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My Studio: ‘Favorite Bites in Baltimore’ Embroidery — Complete!

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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!

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Curious Ladies in Vintage-Inspired Illustrations—Joyce Carol Oates Approved

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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:

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Nancy Liang’s Eerie GIFs are Translated into Gorgeous Fashion Illustration

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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.

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Delightful Paintings of Clothing Tell Stories About the People Who’ll Wear It

Kaori Seno

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.

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Kaori also paints other sub­jects not related to cloth­ing. I’m not sure I’d eat candy that has eyeballs…

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I Envy the Person Who Has “Hidden Garden” in Their Home

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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.

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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!

Sonia Poli:

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Pergy Acuña:

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Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions

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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

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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.

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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.

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Madalina Andronic’s Beautifully Illustrated “Magic Book”

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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!

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Simple Line Drawings Burst in Beautiful Blooms

Katie Vernon

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)

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Katie Vernon

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Illustrated products, Lately & Liked

My 7 Weekly Illustrated Obsessions

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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…

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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.

Happy week­end!