Argh the cuteness that comes from Maja Säfström’s Instagram account is just crazy. Maja creates some of the sweetest little characters with some of the quirkiest (and funniest) captions. Check out her feed. You’ll adore it!
How amazing it must be to be able to pluck an image from your imagination and recreate it on a page? I admire artists like today’s Instagrammer Elise Hurst. She captures a world of anthropomorphic animals, fierce females and other fantastical beasts.
Snail mail lovers, the Dear You Project’s Instagram feed will fill you with inspiration and perhaps a little mail envy too. Created by the very talented Beatrice (who lives in a small town in Italy), it’s a visual diary of incoming and outgoing mail as well as requests for pen pals. Paper nerds will love this feed!
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a splash of colour to brighten up your Insta feed I suggest you follow May Designs. They make these really cute and colourful personalised notebooks, agendas and stationery. The patterned covers are so bright and being able to choose custom features is such a great way to get exactly what you want. If you’re a notebook fiend like me be prepared to spend ages scrolling through their pretty pictures! Follow May Designs on Instagram. You can thank me later.
Yas Imamura from Quill & Fox has long been one of my favourite designers. I’m not sure what it was exactly that drew me to her work, but it is so sweet and endearing. I have a few of her prints and I just love her illustrations. Not only is she super talented, she’s also super sweet too. Follow Yas on Instagram.
Helen Friel would have to be one of my very favourite paper artists. I’m captivated by everything she creates. She calls herself a paper engineer and I think that description is spot on. Her work is so precise with lots of sharp lines and angles and pieces that fit together perfectly. Her work appeals to my fussy, orderly side. She creates these amazing paper replicas of things like lobsters and old gramophones and they look amazing. I wonder how long it takes to create them – from imagination through to fruition? Helen uses paper in a unique way and I think it is beautiful. Follow Helen on Instagram and while you’re at it, follow me too!
I’ve been following Em Somerville on Instagram for quite a while now (you might know her as @lickmycupcakes and @emsomervilleillustration) and I’ve always admired her very unique sense of style. I found out recently that she is selling her art online and is taking commissions for new work which is yay-worthy. I don’t know that quirky is the best word to describe her art – it is, I guess, but it doesn’t feel like it’s deliberately quirky. The internet is full of art that is very same same and quirky for quirky’s sake but Em’s work stands out and that is a very good thing. Make sure you check out her shop and follow her on Instagram.