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Caleb Luke Lin

A cou­ple of months ago, the kind folks at Printaholic.com invited me to guest blog for them. I’ve writ­ten a 2 posts for them about dif­fer­ent design ideas for posters and postcards.

But first, what is Printaholic.com? It’s a site that tests the qual­ity of print­ing between major print­ing com­pa­nies. They order every job (busi­ness cards, t-shirts, and more) and eval­u­ate the results. Print­a­holic then reviews them for their site for all to read.

In addi­tion, they also have How-To’s on their site as well as Design Ideas. There, I wrote about 10 Cool Poster Illus­tra­tions. Below is a snip­pet and a few images from the post. Read the post in its entirety here.

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When I used to think of a poster, I would instantly imag­ine a teenager’s room, walls plas­tered with images of boy bands or the hot actor/actress.

It’s not the most flat­ter­ing asso­ci­a­tion, and as an adult, I see posters don’t have to mean some­thing cheap, tem­po­rary and dis­pos­able (like the Leonardo Dicaprio poster of my youth).

Instead, artists and illus­tra­tors craft beau­ti­ful works that hap­pen to be in poster form.

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Becca Stadt­lander
This poster dou­bles as a cal­en­dar for the year. Every flower in the vase cor­re­sponds to its offi­cial birth month.

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Land­land
Poster duo Land­land crafted a crustacean-themed image, mak­ing it an addi­tion in a kitchen or din­ing area.

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Ray­mond Biesinger
A styl­ized depic­tion of female anatomy by Ray­mond Biesinger. It is a 36-point anatomy chart that also has a male poster counterpart.

Bianca Pratorius’ Comforting Soft Felt Sculptures

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Using pat­tern, struc­ture, and rep­e­ti­tion, artist Bianca Pra­to­rius crafts soft felt sculp­tures that are affixed to the wall. These forms remind me of an arti­cle of cloth­ing, like a soft scarf or fringe. They are com­fort­ing in that way, which is par­tially the point of Bianca’s work.

In her artist state­ment, she writes, Her work arises out of a desire to orga­nize and secure her own real­ity in a world that is becom­ing increas­ingly more chaotic and inter­de­pen­dent.” Going to say,The mate­ri­als them­selves are essen­tially sim­ple even unre­mark­able when viewed in their raw state, but lend them­selves beau­ti­fully to rep­e­ti­tion and expan­sion thus becom­ing the per­fect coun­ter­bal­ance to the struc­tures she cre­ates with them.”

I agree.

All images via Saatchi Online. View her web­site, too.

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Nicoletta de la Brown Embroiders the Most Beautiful Bodega Bags

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I first fea­tured one of these black, embroi­dered plas­tic bags a cou­ple of months ago and wasn’t sure of who the artist was. Thanks to the power of the inter­net and its detec­tives (namely Kris­ten Kief­fer,) I found out that they were crafted by Nico­letta de la Brown. She’s now a Baltimore-based artist that grew up in New York. Here’s a short state­ment about her series, El Bar­rio Bodega:  

From my series of embroi­dered corner-store gro­cery bags. Res­cued from the gut­ter; blow­ing down the street like city tum­ble­weed. I reclaim and ele­vate what once was dis­carded by cre­at­ing embell­ished art objects. Grow­ing up in Brook­lyn and Harlem I’d visit my block’s bodega daily, with pen­nies in hand, and leave with price­less trea­sures. More than just bags, they reflect a sense of pride for my neigh­bor­hood and are a sym­bol of my cul­tural identity.

The jux­ta­po­si­tion of dis­carded objects and col­or­ful adorn­ment is par­tially what makes these pieces so beau­ti­ful. Bags like this are often hastily dis­carded, while the embroi­dery on them takes a lot of time (and patience). I love the col­li­sion of two dif­fer­ent worlds.

All images via Nicoletta’s Baker Artist Award page.

 

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Monochromatics I’ve Seen Lately & Liked

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Yes­ter­day, the type I fea­tured was mono­chro­matic, so why not con­tinue? I’m quickly learn­ing how much eas­ier my life is if I stick to a mono­chro­matic wardrobe, It all matches!

So, here are some home goods, illus­tra­tions, and cloth­ing I’ve seen lately and liked. Keep­ing with a mono­chro­matic black/white/gray theme, every­thing is pri­mar­ily in that color.

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Geo­met­ric pil­lows and throws by mik­abarr. The fab­ric is engi­neered so it folds on the lines of the sur­face, result­ing in geo­met­ric silhouettes.

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I know I’ve fea­tured Fal­con­wright before, but I recently ordered one of their prod­ucts and wanted to tell ya’ll how much I like it! I ordered the pineap­ple wal­let pouch (above), and it is the per­fect size to hold my small wal­let, cell phone, and a few other items. The pouch is also easy to trans­fer from bag to bag, or carry it by itself! I feel like a much more orga­nized and gen­er­ally “together” per­son because of it.

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Some very painterly tem­po­rary tat­toos by Bur­row­ing Home. I’d even con­sider get­ting that kit­ten tat­too as a per­ma­nent fix­ture on my body.

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By illus­tra­tor I-Ying Yeh.

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I am lov­ing this light fix­ture by Fao Shop. Did you know you can buy iron cords (like the one pic­tured) in a vari­ety of col­ors? Check out Sno­er­boer if you’re interested.

