Bodil Jane illustrates rooms that I wish I could live in—cozy, patterned-filled spaces with a lot of plants. She writes on her website that enjoys painting the likes of food, fashion, interiors, and flora which is evident from her colorful, fluid way to art making. Images feel carefree and fun, like Bodil was happy to be painting and drawing these people, places, and things.
Bodil sells her work as prints and ceramics in her Tictail shop.
Growing up, my mom had books stacked high towards the ceiling of our living room, and I spent a lot of time studying their various covers. As an adult, I read less books (Audible, you’ve spoiled me), but I still enjoy a well-crafted book cover. Mrs. Chaplin pays homage to these memorable designs by recreating classic and contemporary tales using a combination of wool felt and silk thread. Although you can’t pull back the cover and read its words, the appliqué-style illustrations serve as the front of statement-making clutches.
If you’re a literary lover and enjoy a bit of quirk with your accessories, this Etsy shop has you covered.
If you’ve read this blog for months (or even years), you know how fond I am of Jen Collins and her illustrations. Since 2013, she’s applied her delightful paintings onto ceramics, and the application of tigers, swans, and cats lights up any piece of stoneware.
Keep Company is a collaboration between Jen and ceramicist Shaya Stevenson. Each piece is wheelthrown by Shaya and then glazed by Jen. As a result, the forms of beautifully crafted with surface decoration that has a carefree gestural quality to them.
Keep Company just updated their shop. Many of these pieces are gone, but there are still some up for grabs—check it out now!
Tomorrow, I’m traveling from Baltimore to Los Angeles for an exciting reason—I’ve curated a show at the Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena! It’s called Inside / Outside features works that explore indoor and outdoor spaces. I’ve lined up fantastic artists and illustrators, so I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.
The opening is this Saturday, August 13, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Flower Pepper Gallery on Union Street. If you’re local, please stop by! I’d love to meet you and say hello.
Here’s a sneak peek—a few more pieces that’ll appear in the show!
Anna Valdez, Plants on Black Wool Embroidered Bed Cover
Betsy Walton, Resting Garden Two
Sarah Burwash, Dawn and Dusk
1. Teal Green Plant Print Linen Dress by Banquet Atelier & Workshop
2. Rainbow Alpaca Patch by Crowded Teeth (I own one of these—super cute!)
3. Handmade Leather Cat Necklace by Benu Made
4. Hissss Lapel Pin by Stay Home Club
5. Little Wooden Paint Palette Brooch/Necklace by Kate Rowland
6. Swans and Roses Vintage Illustrated Teapot by Nina van de Goor
7. Ceramic Siamese Cat Planter by Barruntando
Happy Friday! Here’s some donut and Pokémon GO inspiration for this weekend by Vickie Liu:
(She’s a must-follow on Instagram!)
Illustrator Chloe Bristol is a background painter for Disney Junior and Cartoon Network, but she also creates excitement in the foreground of her works. Crafted with a cinematic touch, these vignettes introduce us to many stories and characters whose scenes beg us to fill in the blanks. I would love to see them as animated GIFs—it’d add to the mystique that Chloe has so expertly crafted with setting and color.
And a couple of portraits, just for fun:
Illustrator, ceramicist, and canary keeper Polly Fern follows in the long historical tradition of adorning clay with pictures. Her colorful vases, plates and bowls feature everyday scenes: a table set with a long baguette; men and women digging holes among the trees; and people riding on horses. They tell short stories—perhaps of not the most glamorous lives, but ones that are filled with people, pets, and good food. It all sounds lovely to me!
Polly sells her ceramics through her online shop.
I’ve never been to It’s a Small World in Disneyland, but I’ve always admired Mary Blair’s version that features stylized buildings constructed out of simple, colorful shapes. It’s this aesthetic that instantly drew me to the cut-paper works of Ultralazer, a collaborative project from two France-based makers named Maxence and Pauline.
Together, Maxence and Pauline create playful scenes that you can hold in the palm of your hand. I’m partial to their castles, but nature scenes are common, too. Regardless of the landscape, each is crafted with a stunning attention to detail.
I know I was just raving about leather bags that celebrate the summer, but these specially-painted gloves by artist Bunnie Reiss are too good to pass up. They’re recycled accessories that, with her help, are given a new life. “My Cosmic Animal Gloves are one of my favorite on-going projects where I get to play with the idea of old and new, symmetry and our strange connection to the cosmic world of spirit animals,” she explains. They feature intricate marks and vintage-inspired patterns whose arrangements will make you contemplate the delicate balance between nature and the human world.
Bunnie sells these gloves! She asks that you contact her directly about it.
When it comes to summer accessories—or any seasonal adornments—there’s a fine line between chic and cheesy. If you’re too literal, it can be read as silly. La Lisette is an example of where the colors and motifs of the warm-weather months work together to produce fun-yet-exquisite bags. With fruit and tropical leaves as inspiration, the pieces feature fine leather detailing whose patterns and shapes are informed by orange and watermelon slices. The surface design recalls these foods, but doesn’t go overboard—it also works as abstract, vibrant patterning.
La Lisette sells these and other fun accessories on Etsy. The Monstera leaf bag is on my “must have” list!