Illustrator Molly Costello crafts compelling portraiture from cut paper. The exquisite compositions—powerful in their simplicity—are informed by her years “working on urban youth programming around sustainability and social injustice,” reflecting the themes she encountered during that time: community, struggle, love, and more. “Through my work I focus on ideas of connectedness,” she writes, “connectedness with our whole selves, with each other, our communities, its systems, the natural world, and the energy and divine of our universe at large.”
Molly sells prints of her work on Etsy!
I wear a lot of solid colors. I’m never too crazy with my patterning—instead, I prefer to accessorize with illustrative wares like enamel pins and statement necklaces. They’re visually interesting but don’t draw too much attention—critical for my introverted self. İrem Yazıcı of Baobap creates this type of wearable art, embroidered tiny collar pins with flowers, animals, and outer space. The designs look great against chambray or neutral-colored fabrics, but I could see them looking fantastic with some pattern mixing—if you’re brave enough.
Find your own set of handcrafted pins in the Baobap Etsy shop.
Hayley Mitchell paints people that you want to meet. Clad in bright colors, the Cubist-inspired ladies are adorned with beautiful headpieces and jewelry. They’re abstract, yes, but still display unique personalities, and the pigments give us some insight into who they are. Wouldn’t you like to know?
Hayley has created prints of these characters and sells them all on Etsy.
This was a fun video to make! Months ago, I received a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Andrea D’Aquino. It’s a contemporary retelling of the famous story, crafted with beautiful collage imagery that’s unlike any interpretation I’ve seen. To give you a sense of that, I created a 30-second video in which I quickly flip through the entire thing. Despite the brevity, this is a book you’ll want to spend some time with.
Andrea has illustrated spot images and full-spread compositions, with some interesting use of text. One of my favorites is how “Off with their heads!” was designed—you can really hear how low the Queen shouts!
I’ve also included some selections from the book, which is now available on Amazon.
1. Swan Collar Clips by An English Garden
2. Leather Clutch with Removable Wrist Strap by Zana Products
3. Cheetah Lapel Pin by Kristina Micotti
4. Fancy Dress Silk Scarf by Karen Mabon
5. TOTEM Bear Earrings by Marine Mistake
6. Wooden Jewelry Stand by Theia Design
7. Sheep Totems by Emily Rose Thomson
As always, happy Friday! If you’re looking for a fun and easy DIY for this (long) weekend, why not try this one that I created for eBay? All you need is some cork, an X-Acto knife, and paint, and you can make your own custom summer coasters. See the full instructions here.
A long weekend is quickly approaching us here in the US, so if you find you’ve got some extra time, why not try this fun exercise: Use watercolors to dab or brush a spot of paint on the paper and then create a character from it (in pen or pencil). Illustrator Marion Barraud regularly does this to great effect—her doodles are imaginative and delightful. With just a few different flicks of the brush, she’s able to produce diverse monsters with a ton of personality.
Isa Beniston creates clothing that looks—and I’d imagine must feel—like you’re wearing the page of a sketchbook. The colorful, one of a kind crop tops feature a dizzying surface design that’s a mashup of doodles, portraits, and energetic brush strokes. Seemingly disparate images blend into one cohesive design that is a statement piece for any closet.
Each wearable is an a-line muslin crop top that’s hand painted by Isa. Some are available to purchase through her online shop.
I recently ordered some felt to make a crest banner. As I wait to get started, I’ve been inspired by Hine Mizushima’s recently-completed piece, The Royal Aquarium Souvenir Shop. This impressive pennant features a mixture of 2D and 3D elements, complete musical octopi and a creature crest. It’s colorful, tactile, and completely handmade—what a regal way to honor a place (imaginary or otherwise)!
Check out some of Hine’s work-in-progress shots, below.
1. Alligator Necklace by designosaurYEAH
2. Ceramic Bottle by Mari Bray
3. Boss Lady Enamel Pin by Sally McAdam
4. Handmade Gold Leaf and Leather Cactus Necklace by Benu Made
5. Tiger Print Dress (for toddlers, sadly) by Lola and Stella
6. Black Cat Paw Bowl by Sandra Dieckmann
7. Moth Pin Enamel Pin by Beetle Ink Co.
And this isn’t an illustrated product, but I really love this picture:
(Chunky blanket by Ohhio)