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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!












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

Cat Rabbit

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.







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

People Too

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!

People Too

People Too







Paper Craft

A Mural Made Completely Out of Paper by Mlle Hipolyte

Mlle Hipolyte
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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Kate Jenkins Crochets Anchovies and Other Delectable Entrees

Kate Jenkins

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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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.

Fol­low Miga de Pan on Face­bookInsta­gram, and Pin­ter­est.

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Tiny Monsters Around Your Neck by Min Pin

Min Pin

Melbourne-based design label Min Pin is the hand­i­work of Penny Min Fer­gu­son. Her love of weird and awe­some things means that she’s cre­ated a series of shrink-plastic and metal neck­laces. Dinosaurs, snakes, ghosts, and even Big­foot hang around your neck! They’ve got a great style that would com­ple­ment any out­fit. Col­ors are bright, but not too bright. There are details like sim­ple, almond-shaped eyes, but they aren’t too dis­tract­ing. Per­son­ally, I’m lov­ing that yellow-greenish Bigfoot.

If you like this, check out the work of Cat Rab­bit Plush. She’s also a Aus­tralian crafter who makes amaz­ing, quirky animals.

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Now, these aren’t neck­laces, but I had to include these purses, too:


Illustrator, Sculpture

Gorgeously Intricate & Hand-Crafted Pop-Up Books by Bozka

Bozena Rydlewska

I’ve always been fas­ci­nated by the con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing that goes into pop-up and accordion-fold books. So, when I saw Bozena Rydlewska’s (AKA Bozka) beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions in a 3D form, I was wowed by their beauty and detail.

I had the oppor­tu­nity to ask Bozka a cou­ple of ques­tions about her work. She’s loved pop-up books since child­hood and had always wanted to make one.

When I fin­ished my series of illus­tra­tions New Botany [above], I thought it would be inter­est­ing to inter­pret the illus­tra­tions into three-dimensional forms,” she tells me. “At that point I was really tired of work­ing non-stop on the com­puter and eager to do some­thing with my hands.”

To make her pop-up books, she did some research. Bozka read sev­eral man­u­als and also attended a week-long pop-up book course at West Dean Col­lege in Eng­land. Um, I want to take one of those. Sign me up!

So, how long did it take to cre­ate these pieces? “It took me 3 to 4 weeks to make each pop-up. It was a com­pli­cated and time con­sum­ing process — I was work­ing on 1:1 scale mod­els, cut­ting and glu­ing over and over again until the pop-up matched the vision I had in my head,” she explains. “The final pieces were printed on high qual­ity archival paper, cut out by cut­ting plot­ter and assem­bled by hand by myself. The assem­bly of the most com­pli­cated pop-up took 14 hours.”

Totally worth the time spent. They’re beautiful!

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