Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Avitalos: Abby Dolls

Avital is a doll maker from Israel who loves to paint and print on fabrics. Her "Abby Doll" series consists of adorable dolls and is inspired by Kokeshi artisan wooden doll concept of north eastern Japan. The dolls come in animal shapes such as owl, rabbit, tiger, bunny, pig, panda each one with a distinctive personality. Each cuddly doll is hand sewn with attention to detail and are made from 100% soft cotton. Check out online store - Avitalos - where her dolls are available for purchase.

Collection: Owl Bento Box

Monday, August 25, 2014

Matthew Cusick - Collaged Maps

Patriarch, 2006, Inlaid maps on panel

Patriarch, 2006, Detail

Blue Horse, 2011

Mylan's Wave, 2012, Inlaid maps, acrylic

Geronimo, 2007, Maps and atlas pages on wood panel

Course of Empire (Mixmaster II), 2006, Maps and acrylic on wood panel

Procella Crisium, 2013 , Inlaid maps, bible engravings, sumi ink, dye on panel 

Oceania, 2012, Inlaid maps and acrylic

Matthew Cusick currently living in Oak Cliff, Texas is originally from New York City. He gained a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, and in MFA in 2013 from Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. Inspired by topography he creates amazing art pieces that are meticulously pasted together small pieces of vintage recycled roadmaps, nautical and aeronautical charts depicting owl, animals, portraits and landscapes.

It all started when he received a box full of vintage maps. He begun to experiment and found out that maps have all the properties of a brushstroke such as line, density, movement and color. One of the primary subject matters of his work is people and depending on the subject of his work he would have a stash of maps related to that person’s timeline and history. Each piece based on size can take anywhere from 100 to 300 hours to finish.

He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the States and in abroad. His pieces have been displayed in museums as well as galleries, and featured in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Harper’s Magazine and Art In America.Over the years his work has become popular amongst the art enthusiasts, and part of public and private collections including the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the Progressive Art Collection.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Package Design: Flying Bird Botanicals

Flying Bird Botanicals is a  family-run business that offers handcrafted 100% organic fair trade herbal tea blends. All the products are made with locally sourced herbs when possible in small batches to ensure the highest quality in a cottage shop based in Bellingham, Washington. I adore their package design. The beautiful labels are designed by Carly James of Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress and printed on recycled paper. The tin containers are adorned with illustrations of owl, bird, landscapes etc on a white background in a calming and soothing color scheme. The tea selection shown above can be ordered from their online store.

DIY Fauna Stamp Set

This is an easy tutorial on how to make your stamps that I found on Little Yellow Couch a website owned by a talented duo of Zandra and Karen. To make your own stamps may seem like a daunting task but after you take a look at this tutorial you'll see it's not that hard. All you'll need to make your stamps is a set of tools, some paper, a pencil and a template which can be printed from the same link given above. The template has patterns for a mushroom, an owl and other creatures. The stamps can be used to decorate notecards, envelopes or to make any other stationery item.