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

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.

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

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.”

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

Illustrated with Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker

Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

Additional gouache work by Rodgers.

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.

Jagged Wood Fragments Find New Purpose When Fused with Resin by Jeweler Britta Boeckmann 


Melbourne-based designer and jeweler Britta Boeckmann has a way of seeing the perfect in the imperfect, a skill she uses to form a hugely diverse array of wearable objects from fused wood and resin. Each pendant, ring, or pair of earrings is made one at a time by hand without the aid of template, a process that allows the pieces to evolve organically as she works.

After graduating in 2013 with an industrial design degree, Boeckmann moved from Germany to Melbourne (by way of London) where she joined the Wangaratta Woodworkers studio. Working three times a week she quickly perfected her jewelry fabrication techniques and soon found a market for her wares. Boeckmann now has her own studio and sells her pieces online under the brand “BoldB” on Etsy. You can see an archive of her design on her website. (via So Super Awesome)









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The Wonderland Book: Photographer Kirsty Mitchell Honors Her Mother Through Lavish Conceptual Portraits 

24_She'll Wait For You In The Shadows Of Summer

Fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell’s (previously) award-winning series of conceptual portraits titled Wonderland will soon be available as a book by the same name. Wonderland began as a small project in 2009 when Mitchell decided to explore childhood stories shared by her mother, an English teacher, who died from cancer several years earlier. Models dressed in lavish costumes were shot against natural settings like deeply wooded forests to evoke the elements of mystery and fantasy enjoyed by Mitchell’s mother. While portraits from the series are extremely detailed and vivid, they remain intentionally ambiguous enough for readers to project their own stories onto them.

The success of her first few photos drove the artwork into uncharted territory as the photoshoots grew into increasingly ornate endeavors where costumes and props for each image were sewn, painted, and assembled by hand, requiring up to five months of prep for a single shot. Mitchell recounts the series’ evolution in an essay on her website. The full collection of 74 storybook images will soon be available in an actual publication currently funding (with wild success) on Kickstarter.

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5_Wonderland London show

21_The Stars Of Spring Will Carry You Home

23_The Fade Of Fallen Memories

1_Kirsty in Studio

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Fashion Illustrations with Embroidered Accents and Accessories by Izziyana Suhaimi 


Singapore-based artist Izziyana Suhaimi introduces embroidered accents to her carefully rendered pencil and watercolor illustrations. Patterns of flowers unfold much like a tapestry across the paper canvas creating pieces she refers to as “evidence of the hand and of time.” For her series The Looms in Our Bones Suhaimi focuses mostly on fashion acessories where scarves, hats, and other clothing is depicted in thread, while she also uses the same techniques for more abstract shapes and designs. From her artist statement:

Embroidery for me is a quiet and still act, where each stitch represents a moment passed. The building of stitches then becomes a representation of time passing and the final work is like a physical manifestation of time – a time object. Each stitch is also a recording of the maker’s thoughts and emotions. I enjoy the duality of embroidery, in its movements of stabbing, cutting, covering, building, repairing, taking apart. Every stitch made seems to unfold a story and withhold it at the same time.

You can see much more of Suhaimi’s work here. (via Fubiz)












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Artist James Merry Embellishes Sportswear Logos with Embroidered Plants 





As part of a recent series of embroideries, artist James Merry softened the bold logos of sportswear companies by adding stitched flora to vintage clothing. For instance a glacier flower and moss grow from an old Nike sweatshirt, and a FILA logo is topped by a mushroom cap. Merry is a longtime collaborator with Björk and creates many of her extravagant costumes for stage and music videos, and you can read a recent interview with him over on i-D. (via Quipsologies, Booooooom)

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Kenyan Artist Digs Through Electronic Refuse and Found Metal to Create Dazzling Sculptural Eyewear 


Digging through electronic refuse and found metal in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, Cyrus Kabiru refashions found materials into different wearable forms. Often these take the form of flamboyantly composed glasses, large eyewear that can often mask the entire face.

Kabiru explains that his glasses obsession started at a young age, and blossomed as his father crushed his dreams of owning his own pair. “When I was young, I used to admire real glasses but my dad was a bit harsh and he never wanted me to have real glasses. That’s the reason I started making the glasses.”

His creations situate themselves in several different areas of art, shuffling between performance, sculpture, and fashion—embodying the playfulness of the youth generation in Nairobi. “When you walk in town and you see someone with my glasses, the glasses will [get] all your attention,” said Kabiru. “If you have any stress it is like a therapy.”

In addition to his found object sculptures and glasses, Kabiru is a self-taught painter, his subject matter being humorous portrayal of contemporary Kenyan life. His most recent series uses thousands of bottle caps sewn together to depict African nature. “I really love trash. I try to give trash a second chance. I change it to be something else, which is like it will stay for more than 100 years now.” (via prosthetic knowledge)











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