1. Embroidered Peter Pan Collar by Casa Tienda de Amelia B
2. Animal Cushion by Anny Who
3. Unifox Totem by Whimsy Calling
4. Needle-Felted Octopus by Petit Felts
5. Poppy Kitchen Towel by Lisa Rupp
6. Flower Power Flamingos Midi Skirt by bouffants-broken-hearts (via Print All Over Me)
7. Sober Tooth Tiger by MinPin
Happy Friday! If I had to pick a theme for this week’s Illustrated Product Obsessions, it would be animals. Inadvertently, five out of the seven items revolve around creatures.
If you follow me on Instagram (and please, do!), you might know that I bought this strange magnet a couple of weeks ago:
I’m happy to report that it arrived on Tuesday and it’s awesome! Looks just like the picture, and it’s an adorably weird thing to have on my fridge. Definitely an item that brings joy to my life. Buy it here.
I am not a flashy dresser—I have a few colors that I wear, but mostly I let my accessories do the talking. These silk scarves by Leila + Olive are great for someone like me, because they’re ornately-illustrated statement pieces that add some visual POP to an outfit. Plus, they’re versatile and can be worn on your head or around your neck.
Leila + Olive is the brain child of Nicole Rallis. Each of her pieces are lovingly illustrated and colored by hand in small batches. They conjure romantic notions, as Nicole notes, “We hope this collection might carry you to simpler, sweeter times, where days are spent barefoot in the woods, nights spent stargazing with hair adorned by flowers.”
Check out the Lelia + Olive shop for scarves, pins, and other tapestries!
Sometimes, a painting can take you somewhere exciting and new—a place where you’ve never been, much less imagined going. That’s how I felt when looking at the work of Tiel Seivl-Keevers, an Australian artist creating ethereal abstract images. With pockets of colors and organic marks, Tiel communicates places of of both splendor and despair, where the path ahead is unknown but there’s an awesome journey along the way.
“I build layers. I erase. I assemble. I alter, until I am satisfied that I have captured the mood and beauty that nature provides,” Tiel writes on her website. “Nature is repetitious and each season brings a memory; a visual, overlapped map that tells a story of new life and death. The destruction that rain and fire can bring, and the beauty that results. Each pod, seed, pebble and shell share a story.”
Tiel’s work is for sale on her website!
Make no mistake about it: rugs are an important part of interior decor. Their presence can tie a room together and transform an otherwise drab space into something special. I love it when rugs and illustration collide, like in the case of Celia Esteves’ online shop, GUR. Using a handloom, she creates tapestries with an embossed technique and finishes them with basic sewing—a process that’s very specific and traditional in Portugal.
In the early stages of GUR, Celia had talented illustrator friends design the imagery on her textiles. You can tell—the playful compositions push the boundary of conventional rugs and feature landscape scenes, animals, and strange characters featured as part of the designs. And one piece is pure rugception:
There’s more to see in GUR’s Etsy shop. Check it out!
Recently, I featured the embroidery of Russian artist Lisa Smirnova. Her stitched portrait was mesmerizing, utilizing meticulous stitches that recalled an Impressionist style of painting. For her project Artist At Home, she worked in the same manner as part of a collaboration with fashion brand GO (by Olya Glagoleva).
Artist At Home is a “story about the creative process of an artist which has been told through the language of textile.” Cashmere, organic cotton, 80s denim jeans and vintage towels were used in the garment construction, and together they showcase a painter whose studio and home is a single place—”Where both home and work clothing mix together.”
Lisa hand embroidered each one-of-a-kind piece, creating abstract bursts of color on the shoulders, backs, and hems of chic-yet-cozy garments. Gorgeous! And a good DIY idea for my tired sweatshirts…
1. Zara Woman Print Dress by Silvia Stella Osella
2. Cutie Baby Porcelain Mug by Tuesday Bassen
3. “I Do as I Please” Jumbo Pouch by Martha Rich for Blue Q
4. White Duck by Furze Chan
5. Yellow Wolf by Miriam Brugmann
6. Eye Earrings by Erin Diane
7. Jungle Leaves Pencil Set by Papio Press
East coasters (in the US), are you ready for the blizzard?! I live in Baltimore—where up to 2 feet of snow is forecasted—so I’m gearing up for a weekend indoors. Hot cocoa, anyone?
Earlier this week, I shared a list of 50 illustrative enamel pins. Check it out to get your #pingame on point!
Remember when I declared my love for face pots (here and here)? Well, I’ve come across more planters that have stolen my heart: animal face pots by Bonnie Hislop. Her colorful ceramics are a mix of glam rock and Lisa Frank—the vibrant designs include rainbow stripes, decorative polka dots, shooting stars, and much more. It’s perfect for those wanting playful accessory for their desk and also dream of a blue cat or orange dog of their own.
Bonnie sells these ceramics in her online shop.
Okay, so many you’re not an animal person. But what about donuts?
India-based illustrator Svabhu Kohli celebrates the splendor of the natural world with his intricately crafted works of art. The colorful, multi-layered images depict the oceans and cosmos, specifically focusing on creatures like whales, seals, and turtles. Each illustration utilizes many digital textures in order to create visual depth and excitement, but they still feel very painterly with evidence of the human hand.
With so many tiny details, I’m glad that Svabhu has produced vignettes to accompany his larger pieces. Think of them like a microscope into his work!
If you’re a long-time reader to this blog, you might know how much I love daily art projects like #The100DayProject. I’m enthralled by the process and the lessons learned when you’re forced to make something everyday. Artist Kate Keara Pelen (previously) recently completed this type of endeavor with her One Pot Per Day series. “Every day in 2015, I produced one soft hand-made vessel using simple crochet techniques,” she wrote to me in an email. “This project came out of the desire to find a manageable way of sustaining a commitment to my artistic output during a period when extensive time in the studio was not possible.” As someone who finds embroidering calming, I can imagine that this project would contribute to a mental well-being, too.
As a group, the sheer number of pots are very impressive. Individually, each has unique characteristics, making them fun to study. Some are tall with long necks, while others are short with a shallow opening. Kate worked with a variety of colors and types of yarn, which makes some vessels appear soft and others rigid.
Now that the collection is complete, the pots are going on tour. Later this month, it’ll be Collation of Craft in London.
Calgary-based embroiderer Maria Arseniuk adorns geometric-style portraits of animals with stitched bouquets and floral wreaths. Using pre-designed stencils, she heat transfers them onto cotton fabric and then hand-embroiders them with floss. The result is simultaneously graphic and tactile—her blooms have a sculptural effect, which are more pronounced when paired with the 2D designs. They’re colorful and playful twist on conventional portraiture. Better yet, some are available in Maria’s Etsy, Femmebroidery.
Maria started her online shop in 2014, as she was writing her dissertation in Women’s Studies. “I began embroidering women’s rights and queer related hoops,” she stated on Etsy. “As the shop has progressed and as I’ve grown as an artist, I’ve moved to encompass a broader subject matter in my art: from feminism to wildlife to popular culture to all kinds of custom orders from around the world. I am always looking for new ideas and striving to create new products with an ever-present commitment to social justice and intersectional feminism.”