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Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist known for her large-scale installations.  She was born in Paris in 1971 and currently lives and works in Lisbon.  Aside for her installations she has also created a series of wrapped animals blanketed with delicate patterns of handmade cotton crochet and lace.  And as the artist says “are ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-skin in crochet-work.”  She has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s. In 2012 she was the first female artist to have an exhibit at the Chateau de Versailles. On an interview with Wallpaper she says this about artists who influenced her:  

 “I am influenced by any artist that transforms my way of looking at the world. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not, it’s how it affects you and how it will rock your world. That’s what artists do, they give you a perspective, by writing a book, singing a song, by dancing, they create a window so others can look at the world from a different angle. I really like Louise Bourgeois, yes, but then I also like someone that I’d never heard of in Mexico. David Bowie changed my world, but not all music by David Bowie. If I could send a piece of music to the moon it would be Heroes. David was quite right; you can be a hero, even if it’s just for one day.”

More of her work can be viewed here on her website.

Images:  Courtesy of Joana Vasconcelos

Glenn Jones

Glenn Jones is a graphic designer and illustrator from Auckland, New Zealand.  His brand name GLENNZ mean GLENN from NZ.  Glenn is a graphic designer and illustrator who, for over 18 years, has worked in the design industry focusing on packaging, illustration and corporate identity.  On his spare time he started creating t-shirt art and then became was one of the best selling designers on Threadless.  He then started his own shirt company selling a range of t-shirts, calendars and laptop skins.  He gives us these incites on his info page:  

Where do you get your ideas from? “It’s my most asked question. The best ideas come when you’re not trying to think of ideas. A lot of it is about nostalgia and trying to look at everyday stuff in a different way.

Do you ever get creative blocks? How do you get over these? “All the time, so I do something else, go for a run, go take photos, go get a coffee. Any one of those options always seems to work.

You can view more of his work on his website, Facebook, Dribble and Instagram. You can purchase his t-shirts here on Threadless.

Images:  Courtesy of Glenn Jones.

Guy Billout

French artist and illustrator Guy Billout was born in Decize in 1941. After finishing his art training in the city of Beaune, he started to work in the advertising industry before he finally moved to New York City in 1969. His style is described as clean, spare and precise, with lush colors and exquisite craftsmanship. His drawings often deals with quiet irony creating a clever twist on the ordinary life.  In 1989 he received the Hamilton King Award which is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in illustration and in 2016, he was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

His master portfolio can be found in Graphis.  He is represented in Germany by Margarethe Huber.

Images:  Courtesy of Guy Billout.

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