Tuija Heikkinen

Tuija Heikkinen is a textile designer and Arts and Crafts teacher from Rovaniemi, Finland. She crochets individual elements and arranges them into these very appealing compositions. The fibre artist is also proficient in sewing, knitting and embroidery examples of which can be seen on her Instagram account.

Images: Courtesy of Tuija Heikkinen.

Suzanne Sullivan

Suzanne Sullivan is an Oregon-born ceramist now living and working in Brooklyn where she creates textile, jewelry, pottery, and ceramics. We love her ceramic pieces with its rough surfaces and contrasting geometric patterns. On The Star Whisperer she relates this about herself:

“I like the idea of the artist as a kind of design factory, prepared to tackle all kinds of issues, whether they be extraordinary or mundane.”

“I like the things in our every day world that are not mass-produced, things that have fingerprints on them. At home, I collect twigs and sticks and nests, special rocks, pieces of small nothings from the natural world, and a lot of times, my ceramics become vessels for these things.”

You can follow the artist on Facebook and view more of her work on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Suzanne Sullivan.

Eight Hour Day

Eight Hour Day (EHD) is the graphic design and illustration studio of Nathan Strandberg and Katie Kirk. We were first attracted to their black and white art print series of the zodiac signs and knew we had to feature their work. The Minneapolis-based husband and wife team works in close collaboration on most projects most particularly on branding. They give us a little insight on their role as designers on Grain Edit:

“As designers, we’re constantly looking, searching and evaluating the world around us: what’s working, what isn’t, how things could be better. During our initial mood-board and concept phases, these are the questions we always ask ourselves, directly or indirectly. Asking the right questions isn’t the same as relying on hard numbers, but I don’t feel like they are any less important. Plus, I feel if hard numbers, data spreadsheets and focus groups ran the world of design, I think it would be a pretty sad and boring place.”

You can follow this design team on their website, Instagram and Dribble. Prints on a few of their work are available for purchase on Etsy.

Images: Courtesy of Eight Hour Day.