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Inspirational Instagram, Paper Craft

10 Inspiring Paper Artists to Follow on Instagram

Follow the best paper artists on Instagram

Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve shared over 30 of my favorite Insta­gram feeds from some of my must-fol­low cre­atives. Through embroi­dery artists, illus­tra­tors, and sketch­book keep­ers, it’s so easy to be inspired by sim­ply turn­ing on your phone.

In one of the final stops of our tour, I’ve select­ed 10 of the best paper artists on Insta­gram. They each have their own way of work­ing and turn­ing the 2D mate­ri­al into spec­tac­u­lar 3D sculp­tures.
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Embroidery

Charming Bicycle Embroideries Have Beautiful Blooms Spilling from Their Baskets

Bicycle Embroidery

I don’t have a car, so rid­ing the local bike share is one of the ways I get around. But, I can guar­an­tee that my rides are not near­ly as whim­si­cal as the bicy­cle embroi­dery by Walk­er Boyes of True­Fort. Called the Velo Series, it fea­tures hand-stitched bikes that are dec­o­rat­ed with col­or­ful blooms. They rep­re­sent a fan­ta­sy, like some­thing out of a movie—carefree week­end excur­sions to the farmer’s mar­ket that over­flow with a boun­ty of fresh flow­ers.

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1 Year of Stitches, Embroidery

1 Year of Stitches Recap | 10 Embroideries from February

1 year of stitches, Sara Barnes

I know it’s so cliche, but time real­ly has been fly­ing with the 1 Year of Stitch­es project. Mon­th two is now a wrap! (Won­der­ing what I’m talk­ing about? Read more here.) As I look in the Face­book group and on the Insta­gram hash­tag, I’m blown away by all of the amaz­ing embroi­dery that’s in the works. Some folks have tak­en a fig­u­ra­tive approach to their hoop and embroi­dered small sce­nes, while oth­ers cre­ate abstract com­po­si­tions with thread.

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Embroidery

Embroideries of Fowl-Mouthed Birds and Victorian Shadow Puppets

Embroidery hoop art by Kate Appleby

Inspired by flo­ra, fau­na, and Vic­to­ri­an shad­ow pup­pets, Kate Apple­by cre­ates delight­ful hoop art that com­bi­nes a vari­ety of stitch­ing tech­niques. From the basic back­stitch to French knots, she illus­trates birds with fowl mouths (pun intend­ed) and hands with sprawl­ing leaf tat­toos. The embroi­dery airs towards the side of min­i­mal­ism, but Kate has an excel­lent sense of com­po­si­tion and bal­ance that’s informed by her back ground in graph­ic design.

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Ceramics

Adorable Animal Planters Will Be Best Buds with Your Flower Buds

Studio Giverny animal planters

Yoshiko Koza­wa of Stu­dio Giverny cre­ates lov­able ani­mal planters that’ll be your (flow­er) buds’ best bud. Whales, giraffes, and alpaca all car­ry the weight of the­se plants on their back. But don’t worry—they’re hap­py to do it—and in turn, bright­en your home.

Yoshiko first crafts her pieces from porce­lain and then coats them in a shi­no glaze com­bi­na­tion. Some, like the alpaca, include a fun pom­pom tail and tas­sel ear­rings. See her entire selec­tion on Etsy. (h/t: So Super Awe­some)

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Embroidery

Embroidered Portraits Dazzle with Real Objects Sewn In

Ezgi Pamir embroidery

Embroi­ders, have you ever tried incor­po­rat­ing oth­er objects into your hoop art? Ezgi Pamir does this to a great effect; she uses fab­ric, but­tons, and branch­es that add an unex­pect­ed sculp­tural ele­ment to her work. Her pieces are portraits—of styl­ish folks—and there’s always a spe­cial accent to them. The wom­en wear scarves that seem­ing­ly whip in the wind, giant hats that flop in the breeze, and stiff col­lars to provide some com­fort from the rain.

With this empha­sis on fash­ion, is it any sur­prise that Ezgi is a cos­tume design­er? Because she is!

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Embroidery, How To

Behind the Scenes: Crafting a Felt Cat Banner (Ready to Hang!)

If you step inside of my apart­ment, you’ll imme­di­ate­ly see that it’s a house ruled by cats. There are scratch­ing posts for them to lounge on and toys in near­ly every room. I’ve also splurged on a fan­cy food dish that’s set again­st some emp­ty wall space…until now. To take my cat-lady sta­tus up a notch, I cre­at­ed a hang­ing ban­ner that immor­tal­izes Pauline, my cal­i­co that’s the emboid­ment of the Sour Patch Kids can­dy.

Like my cut paper self por­trait, I made a video that offers a behind-the-sce­nes look at how 2D Pauline came to life. Near­ly every­thing was done using felt—a first for me, but some­thing I’m def­i­nite­ly going to repeat. It was fun!

Here’s the tools I used:

I start­ed cut the shape of the ban­ner first and then sewed the cas­ing for the dow rod. Then, I dove into my felt por­trait using a sketch as a guide. Although it’s not shown on the video, I cut out shapes from my ini­tial draw­ing and used them as a pat­tern, trac­ing around them with the ink pen onto the felt.

If you have any ques­tions about this project, let me know! I’m hap­py to answer them. And, if you want one of the­se for your­self (or as a gift), I’m cur­rent­ly tak­ing com­mis­sions. In fact, I’m work­ing on one right now!

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Embroidery, Illustration

Embroiderer Mother and Illustrator Daughter Combine Talents in an Endearing Project

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Fri­day is a project that’s sure to warm your heart. It’s an endeav­or between an embroi­der­er moth­er and her illus­tra­tor daugh­ter, Mar­ijke Buurlage; Mar­ijke cre­ates the col­or­ful, styl­ized images and then her moth­er trans­lates the flat­tened shapes into stitched form. Their Insta­gram, @stitchyfriday, is updat­ed at the end of each week with their pro­gress and fin­ished pieces.

As won­der­ful as Marijke’s illus­tra­tions are, her mother’s hand­i­work is also admirable. I love the lush tex­ture and the mix­ing of threads—they add dimen­sion and bring 2D to life. After see­ing this sweet col­lab­o­ra­tion, it makes me want to plan a cre­ative project with my own mom! Don’t you?

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday

Stitchy Friday
Ceramics

Forget Face Planters: Haired Jars are Just the Vessels You’re Looking For

Laura Bird haired jar

If you’ve fol­lowed this blog for a while, you’ll know I have a deep love of face pots. Well, they now have a wor­thy oppo­nent: haired jars. This delight­ful­ly strange clas­si­fi­ca­tion describes the work of ceramist Lau­ra Bird, who crafts heads sport­ing styl­ish hair­dos that you then lift to reveal what’s inside. The inte­ri­ors are glazed with a shiny, clear fin­ish so they’re able to hold liq­uids. What a fan­tas­tic addi­tion the­se would be to your bar.

Lau­ra sells a vari­ety of ceram­ics in her Etsy shop, includ­ing vas­es, plates, and small sculp­tures.

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