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Señorita Lylo’s Embroidered Collars are Ready to Party!

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These collars are ready to party! Loly Ghirardi (aka Señorita Lylo) is a Barcelona-based designer and embroiderer who created these colorful pieces. They’re full of tiny, abstract shapes that have a great visual variety—some stitches are very tactile while others are smaller and intricate.  I’m especially drawn to the collar with tiny houses on it—the idea of creating a story on this unconventional space.

Loly is a graphic designer by trade. After working on the computer so much, she wanted to “bring a more ‘human touch'” to her projects and incorporated embroidery. She enjoyed it so much that she began working on the types of pieces featured here. Learn more about her in an interview with Poppytalk.

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Paper Craft

Diana Beltran Herrera Constructs Lifelike Birds Out of (Only) Paper

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No, those birds in flight aren’t a photograph—they’re paper sculptures by Diana Beltran Herrera. For years, the Colombian artist has crafted lifelike, graceful creatures using meticulous construction and fine textures. It’s these intricate details that make Diana’s sculptures so impressive; look closely, and you’ll notice all of the small cuts that perfectly mimic a bird’s plumage.

Diana’s formal education is in industrial design, but after graduating, she realized she didn’t want to pursue it as a career. “I am really interested in the simple processes of transformation that don’t need complicated tools or industrial processes,” she told Frankie Magazine. Hence the paper.

In Diana’s eyes, there’s a disconnect between humans and nature; through her artwork, she wants to repair this relationship. As a result, pieces are “presented as a resistance where those sculptures remain in an ideal state and act like a model of representation of a reality that doesn’t suffer any change.” They’re beautiful now and will remain so for a lifetime—that way, we can always admire them. (via My Modern Met)

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Diana has recently branched out and created butterflies:

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Textiles

Beautiful Blooms and Hand Lettered Embroideries by Marigold + Mars

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Marigold + Mars is modern hand embroidery by Cristin Morgan. Her colorful hoop art is centered around lettering and flowers, often combining them into one beautiful piece.

In addition to her embroidery, Cristin creates banners to hang on your wall. (In fact, one of them made my recent list of  Illustrated Product Obsessions!) I love the luscious, floral banners, and I’m definitively keeping my eye out for them in her shop. It’s perfect for my office!

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Textiles

Meticulously Embroidered Houseplants by Sarah K. Benning

Sarah K. Benning

Sarah K. Benning is a contemporary crafts-lady who fills wooden hoops with meticulously-stitched ferns, cacti, and other potted houseplants. As a fellow plant embroiderer, I absolutely love these—they’re little vignettes of everyday life, created with the time-honored tradition of stitching. They’re a nice complement to artist Anna Valdez’s paintings of interior spaces, don’t you think?

Sarah has an Etsy shop where you can buy her embroidered beauties. And Londoners, she’ll also be at Renegade Craft Fair in London next month!

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Sculpture

New Plush Dolls by Cat Rabbit are Based on Recent Trip to Japan

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September is one of my favorite months. Not just because of the cooler temperatures, but because it’s my birthday, too! (I suspect that many people chose their birthday month as their favorite, too.) First on my gift wish list? These plush dolls by Cat Rabbit (previously)! They are totally adorable and the detailing is, as always, impressive—especially with the small accessories.

All of these characters were created for Cat Rabbit’s show Return to Twinkle Plaza at the Brisbane-based Outré Gallery, which is based on her recent travels. “I used materials and supplies that I sourced in all of those amazing craft stores you find everywhere in Japan,” she writes on her blog,  “including wool from bricoleurs in Sapporo and lovely traditional fabric from Nippori Fabric Town.”

If you’re local check out Cat Rabbit’s show until September 7. Buy works from the show on the Outré Gallery website.

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Paper Craft

2 Intricate Cut Paper Illustrations to Admire

If you’ve read this blog for even a little while, you know that I’m a big fan of cut paper illustrations. These are two projects—by different illustrators—that I’ve enjoyed, and I thought you would too!

If you follow me on Tumblr or Instagram, then you’ve seen part of these before. Follow me to see daily illustrations that don’t always make it on here!

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Illustrator, Paper Craft

Cut Paper Portraits Transform Pets into 17th Century Aristocrats

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People love their pets, so naturally, they have artworks made in their honor. Russian-based illustrators Alexey Lyapunov and Lena Erlich— aka People Too—created a delightful series that imagines their clients’ animals as decorated war heroes, dainty ladies, and learned fellows.  They’re totally imaginative and constructed entirely out of paper. The creative pair layered colors and cutouts, producing 3D portraits reminiscent of historical paintings from the 17th or 18th century.  Check out their work in progress below!

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Paper Craft

A Mural Made Completely Out of Paper by Mlle Hipolyte

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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.
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Textiles

Kate Jenkins Crochets Anchovies and Other Delectable Entrees

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Stitched fish, anyone? Artist Kate Jenkins crochets all sorts of different foods that just might make you hungry. Or, at the very least, in awe of her crafting skills. Anchovies, eggs, and bacon all resemble what they actually are. Sometimes, Kate will add some glam to her creations and work sequins in with the yarn. This makes her pieces appear shiny , which is perfect for glossy fish scales and amber-colored honey.

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Textiles

Exquisitely Minimalist Embroideries by Miga de Pan

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Miga de Pan is the label under which Buenos Aires-based crafter Adriana Torres creates her work. Her exquisite and minimalist pieces are a lovely combination of texture and line. Quiet scenes featuring woodland creatures, geometric shapes, and even architecture are sewn onto natural-colored backgrounds. These images are inspired with the help of Adriana’s dedication and formal training in a number of fields: architecture, graphic design, illustration and general fine arts.

As someone who embroiders for fun, I am loving the variety of stitches that Adriana uses. It adds keeps things visually interesting. My eye doesn’t get bored looking at the same stitch over and over – instead, I find myself keenly examining every part of her handiwork.

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