Lincoln Square, Chicago
Nick Morley is an artist and illustrator working in London whose wryly humorous take on the human condition manifests itself through drawings, prints, books and interactive works.
The major themes running through Nick’s personal work are masculinity, heroism, human achievement and man’s efforts to leave his mark on the world. The subjects usually found in these themes include hunters, wrestlers and bearded men. Shown below are some of his artists books. Including his new book Man and Beast, featuring drawings of men and animals. As well as Man Book, a book of drawings of hunters, wrestlers and men with enormous cabbages!
Lindsay is an artist from Minneapolis who makes hand-stenciled shirts of women revolutionaries. About her work she says: “I think it’s important to recognize, acknowledge and admire women who have fought for women’s rights and who have broken through gender barriers. And clothing is a great way to spread the message of feminism. I am sick of seeing male revolutionaries revered and plastered on t-shirts, but not hearing much about female revolutionaries!”
Currently she has made shirts of the following women: Kathleen Hanna, Gloria E. Anzaldua, Alice Paul, Emma Goldman, Angela Davis, Frida Kahlo, Audre Lorde, Victoria Woodhull, Bella Abzug, Gertrude Stein, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Gloria Steinem/Dorothy Pitman Hughes, bell hooks, Lucy Stone, and Susan B Anthony.
To see more of her work or to buy a shirt go to her Etsy Store: www.kmstitchery.etsy.com
Takashi Iwasaki is a Winnipeg based artist that works in many mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and embroidery. He also creates abstract works of art that he refers to as “abbies.” I am personally very drawn to his embroidery works and his use of color and pattern.
He also runs the Semai Gallery in Winniepeg.
I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do. To see the rest of Takashi Iwasaki’s work and for more information about Semai Gallery you can go to www.takashiiwasaki.info.
I first discovered Danny Mansmith on my way to eat breakfast at a little restaurant in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. On Damen Avenue there are all these great little shops that are half underground, the front windows peeking above the street. One of these windows is elaborately decorated in all kinds of sewn items: clothing, neck pieces, decorative sewn shapes. They all have a very distinctive style: lots of random fabrics, quilting, sewn details, buttons, asymmetrical details, large statement pieces. There is an elegance to the randomness and you can tell that Danny really knows how to use fabric and shape, and also that he has a wild imagination.
You can see all of his work on his website, including his marker drawings, sculpture, and papercuts.
*UPDATE* Danny just informed me that he is soon moving from his space on Damen and will continue to create from home, so stop by to see his place while you can!