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Colorful Abstract Landscapes Take You on an Ethereal Journey Through Nature

Tiel Seivl-Keevers

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!

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Textiles

Lisa Smirnova Transforms Clothing into Art with Abstract Embroidery

Lisa Smirnova

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…

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Lisa Smirnova

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Artist, Illustrator

Curious Landscapes and Painted Fantasies by Kate Pugsley

Kate Pugsley

I’m a long time fan of Kate Pugsley’s paint­ings and illus­tra­tions. They fea­ture a fan­tas­tic mix of styles, rid­ing a fine line between real­ism, fan­tasy, and abstraction—it’s what makes her com­po­si­tions so mem­o­rable. My favorite pieces involve fig­ures in flat­tened land­scapes where the trees and plants are styl­ized ver­sions of palms and cacti. I find them both aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and con­cep­tu­ally interesting—what will hap­pen to these heroines?!

Kate sells prints and orig­i­nals in her online shop. And fans of Instagram—don’t for­get to give her IG a fol­low! It’s a favorite of mine.

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Kate Pugsley

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Col­lage artists—need some inspi­ra­tion? Here are some of Kate’s scraps:
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Paper Craft

Hanna Nyman Arranges Beautiful Paper Blooms into Eye-Pleasing Compositions

Hanna Nyman

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)

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Artist, Painting

Keri Oldham’s ‘Labyrinth’: Fashion, Demons, and the Search Within Ouselves

Keri Oldham

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.

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Artist

This Hot Pink Room has a Patterned Wallpaper Comprising 5,000 Intact Bugs

Jennifer Angus

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)

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Artist, Textiles

Part Tapestry, Part Friendship Bracelet: Weavings by Alicia Scardetta

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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!

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Artist, Ceramics

Rebekah Miles Paints One-Of-A Kind Book Covers and Country Music Stars

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.

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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 Miles

Rebekah Miles

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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.”

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Paper Craft

Sweet Sentiments in Cut Paper Illustrations by Jotaká

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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!

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Illustrator

Madeline Kloepper Explores the Relationships We Forge with Nature

Madeline Kloepper

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)
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