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This Hot Pink Room has a Patterned Wallpaper Comprising 5,000 Intact Bugs

Jennifer Angus

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)

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Patterned Illustrations by Ryn Frank Showcase Beauty in Simplicity

Ryn Frank

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)

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Ryn Frank









Illustrator, Printmaking

Colorful Patterns Created with Linocuts by Andrea Lauren

Andrea Lauren

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.

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Look Closely at These Busy Patterns by Monica Ramos

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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.

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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.

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Design, Illustrator

Bold Flora & Fauna by Illustrator Aino Maija Metsola

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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.

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Lately & Liked

Friday Round Up: Repeating Patterns (+ Making Your Own!)

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, Sculpture

Judy Kaufmann Cloaks Everything in Her Patterned Work

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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.

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Artist, Illustrator

Sophie Roach


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.