Friday, March 20, 2015

Fairytale Inspired Photography by Anita Anti








Anita Anti is a Ukrainian photographer who currently lives and works from New York. She specializes in creating surreal scenes inspired by fairytales from all around the globe and fantasy. Her beautiful portraits of women who transformed into magical beings and animals in the forest create some stunning images. The combination of elaborate costumes, props and make up allows her to capture an imaginative world. I adore the faces of both the model and the owl in the photo at the top, they work so well together. 

"Usually I try to come up with an idea first, think over all the details: decorations, costumes, location and model. I try my best to control the whole process. Sometimes I do stuff like decorations and costumes myself, sometimes I collaborate with different creative people." 

These photographs are available as prints on DeviantArt. If you want to learn more about what happens backstage during the shoots, you can join Anita Anti on Facebook where she shares videos of her photo shoots. 

Easter Cards by Flaunt

In the spirit of Easter, I bring you these cute greeting cards by Flaunt. The series has 10 greeting cards and are blank inside to write your own message. These cards give you more options than just eggs and rabbits. You can choose from an owl, egg ornaments, bunny, chick, bird, dog and more. 

You can view all the designs from the Easter greeting card collection on Flaunt website. While you are there do look around, they have super sweet cards for all kinds of other occasions.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Salley Mavor of Wee Folk Studio

Massachusetts based artist Salley Mavor of Wee Folk Studio creates enchanting hand embroidered artwork which is reproduced in award-winning children's books. Ever since was a little girl she had a passion for sewing. She grew up playing with needle & thread, and was never satisfied with crayons alone.

"I found that I could communicate my ideas more clearly this way and that my hands would direct me in a compelling way. " - Shares the artist.

Her earlier pieces were soft sculpture which evolved to 3 dimensional pictures with raised figures and objects on a fabric background. Her work is detailed, full of patterns from nature and all stitched by hand. For last 35 years she has been  illustrating children’s books with her work - a unique blend of materials, found objects and sewing techniques. Her charming characters, animals and birds after being created are photographed and printed in her children's books. One of her spectacular creations, Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes won 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for picture book and 2011 Golden Kite Award for Illustration. 

To view more of her work and to learn more about the upcoming events and exhibits you can visit her website. If you are in the area the you must see her work in person at the Cahoon Museum through April 19th . For more details on the exhibition go here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Valentino "Safari" Print

Valentino Safari print scarf in black, from here.

1. Valentino Safari silk pajamas, 2. Safari print cropped pants, 3. Safari print shirt dress - from here.

Valentino animal print cashmere silk scarf, from here.

1. Safari print shirt dress, 2. Safari print scarf, 3. Safari print long skirt, from here.

Valentino's "Safari" print is the finest way to bring a little whimsy to your wardrobe. The design features a parade of animals including wise owls, fearless lion, mystifying unicorn and courageous elephant amongst a whole herd of other captivating characters in pastel colors tailored with feminine finish. You can find this fun, bold animal inspired print on long a-line skirts, gowns, pajamas, pants, scarves etc. in classy black and in fabulous white.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Animal Gift Wrap

These unique and fun animal gift wrapping set by Luckies of London is a perfect way of decorating a gift to look like critters. This diy animal gift set comes with papers, stickers and cut-out sheets to make total of six animals out of 24 animal options including owl, cat, cow, koala, mouse, panda and many more! This product is available online here.

Bug Art Greeting Cards by Jane Crowther

Originally from York, Jane Crowther gained her Bachelor's degree from Kingston Polytechnic with an Honors degree in Illustration. Later while she was still in North London, Jane began to design greeting cards to sell them at craft fairs - and the brand Bug Art was born. 

"Critters" is the new collection of blank cards with watercolor portraits of animals and birds. The cards are printed on textured board and are sold individually. Bug Art greeting cards is now head quartered in Nottingham with distributors in over twenty countries including Australia, USA, New Zealand and most of Europe. To find out if there is a distributor in your country and more detail on how can you place an order go to this page.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Art of the Label: Eric Kent

Eric Kent's Permanent Collection of labels feature beautiful artwork on their wine bottles by various artists, some of them I am sure you'll recognize. For me, it was no challenge to recognize the owl label by Jo James of The Cart Before The Horse whose work I love and have blogged previously here.

You can learn about their collection and see work by other talented artists on their website under galleries here.

Tote Bags by 'Bird'

The artist 'Bird' is based out of rural South Shropshire, England. She offers a range of cards, prints and tote bags that feature illustrations based on her original paintings and drawings. All the products are printed in the UK by a local printer. 

I have picked out some of the tote bags to share with you here with beautiful illustrations of owl, bird and other animals. But do visit her online store to view cushion covers, bottle bags, tea towels with the same and more designs.