Fragmented Narratives in the Dream-like Paintings of Amy Bennett

Amy Bennet

I was talking with a friend the other day about miniature sets and dioramas and it reminded of how great the work of artist Amy Bennett is. Bennett has an unusual method of working which involves building small 3D models which she then translates to canvas, thus creating beautiful narrative paintings in the process. It may seem a little unorthodox approach at first but it’s a process which I feel really brings a whole new dimension to both the dramatic and the emotional power of her work. I think these paintings are incredible.

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Philip Kennedy

May 6, 2014 / By

Captivating Greek Goddesses Illustrated by Ciara Phelan

Ciara Phelan

A few days ago the London-based illustrator and textile designer Ciara Phelan launched a new website. If you’re not that familiar with Ciara’s work then you’re probably in for a treat. Her collage-based illustrations typically buzz with energy and through her client work and personal projects she has carved out a distinctive style which feels fluid and natural despite the often rigid nature of her medium.

Ciara Phelan

One piece in particular which stands out for me is an ongoing personal project which mixes fashion illustration with Ciara’s love of Greek mythology. Combining collage with textures and vector shapes she has created three stunning images from Greek myth: Demeter, the goddess of the harvest; Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation; and Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. I think they’re beautiful images.

It’s such a great series that I would love to see it continue. For now though, why not check out more work from Ciara on her website here. Enjoy!

Ciara Phelan

Philip Kennedy

May 5, 2014 / By

Simona Ciraolo’s Children’s Book About Food Looks Delicious

Simona Ciraolo - Afternoons in the Kitchen

Afternoons in the Kitchen is the name of a picture book by Italian illustrator and author Simona Ciraolo. Created as part of a recent Master’s project at Cambridge in London, Simona says that the book is designed to “nurture a healthy appetite for the pleasure of eating good food”. Looking at her illustrations I’m pretty certain that it works a treat!

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Philip Kennedy

May 2, 2014 / By

CCTV Camera’s become Animals Thanks to Designer Eleonora Trevisanutto

Eleanor Trevisanutto - 3 Cricket

Eleanor Trevisanutto - 1 Tropical

It’s like George Orwell’s Animal Farm meets 1984 with these CCTV camera cases by Italian designer Eleonora Trevisanutto. Her creations transform dull security equipment into friendly looking animals and in the process she creates security equipment which feels far less intimidating. It’s a really interesting concept and I must say I quite like Eleonora’s brightly-colored creations.

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Philip Kennedy

April 30, 2014 / By

Ed Panar Finds Beauty in Small Moments

Ed Panar

Ed Panar

Looking through the portfolio of Ed Panar gives the impression that the Pennsylvanian-based photographer must always have his camera with him. His work is a rich collection of simple scenes, captured moments and striking landscapes that reveal a great beauty in the mundane and the often ignored corners of our cities and countryside.

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Philip Kennedy

April 22, 2014 / By

Jussi Kaakinen Illustrates the Regions of Finland

JUSSI KAAKINEN FOR THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION

JUSSI KAAKINEN FOR THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION

Recently The Finnish Cultural Foundation commissioned the Helsinki-based illustrator and graphic designer Jussi Kaakinen to create a series of several illustrations to promote their Regional Funds. The Foundation offers 17 funds (one for each region) and so Jussi created 17 illustrations, each showing a unique view of that part of the country. The resulting work is wonderful, offering a great insight into the architecture and landscape of the country.

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Philip Kennedy

April 21, 2014 / By

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