Posts Tagged ‘illustration’


sophie blackall combines beautiful illustrations with craiglist’s always fascinating missed connections posts.

sometimes creepy stalkers + the internets + artsy drawings = the best

[ stefanie ]

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i would like mine to be aurel schmidt.

aurel schmidt is a really rad artist who was born in canada and now lives and works in new york. if you do a google search for ms schmidt, it’s hard to find an actual artist’s website amongst all the hype and magazine articles, but we encourage you to try.

in the meantime, here is a show she did at saatchi gallery (london) entitled body swallows world. here is another show she did at the very trendy deitch projects (ny) called man eater.




so not only is she an insanely talented illustrator in terms of being able to draw a damn good banana peel, but she manages to take her ridiculously accurate eye for detail and mimicry and use it in the service of beautiful sorta subversive art that is much much more than a damn good banana peel. aurel schmidt is arcimboldo trapped in a pretty lady’s body, wandering around new york city wondering at the trash and using it like vegetables to make a drippy trippy face. she uses average things (the aforementioned banana peel, cigarette butts, etc) and collects them into a context, creating art that’s part contemporary drawing, part duchampian ready-made, part ode to new york and its detruitus. in an interview in tokion magazine, she said “if i could do anything, it would be laughing at life without being ironic.”


so you see, aurel schmidt is not only a kickass artist but also a really really cool and centered very special lady.


also aurel schmidt paints her fingernails lime green and so do i.



[ stefanie ]

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the highlights of hannuka were as follows:

more latkes than i could ever hope to stomach

a pair of mittens made out of alpaca (they are so warm)

cranium WOW (the pieces come with interchangeable hats!)

the world of edward gorey, by clifford ross and karen wilkin

gorey is an artist (and sometimes costume designer) who does crazy dark nitpick-y sinster type black-ink line drawings. he sets his scenes in a macabre victorian england, mostly, and writes books with titles like the doubtful guest and accompanies his drawings with captions such as “her laugh made beetles swoon; her frown / made geese and cows turn upside down.”




edward-gorey-b(this is how i would like my future children to learn the letter “b”)

it is a must-read for aspiring illustrators and owners of freakishly dark senses of humor alike.

ps, it is fashion week in stockholm! HOT DAMN. more updates on the most fashion forward city evah to follow.

[ stefanie ]

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florence and johann are from switzerland.

she is an illustrator and graphic designer, and he is a photographer.

put on some beach house, and take a gander.


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