Ah, Jill Bliss. I am obsessed her with colorful, intricately patterned drawings. And as if her drawings were not beautiful enough on their own she also works with sustainable and recycled materials. All of her drawings are inspired by different aspects of nature, trees, tide pools, animals and so on. She is one of those rare artists who make beautiful art with interesting concepts. I especially love a lot of her collaborative works.
As usual some favorites:
Hidden Habitats a collaborative show by Jill Bliss and Saelee Oh (who I won't ellaborate on because she is too awesome and totally worthy of her own blog post). They also just had their fourth show together called Gathered Together at GR2 (Giant Robot's LA STORE). You can buy a calender with images from the Gathered Together show at either Jill Bliss or Saelee Oh's websites or at Giant Robot.
Jill Bliss mural on the side of Doe - a cute little shop in San Francisco, CA.
Native Flowers Notecard Book
Sarah Cihat has started a line of rehabilitated dishwear. She buys old dishware from thrift shops and creates beautiful, modern, new dishware by reglazing old dishes and bowls. Recycling old dishes reminds people the importance of recycling old materials and that "one man's trash is another's treasure." She uses bold colors and patterns to keep the designs fun and modern. For purchasing information please visit Sarah Cihat's website.
I first learned about Proyecto Titi's Eco-Mochillas project when I heard Rosamira Guillen at the 2007 Wildlife Conservation Expo. Mochillas are traditional bags made in Columbia. Proyecto Titi redesigned the bags to be made with plastic bags. This means no more plastic bags in the forests or on the side of the roads. The people who share their villages with the Cotton Top Tamarin can now make a living producing Eco-Mochillas (pictured below). Plastic bags have become a form of currency in these villages. The women in these villages are now able to support there families by making Eco-Mochillas. The women go door to door to collect bags and spread knowledge of why it is so important to protect the Cotton-top Tamarin. Villagers now learn to appreciate and cherish their special neighbors.
It is rare that I find an artist that makes art that I find both interesting conceptually and aesthetically pleasing. Jennie Smith does both! She make beautiful drawing/water colors about endangered species but in a unique way. She doesn't just go out and paint wildlife she illustrates a story to demonstrates her point.
One of my favorite pieces is called "We Will Never Tell you Where We've Gone" (featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial) is a beautifully illustrated piece about all the animals on earth teaming up and taking the rest of the planets natural resources and going off to some far off place on a spaceship. It sounds crazy - but aesthetically is very peaceful and organic perhaps demonstrating the way in which all these animals are working together.
Jennie Smith: 2009 Little Otsu Calender and Poster (double-sided)
Jennie Smith: 2008 Little Otsu Calender and Poster (double-sided)
Jennie Smith: 2007 Little Otsu Calender and Poster (double-sided)
(My personal favorite)
You can buy calenders/posters (above) of her artwork at Little Otsu. They are cost about $8-11 and are unfortunately about 1/2" to small for 18"x24" frames. I refuse to cut them because they are so pretty, so will probably end up spending $50 framing $8 posters.
UPDATE: Please note only the "Kite Wars" poster was too big for 18"x24" frames. I just kept trying to frame that one first and assuming the others were the same size.