Artists of all types, from painters to quilt-makers, use bold, bright, sharp colors to express emotions in their work. All of today’s inspiration worthy artists,however, have incorporated a full rainbow spectrum, adding an entirely new dimension to their designs.
Eelus is a graphic designer from London known for his street art and whose personal motto is ‘keeping it eel.’ His intricate hand cut stencils will immediately hold your attention, especially this print ‘Dress Up’ featuring striking geometric patterns and what my eight-year-old self would consider the perfect dress.
Takashi Iwasaki is an artist who uses many different materials to create his works but it was his hand-embroidered pieces that caught my eye, like the one below, that he creates by using thread on canvas. They were featured in the Drawing in Thread: Contemporary Embroidery exhibition and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the vibrant palette. Each collage creates a beautiful kaleidoscopic world with fantastic shapes and lines that create a personality all their own.
Speaking of artists who work with unique materials, Rebecca Ward is another such artist, who creates stunning ‘Tape Art’ instillations using strips of vinyl, duct and electrical tape in primary color combinations. I think the word ‘impressive’ is an understatement to describe these creations, which have such a beautiful mix of straight lines and curves. She even created an amazing instillation this year at the Kate Spade NYC Store, which I would have loved to see in person!
One of my favorite songs as a child was ’The Big Rock Candy Mountain.’ You know, the ‘Wee Sing’ version, which I went through a phase of playing at least one hundred times a day on my Fisher Price record player. I should probably call my parents to thank them for making it through this phase. Anyway, when I saw this illustration by artist Ginette Lapalme I was immediately brought back to those good old days with her patchwork of colors.
I recently discovered fashion photographer Iain Crawford and even though I’m a little late to the game as I’m sure many have already seen his beautiful images, i had to include them in a blog about color. Brilliant and bold with a slightly chaotic element to them, his photographs are truly not to be believed. In the incredible shots below he uses paint to imitate the look of fabrics. Who can help but be inspired? You can find a ton more gorgeous images at his site.