Lyndie Dourthe

by Kate on November 24, 2015


It’s been a bit cold and dreary here the past few days, and I have been craving some bright, rich color to lift my spirits. I went hunting for some super-saturated artwork, and I discovered the beautiful paper botanical creations of Lyndie Dourthe.

Dourthe has a keen eye for detail and texture, and uses a combination of watercolor painting and paper cutting to create some truly incredible pieces. You can see more of her work, including some of her commissioned work for print publications here. If you’re lucky, you may be able to snag one of her works, which she occasionally offers for sale.






Andrea Lauren Design

by Nancy on October 28, 2015

anthologymag-blog-andrealauren-bluejayLast year, I bought a linocut starter kit from my local craft store so that I could make my own patterned wrapping paper. All the online tutorials made it look very simple. For me, however, it wasn’t simple at all! Frustrated with the tools, I ended up carving out a circle for a polka-dot pattern. Some more practice would’ve helped, but the most challenging task was drawing original illustrations. So I was in awe when I looked through all of Andrea Lauren‘s block prints, marveling at all the intricate carvings and details.

Lauren started her career as a classical cellist, and then changed her focus to creating visual art. She also has a fabric line—available on Spoonflower—that features her colorful and whimsical patterns, which rely on block printing as the basis of the designs. I love the playful nature of her illustrations, and can’t wait for her how-to book to come out next spring.

anthologymag-blog-andrealauren-floweranthologymag-blog-andrealauren-horseanthologymag-blog-andrealauren-cityanthologymag-blog-andrealauren-terrariumanthologymag-blog-andrealauren-rabbit{ All images by Andrea Lauren Design }


Goods from Herriott Grace

by Anh-Minh on October 22, 2015

hg_kitchenbowlsWith the final issue of Anthology coming out this month, I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic, thinking about the various people we’ve featured in the magazine over the past five years. In Issue No. 3/Spring 2011, we profiled Nikole Herriott and her father, Lance. They live in different cities in Canada—Toronto, ON, and Victoria, BC, respectively—and collaborate long-distance on a line of gorgeous products under the moniker Herriott Grace.

Since we published the story, Herriott Grace has expanded beyond wooden goods that Lance handcrafts, with wares from other talented makers as well. With the holidays—and entertaining season—fast approaching, I’ve got my eye on quite a few items. I mean, how awesome are the cloud cookie cutters?!


{ All images via Herriott Grace }


Masks by Abigail Brown

by Nancy on October 6, 2015

anthologymag-blog-abigailbrown-1I am pretty excited that Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, and now that October has arrived, the perfect costume is all I can think of. I usually make our family costumes, so they have to be simple, quick, and easy to make. While I was researching online for papier-mâché masks, I found these amazing works by artist Abigail Brown.

Based in London, Brown received her degree in Surface Decoration and Printed Textiles. Her unique and intricate masks are hand crafted and made entirely of newspaper. Brown uses acrylic paints and pencil crayons for color and texture, and each piece comes ready to mount on a wall. Although they are not made for wearing, I think they would make a fun decorative addition on my art gallery wall.



DIY Wooden Comb

by Kate on August 4, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-comb-1I love discovering things a short time after they’ve first appeared. It’s a feeling akin to rediscovering an old favorite book, or a great photo from a trip you forgot you had taken. This wooden comb created by Caitlin of the Merry Thought is one of the best DIY projects that I’ve come across; she published the tutorial for it last winter.

The comb is simple, functional, and makes an excellent gift—though you’ll undoubtedly want to make an extra one to keep for yourself. The process will take a little time, especially sanding your comb to give it that smooth texture. But you’ll be rewarded with a handmade object that looks remarkably elegant and refined. And if you’ve never used a scroll saw before, this project is a great excuse to try it out!

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-comb-2anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-comb-3{ All images and full tutorial found via the Merry Thought }