Tom Killion Woodcut Prints

by Anh-Minh on August 18, 2014

killion1I was recently looking at the list of exhibitors for this weekend’s Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, and was excited to see Tom Killion‘s name. Killion is a local printmaker who specializes in woodcut works. His subjects include some of my favorite places in the Bay Area—like Big Sur, the Marin Headlands, and Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Influenced in part by the Japanese art of ukiyo-ëKillion carves his landscapes out of linoleum and wood. He then prints them on to handmade kozo paper, employing oil-based inks and a hand-cranked proofing press. Over at Wanderfoot, they’ve got a great profile on Killion with photos taken in his Pt. Reyes studio. I love seeing a glimpse of his process, and am looking forward to checking out his work in person at the festival. (Good news for those who are unable to go to the event: Killion sells his prints through his website.)

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{ Print photo via Tom Killion. Studio photos by Klea McKenna via Wanderfoot. }


Lizzy Stewart

by Joanna on August 13, 2014


Meet Lizzy Stewart. Illustrator, painter, artist. Stewart’s aesthetic is fresh and lively, while her paintings themselves feel like tiny, intricate worlds unto themselves. Working in a variety of mediums, from watercolor to pencil, she is a true talent. She studied at both the Edinburgh College of Art and Central Saint Martins, and is currently one-half of independent publisher Sing Statistics. Additionally, Stewart’s clientele includes The New York Times, Random House, and The Guardian.

Although I’m bummed that her illustrated guide to Helsinki has sold out, there’s plenty of other lovely items still available in her online shop.

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{ Images via Lizzy Stewart. Found on Design Crush. }


Paper Art by Thomas Witte

by Anh-Minh on August 7, 2014

twitte1I’m not even sure how I first stumbled upon Thomas Witte’s website, but I’m sure glad I did! After studying sculpture at Rutgers University, Witte traveled to Argentina, where the stencil graffiti scene captured his attention. Upon his return home, he started making stencils based on slides that belonged to his grandfather. Initially, he was printing with the stencils. But he later decided to focus on the stencils themselves, which are essentially these intricate paper-cut pieces.

His subject matter has since expanded beyond those old slides to include maps and myriad locales. The scale and detail of his art is so impressive. And I love that Witte maintains a studio diary that offers a glimpse into his process, as well as finished pieces and installations. In Cahoots also has this great interview and video of Witte at work, which I really enjoyed and hope you do, too.

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Talk about embracing the details! Malaysian artist Monica Lee is all about the tiniest minutiae in her pencil drawings. These photo-real portraits feature a level of craft that is absolutely mind-blowing, so it’s no wonder that each drawing takes between 3-4 weeks to complete. Monica pulls her inspiration from photographs, usually of people, then creates these seemingly immaculate copies. They almost read as though a black-and-white photo has been printed using traditional darkroom techniques. It’s quite amazing to say the least.

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{ Images via Monica Lee; found on This is Colossal }


Reversed Volumes Leaves

by Joanna on July 30, 2014


PCM Design is a Madrid-based brand which showcases products by talented, young designers in Spanish schools. A great example is Reversed Volumes Leaves, by mischer’traxler. Each resin platter features the detailed imprint of a leaf. To make these platters, the designer made a mold of each leaf using casting material, thus capturing the texture of each individual leaf. The level of detail they were able to achieve is really quite striking. Each platter is hand-cast in Spain using food-safe resin.

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{ Found via The Design Ark }