Coveting these hand painted tribal serving boards and accessories created by Australia-based artisan Millie Fairhall. She is a self-confessed ‘mixed-plate of cultural confusion’ and her heritage reflects heavily in all that she creates. She writes this on her blog about her creative journey:
“Whilst the majority of people receive a pay packet each week,I do not. I’ve chosen the path of the unknown,of the consistently inconsistent because I love what I do and am fortunate enough that there are people out there who love my creations enough to pay me their hard earned money for something that is made with heart and soul. My work is a culmination of my life.my travels.my experiences.my adventures.the blood that pulses through my veins.the culture that I have been born from.the life that only I have lived,that’s what inspires & keeps the fire burning.”
“I spend hours slogging away.late nights.lack of sleep.blistered hands.sweat.sacrifices & tears to produce everything you see on my page,but I get so much satisfaction and pride to be able to share my work with everybody.”
You can follow Millie on her blog site and Facebook. Her products can be purchased in her Big Cartel shop.
Images: Courtesy of Millie Fairhall.
Admiring these wooden samplers created by UK-based textile artist, Ali Ferguson.
The unique samplers are inspired by “stories from the sewing box”. A huge fan of junk shops and markets she creates the patterns using vintage fabrics, hand embroidered table linens, lace and a variety of found materials. On an interview with Textile Artist she says this about her work:
“Although I would describe myself as a textile artist, I work with a variety of materials. I always incorporate hand stitch into my pieces and I think, for me, this is one of the most important elements. There is something very personal about making your own mark with needle and thread.”
“My choice of materials is influenced by my theme. For example a couple of years ago I was part of an exhibiting group who were working towards an exhibition entitled “Environment”. I chose to explore this by working with driftwood and exploring how I could stitch into it, stitch pieces of wood together and transfer photographic images onto it. This was the start of my “Environmentals” series of driftwood pieces. I am currently back working with wood as I am just starting a series of “Patchwood Quilts” or samplers made from bed slats. This is exciting me greatly and I have loads of further developments buzzing around my head at the moment.”
“As to techniques – let’s just say that these current pieces involve a great deal of drilling!”
You can view more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Ali Ferguson.
Brooklyn-based artist and graphic designer Scott Albrecht has a strong sense of color and typography as can be seen in the three-dimensional pieces shown above. Words play a large role in his designs with phrases incorporated as hidden messages. We’ve featured some of his work on wood but we personally would love to see more of his paper collages. The artist shares some insights on an interview with Frame Web:
“I have a background in graphic design, so a lot of my work tends to incorporate different design elements and principles, like typography, colour-blocking, simplified shapes and forms, etc. Typography has played a larger part in my work over the years, but more recently I’ve been distancing myself from it or exploring new ways of abstracting the characters to create different visual languages.”
“I enjoy finding new ways to communicate with people. For me the hidden messages aren’t so much about hiding things but creating new visual languages. After sharing this newer series with people, it’s been interesting for me to watch or hear people’s reactions. Most people start by observing the shapes and the patterns in the pieces, and then once they discover it’s a system and ultimately a message, I think they connect with the piece on a different level because they’re unpacking and discovering things, which is very different from simply reading the piece right away.”
You can follow the artist on his website and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Scott Albrecht.