Category Archives: Illustration

Lily Moon

We love sketchbooks and journals here at Cari Mateo and are always on the lookout for unusual designs. Found these particular ones on Etsy and just had to post them. They are the creations of Cyprus-based artist functioning under the business name, Lily Moon. They are blank hand-bound notebooks with different themes and adorned with various illustrations. The artist also does a great job of packaging her sold items. Her love of people, painting, books and nature is evident in her work. Here”s a small insight on the artist from Indie Pretty Perfect blog:

“I’m inspired by human emotions, by books or strange stories, by my travels and by the little things in life that are overlooked… I like holding an imaginary magnifying glass over them and wonder at their beauty!”

“I didn’t “intend” for it to be a business. I just wanted to share the images and stories with other people. I was very lucky to find Etsy and join a community that embraced my little world.”

You can follow the artist on Facebook and on Etsy.

Images: Courtesy of Lily Moon.

Britta Marakatt-Labba

Really need to see this up close to truly appreciate these intricate embroidered narratives created by Swedish textile designer and artist, Britta Marakatt-Labba. Her art consist mainly of textile embroidery, watercolor painting, and lithography working as a book illustrator and as a costume and set designer. On Lecture and Notes she writes this about herself:

“I am married to a reindeer herder from Saarivuoma Sámi village, and am resident in Övre Soppero, Kiruna municipality. Since the end of the 70s I have been doing narrative embroidery that depicts scenes from everyday Sámi life, political reflections, stories of Sámi culture and history and Sámi mythological pictures. The magnificent natural world and the white snow of the glistening winter landscape are a constant presence. Embroidery work requires an aesthetic based on slowness. It is a journey in time and space in which every stitch breathes experiences and reflection, and creates stories.”

Images: Courtesy of Britta Marakatt-Labba.

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Erin Paisley

Erin Paisley is a mother of two who is a Milwaukee sculptor, illustrator, designer and crafter. This is how she describes herself in her Etsy shop:

“I have no degrees, I teach myself how to do everything by reading instructions multiple times, very slowly and very carefully…or else by trial and error.
When I sit down to draw, I have a big eraser by my side.
I can’t keep a sketch book, and I’m terrible at planning things out. I pretty much just belly flop into everything I do and hope for the best (I was never very good at diving either..)
I hope you enjoy my pictures, they come from a place I’ve gone since I was a child….where? I’m not sure, but it’s fueled by music and a mood, and comes from my heart. I usually don’t know what my drawings will be until they have already shown themselves on the paper.”

“I’ve recently become most enthralled with Ceramics, taking my paintings to functional level. Everything is handmade in my studio. All ceramics are hand painted in my signature style using layers of underglaze and over glazes, then fired in my home studio kiln to be fully functional and food safe(although the dishes are all original art pieces and will be perfectly at home hanging on a wall).”

You can view more of her work on website, Instagram, Behance and Facebook. Her Etsy shop is located here.

Images: Courtesy of Erin Paisley.