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)
Janine Rewell and Minna Parikka Collaboration: Body Painting and Scandinavian Spring from MINNA PARIKKA on Vimeo.
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)
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.
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!
In 2010, I attended the Vermont Studio Center for an artist residency. (To anyone who is considering applying — you should! I had a great experience.) There, I met Maria Britton, a fellow artist in a different studio. At the time, she was painting abstract images on sheets stretched taut over stretcher bars.
Fast forward to lately, and I thought about Maria and her work. What does it look like now? Upon Googling her, I see she’s still working on sheets, but in a more refined way. Now, instead of simply painting on top of them, she works into them, incorporating embroidery, techniques. Here’s a statement about her work:
From conception to death, the surface of a bed is a place where one both experiences and escapes reality, a physical connection between dreaming and waking life. In the studio I seek out homespun innovations to play up the materiality of the patterned sheets on which I have been painting for the past 10 years. Recently I have started to incorporate smocking, a form of embroidery, into my paintings which enables me to manipulate the surface of a sheet into a bumpy, textured, and patterned surface. After the hand stitching is done on the reverse side of the sheet, I then carefully stretch the sheet on a stretcher, keeping an eye on what each pull does to the surface. Using washes, glazes, and streaks of acrylic, I work intuitively and impulsively with brushes, sponges, and squeegees. While painting, I am compelled to conceal and reveal the dated floral patterns that I find simultaneously comforting and repulsive. The end result is a mishmash of painting and crafty techniques which transform the predictable patterns into wrinkled innovations.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the embroidery I started. It combines two of my favorite things to draw — flowers and embroidery.
I’ve been playing with some different stitches, including the long-and-short-stitch that outlines the floral hand. Hoping to be done with it by next week!
If you’ve ever considered embroidering, I’d recommend it! it’s a relatively inexpensive hobby to start and I personally find it really calming. Like yoga for your brain (Maybe? Sure.).
As I type this, I’m looking at my little potted cactus that I love so much. I wish that I could own more (real) cacti, but my boyfriend has a strict 5 plant limit to our household. Here are some that desert plants that have recently caught my eye. Follow me on Pinterest for more.