Art

Eleanor Taylor

i discovered the wonderful work of Brighton based illustrator Eleanor Taylor while catching up with all the goodness over at Design Work Life. the first image of Hawaiian queen Ka’ahumanu really captured my imagination, a piece that Eleanor was commissioned to do for Julia Rothman’s upcoming book The Who, The What and The When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Accomplices of History.

I illustrated Queen Ka’ahumanu, the favourite wife of King Kamehameha I and the most powerful woman of her time in Hawaii.  Upon her husband’s death she donned a feather cape and called herself Queen Regent.  When the missionaries came in 1820 she ended up destroying all the ancient gods and temples leading to the ultimate downfall in a kingdom she helped create.

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Kustaa Saksi

i am quite transfixed by the trippy weavings of Finnish designer & artist Kustaa Saksi, who manufactured the collection, called Hypnopompic, using the Jacquard weaving technique. the weavings are made of mohair, alpaca wool, cotton and metallic acrylic thread.

Hypnopompic refers to a state of sensory confusion leading out of sleep, when the state of awakening gets mixed with the dream world into a surreal reality. It is an exceptional state of consciousness, in which one may experience the presence of, or see creatures and animals, such as spiders, monkeys and insects. Hypnopompic state has also been affiliated with visual delusions caused by migraine. These graphic patterns, designs and textures are thought to have contributed to the traditions of ornamentation, mosaic and textile.

Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss
Kustaa Saksi // Miss Moss

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Ben Phe

i looooooooooove the work of illustrator Benjamin Evenett aka ben phe. he has done some wonderful reworks of classics pieces by Manet, Renoir, Bonnard, Lautrec & Matisse… i just really dig his style, his imagery puts a smile on my face. be sure to check out his website and his tumblr for more.

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Prints

i’ve been doing some gift guides (i hope they have been helpful?) but my favourite gift to give has always been a print or framed artwork of some kind. when i was a poor student this was always my solution for cash-strapped gift-giving. find a beautiful print (beg, borrow, steal, copy) pop it into an inexpensive frame and you usually have a very happy gift-receiver on the other end. but you don’t have to go to the same desperate extremes as i did – just buy a nice print. here are some i like.

Mr & Mrs print by Black and Type Shop:

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HEY Posters by Kyuhyung Cho:

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 Fox Trot by Alicia Makes:

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Gelataology Prints by Studio Fludd:

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Black Bouquet prints by Tad Carpenter:

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Metallic Prints by Yield Design Co:

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Let It Go print by Ricardo Garcia:

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Prints by Hysj:

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Prints by Anna Dorfman:

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Phases of the Moon print by The Adventures of:

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Network print by bastisRIKE:

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A Black Cat by Hello Jenuine:

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Prints by Anne Ulku:

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A Teapot’s Dream by Oana Befort:

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Prints by Christopher Dina:

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My Food is all Natural by Retro Whale:

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Wrap

as cheesy as it may sound, one of the highlights of my childhood was coming downstairs on Christmas morning and seeing all the colourful presents under the tree. i was under no illusion that Father Christmas had put it there, i knew it was my mom. but it was special nonetheless! now-a-days i find the wrapping almost as exciting as what’s inside, and i always appreciate special wrapping paper or when someone has really gone to the effort of making the package look beautiful.

UK based Wrap Magazine has a winter collection of wrapping paper & gift cards created by illustrators such as Charlotte TrounceHanna Konola, Harriet Seed and Nicholas John Frith amongst others. the rest of their wrapping paper is rad enough to pass as holiday wrapping as well, i think. enough with all the red white and green, let’s change things up!

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Nasturtiums

if there’s one thing i will always remember about my mom’s garden, and perhaps my childhood in general, was the abundance of nasturtiums. this humble little flower seemed to grow in every garden in south africa – a bit of a weed, really. almost a lowly little bloom. i remember it having a peculiar smell, but possibly my favourite thing about it was its beautiful round leaves that would catch dew drops in the morning – and you’d carefully ease them off onto your tongue, pretending to be a bird.

i’ve noticed them a lot these days, becoming popular again, being used in floral arrangements and styled into photoshoots. i’m happy for the nasturtium! if anything it has been rendered immortal in the artwork of some of the greats. i can only imagine that they were as abundant for the artists in their day as they were in my mom’s garden.

Félix Vallotton

Abbott Fuller Graves

Gustave Caillebotte

Henri Fantin-Latour

Paul Gauguin

Henri Fantin-Latour

Odilon Redon

Félix Vallotton

Gustave Caillebotte

Félix Vallotton

Henri Matisse

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Myrtle Illustrated

i always look forward to hearing from Whitney of LA-based Myrtle because the seasonal lookbooks for her fantastic shop are a thing of beauty. this time was no different, except it WAS different – because instead of using talented photographers, Whitney commissioned six artists to illustrate the FW13 lookbook.

I’ve been privileged to work with some wonderful photographers in the past, but this time I was inspired by all the wonderful young artists I interact with. The lookbook has been drawn by six artists: Mayumi Nose, Alice Rutherford, and Ellen Surrey from Los Angeles; Tuesday Bassen and Kimberly Ellen Hall from New York; and Gracie Chai from Singapore. Each has brought their own style to their favorite designers and pieces from the shop.

Artists: Tuesday Bassen (@tuesdaybassen) / Gracie Chai (@graciechai) / Kimberly Ellen Hall (@nottene_kim) / Mayumi Nose (@mayonose) /Alice Rutherford (@therealalicke) / Ellen Surrey (@yesurrey). Clothing: Myrtle (see the lookbook for details on all the items the “models” are wearing).

above: Ellen Surrey

above: Tuesday Bassen

above: Ellen Surrey

above: Mayumi Nose

above: Ellen Surrey

above: Gracie Chai

above: Alice Rutherford

above: Ellen Surrey

above: Kimberly Ellen Hall

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Delpozo Spring 2014

when i saw the Delpozo Spring 2014 collection i had two thoughts: (1) WOW and (2) this is crying out for a comparison series. before i delved into my little project, though, i looked through every piece on Style.com. what a collection. and upon reading more about it, saw that designer Josep Font was inspired by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s portrait La Zingara. so, i suppose this is kind of serendipitous.

Madrid-based label Delpozo made a splash with its New York fashion week debut last season and delivered again for Spring with a positively enchanting collection inspired by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s portrait of a Gypsy woman with a tambourine. Creative director Josep Font, who relaunched the storied Spanish brand just over a year ago, has become known for his unique “prêt-à-couture” that combines unexpected volumes with intricate embellishments in a modern, unstuffy way.

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Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014
Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014
Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014
Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014
Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014
Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014
Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014
Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014
Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014
Miss Moss // Delpozo Spring 2014

works of art from top to bottom: Jacob Axel Gillberg - Nydia the flower girlAuguste Toulmouche - A Young Woman in a Rose GardenEkaterina Nikolaevna Katshura-Falileeva – At the SamovarJean-Baptiste-Camille Corot – Woman with mandolinJean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - Agostina; Raphael Kirchner – Fanny Brice; Giovanni Boldini - A Portrait of Emiliana Concha de OssaJean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - Interrupted ReadingWilliam James Glackens - Dancer in a pink dressAlexander Antonovich Rizzoni – A nun.

 

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