Artist Jennifer Angus has created an installation that might gross you out, but it’s sure to fascinate you! Called In the Garden, she has wallpapered a hot pink-painted room with a gorgeous textured pattern that comprises 5,000 (!!) bugs. She collected the critters from southeast Asia and arranged them on the wall with their natural coloring intact—think iridescent greens, blues, and pearly mauves. The creatures form skull shapes and other decorative motifs and take over a room in the newly-renovated Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (This space officially opens on November 13.)
Jennifer’s piece is one of nine artworks in Wonder, the inaugural exhibition of the Renwick Gallery. In addition to her bugs, the other artists will each occupy a different gallery in the building and turn their space into a room-size installation. I’m not far from its location in Washington, DC, so I’m going to pop in one weekend and check it out. Fun! (Via designboom)
Normally, I gravitate towards illustrations that are full of color. But today, I find myself attracted to the line drawings of Ryn Frank. They’re beautiful in their simplicity, consisting of mostly thin outlines with a few filled areas. This style lends itself well to details, and Ryn doesn’t shy away from depicting textured surfaces with tiny, meticulously-sketched lines and dot after dot after dot.
Many of Ryn’s illustrations are used in pattern design. These would make wonderful wallpaper, wouldn’t they? (h/t Perrin)
Andrea Lauren is a pattern maker living in Asheville, North Carolina. Many of her colorful, designy illustrations are inspired by nature, but she also throws some toys and tea in there, too.
Andrea uses a variety of hand-rendered techniques in her pattern production, and they’re meant for digital textile printing. “I’m particularly drawn to linocuts, pen & ink, and cut paper,” she writes on her website. Check out her Spoonflower shop for more.
If you’re interested in printmaking, be sure to read Andrea’s blog, Ink Print Repeat. She shares helpful tips (including supplies she uses) as well as fun in-progress work.
Monica Ramos (previously) is a favorite illustrator of mine, and her talents were recently highlighted in the Rachel Antonoff Fall 2015 fashion show. Patterns featuring frogs in various stages of dissection as well as a high school love triangle adorn a dress, shirt, and jumpsuit.
Maybe you’re asking yourself, “high school love triangle?” And yes, you read that right. The collection is on it! Antonoff tells Women’s Wear Daily, “There’s Fern, the student who’s having an affair with her biology teacher, Seymour, who is in love with the botany teacher, Angelica, who is in love with Fern.” A better look at Monica’s patterns are below.
Here’s a few more pieces from the collection. The patterns and embroidery aren’t by Ramos, but I like ‘em! See the entire show here.
If you’re a fan of the brand Marimekko, then you’ll enjoy these designs and illustrations by Aino-Maija Metsola. The Helsinki-based creative has collaborated with the company since 2006, and her colorful images are seared into my brain as the face of Marimekko. They feature flora, fauna, and geometric shapes in flattened, bold drawings.
You can see much more (including some fashionable dresses!) on Aino-Maija’s website.
Ever since I made a repeating pattern this week, I’ve been jonesing to make some more! So, here are 10 of ‘em as inspiration. You can see that there are all different subject matters, illustrative styles, and color combinations possible; but clearly, florals are my personal favorite.
If you want to learn about how to make a repeat pattern (without a computer), check out this tutorial by Julia Rothman on Design Sponge. I thought that it was pretty easy to do!
Illustrator Judy Kaufmann recently unveiled Hello Pattern, a collection of surface designs that she created. It features a wide selection of geometric, organic, and typographic forms that can be licensed and applied to paper, fabric, wood, and walls!
While there are many more patterns available on her site, I was drawn to these images where she cloaks the entire scene in her work. It abstracts objects and space in an engaging way, and I can imagine how her playful aesthetic could be used in a variety of projects.
Sorry for the radio silence this week. I was busy prepping for my MFA thesis talk! It’s over now and I’m one step closer to graduating.
I discovered the work of Sophie Roach because she followed my Twitter account for eyra. She has some intense drawings that are extremely detailed. I love getting lost in her images. Her site allows for a full screen look at her drawings, and I say do it! You need it.
Sophie includes a lot of non-representational shapes in her work that take on their own personality. There is some repetition within the images. Doing this creates some expectation and visual organization in them, which is helpful given the amount of detail.
All images via her Tumblr.