A double-headed cat is apt considering that these ceramics are the handiwork of not one, but two people! The Brighton-based Etsy shop called I like CATS collaborated with the Bristol-based sculptor Little Birdy to produce these adorable creatures. Little Birdy first crafted the cat, and then the feline-loving store hand-painted the details.
This exquisite piece by illustrator Sonia Poli is called Vegetal Gradiant. It’s made from paper and mounted in an embroidery frame. Sonia writes:
While following my path through the paper collage world and I simply came up with this. Tired of frames, I wanted my collage to act more like a sculpture. After playing around with fish for my previous exhibition, I used the same technique (gradient from navy blue to a lighter/brighter color) for another favorite thing of mine, leaves.
Sophie Geneva Page sculpts her illustrations and then photographs them into 2D scenes that have an undeniable 3D appeal. She’s inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and Catholic religious imagery (among other things), and she’s also interested in arts and crafts, dolls, fairy tales, plants, bugs, and more. Can’t you see these influences in her work?
I love that Sophie’s illustrations are simultaneously beautiful and grotesque. I admire her ability to sculpt and the incredible scenes that she builds for each of her piece. And sometimes, her characters aren’t portrayed in their best light. They drool and have messy hair… but with the rosiest cheeks.
Sophie is a RISD graduate, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her work!
This past November, I was browsing one of my favorite Baltimore shops, Trohv. There, I came across the local Close Call Studio. It’s run by Amanda Adams who handcrafts decorative mushrooms from recycled vegan felt. They’re mounted on wood and perfect for displaying on your shelf, coffee table, etc..
I love the juxtaposition between craft and real timber. It can be hard to combine the two and make it not look cheesy, but Amanda picked the the right color and materials for the job.
I love how colorful these Oxacan wood carvings are! They’re available through the Sandia Fine Mexican Art website and feature a cast of lively creatures with intricate patterns. Different skilled artists paint bears, giraffes, dogs, and more. Sometimes, they’re totally wacky and ride bicycles and carts.
Take some time and look at all of these critters. You won’t be disappointed. (You can purchase them, too.)
Minini (Min Lee) is an illustrator and ceramic artist whose work focuses on the character design of young, fashionable ladies. Her delight subjects don stylish bobs, cool hair accessories, and rosy cheeks.
I really like her brooches and wish that she’d restock her Etsy shop with them ‘em. I’d love to pin one to sweater!
Rachel Ibarra is an Atlanta-based artist who made these colorful bowls out of papier mache. Inside of each of these vessels is an abstract painting featuring patterns and fields of color.
In addition to the plates, Rachel also crafted paper plants, too. They look really cool in vases!
Sabine Timm is the master of personifying the inanimate object. I’ve followed her work for years (she’s one of the first people I followed on Flickr), and she has never ceased to amaze me with her delightful scenes and arrangements. Funny faces, natural disasters, her own drawings are mixed in and create fantastic vignettes.
Ya’ll, I am so impressed with this cut paper sculpture by artist Elsa Mora; the details within it are incredible! Using just acid-free paper and glue, she creates depth and texture through well-placed cuts and minuscule, hand-punched holes. Close-up shots reveal wonderful things like the tiniest decorated books on a shelf. Get lost in this piece titled Garden of Books.
You might be familiar with Mora via her excellent blog, Art is a Way. If you don’t read it, I highly recommend that you start. It’s one of my go-to blogs, and it features ceramics, artists, crafts, and more.
I first saw Eun-Ha Paek’s ceramics while attending ICON7 in 2012. Her small, bizarre characters captivated me, and I’ve followed her work ever since. Today, Paek is still creating sculptures with clay, in addition to wood and cardboard. I enjoy her exaggeration of ears, hair, and more; the melted eyeballs and an unhappy drumstick are simultaneously subversive with a candy-colored surface treatment that feels jubilant.