Category Archives: Etsy Finds

Lorraine Corrigan

Loving these papier mache dogs created by UK-based artist Lorraine Corrigan. She creates sculptures of other breeds but sighthounds appear to be her specialty. Her made to order pieces are created with wire and vintage book pages to capture the delicate forms of the animals and give them a stone-like texture. On an interview with All Things Paper she says this about her work:

“I have always had a love of sculpting since studying art at level sculpture in school many years ago. I knew I would return to this form of art eventually, but never found the right medium. Five years ago I took a course in art therapy and they gave us wire to play around with… I tried to make a dog ( I adore dogs) and it ended up like a deformed lamb. I still have a fondness for that lamb that I kept! A year later I was running an art group for the homeless and thought why not make papier mâché heads of dogs? In my own time, I began to make whole dogs in papier mâché style. I had at last found my medium coupled with my love for sighthounds.”

You can follow the artist on her website and on Facebook. Some of her pieces can be purchased in her Etsy shop, Hounds of Bath.

Images: Courtesy of Lorraine Corrigan.

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Humayrah Bint Altaf

UK-based embroidery artist Humayrah Bint Altaf began her studies in the world of fashion but discouragement quickly brought her back to her first love, embroidery, with much of her intricate work inspired by the natural world. On Sisters Magazine she writes this about herself:

“I began embroidering at the age of 14 after seeing my grandma lovingly make crocheted gifts for friends and family,” says Humayrah. “I have fond memories of spending my school holidays in her home. The duck egg blue walls, hand-dyed silk saris that neatly lined her wardrobe, even the soft floral scent of her saris are still fresh in my mind. It was here that my heart became entwined in needlework and all things handmade.”

“I was blessed with the opportunity to study hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace. In my two years there, I developed my skills in traditional hand embroidery techniques like goldwork and silk shading, and my love and appreciation for exquisite craftsmanship blossomed.”

You can see more of her work on Instagram and purchase a few of her designs in her Etsy shop, The Olde Sewing Room.

Images: Courtesy of Humayrah Bint Altaf

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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.