I have been gone from this space for far too long, friends. I’ve been busy? Summertime? I don’t know, the point is that I miss being here and I want to be here more. To start, I want to share the extraordinary work of Stephanie K. Clark. I came across this article about her embroidered homes and you know I can’t resistbeautifulembroidery. Take a look:
I love the colors, delicate details, and use of shadows in her series of dwellings. They work together to tell a story. In her own words:
I consider myself a painter and I paint with thread. The process of transforming string into art struck me as something visually stimulating with complex simplicity.
The idea of using embroidery permeates the feelings of my grandma’s home and the embroidery skills she has passed down to me. With that, I use embroidery to create the domestic feel to tell the story of life in the home and family.
We all know that cats rule the internet, but in the past few weeks I have come across a couple of artists that use cats as their muse to create captivating, often hilarious and irresistible works. Check them out:
There is something so endearing about the kitties in Heather Mattoon’s Cats in Clothes series. I love that the outfit completely defines the personality of each cat. Also, I love how they feel so dignified and stately, albeit they are cats in clothes. She has prints, greeting cards and custom portraits available on her website.
I am confused and fascinated by Casey Weldon’s four eyed cat paintings. I can’t look away. Check out his blog if you want to get lost for a few hours in his pop culture and nostalgia driven pieces. They’re compelling.
Mimi Vang Olsen is a pet portraitist with a shop in the West Village. Although she paints all kinds of pets, her cat portraits are what really shine for me. I love all of the pattern play and folk quality of her work. I would love to visit her shop someday.
And, because I am a true cat lady, here are my favorite portraits of my own kitties via Instagram:
I have wanted to do a lemon yellow + bright blue combination since Gina’s comment on my peach + turquoise post. Lemon yellow + bright blue is such an easy warm weather combination, don’t you think? The weather in New York has been very warm and incredible this week. I’ve had the luxury of leaving work a bit early everyday and walking around the city, which has been so vibrant and alive. I love this city so much sometimes, still.