Lizzy Stewart

by Joanna on August 13, 2014

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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. }

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Ariele Alasko

by Joanna on August 12, 2014

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Based in Brooklyn, woodworker and furniture builder Ariele Alasko is a true talent. Her works fall into that world of being modern, yet rooted in old-school craftsmanship. Ariele’s material of choice is plaster lath, small stripes of wood that once made up the walls of homes. She uses these historic, varied pieces of wood to create graphic, geometric patterns in her work. It’s sort of unbelievable, but she doesn’t actually use any stains on the wood, instead relying on the varieties of grain and color available when old brownstones are gutted. Each piece is made by hand, meaning that it can take up to several weeks to complete a single object. While her shop is currently sold out, be sure to check back in for more pieces and follow her working process (and adventures) on Instagram.

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{ Images via Ariele Alasko and her Instagram }

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Otis & Otto

by Joanna on August 11, 2014

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Always on the lookout for great online boutiques, I was a bit blown away when I discovered Otis & Otto. The shop itself offers a beautiful selection of goods, from hand-formed ceramics and baby Alpaca wool scarves to natural fiber weavings and hand-stitched rope vessels. The curation of these pieces is really quite lovely and aimed at “supporting artisans who champion intuitive objects that resonate warmth, beauty, and functionality through slow and thoughtful handmade processes.” Whether you’re in search of a gift or something special for yourself, this is a shop you’ll want to bookmark.

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{ Images via Otis & Otto }

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{Off Shoots} Jill and Jason

by Anh-Minh on August 8, 2014

Anthology-Schulte-readingcornerI’ve been a fan of San Francisco-based creative studio Office for years now, without even knowing it. They’re responsible for lots of  cool design works that I’ve seen around, and just didn’t realize was theirs! (I especially love the posters and t-shirts they created for 826 Valencia.) So it was a real treat to meet the talented couple behind the firm: Jill Robertson and Jason Schulte. We’re featuring their home and family (they have three-year-old twin boys, Max and Leo) in our current issue, No. 16. There were actually several spaces in their gorgeous house that we weren’t able to include in the print magazine, but I knew I wanted to share as an “Off Shoots” post.

Also, can we talk about how cute the wall decals are in the boys’ room (shown below)? And yes, those are designed by Jill and Jason. In addition to running Office, they co-founded Wee Society, which specializes in children’s apps, art, stories, and characters. The decals are available through Art.com. My favorite Wee Society product, though, is probably these personalized alphabet prints. I saw the pair that Jill and Jason had in their home for Max and Leo, and immediately coveted them (with different names, of course).

I hope you enjoy these outtakes, and have a great weekend!

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{ Photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy for Anthology Magazine }

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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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