Sarah Burwash is no stranger to Brown Paper Bag. Over the years, I’ve admired both her ceramics and drawings and have been following her work ever since. One of her latest endeavors is Sweet Smelling Ashes, a recently-opened exhibition at Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The busy, detailed paintings showcase figures living their lives in ritual and routine. They occupy sprawling landscapes where everyone is at work, whether it be in physical feats or intimate interactions towards others. Success, failure, struggle, and grace are all visible in her work.
If you’re local to Edmonton, check out Sweet Smelling Ashes until November 14 of this year. Here are some selected images. Click on them to see ‘em in a larger size!
In December of last year, I first fell in love with Il Sung Na’s adorable ceramics. I bought one at MICA’s annual Art Market, and I’ve been itching to buy more ever since I saw his MFA Illustration Practice thesis in May. So, I’m super excited to tell you that his online shop is now open! It’s called Clay and Wish and currently sells five “models” of ceramic figurines—Coby, Cori, Benji, Daisy, and Lola—which all have multiple figures available in each model. (Each piece has slight variations.)
Since Clay and Wish opened yesterday, a few of the characters have already sold out. So scoop one up before they’re all gone!
Kelly Louise Judd is an artist living in Kansas City, Missouri (my hometown!), creating the curious paintings you see here. They’re often surreal compositions devoid of a background, which beg us to ponder these symbols’ greater meanings, like how human figures and animals are combined with flowers—a poetic reminder that we’re all one with this Earth.
Kelly has an Etsy shop! There, you can purchase prints, pillows, and original paintings.
Isn’t it incredible the effect that a simple brush stroke can have? Illustrator Marion Barraud creates an entire world with just some watercolor pigment and cleverly drawn lines. There isn’t a lot of details—there doesn’t need to be—but it’s just enough to give us an idea of who a character is and what their personality is like.
Marion sells her work on Etsy. Check it out for prints, badges, and postcards.
Prism of Starlings is the online shop of Kirsty Baynham. It sells prints, stationary, and home goods, all with an illustrative twist. They’re just what I love—pieces that combine the beauty of nature with human-crafted elements. And, that’s the point of Kirsty’s designs. “My work explores the emotions and interactions between wildlife, plants and architecture, using intricate pattern scapes,” she writes. No matter the form, each piece has the same attention to detail and beautiful use of a limited color palette. (Via So Super Awesome)
Ya’ll know I love illustrated ceramics, and I’m always delighted when I find new pieces to obsess over. Enter Uhaala—a shop that sells awesome artwork handmade in Barcelona. They’re crafted by Sonia Pulido and Susana Requena, and each person has their own style that decorates mugs, plates, and trays.
Sonia’s work features small, intricate line drawings of flowers, figures, and repeat patterns. Susana’s pieces have more carefree fluidity, and her thick brush strokes are used as abstract coloring for ladybugs and petals.
Purchase Uhaala products through their online shop.
I love the illustration on this tote bag, too!
1 // Birds Tea Towel by Dinara Mirtalipova
2 // Hand painted ceramic brooches by Lindsay Grime
3 // Ceramic Donuts Plates by Yellow Tree (via So Super Awesome)
4 // Small Ceramic Plates by KATA KATA for UGUiSU Online
5 // Midnight Feast Scarf by Karen Mabon for Howkapow
6 // All Seeing Eye Amulet by Mud Puppy
7 // Epherma Pouch by Dots + Loop
Happy Friday, as always! It seems like I’ve been admiring the Birds Tea Towel (#1) by Dinara forever now… I should probably just buy it! What are you obsessing over this week? Let me know in the comments.
And one last (important) thing…
…I’m teaching a Skillshare class about creating a cut-paper self portrait! If you have ever wanted to learn collage techniques or know how I create cut-paper portraits, now is the time. Enroll here! Everyone, no matter their skill level is welcome.
If you’re not familiar with what Skillshare is, it’s an awesome site where you can learn different subjects, focused on things like design, photography, film, food, and so much more. The courses are all taught via video, and you go at your own pace. At the end of every class, you complete the class project and upload it to share with your fellow classmates. Fun, huh?
Are you superstitious? As a kid, I was, but as an adult—not so much. Russian illustrator Natalia Yamshchikova created a series of beautiful plywood paintings that pay homage to these unjustified beliefs. They sound silly now, but just think back to your childhood. Would you have believed any of these? I probably would have! Maybe that just makes me gullible…
If you throw your cut hair away birds will pick up it, build a nest, and give you a headache.
One hundred mosquito bites will lead to your death.
If you swallow a whole sunflower seed it will sprout in your belly.
If you yawn at your reflection in the mirror you will ruin your beauty.
If you look at the moon long enough you’ll become a lunatic.
This week, I’m departing from my typical Illustrated Product Obsessions format. Above you’ll find my obsessions, but they’re geared towards the cooler months. Sweaters, mittens, cozy socks… I can’t wait!
1 // Sundara High Waist Leggings by Simka Sol
2 // Garden Mosaic Sweater by SHiliconfETTI°
3 // Wool Beanie by Sourpuss Knits
4 // Coil Bracelet by Meyelo
5 // Dog Cup with Saucer by Eleonor Boström
6 // Wild Woodland Sweater by Donna Wilson
7 // Flower Mittens by Donna Wilson
8 // Rain Drop Crew Socks by Yu Square
Japanese illustrator Ryo Takemasa is a pro at creating tranquil landscapes that depict the beauty of grandiose settings. Mountains, lakes, and fields are often featured, but he’ll occasionally paint urban settings, too. No matter the scene, they’re done with flattened perspective and lovely shape design, with texture that resembles screen printing.
Ryo sells pillows, mugs, prints, and more through his Society6 shop.