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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.

Julie Arkell

Julie Arkell is one of England’s best recognized contemporary folk artist.  Born in London, she studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham before gaining a diploma in textiles at St Martin’s School of Art.  Julie works in papier mache, mixing vintage fabrics, scraps of poems and words she loves as well as knits and stitching to her imaginative creatures, full of wit and whimsy.  She is inspired by books, toys, clothes, fabric, wool, the radio, walking and being on the constant look out for whatever catches her eyes.

Her work can always be seen at Contemporary Applied Arts, the Loop in London and online on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Julie Arkell.

Irodori

We found these handmade brooch on a Japanese lifestyle website and thought it would be a fun project.  They’re called the Chiku Chiku or prickly brooch.  There is no pattern to follow and you are free to use your imagination so that no two patterns will ever be alike.  We discovered that these particular pieces were made by Tamagawa Welfare Workshop a corporation that operates both elderly care and disabled support business.

The brooch are sold under the brand, Irodori, who makes not only sashimi embroidered products but several other products using recycled  materials. Irodori works with elderly and disabled people invigorating and making them actively contribute to the local community. 

You can find more Irodori products on Facebook and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Irodori.

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