New to Me: Jordan Nassar Embroideries

Arts & Crafts

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while now, but something or other was always supposedly more important or interesting. No more! 🙂

Jordan Nassar creates intricate, painting-like embroideries that mix traditional stitching with a modern approach, color scheme or subject-matter – or all of them.

The way he repeats a simple stitch en masse and creates an image with color (in contrast to varying the stitching) is fascinating:

Jordan Nassar The Arab Apocalypse

The Arab Apocalypse. Jordan Nassar.

Also intriguing are the pieces with rows of traditional symbols that, beneath an unaltered row, are reflected or refracted:

Jordan Nassar Haifa

Haifa. Jordan Nassar.

On his About page, Nassar’s work is described like this:

“Nassar’s work addresses the intersection of craft, language, history, (geo)politics, and technology. Beginning with the intricacies of identity and cultural participation, as a Palestinian- American, Nassar treats traditional craft more as medium than topic, examining subjects such as cultural heritage, ownership, exchange and absorption; emigrant nostalgia for the ‘homeland’ and its generational repercussions; geography, politics, and orientalism; symbology, codes and language systems; superstition and religious belief; post-internet visual language; and representational and geometric abstraction.”

 

I think my favorites are the monochrome pieces that remind me of traditional Finnish textiles like ryijy or käspakka. Of course it helps that his are my favorite color, blue! 🙂

Jordan Nassar Untitled 8 Pointed Stars

Untitled (8 Pointed Stars). Jordan Nassar.

For more, visit Nassar’s web page or follow him on Instagram.

Found via design*sponge.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky, Feminist Motivational Posters for the International Women’s Day

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers, Thumbs Up

Due to a post-winterstorm blackout a week ago, I’m still catching up on my Internet reading, so I only saw these awesome, nerdy motivational posters now. It was worth the wait, though:

Tumblr Risa Rodil Poster Shuri Improved

Risa Rodil on Tumblr.

“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”

Referring of course to Shuri from the movie Black Panther. As another tinkerer, I wholeheartedly agree! 😀

Tumblr Risa Rodil Poster Successful Woman Herself

Risa Rodil on Tumblr.

“Behind every successful woman is herself.”

The posters are by letterer, illustrator and designerd Risa Rodil. She posted them on Tumblr in honor of the International Women’s Day (March 08).

Visit Risa Tumblr post for more geeky feminist posters. And while there, look at the rest of her work – such a distinct, lively, whimsical style. I especially liked this library poster:

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Risa Rodil on Tumblr.

“When in doubt, go to the library.”

Find more about Risa on her website, including where to buy her designs.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

New to Me: Miniature Paintings on Tea Bags by Ruby Silvious

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers

Artist and graphic designer Ruby Silvious paints true miniature art, for she makes used tea bags(!) into her canvas. The results – many of which depict everyday scenes and objects – are delicate and distinctive.

Below are just three of my favorites. My goodness, it was hard to choose just three!

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Ruby Silvious: 52 Weeks of Tea (2016): Full House.

Ruby Silvious 52 Weeks of Tea Merry Meowy Christmas

Ruby Silvious: 52 Weeks of Tea (2016): Merry Meowy Christmas.

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Ruby Silvious: 363 Days of Tea (2015).

At this writing, Silvious’s Tea Bag Art series includes five subsets: 26 Days of Tea first in Japan and then in France, 52 Weeks of Tea, 363 Days of Tea and a Teabag Mini-book. She has also published her 363 days paintings as a book.

Found via Colossal. Read more, including Silvious’s work in other media, on her website, Twitter and Instagram!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Close Quarters: Oval Rainbow Rug and More

Colors, Design & Designers

French home decor magazine Marie Claire Maison toured jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. The rainbow rug in this sitting room is an interesting take – and certainly catches your eye, even with so much color elsewhere in the room:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

While there are pieces of furniture with very modern lines, they go quite well together with the ornate stained glass windows, moldings and laurel and vine motifs on the painted ceiling.

There are also rooms where a single color dominates, for example in this aptly-named Sunshine room…

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

…with plenty of playful details:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

I really admire Ms. Azagury-Partridge’s skill in pulling together such different elements into a cohesive whole. Visit Marie Claire Maison‘s article for more!

Found via Making It Lovely.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Shadow Doodles by Vincent Bal

Arts & Crafts, Thumbs Up

Vincent Bal looks at shadows from a different perspective. His drawings turn the shadows of everyday items into something quite different. Below are just a few of my favorites.

An apple core becomes an owl:

Instagram Vincent Bal Apple Core

Vincent Bal at Instagram.

A glass of merlot turns into a UFO abduction scene:

Instagram Vincent Bal UFO

Vincent Bal at Instagram.

And a bulb of garlic bears an uncanny resemblance to E.T.:

Instagram Vincent Bal Garlic ET

Vincent Bal at Instagram.

Visit Bal’s Instagram or Etsy shop for more!

