Sarajo Frieden

I cannot remember exactly how I stumbled upon Sarajo Frieden's website, but I knew I'd love her work the second I saw her beautiful homepage.

I really love her embroidered pieces!

And I love nothing more than artwork of crazy little cities growing on trees....

Isn't there something fabulous about these two pieces? They look like some kind of magical adventure.
You can view more of her work from Poketo or Lila Rogers Studio.

Turtle Cities

Another trend in turtle art: cities on/in turtles shells. I've found a real variety by some very cool artists. I really love the concept of these hidden modern cities in unusual spaces. I love how it questions the relationship between animals' and humans' habitats.

Man, Pet, Machine by Neil Yarnal

The Turtle by Felipe Guerra, Magali Pahl and Fernando Canalli

WWF Ad by Ogilvy & Mather, Ad Agency

Turtle City by KeblarTar from

Turtle Fortress by Octupusmile

Turtle with Landscape on Shell by Daphne McCormack

Turtle City in the Sky by Yuko Kondo

City in the Trees

I've noticed trend amongst some of my favorite artists -- fantasy cities in forests and trees. Of course, everyone has the childhood connection to tree houses. However, I see this trend as a need to connect back to nature. In many modern cities it seems that we lost our connection to the natural world and many of us yearn to get that connection back. Most of us have grown accustomed to the every day comforts and luxuries that modern cities bring us. These artist renderings are a way to merge those two worlds, modern day luxury and nature combined in harmony - cities growing in the trees.

works by Corrine Dean of Not to Pink

Saelee Oh from Hidden Habitats show

Rainhorse detail collaboration between Jill Bliss and Saelee Oh from Hidden Habitats

collaboration between Jill Bliss and Saelee Oh from Hidden Habitats calender

Sketch of a city based on fireweed by Peter Hutchinson from Thrown Rope

Jennie Smith's Treehouse Calender for Little Otsu

Christopher Pattern from wallpaper designers Grow House Grow

from Roots to Fruits show by APAK

Illustrations by Yuuco of Blue Bonbon

Meet Me By the Creepy Tree by Souther Salazar

Forest City by Rob Alexander from Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes

Future City - a painting I did a few years ago

Also check out some crazy - actual tree house and tree house concepts at Inhabitat. Especially the treehouses from Free Spirit Spheres, they remind me of the scene in the Oompa Loompa village in the newer Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Also check out these renderings of the Green Towers, planned to be built in Seoul, South Korea.

Jill Bliss and Friends

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.

Treelets by Jill Bliss and Shinpei is an amazing little book with quirky yet beautiful drawings of trees and imaginary ecosystems.

Jill Bliss mural on the side of Doe - a cute little shop in San Francisco, CA.

Califoregon by Jill Bliss and Brittany Powell.

There is a really great notecard book available with some of Jill's best work:
Native Flowers Notecard Book