“I have always loved flowers,” Hanna Nyman said on Instagram. “My grandmother was a florist and I remember visiting her in the flower shop as a child sitting on the counter just taking all the beauty and scent in!” This long-held adoration is the focus of her colorful work, which revolves around cut-paper blooms, crafted from solid colored paper and pages of text. She arranges them into aesthetically-pleasing compositions, sometimes adding a bird or butterfly in the mix.
There’s a lot more to see on her @backtopoetry Instagram, where nearly all of her feed is beautiful cut paper pieces. It’s a must-follow! (via All Things Paper)
Brooklyn-based artist Keri Oldham has recently opened her latest solo exhibition at Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas, Texas. Entitled Labyrinth, her beautiful watercolor paintings are an allegorical series that’s inspired by the 1980 cult-classic film, as well as the ancient myth of the Minotaur.
The gallery describes the work in Keri’s show as combining “images of demons and warriors with tragic figures and victorious ones. With armored women at its center, these pieces spin a new story on Theseus entering the maze and confronting the beast within.” The alluring pieces fuse medieval beasts with fashion and fantasy, representing inner turmoil and desires the many of us feel—to find meaning and success in our adult lives.
I love both the concept of Labyrinth and the style of Keri’s at-times grotesque paintings. They’re created with pigment, graphite, and applied paper pulp, adding these brilliant textures to her dizzying colors and patterns.
If you’re in Dallas, check out her exhibition! It’s up until November 14 of this year.
Artist Jennifer Angus has created an installation that might gross you out, but it’s sure to fascinate you! Called In the Garden, she has wallpapered a hot pink-painted room with a gorgeous textured pattern that comprises 5,000 (!!) bugs. She collected the critters from southeast Asia and arranged them on the wall with their natural coloring intact—think iridescent greens, blues, and pearly mauves. The creatures form skull shapes and other decorative motifs and take over a room in the newly-renovated Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (This space officially opens on November 13.)
Jennifer’s piece is one of nine artworks in Wonder, the inaugural exhibition of the Renwick Gallery. In addition to her bugs, the other artists will each occupy a different gallery in the building and turn their space into a room-size installation. I’m not far from its location in Washington, DC, so I’m going to pop in one weekend and check it out. Fun! (Via designboom)
Above: included in Coordinate Disregard
This past weekend, I went to the opening of Coordinate Disregard at the Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore. There, I saw the work Brooklyn-based fiber artist Alicia Scardetta, who I’ve been following on Instagram but hadn’t before seen her colorful weavings in person. And let me tell you, they are awesome. Intricate and jubilant, they combine a variety of weaving techniques and are “part tapestry, part friendship bracelet.”
To produce these meticulous pieces, Alicia uses frame tapestry looms and creates parameters for each weaving. Through this, she explores the possibilities and limitations of the “grid structure that forms woven textiles.” The process isn’t unlike illustration. In both fields, there are guidelines you must operate within, and part of the challenge is figuring out how to let your artistic voice shine.
If you’re local to Charm City, make sure you check out Coordinate Disregard. It’s up until September 26 and in addition to Alicia, includes work by: Randall Lear, Elissa Levy, Gabriel Luis Perez, and Curtis Miller. Plus, it’s curated by my pal Amy Boone-McCreesh, who is also an amazing artist!
Fun fact: I found Rebekah Miles’ work totally by chance. I was Googling someone of the same name, and her Instagram popped up as one of the top results. Thinking she was that someone else, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a portrait of Reba McEntire and June Carter.
Rebekah creates faux book covers in the same gestural style as her portraits. Describing this on-going project, she writes:
I paint one-of-a-kind book jackets on specific artists, photographers, and some literature. The selected books are a reference to art history and the art of libraries. I choose an image to paint for a cover illustration based on qualities such as poignancy and visual graphics. If the book is not illustrated, I find an image that is complementary to its contents.
Rebekah also makes ceramics. They are, as she describes, “interpretations of images that appeal to a sense of place and beauty, such as an antique loteria set (Mexican bingo) from the 1800’s, a seed savers exchange catalogue, and a California native plant identification book.”
Ya’ll know I love cut paper illustrations. So, imagine my delight when I discovered the work of Jotaká, an illustrator from Valencia, Spain. His project called La siesta is a personal project “about hugs, the importance and the ideal time to receive them.” The bright portraits are a tangle of limbs as people wrap their arms around each other in a loving embrace. Not only humans, though, but other things, too—cats, dogs, books, and records.
There are couple of things I really enjoy about Jotaká’s series: one is the sweet sentiment that the images convey; another is the stylistic choice of layering the paper shapes to create some depth and three dimensionality.
FYI — I first posted La siesta on my Tumblr last Thursday night. Follow it for some fun illustration extras!
Illustrator Madeline Kloepper explores the relationships we forge with nature through her gorgeous and alluring paintings. The works have elements of surrealism as dragons, dancing bears, and larger-than-life birds all make an appearance.
I really enjoy Madeline’s more detailed compositions, specifically the ones featuring a quilted blanket fort and clothes line. The heavily-patterned textiles tell us a lot, like characters’ personality and their aesthetic preferences. In addition, we understand more about the characters in how they interact with these objects. Here, it communicates a reverence for simpler times that are away from screens and stresses of everyday life.
Follow Madeline on Tumblr, too! (H/T Perrin)
How would you like it if your plates and bowls talked back to you? In this collaboration between illustrator Santiago Uceda and artist Nancy Froehlich, you don’t have much of a choice! They occupy the bottoms of dishes, directing you, cheering you on, and telling you what you already know — that the meal you just ate was so good. The amusing characters were created by Santiago and then placed onto forms created by Nancy.
I would love to own one of these delightful pieces. Alas, I can’t find anywhere to buy them! It looks like, according to Santiago’s Instagram, that they were for sale a while ago… and have probably sold out since!
APAK is an illustrative collaboration between Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland. They’re self described as a fantastical magical duo, and they’re also married! The Portland-based couple “live among the fury conifer giants in a little cottage,” and their whimsical creations are a way to explore the beauty and mysteries of life. This sentiment is reflected in the colorful compositions and delicate, small characters that exist in great big worlds.
Love these images? Well, you’re in luck! They’re all available in APAK’s Etsy shop!
Not too long ago, I shared some of Mlle Hipolyte’s amazing paper-crafted masks. Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye on her work. I was perusing Instagram yesterday and saw snippets of her mural-sized paper project. How great! And, better yet, Mlle posted the entire Tropical Jungle on her website.
She explains on Bored Panda that everything was cut by hand, and it took two weeks to get the paper elements ready to go up on the wall. Afterwards, it took six hours to apply it to the vertical surface. Totally worth the time and energy. I love the colors and all the small details.