Chrissie Miller’s NYC-based clothing line Sophomore, has spent the past few years making an impact pairing classic American styles with beautifully-lensed marketing campaigns. Her new lookbook is no exception. Based on the 1994 boardwalk youth documentary Wildwood NJ Miller’s short film, directed by Cass Bird, is who’s-who-of-young-NYC take on the original Jersey Shore cult classic. We would have posted the whole thing here but much like the original some of the language is a bit NSFW.
Bindi Booth’s illustrations, prints, posters and textile designs have a palette of cherry-blossom pink, egg-cream white and French vanilla-yellow. They’re good enough to eat, in other words (though probably non-edible) and maintain a lusciously soft mood while still packing a punch on the printed page.
Booth also produces lovely hand-made and limited-edition folio books, which might be our new favorite collectibles. Check out the whole roster of projects here, and keep your eyes peeled for illustrations in places like Bust magazine.
Seth Papac makes jewelry that looks like sculpture. Or jewelry that looks like a miniature primitive drawing rendered in 3D. Or jewelry that looks like an alien artifact. In short, he makes jewelry that looks like no other jewelry you’ve seen. These are more like talismans than, say, necklaces or bracelets— objects the would seem to bestow superhuman powers on their wearer.
Lucy Joy is an illustrator whose curlicued images of people and landscapes we can’t get enough of. Joy also lends her talents to greeting cards, hand-lettered pieces and textiles (ooh!), all of which make equally appropriate vehicles for her distinctive style.
“My work is largely driven by my love of eye catching objects and surface decoration,” she writes. “I tend to enjoy myself most when working in fine detail and try to approach drawing with an uninhibited and non mechanical technique. I like wobbly lines.”
Danny Sangra’s FILM NUMBER 9 is an ode to woodsy rambles and sweet leather jackets. It combines a few of our most favorite things— tangly trees, pretty ladies, heavy percussion, and exploration—into a kooky pastoral odyssey.
More of the artist’s films can be spotted over on his Vimeo page, including the trailer for DOOMSDAY KIDS SAY HEY, which combines water towers, chalk drawings and greasy breakfasts into an irresistible set of clues for something we can’t wait to unravel.
Taking the already rad concept of fan-powered dancing balloons to a new level of mind-boggling aesthetic awesomeness, Spike’s glorious Air Dancers made their debut at L.A.’s Opening Ceremony last weekend.
Dang, would you look at that pattern? It’s hard to define the beauty of those checks: they’re part video-game, part pastoral, part traditional. You’d never guess that the fabric for this shirt was sourced from the 1980s archives of a Portuguese textile mill and then re-colored to form an “archive check” pattern in loose, unbrushed cotton flannel. Also rad? This shirt would look equally swell on a lady or a dude, and we always dig the unisex vibe.
We have been working on raising money and awareness our close-friend, Kenny Brime who has been diagnosed Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia.
We’ve raised approximately $5000 thus far just from pure donations. Amazing!
We just finished a benefit shirt for Kenny with Bad Brains and ROIR Records to further help Kenny and to expand awareness of Leukemia in general.
I’ll be releasing the shirts on Tuesday, April 6 through the Solitary Arts site. Two shirts and only 48 of each were made. Each shirt comes with the Solitary Arts inner tag. Artwork is original/official Bad Brains, the ROIR Records logo, and Kenny’s own artwork adorning both the front and back of each shirt.
Emily Cheng’s projects are tinged with humor and exquisite taste and influenced by everything from Mexico City architecture to fallen trees to radio infrastructure maps.
Her experiments—some documented online here— include a USB teddy bear based on Deleuze & Guattari’s writings on the rhizome (see above), a hypothetical tour bus for Chaucer’s pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales (it features wall-sconce lighting and goblet holders) and an installation that metaphorically (or metonymically?) contains the elements of a cloud storm in one room via white balloons suspended at varying heights.
The connecting thread among Emily’s works is a conceptual rigor matched with technical perfection and…most importantly…a distinct element of zaniness. Behold.
Karen Barbé is a textile designer from Santiago, Chile, and her work is heartbreakingly beautiful. Moreover, she keeps a rigorously-updated blog documenting her work and her aesthetic fixations, and the blog is a work of art in itself. Not only is the author unstoppably creative, but she seems to have the Midas touch: in Barbé’s hands old cross-stitch patterns become gorgeous cut-outs and empty plastic bottles turn into adorable pins.
Inspirations include traditional Chilean pottery, books of vintage patterns, Macedonian aprons, Lanigrafía (”the art of depicting landscapes or objects using different embroidery stitches and colors”), thrift stores, quilting, vintage fashion sketches and so much more.