medium /// drawing

lotte maja bjerre


Piles of geometric up-dos? Perfectly stacked, shiny french braids? I’m not sure, but that’s what I see! I do know that these perfectly wrapped parcels of whatever they are were created with only pencil, and pen, on paper {up to 2’x3′} Love! This is the most recent work of Copenhagen based artist/illustrator Lotte Maja Bjerre… and now I want someone to french braid my hair. In a square.

layla holzer


These feel like a dream… or maybe a beautiful nightmare. This monochrome meets neon work is by UK based artist Layla Holzer. She describes herself as a storyteller, and by the look of these stunning narrative pieces, I’d have to completely agree.

#creativeUNblock no.8


Here we are, project number 8 of 12! {If you missed the other projects, no problem, you can catch up right here.} This project is from American artist Sidney Pink. The idea this month is to set some rules and then play within them… in 30 minutes or less! Ready?


#creativeunblock // august // by sidney pink, pg.91


“Creativity thrives when we are given restrictions. Ask someone to write a story about anything and they’ll wallow in indecision. Ask them to write 1 page about their first pet in less then 3 minutes and the story will start to flow. Create an original image in less then 30 minutes based on one of the metaphors below. Don’t worry about the out come, just get it done.”

“It was raining cats and dogs.”  or “He swam in a sea of diamonds.”


Sidney gave different metaphors in the book, and I picked the two above, just to shake things up. I really like both of them, and I hope you will too {I’m actually tempted to combine them!} If you’d like to share what you make, just put it up on Instagram or Twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. Have fun!


cj hendry


There are so many things that fascinate me about Australian artist CJ Hendry. First, her insane ink drawings obviously, but… I think I might be even more obsessed with the images of her working! So fascinating to see her process in perfect black and white. But wait there’s more. I absolutely love her story… a few years ago she dropped out of an architecture degree to follow her passion. Good move.

“After having left school I enrolled in architecture and immersed myself in a world of lines, rendering, and architectural history,” Hendry said. “It was a completely captivating degree and I spent hour upon hour dissecting oversize black and white scale plans. All my assignments were hand drawn with a pen and ruler as I couldn’t figure out how to navigate CAD and Revit… [so she decided to take a year off]… I made a deal with myself – if I didn’t sell anything in 365 days I would re-enroll in university and go back to what I was doing. Luckily, after a couple of months I got my first major sale and there was no way I would ever set foot in a university campus again.” {via Mashable}

Ah-mazing. Ok, and there’s one more thing. She doesn’t seem to have a portfolio site. She posts all of her work via her Instagram account. Very smart. I’m not sure why she decided to do it that way, but it’s a great idea for any of you that want to share your work with the world but can’t afford {or can’t figure out how} to set up a full website. Final work, shots in progress… an amazing way to share your work… for FREE!

mariko paterson


Tiger plates, pirate bowls, and what might possibly be the best cat urn in the entire world. This is the whimsicle work of Canadian ceramicist Mariko Paterson. I love this description, that I found on her site, of her studio and her process:

“So, this is the thing. We are a little operation and my wiener dogs,
as much as I would like for them to help in the studio…well, they are useless.

Each piece is handmade either on the wheel or by sheer force of my hands.
They are then decorated to death and fired up to four, count ’em, four times.
I wish I could work faster, but alas, I am a slow, but steady little machine.”

Love! I have two wiener dogs too… also useless {but cute}. Some of her work is available in her shop, or you can follow her on Instagram to see her latest pieces. ps. Thanks to Bella for sending me a link to Mariko’s work!

“you’re in cider town”


Amazing things will happen… yes they will! Today’s episode is an interview with Philadelphia based artist, illustrator, hand-lettering master, Mary Kate McDevittWe talk about the best letters to draw, quotes from Ned Flanders, and we even have a little hand-lettering assignment for all of us at the end! You can listen right up there, under all of the amazingness, or you can subscribe on iTunes. Here is what we talked about, in the order that we talked about it. First of all, her hilarious, sweet and super fantastic 100 day project:


Love! And there are plenty more where these came from… she’s now on day 66 so there are a whole lot of people and pets in her instagram feed! Next, onto client work. Commissioned work is how Mary Kate spends most of her days. This is just a tiny little snippet {so much more on her site}:


I need that shirt. She does book covers, magazine covers, ads, you name it… all by hand. No computers, no fonts. So good. She also does a lot of personal work. These are two of the pieces that we were talking about… being a huge fan of reruns, she gets a lot of her favorite quotes from old TV shows, like News Radio and The Simpsons:


Ah, Ned. So wise. And finally the last thing we talked about was the letter l. Lovely little letter ‘L’, and so we decided to put out a creative challenge out for all of us… this is the hashtag you’ll need: #handletterlullaby

Thanks to Mary Kate for taking a break from unpacking her new studio, to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and to all of you for listening… the next episode will be up next Saturday!

cheyenne randall


I could literally spend hours looking through the Instagram feed of Seattle based artist Cheyenne Randall… ok, I just did. I cannot get enough! He adds the most beautifully hand-drawn tattoos to some of pop culture’s favorite icons… from Twiggy to Marilyn to Elvis. I was going to stop there, but I’m a child of the 80’s so clearly I also had to include these:


Yes. Oh, yes.

{You can buy his work as prints, originals, and apparel right here.}

monika forsberg



Oh, Monday morning. I want to jump back into my bed for one more quick little bit of sleep… just long enough to have a colorful, beautiful, and totally wacky dream that resembles these mixed media pieces by Swedish born, London based artist/illustrator Monika Forsberg (aka Walkyland) … I want to make friends with little birds wearing shoes!

{via Lisa Congdon … you can find a really wonderful interview with Monika on Lisa’s site.}

johan barrios


Graphite and watercolor. Oh, and paper. That’s it. These mixed media drawings are the gorgeous work of Colombian artist Johan Barrios. Perfectly drawn portraits, on washy/loose fields of paint… I’d like to write more, but instead I’m just going to stare at these in awe. {Drawings!?}

ana teresa barboza


I wrote about Peruvian artist Ana Teresa Barboza in 2013, and today I came across her series titled “Weaving the Moment”… obviously I had to write again. I have a major weakness for work that blurs the line between fine art and craft, and this my friends is a perfect example of that blurry line! I can’t get enough of the tangled embroidered roots dangling from the bottom of her canvases, and that crocheted water spilling from it’s wooden tap… oh my… so, so good!

*installation photos taken by Edi Hirose at Wu Galeria