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Drape Yourself in Literature with Book Scarves from FreshComfy 

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If you like getting lost in a good book, here’s your chance to literally cover up in one. Thailand-based FreshComfy prints the covers and pages of classic books on lightweight chiffon scarves. Books include retro covers for The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, or even illustrated maps from Lord of the Rings. See more in their shop! (via Lost At E-Minor)

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Cityscape Rings Feature Architectural Highlights of Iconic Cities 

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North Carolina-based goldsmith Ola Shekhtman designs these fun skyline rings that wrap entire cityscapes around your finger. So far she’s managed to encapsulate the architectural highlights of over a dozen cities including Paris, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Hong Kong and many more. All are available in various materials from bronze and silver to gold or platinum. See more in her shop. (via My Modern Met)

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New Portraits of Fashionably Dressed Wildlife and Floral Bouquets by Miguel Vallinas 

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In his long-running portrait series Second Skins, artist Miguel Vallinas (previously) uses photographic portraits of wildlife as a starting point to construct fictional wardrobes that he imagines each animal might wear if it were dressed as a human. Vallinas has an uncanny ability to select the perfect colors and textures for each outfit he photographs, bestowing the animals with a clear sense of character and an unusual authenticity.

On the surface, Second Skins is a humorous series of portraits guaranteed for a smile, but dig a bit deeper and Vallinas suggests the images reveal a more about human nature than the animal kingdom. Specifically, how we perceive people based on appearance and how we create narratives in our mind based wholly on what we see. Vallinas says he is also examining elements of self-perception, specifically “what we believe we are, what others think we are, what we really are, and what we would like to be.”

For his latest body of work titled Roots, Vallinas again explores identity through similarly dressed boquets of flowers or plants matched with remarkably fitting attire. You can see much more on his website.

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New Handmade Resin Bracelets Embedded with Flowers and Plants by Sarah Smith 

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Designer Sarah Smith at Modern Flower Child (previously) continues to experiment with embedding all manner of plantlife into her handmade resin bracelets. Dried ferns, flowers, bark, and even peacock feathers are frozen in time inside these clear time capsules, a process that takes up to three weeks from design to pouring resin, curing, and shaping the final piece. You can see more on Etsy and on Faerie. (via My Modern Met)

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Kelly Reemtsen’s Painterly Juxtapositions of Chic Dresses and Power Tools Showcase Modern Femininity 

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Labor Force, 2015

Los Angeles-based painter Kelly Reemtsen's newest works focus on the subject matter of well-dressed women toting household tools that range from mallets to power saws, each held in a causal position that demonstrates a comfortableness with the object in-hand. Each figure is anonymous, the head of the woman not included in the cropped images of dress, heels, and tool.

The collective works question what makes the modern woman, flouncy dresses coordinating with more masculine tools to showcase the objects’ relatability rather than create a contrast between the woman and her wrenches and shears. The brightly colored impasto paintings each provide a burst of color—yellow, greens, and pinks catching the eye.

Reemtsen just closed a new exhibition of work titled “Smashing” at De Buck Gallery in New York and is also represented by David Klein Gallery, which relocated to Detroit this fall. Her 2013 book “I’m Falling” won both the Independent Spirit Award and 2014 Independent Publisher Books Award.

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Striking Distance, 2015

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Sponsor // Artist Katie Rodgers Illustrates Beautifully Abstract Styles for the World’s Largest Fashion Brands 

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Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

Born and raised along with a trio of brothers in a small country town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, illustrator Katie Rodgers frequently escaped into sketchbooks and canvases where she found joy painting colorful watercolor fashions and expressions of beauty through the female form. Her depictions of luxurious dresses and flowing hairstyles were a far cry from the reality of her rural surroundings, but it was this outsider’s perspective that ended up being her greatest asset.

Completely undeterred from the chance to experience the fashion runways of New York, London, Milan, or Paris first-hand, Rodgers instead turned to magazines and her dynamic imagination to create her own styles.

After she graduated with a degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon, Rodgers found her attention continually drawn back to fashion illustration despite the demands of her new design career. As an outlet for her illustration hobby she launched Paper Fashion in 2009, a website where she shared her mixed-media designs that incorporate everything from paper, paint, sequins, textiles, egg shells, watercolor, marker, pencil, and any material necessary to give her illustrations texture and depth.

The response from the fashion community was immediate and it wasn’t long before she was selling work and original prints, and soon the brands came knocking. Within two years of sharing her work online Rodgers was working for Cartier, Swarovski, Glamour Magazine, Elle, Lacoste, Coach, and a host of other fashion outlets looking for her fresh visual perspective on an industry where illustration techniques can often blend together.

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For this post, Colossal partnered with Winsor & Newton to bring you a series of illustrations by Rodgers rendered with a new line of Pigment Markers. Based on pigments instead of dyes, the non-fade markers promise to remain vivid under normal gallery conditions for a century. “I love that the pigment markers feel and work like paint,” Rodgers shares. “It’s amazing how you can rework the markers over and over as you go, even after they’ve dried.”

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Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

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Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

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Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

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Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

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Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

Katie’s work is being exhibited on 13th October at the Society of Illustrators gallery in New York and then in London and Paris as part of the Winsor and Newton launch campaign: Colour Your City, showcasing artwork from artists and illustrators all over the world, using the first ever Pigment Marker.

Perfect for illustrators, designers and fine artists, Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers deliver beautiful pigmented colors that are guaranteed to be lightfast for 100 years. For more information visit winsornewton.com or follow @pigmentmarker.

This post is sponsored by Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers.

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