Leslie Keating

Found these great drop cloth wall art on Big Cartel and just had to find out more about the creator. Melbourne-based graphic designer turned textile designer Leslie Keating is the artist behind the brand Maze and Vale. Originally from Canada she designs, screen prints and creates
utilitarian goods with her fabric. We were attracted to her simple designs and use of muted coloration. On an interview with Flower Press she says this about her work and her favorite media:

“I’m a graphic designer turned textile designer, avid sewer and mother of two little girls. I’m drawn to muted colours, interesting angles, asymmetry, disarray in patterns, simplifying the most compelling forms of nature and screen printing it all by hand in my wee tiny studio (ahem, the third bedroom).”

“I loooooooooove fabric. LOVE. Always have really. Sewing is the first craft (and I’ve done/tried pretty much all of them) that I’ve been inspired to keep learning and continue to be thrilled by, because it lets me work with fabric and create things that are both beautiful and useful. And now that I can design and print my own textiles, in whatever colours I want, I’m pretty much in heaven.”

You can follow the artist on her blog, Facebook and Instagram. She has both a Big Cartel and an Etsy shop.

Images: Courtesy of Leslie Keating.

Julene Harrison

These incredible paper cut art is the work of British designer and illustrator Julene Harrison. The Chicago-based artist was originally a fashion and textile designer but had just recently gravitated towards the intricate art of paper cutting. On an interview with the Gentleman Crafter she says this about her path to the creative industry:

“After studying and working as a textile designer for the clothing industry, I moved onto paper-cutting after being made redundant in 2008.”

“My first paper-cut was a lightweight gift, to my then boyfriend, now husband, that I could easily send overseas. I didn’t think anything further of it. I couldn’t have imagined that it was the start of my new career.”

“As it was well received I made two more as wedding presents. I started a blog with these pieces and people seemed to like them. That’s when I started getting commissions, initially from friends and then from strangers.”

You can see more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of her pieces are available for purchase in her Etsy shop.

Images: Courtesy of Julene Harrison.

Pascal Blanchet

pascalblanchetAdmiring the retro-vintage style of Canadian illustrator Pascal Blanchet. The self-taught artist uses simple color palettes, texture and sharp graphic angles to take you back in time. On an interview with Pushing Pixels he says this about his taste and style:

“My first contact with illustration was when I was a kid with the old 78rpm records sleeves at my grandparents house. It makes a huge impression on me.”

“I learned many many years later that they were made by guys like Jim Flora and Alex Steinwess and many others… I also remember having a huge crush for handlettered windowshop ads. It seems I loved art deco posters and streamline style illustrations long before knowing what those styles were. I’m still trying to find an explanation about my love for the 30s and 40s. All I know is that even when I was around 5 or 6 years old it was there.”

You can follow the artist on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

Images: Courtesy of Pascal Blanchet.