Ashley Le Quere

by Alexis on April 9, 2014

I first spotted the work of Melbourne-based illustrator and surface designer Ashley Le Quere on a wall—several of her patterns have been translated to wallpapers—and wanted to find out more about her. Well, I found plenty more to love in her portfolio. Ashley studied illustration at the University of the West of England and graduated in 2009. While she does work as an illustrator, her real passion is for surface design. Ashley combines traditional media—like watercolor and pen and ink—with digital creations. I especially love the way the scale of her motifs translate. The detail and texture is just as beautiful in smaller scale prints as a floor-to-ceiling application. Many of Ashley’s works are available in her Society6 shop.


Cut Paper by Zim & Zou

by Joanna on April 1, 2014

Zim & Zou is a French design studio started by Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. Together, they explore many media, such as graphic design, illustration, paper sculpture, and installation-based art. For example, they started their Paper Rebirth projects as a means to educate and show the benefits of recycling. They encouraged passersby to leave used paper in the installation, then used the papers to create sculptures. Using the metaphor of a phoenix, Zim & Zou showed audiences that “paper can have up to 5 lives thanks to recycling.”

{ Images via Zim & Zou }


Watercolors by Hadar Emanuel

by Joanna on March 11, 2014

Watercolors speak to me on a multitude of levels: the washy blocks of color and faded-to-bold richness creates so much visual interest. These pieces by Hadar Emanuel are a perfect example. His artwork features expressive, wonderfully wobbly line work mingling with washes of color. There’s a childlike quality to Emanuel’s work, yet the compositions are sophisticated and beautiful.

{ Images by Hadar Emanuel via Society6 }


Helen Frankenthaler

by Alexis on February 12, 2014

After last week’s post about Gerhardt Richter, I found myself drawn into the work of his American contemporary, Helen Frankenthaler. While there’s not a documentary to give us a glimpse of her studio work, in 1969 photographer Ernst Haas visited Helen and captured a series of still images. Helen’s technique of painting with diluted pigments on raw canvas gave her oil paintings a soft, ethereal quality and the photos capture her process. This set of images reminds me of some of the tours of artists’ spaces we’ve been able to feature, like Rebecca Rebouché and Nicholas Coleman, both in Issue No. 12 of Anthology. Seeing an artist at work is simply fascinating. While there are only a handful of black and white pictures, they feel as informative and captivating as film.

{ Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler; Studio Images by Ernst Haas. Via Miss Moss. }


Indigo Bunting for Paperless Post

by Joanna on February 4, 2014

The tradition of sending valentines to friends is something we sorely miss about elementary school—and it’s one we’re thinking of resurrecting this year. With these quirky food-themed cards, it’s an easy task to tackle.

Recently, one of our favorite graphic designers—Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting—collaborated with Paperless Post, the online paper store where you can customize and send really spectacularly designed cards online or in print. Erin’s quirky, playful, and bright style is the perfect way to express your love this Valentine’s Day. The only struggle is picking a favorite!

{ Images via Indigo Bunting }