Friday, November 9, 2012

across the universe

When these constellation and nebula-inspired paintings by Elise Mahan appeared on my Etsy Activity Feed, I knew I needed to share them with everyone I knew. Here are but a few (and some of my favorites) of her paintings.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

the paper lunch bags you wish you'd had in elementary school

Loving these illustrations on paper bags of famous people (and cats) by Californian Chris Crites. I wish my paper sack lunches from elementary school had been this cool.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

oh so lovely

I love Etsy. I'm constantly discovering new artists  that I might not have heard of otherwise. This week, I fell in love with Yellena James, an illustrator from Portland, Oregon. It's her use of color and the fluid rhythm within her work that, for me, make her illustrations so entrancing.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


I first saw Japanese artist Etsuko Ichikawa's work on AllSaints' website several years ago, and was instantly enamored. Using molten glass, she creates abstract images by touching the tip of the melted glass to the surface of the paper and allowing it to catch fire and burn. Extraordinary.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

all sewn up

I've really been into stitched and sewn art lately, so when I discovered Lauren DiCioccio's series sewnnews and National Geographics, I was enthralled. Each piece is hand stitched with needle and thread to resemble newspaper and magazine articles, or other items/public figures of poignancy in today's society:

"My work investigates the physical/tangible beauty of commonplace mass-produced media-objects, most recently: the newspaper, magazines, office papers and writing pads, plastic bags, 35 mm slides. These media are becoming obsolete, replaced by the invisible efficiency of various technologies. In some cases, this transition is a good thing- faster transmission and distribution of information, streamlined systems, openness to user input, less waste. But a hole is left behind by the disappearance of these everyday objects. What will happen when we no longer touch information? When newsprint does not rub off onto our fingertips? When we no longer write longhand?"

via Colossal

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

second skins

On the hunt for new artist-crushes, I came across Max Colby, a Boston-based mixed media artist. From his website: "The stress of Max’s work is placed on external manifestations of identity construction as a highly performative act." He works in both 2D and 3D, but I find his mixed media sculpture series Skins for a Casual Day to be my favorites.

via Gladys.H