Illustration

Katrin Coetzer: Honeymoon

living in Cape Town allows me to see the work of some of my favourite local artists in person, and Katrin Coetzer is one of them (who you may have seen me mention on the blog a few times – and you will probably remember her gorgeous wedding). she’s currently showing her latest exhibition Honeymoon at Salon91 in Kloof Street – it is showing until this Saturday 18 May, so get down there and have a look if you haven’t already. i walked out of there feeling so happy, you guys.

Honeymoon marks a personal current period in artist Katrin Coetzer’s life, where she is forging a connection between her inner world and the geographical spaces she visits – real, imaginary and remembered. Honeymoon further references a waning sweetness and suggests the meeting point of fantasy, place and memory. The content of this body of work is centered around themes of spatial exploration, & exotic vs local seen through the lenses of feeling and itinerary…

 

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Windows of New York

ooooooooh i LOVE projects like this!! graphic designer José Guizar illustrates and shares one window a week for his Windows of New York project. did i tell you we’re going to NYC for our honeymoon? so whenever i see anything NYC related i get even more excited. Says José,

The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in me since chance put me in this town. A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.

all images by José Guizar.

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Daily Dishonesty

Lauren Hom contacted me about her Daily Dishonesty project which is simply super rad. she’s a graphic designer based in NYC who started a series of hand lettered posters that document the little lies she tells herself on a regular basis. i can definitely relate to all of them. she also takes on weekly guest posts – this one by Emma Hopkins made me laugh. “I don’t know what’s wrong with my phone…” so true.

Lauren also shared a tutorial on her process from start to finish – really inspiring for those of you who want to dabble in hand lettering. you can also buy prints from the series at her Society6 shop.

 

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Catch Up: Art & Design

always love Bernadette Pascua’s fashion sketches:

Helsinki Food Company by Werklig:

a botanical series by Carla Fuentes:

identity design for Millswyn by Cornwall:

cute ceramics by Miga de Pan:

awesome design work by The Company You Keep:

illustrations by Grace Lee:

Bonnard macaron packaging design by Anagrama:

more cool work by Rose Blake:

identity design for Sweet Greek by Studio Brave:

illustrations by Luci Everett:

identity design for The Vine by Blok Design:

an illustrated map of Paris by Josie Portillo:

identity design for Easy Tiger by Land:

rad iPhone cases by Eva Black:

Leah Goren’s original paintings:

travel postcards by A Pair of Pears:

illustrations by Lieke van der Vorst:

New York Moon by Miso:

printable valentines gift wrap by minieco:

see more art & design here and here.

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Playlist / Painting

Rose Blake is a brilliant illustrator whose new portfolio website i was perusing when i noticed a link inviting you to buy her paintings, leading me to a little project she calls Playlist / Painting. basically Rose makes a painting and then also compiles a playlist to go along with it. unfortunately for me Spotify is not available in South Africa, but most of you will probably be able to go have a good listen to her cool playlists while looking at some rad paintings.

Rose also has another side project called Studio Music that ‘provides an insight into the creative process of visual practitioners, through the music that they listen to whilst working.’ each person contributes a playlist which you can listen to. what a GREAT idea.

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Put it on paper

i’ve been seeing some nice paper related goods around lately – notecards, prints, what have you. and since it’s almost the season to send someone a nice card or buy someone a nice print for christmas i thought i’d help you along with some suggestions.

banquet atelier & workshop has really beautiful geometric cards, neon calligraphy cards and rad prints too:

sparrow nest script has some humorous cards and other fun print related material:

everything at quill & fox is fantastic:

parrott design studio deals in beautiful calligraphic cards:

as does sugar paper:

i like these custom thank you cards by seaborn press:

a cool notecard set for any occasion set by besotted brand:

anek has a variety of nice prints for your walls:

karolin schnoor is mega talented:

so is emily isabella:

i like katie wohl’s geometric prints:

here’s the créme de la créme (print):

and, be brave and be kind.

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Essie Letterpress Limited Ed.

when i was at Kamers vol Geskenke last weekend the best tent had all my favourite cape town creatives & shops in it – Skermunkil, Artymiss, Good Clothing, Mr & Mrs etc. Essie Letterpress was one of them – a stationery company i’m always excited to see at markets & events in and around Cape Town.

i was especially taken by their recent collaboration with some of my favourite local designers including Jordan Metcalf, Daniel Ting Chong, Katrin Coetzer and Adam Hill amongst others. each artist was given a month to illustrate that they interpreted in their own style. i regret not buying a print that day, but the good news is that City Mob is holding a sale on the range at this very moment – including the rad calender that includes all 12 prints.

you can also shop the rest of Essie’s range here – i have the Come Back To Me print on my wall, it’s rad.

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The Art of Vogue Covers

i was given a wonderful gift recently from Anton’s gran, who was cleaning out her book collection and came upon an old copy of The Art of Vogue Covers. it details the illustrated covers of British Vogue from 1909 through to 1940, including the entire collection of covers between 1920-1930. i was only familiar with a few of the illustrated Vogue covers (a handful of which were turned into posters and probably hang in many a college dorm room), so i thought i’d scan in some of my favourites and share them with you.

most of the work showcased in the book are by seasoned Vogue illustrators Helen Dryden, Georges Lepap, Harriett Maserol, George Plank and Eduardo Benito amongst others. if you’d like to see more please let me know and i’ll continue adding them to the flickr collection, this is literally just the tip of the iceberg.

see them all here.

 

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