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Kimika Hara

Admiring these girl and animal illustrations created by Japanese embroidery artist and illustrator, Kimika Hara.  The Kyoto born artist embroiders with free stitch.  She embellishes her work with cute fabrics, colorful threads, acrylic paints and assorted beads.  Her work is considered kawai (cute) and cheerful.

You can follow the artist on her website, Behance, Facebook and Instagram.  She sells a few of her designs here on Etsy.

Images:  Courtesy of Kimika  Hara.

Hiroe Miyaoka

Found these simple and delicate note cards on Japanese handmade market site, Creema.  The designer is Hiroe Miyaoka a gift wrapping and quilling instructor and paper coordinator.  She drew on her experience as advertising signage designer and display artist for gift and small good stores.  She has also written many books on the subject and published in six foreign language versions.  In 2014 her brand and business, Toi et Moi, was established.

You can view more of her work on her website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Miyaoka Hire.

Tom Abbiss Smith

Tom Abbiss Smith is an illustration graduate from Norwich University of the Arts, UK.  He explores shape and form to produce abstract designs and illustrations that are frequently applied as surface pattern design to clothing, homeware products, packaging, posters and accessories. On an interview with Find Liaison he says this about inspiration: 

“It’s probably going to sound very cliche, but everything I see around me on a daily basis. If you really look around you and observe, there are beautiful textures, shapes, colors, etc. everywhere. I love that there is the possibility to reappropriate all of these things into artwork. Nature is perhaps the most prominent inspiration to my work, however. There’s so much variation when looking at it, and that excites me a lot.”


You can view more of his work on his website, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Tom Abbiss Smith.