Amazing Artists and Makers

This is my collection of creative people – usually makers or artists or designers of some sort, but sometimes I’ll throw in someone who is creative in another way.

I’m obsessed with the minds of creative people – from their habits to motivation and inspiration, and I love to share these finds with you.

Julia Lillard

Where did I find Julia Lillard? I’m losing track of how I find these artists, but maybe somewhere in Pinterest-land. Here I am on Pinterest if you want to follow along. So, Julia. Her work is completely surreal collages and…

Ariele Alasko

I’m smitten. Ariele Alasko is a genius with wood and I want everything she makes. Do you even see those salad servers? That’s humor mixed with amazing talent. And this link sculpture- you can feel the passion she has for working…

Heather Sundquist

Heather Sundquist makes work that’s both quiet and screaming with nostalgia. I was first taken in by the humor of the characters in her paintings, and then the more I scrolled, the more I enjoyed the irony of the soft colors…

Explosive Embroidery! Art by Emily Barletta

Maybe you’d like your eyes to bug out of your head at some stunning embroidery art. Emily Barletta caught my eye with a series of red embroidered pieces on paper from a few years back, so I visited her site…

Lauren Humphrey

It was SUPER HARD for me to choose just a few pics to include in this post. I just want to show you all of Lauren Humphrey’s illustrations and we can all sit back and laugh and enjoy the hilarity, the…

James Jean Art: Prepare for a Mind-Blowing

I still get pesky emails from Ello, the social network many of us tried and dropped quickly. I keep thinking I’ve unsubscribed, as I try to purge my subscriptions regularly, but then I always end up discovering a new artist…

Curiosity and Experimentation: Creative Spotlight on Peggy …

Peggy is one of those awesome creative people who is driven to make, always seems curious, and has an interesting story. I had asked her many moons ago to write a guest post for me, and then I got all…

Virginia Melnyk

I love me some good installation art. The idea of creating this BIG physical experience, that changes the way people interact with the space it inhabits- is so powerful. Virginia Melnyk’s Summer Igloo first caught my eye because it is…

The Abstract Paintings of Ezra Siegel

I was struck by Ezra Siegel’s paintings because his style is similar to what I’m trying (um, trying) to do while playing around with encaustic painting. I love that simple abstraction, a little moody but playful, neutral colors. I got…

Beautiful Commercial Artwork: Rob Bailey

Illustrators blow my mind. The combination of perfect skill with ability to tweak our feelings while still satisfying the demands of a client can’t be easy. Rob Bailey had me oohing and aahing as I clicked through his website, and I was struck…

Gunvor Nervold Antonsen

Holy crap, do you feel the energy immediately in Gunvor Nervold Antonsen’s work. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s full of materials, it’s bold, it envelops you. I wanted to feature this artist next, right after Virginia Melnyk, to compare the…

Squishy, Funny Clay: The Art of Alexandra …

Alexandra Standen has all sorts of cool stuff going on with her work. What kept popping into my mind as I looked through her site was that she makes a lot of work, and she makes various styles of work,…