Ryeou Won Son

Wish we can tell you more about Korean illustrator Ryeou Won Son. We love his series of black, red and white illustrations so we wanted to share them with you. You can see more of his work here on his blog, Instagram and Ink361.

Images: Courtesy of Ryeou Won Son.

Richard Saja

Loving this series of embroideries created by textile designer Richard Saja. The New York-based artist and curator embroiders bright and whimsical embellishments on top of traditional French toile. In an interview posted on Etsy he gives us an insight into his art and offers some encouragement for budding artist:

“My interest for embroidery sprang from the necessity of keeping up with production for a line of cushions I was selling under the name MARISAAL. I had met an amazing embroiderer on the subway by overhearing her conversation here in New York, and she was the only one who embroidered the toile for me back then. Soon, after I picked up a needle, I found the perfect outlet for my OCD inclinations and overall fastidiousness: embroidery. Having no natural talent for painting or drawing, I found that a needle and floss allowed me to accomplish very similar results and that I actually did have some innate talent for it.”

“The one thing I’d like to encourage is originality. It’s okay to start out aping other peoples’ work, but I like to see young embroiderers forge ahead into new territories rather than recycling the same few motifs over and over.”

“I don’t think of myself as a technically accomplished stitcher, being more interested in the conceptual aspect of my work, so I can’t really speak to that. I keep going back to the same few stitches time and again: satin, split, bullion, and my favorite, the French knot.”

You can follow the artist on his blog, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Richard Saja.


Vicki Turner

Vicki Turner is a British designer, illustrator, maker and surfer with a passion and curiosity for the natural world. She strives for simplicity and balance in her work, layering crisp edged forms with hand made textures. She has collaborated with big name clients as well as many non-profit orgainizations. On the Cooler Lifestyle blog we get an insight into the artist:

I’m rooted to instinct. It’s been my guide and taken me on many adventures. Costa Rica was the most awe inspiring place I’ve ever had the luck to visit. Walking through rainforests with toucans, hummingbirds, howler monkeys and giant centipedes for company. An unforgettable place. A close second, was Indonesia, where I got to ride my first wave and volunteer with the charity FNPF. They successfully brought the Bali Starling back from the brink of extinction. I think I learned more there, than anywhere.”

And on the blog Tendr Stories she says this:

“Many things inspire me, yet Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia is a legend in my eyes. A humble and honest man who has proved that business can be a great force for good. His efforts and achievements simply blow me away. If only there were more people like Yvon. And extraordinary businesses like Patagonia.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Behance and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Vicki Turner