I think when you spend so much time combing through sites, looking for work to write posts about, you begin to forget how important medium is to a person's body of work. Erin Riley's hand-woven tapestries are great examples of how a piece's physical "stuff" can be pivotal in telling it's story. Although, to be honest, I've haven't seen Erin's tapestries in person, but her work bears a quirkiness and palpable quality that shines through print and pixels.
Erin currently works out of Philadelphia. Lately, she's been working from cellphone video stills of traffic accidents. This may be a personal sentiment, but when paired with her warmer, more domestic "snap-shot" work, I think it really encapsulates the whole gamut of feelings associated with memory and growing up - a strong message of warmth and distance. Anyway, Erin tells me she hasn't got anything lined up show-wise for the immediate future, but we'll be keeping an eye out for her. You should too, pleasethanks.
I can't ever get enough scarves. Seriously, I have a giant basket full of them. I was delighted to get an email from Breanne Trammell who had teased me a few months back with images of her limited edition screen printed/vintage t-shirts letting me know that the scarves are now available. They all look so rad, combining original graphics with FOF's own geometric patterns, shapes and animals. See all of them on FOF's etsy shop. Also check out Breanne's website where she is continually blowing me away with her work...like her XL Cooty catcher.
I can't think of a better way than to start off Monday's blog posts than with the artwork of Melinda Josie. Her paintings of animals in anthropmorphic states make me feel calm and ready for anything a Monday is gonna dish my way. Her painting of the Shiba-inu dog in the mushroom house reminded me immediately of the puppies. Plus, her fabric! Oh man, I grew up in a home where collecting fabric was sport...what I wouldn't do to have a yard of that birch tree fabric. Amongst the paintings in this post, Melinda sent over some pics of letterpress cards she'll have on sale soon enough. Keep an eye on her website for details.
eleanor yap has made some of the most amazing fabric i have ever seen. bar none. i could end this post here. but i'll give you a little bit more, cause i like you.
elly is a graphic designer who does beautifully, amazing, intricate patterns and prints. she is originally from the phillipines and is often inspired by the colors, textures, and history from her homeland. her work is vivacious and stunning in color and detail.
elly also keeps a great little blog where she uploads videos and some of her fantastic polaroids. the word fantastic is kind of groovy, 70's dad speak, i realize...but really her photos are beautiful and have a wonderful light to them. as i wrote this post elly has uploaded new images that look good enough to eat. check her out here. (oh and guess what...she lives in australia. i'm obsessed w/ artists and the country i swear!)