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Sabatina Leccia Studio

by Alexis on April 16, 2014

I came across the work of Sabatina Leccia and was completely mesmerized. The combination of embroidery, staining, painting, and drawing results in compositions that feel spontaneous and organic. But the level of detail and work involved in all those hand-placed stitches and beads suggests anything but. I reached out to Sabatina to find out more about her process. Her words reflect the organic quality of her pieces: “I am not drawing what I’m going to do before the making in order to be completely free…” Sabatina uses her embroidery—which she views more as painting than a traditional decorative art—as an opportunity to meditate and reflect.

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Fashion’s beloved “It Girl,” Garance Doré recently collaborated with another favorite, Rifle Paper Co. Photographer, illustrator, and author, Garance’s whimsical aesthetic and refined sensibilities are a great addition to the world of specialty stationery. The collection features some really charming items, ranging from French-adorned cards to quirky notepads and pocket notebooks. Staying true to her first love, this collaboration also showcases Garance’s lively, evocative, and sweet fashion illustrations. As a stationery hoarder, it’s hard to pick a favorite!

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Paper & Clay

by Joanna on April 8, 2014

Paper & Clay is one of those ceramic lines that is all about special details: the quirky loop of a teacup handle, the casual slope of a spout, and the proportional play of layered glazes. These handmade ceramic pieces are “inspired by the flawless and simple design of the Scandinavian region,” but made in a Memphis studio by artist Brit McDaniel. I especially love her pieces that are simpler in color with an almost dipped aesthetic.

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Cotton & Flax

by Joanna on April 7, 2014

Meet Cotton & Flax, a modern, yet casual line of textiles and fine art prints by designer and maker Erin Dollar. Each of Erin’s pieces is created as a limited edition in her Los Angeles-based studio. She begins her designs by drawing artwork by hand. Once she’s achieved a pattern she likes, she transfers it onto a silkscreen and prints onto fabrics with water-based inks. Erin then sews the linens into pillows, napkins, and coasters. The result is a line of textiles that feels like a modern-day heirloom.

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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.”

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