1. I was pleasantly surprised during my last visit to Paper Source, where I had the delight of purchasing a wedding card designed by my good friend, Laura Szumowski. On her blog Geometry is Awesome, she posts these wonderful in-progress sketches of her designs.
2. Enjoy the lovely illustration work of Lily Padula. Some of her pieces involve flashes and blinking eyes.
3. Another lovely illustrator and textile designer: Vikki Chu
4. 100 Natural Laws is apart of a larger mixed media project by Sophia Wallace called Cliteracy. In this project Sophia brings to light how our culture sexualizes the female form while suppressing and ignoring female sexuality. It wasn’t until 1998, that the clitoris was proven to be larger and more complex of an organ than what was known before.
5. Photographer Leland Bobbé captured these extraordinary portraits of drag queens in Half Drag…A Different Kind of Beauty. Each portrait captures the male subject and his female counterpart by literary splitting the two personas down the center of the face. It’s so interesting to see how makeup can manipulate and enhance the structure of the face.
6. I’m quite jealous of the talented Oana Befort. I wish her watercolor illustrations were hanging all over my walls. Her blog offers free print outs, DIY projects, in-progress videos of her work and more. Get ready to drool.
7. Staxpeditions is a bi-weekly video series from the University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives. The librarians ask for your favorite Library of Congress call number range, then go hunting through the rare book stacks. A single item is pulled and explored throughout each episode. It’s a very fun and creative way to view item in a library’s collection.
8. Brian Gennett creates beautifully patterned table tops, headboards, wall hangings and more. The designs are crafted using old book covers, which are cut up and arranged into an array of geometric patterns.
9. Everything That I Know is an ongoing project by Amanda Tiller where each volume is filled with factual information from her own memory on a particular subject. In other projects, Amanda has often relied on her memory to guide her work as a form of rebellion against the internet.
10. The Seed from Johnny Kelly is an older video on vimeo, but it combines paper and hand-drawn animation in such a lovely and fluid manner, I wanted to share it with you. This short follows the life of a seed; I especially enjoy its journey through the human body.