We love these vibrant portraits from Sofia Bonati, an Argentinian artist living in the UK. She creates beautiful pieces using different patterns and media, which give her a unique and striking style. Check out her work here.
Francesca Sanna is an illustrator and a children’s book author, currently based in Zurich, Switzerland. She works on several areas as publishing, including children books and editorial illustration. I discovered her work on Instagram, and simply can't get enough of her combination of bold graphic shapes and flowing textures. Check out the website for more beautiful illustrations!
Here is It’s Nice That’s annual symposium held at the impressive Royal Geographical Society in west London. The one-day event brings together a vast array of the most exciting creative talent from the UK and abroad for inspiring and entertaining talks exploring creative processes and ideas. This year included talks from George Hardie, Juno Calypso, Ryan Gander and Noma Bar. At £165 a ticket, it's not a cheap day out. However, I found the day extremely entertaining, insightful and inspiring (and the food and drink wasn't bad either!) - I recommend it to anyone with an interest in creativity!
Open the next door
Change gift-wrapped in fresh, white paint
New home for old things
- Sarah Kennedy
Have a big clear out…
Don’t keep things you don’t need…
Oh no, where’s it gone?
- Sarah Kennedy
I can’t write haikus,
never have any ideas.
Wait, I just did one!
- Andrew Dewhirst
I had to google
What is it makes a haiku?
My memory failed (me)
- Caroline Cattrell
Summer skies and sun
Sad goodbyes and era’s end
Bright new beginnings
- Fiona Mullins
Remembering those involved.
The bees keep buzzing.
- Paige Carr
A design led gift and home accessories shop sourcing beautiful products locally and internationally from both iconic and emerging brands.
Their aim is to inspire and excite Their customers with ever changing eclectic collections of handpicked aesthetically simple and beautiful products.
They are a husband and wife duo combining our talents, experience and passion for all things stylish! They live in leeds with their two children Jonah and Elodie.
Claire- The Curator- has 16 years experience in product development, buying and sourcing across clothing, jewellery and gifting. A wine lover, obsessed with cactus plants and a Scandinavian wanabee.
James- The Keen Eye- the designer and conceptor with exceptional taste, a sound appreciation for great music and far too many brown shoes/ boots.
We love everything on the site .... I'm off to shop now!
Leah Goren is an illustrator and surface pattern designer living in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2012 with a BFA in Illustration. Her clients include Anthropologie, Ban.do, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Loeffler Randall, Penguin Random House, Lenny Letter, and Revlon. She is the author of BESTIES, and co-author of LadiesDrawing Night.
Leah's work is really fresh and full of Character and we love her loose style. You can visit her shop on her website and own a bit of this lovely work for yourself.
Tom Abbiss Smith is an Illustration graduate from Norwich University Of The Arts.
His intuitive style of image making frequently manipulates mark making and texture in conjunction with colour and composition within his work. Tom's attention to form and shape, through a cut and paste technique, allows his creations to take a naturally dynamic abstract style.
Digital software is often used to aid his process, which occasionally allows him to translate digital work into limited edition or original screen prints.
Months fly by so fast
Never enough time for a
- Chris Taylor
Oh Boris Johnson
Tittle tattle name caller
Eton bully boy
- Chris Taylor
The cherry blossoms,
and their floating pink petals
form a waterfall
- Angela Stone
Waiting for the rain,
flowers sunbathe in neat rows.
What April showers?
- Paige Carr
Manchester designer Rob Bailey creates brilliantly bold and stylised illustrations. His clients include Samsung, Google, Seaworld, Mercedes Benz and The British Heart Foundation. I love his use of interlocking shapes and strong colours. See more at Rob Bailey Studio.
The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning "circle.” I've recently spotted some stunning mandalas made from found objects - from petals and leaves, to stones and rusty keys. Above are some beautiful designs by Matt W. Moore, Paula Brett and local artist Miriam Robson. Click the links for more info!