Sunday, December 28, 2014

The story Teller - Phoebe Wahl

Meet Phoebe Wahl - a young artist whose art focuses on magical outdoors living, warm family life, femininity & motherhood, and even the magic creatures that the eyes can not see...
Phoebe graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a BFA in Illustration, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Phoebe grew up unschooled in Washington state, and credits her 'free range' childhood in the Northwest for much of her inspiration and work ethics.

Family life is a big issue at Phoebe's art - she creates illustrations, paintings and  fabric sculptures of women giving birth, breast feeding or carrying a baby, of lovers, and families having family moments at home or outdoors She even makes lovely family portrait-on-demand.Read what a talented blogger who had the honor of having her family portrait done by Phoebe wrote so beautifully about it

I have and will feature here only artists that simply amaze me, whose work I can't forget. The reason I want to share Phoebe's work, although she is an illustrator and not a pattern/surface designer, is simply because I can see patterns all over her work. Her illustrations are made of patterns, and  in some cases they seem to me like they should or could have been multiplied into a pattern.

In her work she deals with issues that not many illustrators dare to - the joy of the body, the celebration of femininity, birth, and breast feeding. The women's figures are not model-like,  they are not skinny or idealized - they are real, full figures.

She works in a variety of mediums, from watercolors and collage to fabric sculpturing. I think two of my favortites are the painted papers collages and the fabric sculptures (and dioramas)

Just take a look at this amazing growth chart. what a joy - to grow surrounded by these lovely creatures... and what can be more symbolic  - Phoebe Whal REALLY grew up among them, dreaming of fairies, chasing little animals, and now she makes other children happy,  getting taller and bigger with the magical environment she recreated for them

On the  "ABOUT"  section at Phoebe's website she writes:" She spends her time illustrating the imaginary worlds she inhabited growing up in the Pacific Northwest through painting, sculpture, sewing or storytelling. You can find her wherever there are pillows, children’s books and a cup of tea"...

So grab your own cup of tea, hit the play button on the video below, and take a pleasant trip to Phoebe's land

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Welcome to PATTERN Daily

Hello, I am so glad to meet you, at my new blog - Pattern Daily.
Here I am going to share with you great patterns from around the world that inspire me, that simply make me want to grab a pen, some brushes and color tubes (or at least a wacom pen) and start painting wonderful combinations of colors, lines and shapes.

Patterns can lead us to beautiful journeys  - filled with wonders and adventures. They can take us deeper inside - into our own hearts and minds - looking for memories or emotions that evoke while either painting a pattern or just looking at one. They can also send us far away - exploring the internet, museums, books, wanting to understand their roots and links.

Patterns really work best when they are truthful, harmonious, and even symbolic, then -  they can touch our
hearts and souls. Creating a pattern can be meditative, while looking at one is joyous and stimulating.

I Welcome you to my new blog, a daily inspiration source dedicated to beautiful, creative patterns, Shall we begin?

Meet Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd - together they are Inaluxe  - a wonderful & successful design studio.

Both, Kristina and Jason, grew up in Australia during the colorful '70's, surrounded by vivid colors and  bold patterns.

Although they take their art in different directions,  they love to combine efforts and work together on most designs.

Two different approaches to illustrate a flower, which one do YOU like better?

Their greatest influence is nature - Organic forms, animals in their magnificence, pepole. But this is only the basis - the surface, What they are really looking for, are the things beneath this surface. They want to evoke emotions by their designs, and try to go deeper in order to understand how to create a design  that moves the viewers.

They are also deeply inspired by fine art - especially artist like Rothko and early expressionists.

While working on their own designs, they also enjoy working with great brands such as Ikea, Kate Spade, Urban Outfitters and many more...

Wouldn't you like to have these carpets at your own living room? I sure would!

Browsing their blog will give you additional information about their art, co-operations with great brands and family life (I think that they are a couple, referring to some photos at their blog as "their home" :)
Browsing throughout their blog posts, my eyes just wander from picture to picture, and the beauty of their art fill my heart with joy and inspiration. I have a strong feeling my doodles later this evening will be very bright, and some mod shapes from the '70 might pop...