Maricor/Maricar

Maricor and Maricar Manalo are twin sisters and the talented brains behind Maricor/Maricar, a multimedia design studio specialising in hand embroidered illustration and lettering for publishing and advertising. Their needlework is bright, intricate and at times painterly. In short, it’s a marvel to look at.

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Maricor and Maricar were born in the Philippines, but moved over to Sydney when they were two. They both graduated with a Visual Communications degree from the University of Technology Sydney. Later on they formed Maricor/Maricar, their first project being an embroidered music video for Architecture in Helsinki’s song “Like It Or Not”. They have since worked for a number of prestigious publications and won the British Council Australia Realise Your Dream Award in 2010 and the Art Directors Club: Young Gun award in 2012.

If you want to get your hands on one of their embroidered pieces or a print head over to their online store. Here is some more beautiful work by this talented twosome.

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Pipes & Drums

Pipes & Drums is a striking portrait series by photographer Oliver Kruger of young South African bagpipe players and drummers in traditional Scottish marching bands.

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Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2015 Couture

The beautifully ornate clothing of Ulyana Sergeenko belong in the pages of a Russian fairytale. From the nipped waists and dramatic proportions of her garments, to the detailed embroidery and Russian cultural insignia and patterning, her collections never cease to offer a magical narrative.

“Sergeenko likes to reference specific eras of Russian history. She’s an ambassador not just for her country but also for its traditions, employing upward of 100 people whose handwork is often native to the region. This season, she explained, she chose Russian neighbours Georgia and Armenia as points of departure. True to form, the embellishments were exquisite, and at times mind-numbingly minute.”

I couldn’t include every piece, but I encourage you to see the entire collection on style.com

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Georgia O’Keefe’s Abiquiu Home

Modernist artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) bought her house in Abiquiu, New Mexico in 1945. The ruined 5,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial-era Abiquiu compound took 4 years to restore, after which she moved from New York to make New Mexico her permanent home in 1949. She lived at the Abiquiu or Ghost Ranch houses until 1984, when she moved to Santa Fe where she lived until her death in 1986.

New-York based photographer Brittany Ambridge captured these shots of her quiet and beautifully desolate home that now functions as a site for museum tours.

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Orania

Orania, for those who are not familiar, is a controversial Afrikaner community in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The land was bought in 1990 as a stronghold for Afrikaner nationalists by Professor Carel Boshoff, son-in-law of the infamous former apartheid president Hendrik Verwoerd. Only Afrikaans individuals are allowed to live and work there, which has understandably led to a great deal of criticism about racism, separatism, and a revival of the apartheid system.

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Commercial photographer Michael Hammond, in collaboration with journalist Hanlie Retief, have created a book that documents the life and inhabitants of this small Afrikaner enclave. The images are fascinating and slightly unsettling to look at, particularly given the loaded history that they carry.

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Joanne Nam

Joanne Nam is a Korean artist based in Los Angeles, whose paintings and illustration have a decidedly contemplative and melancholic atmosphere. In her compositions, often beautiful young women pose awkwardly in darkened landscapes. Nam is a self-professed horror film fan, so this could have a little something to do with the eerie atmosphere that she is able to create. You can read a more detailed interview with the artist and learn about her creative process over here.

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Fashion Illustrated

I have a soft spot for certain types of fashion illustration. Styles vary greatly in the genre of fashion illustration from photorealistic to mere impressions of pattern and shapes. My appreciation is more for the latter. I thought I’d share some ones I’ve appreciated lately.

Capetonian illustrator Katrin Coetzer recently did a series of the most beautiful fashion illustrations for Issue 14 of Kinfolk. She is such a talented artist.

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Sainte Maria is a Russian fashion illustrator with a lively and bright style.

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