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.
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.
I've really been into stitched and sewn art lately, so when I discoveredLauren 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?"
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.
I came across these embroidered portraits by Berlin-based artist Nike Schroederover a year ago, and just recently came across her work again. I find the delicate, gestural quality of her work to be absolutely beautiful - I love the way she uses her needlework to create these snap-shot like images, and how she highlights certain elements with a brighter color thread.