artist fridays: megan whitmarsh

I have been such a blogging deadbeat lately!  Sorry, blogosphere!  The snowpolyse gave me two days off work this week, one being yesterday.  I escaped my neighborhood for the day by attending a decadent brunch with some friends… not leaving time for blogging in the afternoon!

This is my last daily post with Marshmellow Kisses.  From now on you can check out Brown Paper Bag for all your daily art posts.  I will still update this blog with my work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (at the very least).

Okay, now on to Artist Fridays!  I present to you the work of Megan Whitmarsh.  She’s an artist that has made work for some time, and whose website catalogs the years she’s been working, making it interesting to see the progression of her work.   My favorite of her work is actually from 2006/2007, when she used a lot of embroidery in her work.  She has since transitioned from embroidery to sculpture.  It’s all very nice, but I love the insular worlds that she creates with her (slightly) older work.

All images via her website.

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over the weekend embroidery

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  My weekend was pretty quiet – I did make it out to see Youth in Revolt, which was really pretty great.  I’d highly recommend seeing it.  It was super quirky and funny.  Also, if you’re a fan of Michael Cera, then you’ll probably like this film.

I’ve gotten some positive feedback on my embroidery on paper,  so I think that I will continue sewing on paper.  I have plans for it in my next piece, but here’s what I was working on this weekend (for etsy/a way to experiment):

After looking through my stash of threads, it’s obvious that I need some different colors.  The magic of ebay has found me 100 colors of embroidery thread for $32.  Could be a bit overkill, but that’s a pretty great price!


sarajo frieden

I thought today I would post an illustrator that I really enjoy looking at (and, simultaneously, play around with some of the formatting).

Sarajo Frieden

I first discovered Sarajo’s work about a year ago, through the Lila Rogers website, where she is repp’d as an illustrator.  Later in the summer of 2008 I had the pleasure of being introduced to her while attending / working at ICON 5 (an illustrators convention).

Sarajo Frieden is an artist and illustrator living in the Los Angeles area. Her studio is in an area that borders Thai Town, Little Armenia and Koreatown, which serves as fodder for her imagery and art-making.  She writes,

Using open ended narratives, folk tales, abstraction and the juxtaposition of discordant images, I try to give form to the human experience as I see it.

Her images range from illustrative, to patterns, to somewhat experimental working – which is something I love about her work.  Her characters are sweet and her work is quiet, but stands out with the application of the collage technique and color application.

I am a fan of shapes, and practically drool over some of her pieces, most recently the embroidery on paper, since that was something I had sort of wanted to experiment with.   I am interested in the whole collage technique in general, and I feel that Sarajo’s pieces are at a place where I would eventually want my work to go.

I am done talking about Sarajo Frieden now: I know I am late to jump on the Ne-Yo train, but Closer is my favorite song right now.