i think that many of us can relate to Soppy, a set of illustrations by Philippa Rice about the everyday minutiae within a relationship that actually mean so much. based on her relationship with illustrator Luke Pearson, she’s been sharing them on her blog since 2013 and they are now available as 112 page book.
last week we visited a newish deli that opened in my neighbourhood late last year. there is a large Jewish community in Sea Point, so i benefit from all sorts of great stuff in the supermarkets around here that you typically don’t get in other areas of Cape Town (like being able to choose from ten different types of hummus) as well as a deli culture that used to be serviced by the now-closed New York Bagel. so Kleinsky’s is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, and not only do they do great food – and satisfy my cravings for bagels and schmear – but they also have a rad interior.
a few years ago my dad started painting. as an urban designer he’s always had a pencil in his hand, but he never had the time to flex his creative muscles outside of work. he began experimenting with various mediums, and quickly settled on watercolour painting. i warned him that it was a tough medium – it might look deceptively easy when you see the finished product but actually getting there is, well, an art. there’s no real room for error, unlike oil painting where you can layer and even remove paint if you’ve made a mistake.
i discovered the work of Mary Laube through Buy Some Damn Art (where you can currently buy some of her original paintings). Mary was born in South Korea but group up in the states, where she received her BFA at Illinois State University. i find her work so graphic and interesting, an artist i would definitely add to my own collection if i could.
Diana Beltran Herrera is a Colombian designer and artist who, simply put, does INSANE things with paper. not only is her work technically amazing; but the pieces that she creates are beautiful to behold. Diana has a university degree in industrial design, and has been pursuing an interest in paper sculpture since graduating.
sometimes i like to imagine that Valentino create collections just for me. i picture the entire creative team sitting in their studio in Milan, saying – “you know, Diana hasn’t done a colour comparison in a while – things are looking a bit bleak over there. should we give her some inspiration? let’s throw everything we have at her! floral prints, landscapes, Ndebele, the GALAXY… she’s gonna LOVE this.” yep.
illustrator Anna Gleeson made a playful, illustrated take on the age-old classic: the nudie calendar. do you guys still page directly to your birth month when looking at a calendar? i have always mentally high-fived myself whenever i get a great page in September. the two-colour riso printed calendar is available to buy here – order soon as it’s only available for a few days before Anna goes on holiday.
i have a habit of browsing around the internet and then realising, wait – haven’t i posted about this before? and then actually googling my own blog to see if my suspicions are correct (i know, i know). so it went when i was looking through the work of Jenny Parsons, a well know local artist whose work i first shared back in 2010.
Jo Waterhouse is a designer from the UK who specialises in hand-printed textiles, homewares and fine art prints. you can buy her awesome things at her online shop, but you can also find her goods at Family Tree in London for the next 2 months leading up to Christmas. so if you want some cool gifts, get on down there!
Ali Gibbons is a painter & ceramicist based in North Carolina who makes a variety of wonderful things that you can buy at her online shop Line Line Co. she started LLCo as an outlet for her constant stream of ceramic & textile work, after quitting her 9-5 job in Chicago. she also does these awesome pet portraits! what a talented gal.
i had a brief stint as a Brownie when i was a kid, and even though i was pretty useless at most all of the tasks we had to do i was still SUPER excited by the idea of getting a badge for being competent at something. i probably had a badge in firewood collecting, or something easy like that.
Nina Cosford is a London based illustrator who has created a most excellent project called GIRLS Illustrated. it’s such a great way to relive some of the best GIRLS moments, and is making me even more excited for the new season. perhaps a re-watch is in order, but for now i’m trawling through these. you can also buy prints here.