Instagrammer of the week #018

When I was in primary school I had ridiculously neat hand writing. I was obsessed with being neat. I borrowed the creatively titled Lettering Book (this is a more modern version) from the library to learn different typefaces and I’d spend ages making sure each letter was spot on. I was at the top of my hand lettering game as I transitioned into high school. Unfortunately I soon learned that bubble writing and swapping full stops for love hearts was frowned upon in high school. It was heartbreaking to realise that legibility was more important than creativity. Five years of scribbling notes killed my creative game and I never hand lettered again. So when I see the work of someone like Noel Shiveley I get super jealous and I ponder what could have been.

Noel is an amazing hand letterer from Colorado Springs who creates pin worthy pieces of art including those that fit into my favourite subgenre – poignant-and-inspirational-phrases-over-grand-landscapes. Follow Noel on Instagram and prepare to be wowed.

(How’s your hand lettering game? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook)

A photo posted by Noel Shiveley (@noeltheartist) on

A photo posted by Noel Shiveley (@noeltheartist) on

Maud Vantours

I am in awe of the amazingly beautiful paper work by French artist Maud Vantours. Her work is multi-layered paper cut perfection and has been used in editorials, advertising and set design for a number of luxury brands. I really like how fluid shapes become when layers are involved. It’s interesting to note the use of different coloured card stock to provide the 3D equivalent of shading.





(Image source: Maud Vantours)

The wonderful world of Elsa Mora

I was browsing through the site of an amazing artist –Elsa Mora today. I read her bio and discovered she came from less than ideal beginnings. I absolutely love the way she described her determination to create a better life for herself. She did it by using her imagination.

“I was able to imagine a better destiny. I made it happen, day after day, inside my head. I wrote that imagined world down in diaries, I drew it, I painted it, I modeled it in clay and plasticine, I sang it out loud in the bathroom, I day dreamed about it. That imaginary reality became my project, my experiment, my secret love, the only one thing that I could count on because it was all up to me. Everything else failed me but not my imagination.”

Thank you Elsa, for sharing your work with the world.

1. Inner Landscape.
2. Three levels.
3. Frida Kahlo inspired necklace.
4. Bee miniature paper sculpture.
5. Secret anatomy of a young girl.