My Name is Wendy, Freaks

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Typog­ra­phy and illus­tra­tion aren’t mutu­ally exclu­sive. The two inter­twine as we see illus­tra­tors and design­ers alike cre­at­ing hand drawn, one-of-a-kind type. My Name is Wendy is a French group formed from the col­lab­o­ra­tion of two inde­pen­dent graphic design­ers, Car­ole Gau­tier and Eugénie Favre. Together, they cre­ate visual iden­ti­ties, pic­tures, pat­terns and printed material.

Freaks is My Name is Wendy’s cus­tom alpha­bet using vec­tor shapes and sketches. On their web­site, they explain it as, “...hybridiza­tion that reveals a tense prac­tice between spon­tane­ity “traf­fick­ing” forms (the idea of ​​a form against another but also the idea of ​​travel), home of the acci­dent and the search for a for­mal bal­ance moti­vated.” If you look closely, you can see the push and pull of the graphite and flat shapes. It’s a lovely bal­ance and a really excit­ing typeface.

All images via their web­site. This is just one project — be sure to check out more!

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Hvass & Hannibal’s Colorful Digital Illustrations

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Hvass & Han­ni­bal is a multi-disciplinary arts stu­dio based in Copen­hagen. It’s com­prised of duo Nan Na Hvass & Sofie Han­ni­bal, and their clients span con­ti­nents and dis­ci­plines. Much of the work I’m fea­tur­ing on here is dig­i­tal illus­tra­tion, but they do more than that. They work in tex­tiles (there are some quilts below!), pho­tog­ra­phy, and even set design.  I urge you to visit their web­site to see more.

Hvass & Han­ni­bal do not limit them­selves, and instead are hired based on not only visual style, but prob­lem solv­ing. It gives them free­dom to exper­i­ment with tech­niques and media that con­cep­tu­ally fit what they are doing.

All images via their site. You can also pur­chase things from their shop.

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The Surreal Fashion GIFs of Tara Dougans

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These ani­mated GIFs by Tara Dougans are a lit­tle crazy, a lit­tle weird, but very cool. They com­bine draw­ing, ani­mat­ing, and are a nod to fash­ion illus­tra­tion. Some are sub­tle, like the long-necked mod­els del­i­cate tears. Oth­ers are dizzy­ing, like the images directly above and below. I’m mesmerized.

All images via her web­site. Fol­low her on Tum­blr, too!

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Jonas Wood’s Still Life Interiors

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I just fin­ished installing an exhi­bi­tion at EMP Col­lec­tive in Bal­ti­more where I arranged small items and art objects in a room (more on that at a later date). So, see­ing Jonas Wood’s arranged still lifes really inter­est me. The artist paints inte­ri­ors, pot­ted plants, fish tanks, and more. They are in a flat, graphic style that ya’ll know I love.

Paint­ings like Jonas’ give us the abil­ity to be voyeurs with­out con­se­quence. We spy on the peo­ple who inhabit these spaces, tak­ing in what their tastes are, inter­ests, and more. Depend­ing on how things are arranged and kept, we could even assume things about their per­son­al­ity, too. Not only is Jonas’ work beau­ti­ful and treat to look at, it’s a treat to think about, too.

All images via David Kor­dan­sky Gallery, where he is represented.

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Shops I’ve Seen Lately & Liked

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For this week’s Lately and Liked, I thought I’d high­light a few shops. They all sell home goods, sta­tion­ary, and other things that brighten our lives. Noth­ing essen­tial, I’d say, but cer­tainly  necessary.

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Neëst

Neëst com­bines inspi­ra­tion in Japan­ese design and was founded upon a strong Scan­di­na­vian influ­ence. Their store has a lot of sim­ple, well-designed items that use nat­ural mate­ri­als (you see a lot of wood). They have some great pieces for your kitchen. Check out their blog, too!

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KOROMIKO

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KOROMIKO is founded by Tracey George, a New Zealan­der now liv­ing in Dal­las, Texas.  They started with the idea to sup­port and pro­mote inde­pen­dent design­ers that pro­duce hand­made craft and design prod­ucts. They are into the idea of slow shop­ping, mak­ing thought­ful pur­chases with min­i­mal con­sump­tion. Each year they donate at least 1% of sales to an orga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports arts in the community.

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Fine Lit­tle Day

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Truth be told, I’ve admired Fine Lit­tle Day (and the blog!) for years. I’m a lover illus­trated prod­ucts, and they have plenty. They have a plethora of inter­est­ing and var­ied prod­ucts like wall­pa­per. Fine Lit­tle Day prides them­selves on being a hap­pily incon­sis­tent and sprawl­ing company.

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Jo Hamilton’s Large Crocheted Portraits

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I recently saw the work of Jo Hamil­ton on Hi Fruc­tose and was struck with the feel­ing that I’d seen her cro­cheted works before. Look­ing at her CV, I real­ized I was right — she was in the exhi­bi­tion GULP YARN BANG! that was at School 33 in Bal­ti­more a few years ago.

I liked her work in the show and I like it now. As some­one who can’t cro­chet (but I can knit!), I find the detail and metic­u­lous nature of them awe-inspiring. The amount of time put into these large por­traits is some­thing of won­der. The craft of cro­chet­ing is also very nos­tal­gic for me, as it reminds me of my mother. Even though I can’t cro­chet, she can! I think that oth­ers can relate, no? It, like a lot of passed-down craft­ing, has asso­ci­a­tions of home and warmth.

All images via her web­site.

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