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Designer Donna Wilson got her start making charming stitched and knitted stuffed animals – her series of “Creatures” – by hand in her London studio. Now she creates a range of textiles – blankets, rugs, bags, hats, gloves, etc, and imbues her playful graphic sensibility into ceramics, stationary and other odds and ends. Her piechart patchwork rug is one of her great new designs for babies, woven from 100% soft lambswool.

New Jongerius

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Dutch design darling Hella Jongerius has some playful new designs out. For Vitra, she made a gorgeous color wheel study of 34 hues that shift based on 5 types of light. She used this to inform new color ways for the iconic Eames Hang-it-All hooks, in shades of green, blue and red. And for Maharam, Jongerius plays with dots yet again, this time applied to textiles in “Confetti” – a pattern of shaded and striped dots that give the illusion of motion on fabric.

Representing San Francisco

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Save the Date! To celebrate the creativity and vibrancy of San Francisco, AIGA SF is curating a new exhibit inviting a serious lineup of influential designers, photographers and illustrators to create a unique poster of their personal impressions of the city. The inside/outsider perspective is reflected in the exhibition’s name InsideOut SF and will feature participants from the Bay Area, as well as those from around the world.

A Gala will be held November 12th and feature a silent auction to benefit the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, with all funds raised going towards scholarships, educational programming and community events throughout the year.

Travel Attire

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Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou creates clothes we want to escape into visually. She has always had an eye for overabundant combinations of patterns, and her Resort 14 collection is no different. Using photographic imagery of luscious fields of flowers, and repeating patterns constructed from colorful buildings, she creates magical postcards with each piece.

Illustrative Inspiration

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Ukranian artist Kristyna Baczynski illustrates wonderfully playful patterns and scenes, imbuing them with inspiration from Ukranian folk art. She has a comic style and eye for color and implied texture, whether working with type and branding, 80s-inspired designs for t-shirts, or creating posters. Her lovely animals, creatures and comics are especially fun, like her series of Slavic folklore characters.

Felt Forms

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Dutch artist Claudy Jongstra does incredible and surprising things with wool, felting it to create large-scale architectural settings. Her massive wall-coverings, rugs, and architectural tiles are created by hand in her beautiful Friesland studio, where she keeps and shears her own sheep. Her work – on walls at both Lincoln Center, and the Barnes Foundation (detail image shown), adds a soft, textural element to the clean, minimal spaces its inhabits.

Fashioned Plastic

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Swedish designer Johanna Törnqvist works with an unexpected material to make her dresses, tops and jewelry – trash. In an effort to make excess consumption more visible, she meticulously crafts beautifully executed wares from plastic wrappers, bags, and string. She pleats and stitches the unconventional materials, making colorful and precise creations that are surprising in their fit and shapes.

New Craft

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Artist Sherri Lynn Wood removes quilts from their traditional associations, making masterfully crafted, colorful and abstract new takes on the form. Many of her quilts use organic, abstract forms rather than geometric patterns, playing with shape and color in ways rarely seen in quilting. Wood also teaches her methodology of intuitively forming her compositions, through workshops that emphasize the social and therapeutic aspects of the craft.

Brighten Up

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Finnish illustrator Annu Kilpelainen’s work is bright enough to enliven any drab day. Her flattened, highly saturated patterns and prints expertly combine and contrast colors in ways we haven’t seen since the 80’s. The compositions “Nice Shorts” and “Spring Shop 2” combine great fields of color and texture with flattened floral and graphic patterns on textiles, framing the patterns well.

Mystical Ceramic

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Brooklyn artist Michele Quan creates beautiful bells, birdhouses, flowers and garlands with ceramic, infusing a magic and mysticism into her simple forms. She paints beautiful Eastern-inspired, graphic florals and seeking eyes, or Day-of-the-Dead skulls on some, and beautiful rainbow shades on others. Quan creates lovely, spiritual worlds with her work, recently installing a piece in a tree as part of a show at Canyon Ranch in Massachusetts, complete with cotton garland wrapping the trunk, ceramic bells hanging, and beaded garlands draped from branches.

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