Adam Pitchett

 

Adam Pitchett – aka The Old Needle – is a 26-year-old textile artist and sewing enthusiast who really has a way with thread. Nearly all of his embroidered art revolves around nature, featuring things like spiders, greenery, and birds among other things. I love how Adam has taken a craft that’s so closely associated as being precious in most people’s minds and turned it into something much more interesting.

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Bob Ross Art of Chill Board Game

 

Are you an avid lover of happy little trees? I have just the thing for you. While on a Target run last Friday I walked past an end cap with this – the Bob Ross Art of Chill Board Game. I stopped in my tracks – perhaps skidded – and snapped a photo to share in Instagram. People flipped out when I shared it over the weekend and I still can’t stop thinking about the game myself! It’s full of 5-star ratings online, too.

Earn “chill points” by painting landscape features like Happy Little Trees and Almighty Mountains using colors and brushes from your hand of cards. Keep your eye on what other players are doing and be strategic about the sequence in which you complete the features. If another player beats you to the brush, you may want to wash your palette and shift your painting plan. All the while, Bob sets the painting pace as he advances across the easel, offering sage encouragement and bonus opportunities for even more chill.

 

 

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Zach Montoya

 

Zach Montoya‘s illustrations have a definitive theme, one of heroines who seem to be constantly looking over their shoulder in anticipation of something malicious. The events often take place outdoors, with the subjects hiding in caves, crouching in the woods, or boating on a foggy lake. Perfect fodder for mystery!

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School of Hard Blocks

 

 

The School of Hard Blocks is a tongue-in-cheek set of twelve concrete alphabet blocks depicting the hardships of life. In a spoof of the wooden alphabet blocks from your childhood, these feature the kinds of terrible, real things we all go through as adults – like divorce, dentists, hangovers, genocidal dictators, etc. Check out their Kickstarter campaign and let’s make this the real deal!

 

 

 

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Nagato Iwasaki / Torso

 

Oh my goodness – can you even begin to imagine coming upon Nagato Iwasaki‘s Torso sculptures in the middle of the forest?! Talk about an unexpected surprise. Each faceless figure is created from twisted, bleached driftwood that’s scavenged, then assembled to mimic the human form complete with musculature and organs. Iwasaki uses nothing but wooden stakes to hold his creations together.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jenna Andersen

 

I’m 100% certain that if Jenna Andersen‘s illustrations had been in any of my books growing up that they would have been my favorites. I love the way her work invites you into each story without a word, and how the faceless figures jump out from the brambly backgrounds.

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Print Edition: October 2017

If There’s Love in a House by The Bee & The Fox

 

Blue Art by Myriam Van Neste

 

Make Your Own Luck by Vincent Cousteau

 

Lyrical Embrace by Lynne Douglas

 

No Fun In Perfection by Jasmine Dowling

 

Solar System by Valhalla Studios

 

Mouth No.33 by Lisa Krannichfeld

 

This Divide Poster by Eleven5

 

Wing Tips by Lisa Congdon

 

Zoey by Jessica Buhman

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Daniel Coves

 

Whether his subjects are turned away or buried under their own manes, Daniel Coves‘ paintings straddle the line between beautiful and mysterious exceptionally well. The Spanish artist draws much of his inspiration from cinema and I’d say that comes through most with the lighting he often depicts.

 

 

 

 

 

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