Archive for the ‘embroidery’ Category
Sometimes, you get stuck at a crossroads between two things you really love doing. For me, it’s being an illustrator and a musician. Years ago, I thought that I’d eventually have to drop one to wholeheartedly pursue the other. I was never able to decide what I loved more, because although different in myriad ways, my love for playing/creating music and my love for creating art are completely equal in nature.
Jillian Tamaki is a bit of a kindred spirit in this sense, although hers is a tug-of-war between illustration and cartooning. She’s been able to integrate both of these passions into an impressive creative career, having released two graphic novels with her cousin Mariko Tamaki and two books of personal work on her own–not to mention the plethora of illustration awards she’s achieved. Her ever-growing client list includes the likes of The New York Times, National Geographic, Penguin Books, The New Yorker, and WIRED.
Jillian grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and went on to study illustration at the Alberta College of Art & Design. While she originally intended to focus on design, she fell in love with illustration and began freelancing after a brief stint at Bioware, a Canada-based video game company. She works both digitally and physically, showcasing her general badass brushwork and drafting skills in addition to embroidery (!!!).
Her creative process is impressively flexible, shifting between rapid-fire deadlines and long-term projects.
This One Summer and Skim, while not necessarily limited to the teen reading section, exemplify the Tamaki cousins’ wish to expose more nuanced examples of teenage girls in literature (“not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth”) and graphic novels/comics. They don’t shy away from the heavy stuff–sexual identity, suicide, being a general loner. And perhaps there’s no better way to tell the stories of these painful experiences than through Jillian Tamaki’s gorgeous, expressive linework. Skim went on to win The New York Times’ award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2008.
Jillian’s exuberant, sarcastic personality is only complemented by her genuine desire to help others, especially in the creative community. She’s provided a wealth of advice on her website in the FAQ section, and also welcomes questions on her blog.
You can follow along with her at her website, Twitter, blog, and Tumblr. She also runs a webcomic at Mutant Magic, which will soon be published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2015. Jillian also teaches illustration at School of Visual Arts.
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Kimika Hara is a fascinating artist living in Kyoto, Japan. I absolutely adore her hand-embroidered illustrations– the colors are amazing, the textures created by printed fabrics, stitches, and beads are simply lovely. What a wonderful technique! Unfortunately, I don’t speak Japanese, so I couldn’t find out much about her.
The birds that Abigail makes are an absolute delight…
Abigail spent large amounts of time as a child in the company of her grandma, an incredibly talented, hardworking seamstress, in a house strewn with loose threads and scraps of fabric. There is nothing more natural to her than to work with fabric, using it to give life to the little creatures that form in her mind.
Abigail produces her birds entirely by hand, in her studio in London, England. They are crafted from both new and reused materials. Each piece is utterly unique, no two will ever be the same. Have a look at her website
Caroline Hwang grew up in Southern California where she earned her BFA with honors at Art Center College of Design. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She has taught at Maryland Institute College of Arts in addition to several guest lectures.
Her work is influenced by her grandmother’s crocheting and knitting, as well as crafts, quilting and music among other things.
Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Brooklyn, NY. She currently teaches in the illustration Department of the School of Visual Arts. She also did an interview for Illustration Friday a while back and it’s still a great read.
Her illustration work is just amazing… so fluid, detailed and textured. But her embroidery illustration really made me jealous. So awesome! You can also see it as it was in progress here.