Monday, February 27, 2017

Embroidered Artworks by Louise Gardiner

Louise Gardiner is a contemporary artist who uses a unique combination of free sewing machine embroidery, paint, fabric, beads and threads to make colorful and textured artwork. Every piece is one-of-a-kind created with several hours of painstaking attention, creativity and spontaneity. Her work which is inspired by nature often has animal and bird drawings that are dressed in intricate stitches. 

She was honored with a scholarship by The London Embroiderers’ Guild for her embroidery and was also  selected for ‘Art of the Stitch,’ ‘ORIGIN’ and the ‘PFAFF’ Embroidery awards. She has exhibited internationally and has worked for both public and private clients. She has completed several large scale public commissions including ‘The Wacky Races’ for ‘The Gloucester Royal Children's Hospital’, an interactive project ‘Birds of Paradise,’ with the women’s’ ‘PICU’ Unit at Blackberry Hill, Bristol and a large embroidered Tumbleweed for The Royal Oldham Hospital. Her work is expanding into products like scarves, cushions and as prints that are available in her online shop.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Surreal Digital Artwork by Daria Petrilli

Daria Petrilli is an illustrator who studied at Istituto Europeo di Design Roma Rome, Italy. She writes, the surreal digital artwork is "​​for my personal joy, without bosses, and even publishers ... only for my pleasure." Her work depicts young ladies with ethereal beauty often in dresses from the past and curled hair. The characters seem to have a close friendly relationship with birds who are seen either perched on their shoulder or sitting around them. The artist shares about her fascination for birds - “To me they communicate a sense of primordial restlessness.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Greeks Gods on Packaging of Elo Soaps


Elo Soaps a range of olive oil body products is a refreshing take on an overused Greek ancient gods theme that's commonly seen on souvenirs and gifts in Greece. When Mike Karolos at Smirap Designs was approached to design something fresh and eye catching, he came up with amazing illustrations in his signature pop art style. The illustrations are designed with simple lines and geometric shapes, using bold color palette and patterns. 

"Also each god is accompanied by a characteristic element like lightning for Zeus, the owl for Athena, etc. Those elements were also blended in with each god as it was a part of them and not something separate" via.

The package design is very clean and simple with illustration on one side and ingredients listed on the right on a white background. The label tied onto the wrapped soap with colored yarn gives packaging a handmade feel and makes is to look like a gift, since these soaps are made for tourist gift shops. The unique packaging is sure to appeal to the tourist as well as the locals.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Highly Detailed Hand Carved Stamp Illustrations

Viktoria Åström is a freelance artist and an illustrator living on an island outside Gothenburg, Sweden. I first got introduced to her amazing work through Instagram where she posts regularly about her detailed ink drawings and hand carved rubber stamps. Her work is awe-inspiring, it's truly a work of a genius how she combines stamps and free hand drawings to reveal a masterpiece at the end. 

You can follow her on Instagram to see her in action behind the scenes making amazing illustrations each stroke at a time. She also has an online store where you can find her limited edition prints. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Textile Artwork by Mrs.Bertimus

UK based textile artist Mrs Bertimus is a creator of lovely "things" (she calls them)  a combination of little scraps of vintage fabric, buttons and laces collected on her trips to the charity shops. 

She carefully patches every little piece together and mixes them with her freestyle embroidery. Her work often has owls, foxes, rabbits and human figures embroidered by her on the sewing machine that she has owned since she was only thirteen. Check out more of her wonderful work on Pinterest.