I recently came across Helen Musselwhite’s beautiful paper sculptures. Inspired by nature, her stunningly intricate layered designs draw you into a fairytale world of forests, flowers and hedgerows. Her framed pieces make beautiful wall art, but it’s her haunting sculptures in glass domes that really stick in my mind.
Pittsburgh-based Sapling Press is the brainchild of graphic designer Lisa Krowinski. Her wonderfully witty letterpress cards and stationary showcase her dry sense of humour and never fail to make me chuckle.
As an illustrator and animator who spends most of her time in front of a Mac, it’s nice to get my hands dirty every once in a while. Last year, I launched a small range of hand-printed lino cuts through my Etsy store to indulge my inner messy artist.
Olimpia Zagnoli’s portfolio is a gorgeous riot of colour, shape and line. From her base in Milan, she creates striking, graphic illustrations for clients including The New Yorker, The New York Times and Rolling Stone. I just love the confident simplicity of her work, her selective use of colour and the playfulness of her compositions.
My love affair with Crème Nouveau began with a Jammy Dodger brooch, given to me by my brother one birthday. I henceforth entered the flamboyantly kitsch world of Katherine Hawkins, jewellery and accessory designer extraordinaire. Her wonderfully weird range incorporates resin, textiles, beads and knick knacks to create wearable broccoli, bonbons and bourbons. Brooches shaped like biscuits: what’s not to like?
Hazel Nicholls is a London-based artist and printmaker. Her blog reveals an insight into the working process that goes into creating her lovely screen-printed goods, which she sells through her Etsy shop. Her simple, graphic prints are influenced by a love of cross-stitch and an interest in old sayings and phrases, which are incorporated as typographical elements in her designs.
Crochet queen Twinkie Chan has been making her quirky food-themed scarves and accessories since 2005. Her delicious range includes cheeseburger mitts, candy stick wrist warmers and a pepperoni pizza brooch, though my personal favourite has to be her bonkers bacon and egg scarf.