At the end of July, I posted about an embroidery project I was working on: Favorite Bites in Baltimore. I’m happy to say that it’s done (!!) and features some of my favorite things I’ve eaten during my 10+ years of living in the city.
The foods I embroidered:
- Top left: S’mores in a Jar (from Hamilton Tavern)
- Bottom left: Dirtyboy (from Bun Shop)
- Middle: Greek Pizza (from Joe Squared)
- Right: Fried Oyster Mushrooms, Feta Cheese, Arugula, and Hot Sauce (from Mushroom Stand at JFX Farmer’s Market)
There will be text on top of the embroidery that explains the project—I’ll post that once it’s done.
Now that Favorite Bites is done, I’m going to go back to embroidering decorative floral scenes. But I do have plans to continue this food series. Cleveland is next!
Dark and mysterious—that’s how I describe illustrator Pierre Mornet’s beautiful paintings. Combining vintage-inspired realism (think the Golden Age of illustration) with bold, flat colors, he creates curious images whose young subjects have arresting stares that sear into you.
I’m not the only fan of Pierre’s work. Renowned author and infamous Twitter user Joyce Carol Oates had this to say:
Nancy Liang (previously) is one of my favorite GIF illustrators, using an awesome assortment of collage materials to create eerie moving pictures. She often illustrates landscapes, but here are two editorial fashion pieces. I love the surface design and the subtly moving eyeballs.
Wondering how Nancy creates her work? Check out How Did You Do That?, an interview series where she shares her process step-by-step.
Kaori Seno is a Japanese illustrator who creates delightful paintings of clothing that I wish I owned. There’s intricate lacework, strange patterns, and fancy bird brooches woven within the flattened, stylized views. Note that there’s no one wearing these clothes, a fact that’s okay with me. Clothing tells enough of a story on its own—these works speak volumes about the type of person who’ll wear these charming garments.
Kaori also paints other subjects not related to clothing. I’m not sure I’d eat candy that has eyeballs…
I want this mural in my apartment! Called Hidden Garden, illustrator Sretan Bor painted it in a private residence in Croatia. It features a host of different flora and fauna that wrap around the walls, creating an ongoing narrative that engulfs the room in illustration. Fun!
The entire scene is incredibly detailed, and this works in the mural’s favor. The client, most likely, will look at the piece everyday, so it’s got to be something that they can continually discover new things in.
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!
1 // Fox Ceramic Sugar Bowl by Noe Marin Studio
2 // Golden Cactus Big Tee Tunic by Simka Sol (h/t Perrin)
3 // Ceramic Miniature Mermaids by Barruntando
4 // Halloween Greeting Cards Set by Katy Horan
5 // Owl Jars by Manolo Bossi for Bosa
6 // Jungle Cat Coasters by Kim Sielbeck
7 // Floral Hand Ring Plate by Lindsay Stripling
Earlier this week, Big Bud Press released a “Feminist” Benefit Pin, with 100% of the sales will be donated to Safe Horizon—A victims service agency offering comprehensive domestic violence services to victims of domestic abuse. They’ve sold out, but I’m hoping they’ll bring more back. I’d love to snag one for myself.
My boyfriend (Chris) and I are getting another cat today! A year and a half after my sweet baby Marge unexpectedly passed away, we’re welcoming Sadie, a fluffy calico (pictures forthcoming) that loves to sleep on your lap. In anticipation for her arrival, I’ve been looking for new felt cat toys. Do you have any store recommendations? I’m loving this selection by Tux and Tabby.
Several months ago, I featured the illustrative ceramics of Madalina Andronic. Called The Awesome Project, the folklore-inspired pieces had me hooked, and I’ve been following her work—2D and 3D alike—ever since.
These beautiful images below are spreads from Fairy Dust, a “magic book” that she wrote and self-published. Each image depicts a different supernatural character, adorned with gorgeous patterning and elegant lines that have a lyrical quality to them. Buy it here!
Simple line drawings of animals seemingly burst into bloom in these beautiful illustrations by Katie Vernon. Her colorful additions cloak parts of the creatures in rainbow-colored petals and leaves, showing just how intimately tied they are to this earth.
All of these pieces are available as prints through Katie’s Etsy shop called Chipmunk Cheeks. Right now, she’s having a sale—buy any three 8″ x 10″ prints for $45! A nice time to start a collection, huh? (Via So Super Awesome)
1 // Illustrated Playing Cards by 1canoe2 (via So Super Awesome)
2 // Alpaca cookies by Kobito (the entire Instagram is ADORABLE)
3 // Druids by Pete Cromer
4 // Little Hand silver necklace by hirn&herz
5 // Spotty Bear Planter by Jo Lucksted Ceramics
6 // Illustrated Pencil Case by Malota
7 // Dog Leather Key Ring by noraklotz
And in other illustrated product news…
Remember the Memory game by Aitch and Saddo that I featured in June? Well, it’s now officially for sale via Aitch’s Etsy shop. Pick it up if you haven’t already.