Artist of the Week: Gemma Correll

Whenever I’m feeling a bit down, I head to Gemma Correll‘s website for an instant smile. She’s a super cute illustrator and comic-maker from the UK who has a trusty sidekick named Mr. Norman Pickles the Pug. Sometimes I feel like she resides in my brain because she comes up with drawings that I relate to way too easily (like referencing “smizing” for you rare Top Model readers). If she makes you giggle too, head on over to her blog and Tumblr to stay up to date on all things Gemma.

Have any of you seen Gemma’s work before? I have a major illustrator crush on her. Anyway, enjoy your weekend everyone!

Artist of the Week: Alex McLeod

Alex McLeod constructs hyperrealistic 3D environments filled with fiery lakes, crystalline mountains, and rotund clouds, all rendered in a sickly sweet, candy-colored palette. McLeod’s CGI prints act as hybrid spaces that imply an almost infinite recombination of the past and present, the real and virtual.

Have a happy weekend everyone, I hope you are filled to the brim with leftovers.

Artist(s) of the Week: Fine Cell Work

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Fine Cell Work is a charity that teaches needlework to prison inmates and sells their products (including adorable pillows that I’m adding to my wishlist this holiday season). The prisoners do the work when they are locked in their cells, and the earnings give them hope, skills, and independence. Savings reduce the likelihood of offenders returning to crime. Prisoners often send the money they earn from Fine Cell Work to their children and families, or use it to pay debts or for accommodation upon release.

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The charity was founded by Lady Anne Tree, who first had the idea in the 1960′s when she was a prison visitor at HMP Holloway. With the help of the Royal School of Needlework she enabled two lifers to make needlepoint carpets which were then sold as collectors items in New York. However, in those days the prisoners were not allowed to receive money for the work. This determined Lady Anne to establish an organisation in which prisoners could learn a skill to the highest level and be paid for their efforts.

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Fine Cell Work today aims to show that prison work can be the best on offer and to enable prison inmates to help themselves by selling their work to the general public. Seriously, how sweet are these tattoo-inspired cushions?

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Artist of the Week: Theo Jansen

Kinetic sculptor and artist Theo Jansen builds “strandbeests” from yellow plastic tubing that is readily available in his native Holland. The graceful creatures evolve over time as Theo adapts their designs to harness the wind more efficiently. They are powered only by the wind and even store some of the wind’s energy in plastic bottle “stomachs” to be used when there is no wind. According to the artist, “over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storm and water and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.” Absolutely breathtaking and inspiring.

Artist of the Week: Lucky Jackson

As part of her 365 Lucky Days Project, Lucky Jackson is going to make a new piece everyday for one year. Her hoop embroideries are incredibly charming and capture some of my favorite people (Joan from Mad Men and Lloyd from Say Anything!), amongst other adorable things. Be sure to stalk her Etsy shop as well if you’re interested in purchasing originals.

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