Found via Good Stuff Happened Today.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: FUJITAMIHO Lace Accessories

Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Stunt Double

Miho Fujita creates delicate jewelry and accessories out of crocheted lace under the label fujitamiho. If that sounds hopelessly old-fashioned, you’re in for a treat: the end result is about as far as you can get.

Fujitamiho Instagram Blues

Fujitamiho on Instragram.

The accessories are made to look like leaves, berries, clusters of mushrooms and other natural elements.

Fujitamiho Instagram Fern Earrings

Fujitamiho on Instragram.

Fujitamiho Instagram Young Bracken

Fujitamiho on Instragram.

The crochet is incredibly tiny and delicate, and the shapes are as marvellous as only a close attention to detail can produce. Some of the jewelry looks almost modern and minimalistic. The pale, natural colors certainly speak to my Nordic sensibilities. 🙂

Found via Colossal. If you read Japanese, you can browse her online shop.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Western Asian Science Fictional Art

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Omar Gilani is an illustrator, designer, and concept artist currently based in Pakistan. Not all of his art has sci-fi elements, but the pieces that do are amazing. Take a look:

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Omar Gilani.

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Omar Gilani.

The engineer-turned-artist takes inspiration from everyday life and combines traditional drawing with digitally created elements.

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Omar Gilani.

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Omar Gilani.

I am very sorry I found out about his work only a day(!) after the Hugo nomination period closed. Well, hopefully he’ll continue producing genre art so I can nominate him next year.

Found via Islam and Science Fiction.

 

 

Close Quarters: Colorful Kitchen Backsplash from Unique Tiles

Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, House Tours, Room of Awesome

Oh, this is brilliant! The ceramic backsplash built from hexagonal tiles is from the home of Finnish ceramic artist Heini Riitahuhta and of her own making from beginning to end.

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Design Heini Riitahuhta; photo by Jaanis Kerkis / Gloria.

The backsplash took 343 unique tiles (plus scraps for the edges). They are mostly prototypes and other test pieces for techniques or colors from Riitahuhta’s past works.

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Design Heini Riitahuhta; photo by Jaanis Kerkis / Gloria.

Via Gloria.

It’s not quite a pure ombre, but there’s enough of a graduating effect from one hue to another to be arresting and interesting. Love it!

Although, if I’m entirely honest, I’d never want this exact backsplash in my kitchen because I really hate cleaning grout. It would probably be easy to achieve a similar effect with a stencil and paint, though; no grout lines involved. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

When Serendipity Delivers: Saturated Rainbow Hues

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Just by happenstance, my recent Internet browsing is full of saturated rainbow hues. (Content note: large, hairy spider at the bottom.)

Rainbow-hued origami street art by French street artist Mademoiselle Maurice, this one from Italy:

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Mademoiselle Maurice, Fate Festival in Italy, photo by Antonio Sena.

Recycled and painted cans as planters by Claire at Pillar Box Blue:

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Claire at Pillar Box Blue.

Free printable feather wall art by Linda at Burlap & Blue:

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Linda at Burlap & Blue.

Barista Mason Salisbury on Instagram makes me wish I liked coffee (or that someone did this with tea):

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Latte by Mason Salisbury on Instagram.

Handwoven kilim wool and sari silk rug from 1800getarug.com:

1800getarug Kilim Wool Sari Silk Rug

1800getarug.com.

A rainbow of eggs by Brittany Wright / Wright Kitchen on Instagram:

Brittany Wright Instagram Rainbow Eggs

Brittany Wright / Wright Kitchen on Instagram.

Gooty sapphire ornamental tree spider by William Foster on Flickr:

Flickr William Foster Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider

William Foster on Flickr.

Saturated colors tend to make me happy even if they’re not all personal favorites. It’s always a treat when randomness results in something enjoyable.

What has serendipity delivered for you lately?

Native American Style Mainstream Genre Icons

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers, Geek out!, Stunt Double

Jeffrey Veregge, an artist and member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Washington state, makes positively fantastic versions of mainstream genre icons like superheroes, movie characters, Transformers, aliens, and the like.

Jeffrey Veregge Early Bird

Early Bird by Jeffrey Veregge.

Veregge himself says of his work:

“This site, the work that is seen on it is a reflection of a lifetime love affair with comic books, toys, TV and film. Taking my passions and blending them with my Native perspective, artistic background and the desire to simply be me. Basically I am just trying to have fun and get back to that kid that went to art school to begin with, wanting to create artwork that I want to see and make just for the hell of it.”

Jeffrey Veregge Shield Logo

Shield by Jeffrey Veregge.

Several of his designs would make fantastic fabric prints, like this Flash-inspired one, for example:

Jeffrey Veregge Scarlet Blurr

Scarlet Blurr by Jeffrey Veregge.

If there was a fabric Flash version, I’d use it for pencil cases, zipper travel pouches, or a table cloth. Or maybe tall, tall shades with a wide border on the bottom; that would look really striking.

Visit Veregge’s home page for more!

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.