoby)

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Kyler Martz’s Limited-Color Illustrations Double as Old School Tattoos

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Sorry for the radio silence yes­ter­day! Tues­day is by far my busiest day of the week and full of dead­lines. Some­times, my beloved blog has to fall on the back-burner (temporarily).

Onward! Today I’m fea­tur­ing the work of Kyler Martz. He’s a Seattle-based illus­tra­tor whose port­fo­lio is chock-full of old-school style tattoos/tattoo-esque draw­ings. And while this isn’t the style of body art I have, I love the lim­ited color, styl­ized depic­tions of ani­mals and every­day objects.

Pleased to meet you

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Navigational Matryoshkas

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Matryoshka - Good Luck

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Night Owls

See more here.

My Studio: Sketches for an Embroidery and Prints

My studio: Sketch for a new embroidery

I try to make it a habit to not spend my week­day evenings on the com­puter. Some­times, of course, it’s unavoid­able, but after a long day I just wanna draw or embroi­der. You might recall my lat­est embroi­dery of a flo­ral hand. Con­tin­u­ing on this theme, I’m work­ing on some sketches with new flowers.

Every­thing is drawn on trac­ing paper. I love its smooth sur­face and the fact that’s cheap to buy. In addi­tion, you can eas­ily layer images and see dif­fer­ent options for your draw­ings. It erases pretty well, if that’s your thing.

My studio: Sketch for a new embroidery

My studio: Sketch for a new embroidery

My studio: Sketch for a new embroidery

Don’t for­get, these prints by Erin Zin­gré are avail­able in the Brown Paper Bag shop. High qual­ity, 4″ x 6″ prints! I’m so happy with how they turned out.

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Saturday Roundup by Píccolo: Illustrated Products We’ve Seen Lately and Liked

picture_party_final So… I was too busy on Thursday/Friday for a proper round up. Sat­ur­day it is, then! Let’s focus on illus­trated prod­ucts. Not just ones hat I’ve seen lately and liked, but ones that are selected by Píc­colo.

I’m one half of Píc­colo, the other being my pal Lisa. We love illus­trated prod­ucts and twice a week pro­duce Pic­ture Party on our blog,  where we fea­ture dif­fer­ent artists mak­ing illus­trated prod­ucts. So, here are some things we’ve seen lately and liked. Be sure to check out Pic­ture Party every Mon­day and Thursday.

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Rifle Paper Co. Read our post about it here.

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La Petite Jungle. Read our post about it here.

La Petite Jun­gle. Read our post about it here.

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Have a great week­end! Be sure to fol­low Píccolo’s Pic­ture Party on Tum­blr and take a look at our  Etsy shop! We’re really jazzed about our tote bags.

 

 

Andre Levy’s “Tales You Lose” Paints “Adventure Time” on a Coin

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Coins are pretty neat look­ing, if you ask me; I love all of their lit­tle idio­syn­crasies. German-based designer Andre Levy has painted smat­ter­ing of cur­ren­cies in his series Tales You Lose (clever title!). He doesn’t just col­orize the por­traits already on coins, but paints fig­ures in pop­u­lar cul­ture on these small objects. More about his series:

We are con­stantly sur­rounded by pop fig­ures – in films, in music, comics, and even in gos­sip mag­a­zines. They are some­times our escape from real­ity, our fan­tasies. Coins por­tray some­thing oppo­site: the real, the everyday. 

​This project is about indi­vid­ual expres­sion in oppo­si­tion to mas­si­fied think­ing, about how our per­sonal pas­sions are more wor­thy than things that are imposed to us. The paint brings to the faces of kings and pres­i­dents bor­rowed nar­ra­tives from other famous char­ac­ters and unleash indi­vid­ual alter­na­tive stories.

Check out the Tales You Lose web­site for me. There are so many good coins on there!

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