My inspiring stuff this week is a blend of patterns and the natural world: Ornature.
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Left: Jonny Wan "2011 Year of the Rabbit"
Right: Aztec sculpture of Coatlicue, the Goddess of Earth & Death
Jonny Wan is an amazing Illustrator operating out of Brighton who makes everything look like Aztec/Scandinavian circuitboards. It may sound strange, but with super beautiful results.
Coatlicue (sounds like co-at-lick-way) (wikipedia) translates to "Her skirt of snakes". She is the goddess that gives life and also takes it away; because, while Earth is a loving mother, it is also an all-consuming and insatiable monster. The sculpture is currently on display at the Museo Nacional de Anthropologia in Mexico, but after it was discovered in 1790 it spent a lot of time buried underground because the Europeans found it so horrific to look at. Certainly, towering at almost 9ft, wearing a necklace of severed hands, human hearts and skulls and a skirt made of snakes and spurting blood she cuts an imposing figure. I love the way the snake scales are rendered. I think it's beautiful and terrible at the same time (a lot like life) and O, what I would give to visit.
Flight of the Conchords poster by Aaron Horkey
I couldn't find a website for Mr Horkey, but do a google image search of his name and you will not be disappointed. His level of detail is insane and his lettering and mutant fauna are amazing.
Hi/Bye by Wilhelm Staehle
Mr Staehle operates SilhouetteMasterpieceTheatre.com; loaded with a multitude of witty and concise visual one-liners, conveyed through the medium of paper cuts. Take a look, it's funny.
That's all for now. Toodles!