If you’re a fan of snail mail you’re going to love Amanda’s (from Writing a Letter) Instagram feed. All the pictures of pretty, decorated mail inspires me to catch up on my letter writing. Are you a fan of letter writing too?
As a kid I loved shopping for school supplies. While I loved getting new pens, pencils and paper, my favourite part was getting new books and the ritual of wrapping them in Con-Tact (clear Con-Tact of course). I’d cut out pictures of movie stars or bands that I loved and would put together a little collage on the cover. I’d stick a sticker on the inside cover proclaiming that the book was mine and I’d be all ready for the new school year. It’s funny thinking about little rituals like this. Even though it happened years and years ago I remember it like it was yesterday.
I’ve just popped these back-to-school labels (bookplates) on my Etsy store and there are more to come to stay tuned.
Are you a fan of paper cutting? I’m in awe of artists who are able to create such intricate works of art, like Ali from Lightpaper. Each piece starts as an illustration that Ali hand cuts with an X-ACTO knife. She then scans the design and converts it to be laser cut. Pretty cool right?!
Jenny Sjodin is an illustrator, story teller and graphic designer from Stockholm, Sweden. I really like her graphic style. The use of different textures is such a good way to add extra dimension to a piece. She recently created images for the UNHRC, depicting the lives of refugees and they are so beautifully done, so respectful and dignified. She’s definitely someone you should follow.
I like Tyler’s work for many reasons, not least of which is her apparent love of Gilmore Girls and Mindy Kaling (both are faves of mine too). She creates art that speaks about empowerment, acceptance of all and the amazing things that we, as a society, can do if we all pull together. It’s important for artists like Tyler to share their messages with the world because art has the ability to unify, where words can fall short.
Everything on the Cloth and Paper Instagram feed fills me with so much joy that I can’t adequately convey how much I love everything they do. I’m obsessed with their black and white, classic style.
Wow wallpaper has certainly come along way in the last few decades. Out with the dated and daggy and in wonderful watercolours and mega blooms, like these wallpapers from Anewall Decor. So pretty and contemporary, they certainly bring the drama.
Small things can be incredibly beautiful as the art of South African, Lorraine Loots shows. Lorraine spends anywhere between three to seven hours painstakingly painting her miniature works of art on 10 centimetre-squared pieces of paper. Despite the small physical size, Lorraine is able to capture the essence of each subject beautifully. Her art may be small but her talent is anything but.
I’ve just added a new sticker pack to my Etsy store Happy Mail Day! These were designed with teachers in mind to reward awesome, friendly behaviour. Yay for friends, right?!