Friday, April 17, 2020

Delicate Hand-Embroidery With Sequins and Beads On Tulle

hand embroidered owl on tulle

owl detail

Yekaterina Cherevataya is an embroidery artist from Kyiv, Ukraine. After she graduated from the Kiev State Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts and Design, she founded Cheka Hand Embroidery Studio in 2012. Initially the artist was creating jewelry but with over 7 years of professional experience and constantly exploring new embroidery methods and techniques, she is now making elaborate hand-embroidered clothing pieces, couture headbands, hats and much more.

Her work is inspired by Ukrainian traditional embroidery, and has very delicate and feminine quality. She uses tulle as a material to decorate it with gold embroidery, applique, bead work and ribbons, silk and rhinestones. She has designed fashion apparel in collaboration with well-known fashion designers of Ukraine and has worked with Valeria Kovalskaya, Victoria Gres, Elena Reva, Artem Klimchuk, Anna Arutyunova, Julia Polishchuk, Kristina Mamedova, Elena Ivanova and the RUSLAN BAGINSKIY brand. Also, she hand embroidered a custom hat that was worn by Madonna.

She recently embroidered an owl on tulle with sequins and beads, I am in love with this piece! You can watch her in action and find more of her work on Instagram.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Beautiful Packaging Design of Chocolate Bars That Support Wildlife Conservation


Endangered Species Chocolate is known world over for producing delicious and ethically traded chocolate. Their chocolate bars are instantly recognized on a store shelf for their bold package design featuring endangered species of animals. The brand catches ones attention with the pictures of Eurasian Eagle Owl, African Elephant, Sea Otter, Bald Eagle, Black Panther and many more. Their new colorful packaging uses different fonts, species information on the back of the bar, and pattern design on the wrapper that co-ordinates with the animal the chocolate is dedicated to. For example: there are owl feathers on the wrapper of the almond sea salt and dark chocolate.

They offer the chocolate lovers a variety of products including bars, bites ad barks. Each product is largely targeted at conscious consumers and increasing awareness at species who are at risk of getting extinct. Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10 percent of all their proceeds to wildlife conservation charities such as Rainforest Trust and Wildlife Conservation Network. In the last three years they have given over 1.3 million towards the wildlife conservation. You can help support the cause by purchasing their products from here and here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Beautiful Watercolor Paintings by Freelance Illustrator Megan Murrell

Megan Murrell is a freelance illustrator from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Studio Art and Biology from Saint Olaf College, after that she earned Master of Arts in Illustration degree from Savannah College of Art and Design.

She paints bold floral and fauna in bright colors and beautiful patterns. Through her work she records her surroundings in her own unique way. It's her passion for the natural world that primarily inspires her work. She works mainly with watercolors and gouache, and graphite, pen and ink, and colored pencil. She paints on cold pressed paper and uses flat washes, as well as wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet methods to achieve fluid lines and gorgeous watercolor washes.

You can find originals and art prints in her online store - MEGMURRillustration. Here's another reason for buying from her, she is donating 10% of proceeds till April 19th to a local food bank that's providing food to those in need and could use community support. You can read more about it on her Instagram.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Artist Fuses Scrap Booking and Textile Art To Create Beautiful Memory Books

Kim Burton is a textile artist from Portsmouth, UK. After she studied Illustration at Kingston University she taught textile at a secondary school. She uses a combination of scrap booking and textile arts to create amazing fabric books and other projects highly illustrative in nature, she has named this technique Stitchbooking. Making use of photo transfer paper she transfers photographs onto fabric and sews them to create memory books.

She uses song lyrics, quotations and text in most of her fabric artwork. She has stitched a Jane Austen series with 24 illustrations that are entirely stitched by hand. To create a piece she uses layers of fabrics and hand stitches them together to bring texture to her work. To finish, she adds hand drawn details and embellishes with found objects such as feathers and beads that result into a unique mixed media illustrations and fabric books.

Her first book "Into the Woods" was born out of her love for the children she was teaching while traveling to America. She came up with an idea of a memory stitch book for the kids who needed help learning. This encouraged her to explore more in the area, and when she returned to England she spent a whole year to stitch the book Into the Woods. When it was received with a great enthusiasm on a social media website she decided to get it turned into a book.

Kim offers basic tutorial on her website for the beginners and workshops that range from a couple of hours to a day.