Kelly, of Let’s Die Friends Etsy shop and blog, is an uber-talented graphic designer and artist living in Southern California. You might remember her from her awesome guest post back in January. When she’s not designing fabric or making pins or sketching ideas for prints you’ll find her chasing after her adorable daughter Zoey or possibly dressed as a centaur. All I can say for sure is that this girl is talented and hilarious to boot, and you need her art in your life.
Olie Sylvester of Oompaul.com is supporting Little Big not once but twice with ads for two of his artistic endeavors. He carves one of a kind handmade pipes as well as hosts a podcast about all things pipe related. His pipes aren’t just functional, they are gorgeous and unique works of art. And then we have the Monstrosity series, “the pipes that ugly could not contain.” (I giggled all the way through the testimonials).
- Spindle-Legged Spider Pipe #5
- Spindle-Legged Spider Pipe #1
- Demon Pipes, Limited Editions
- First Virgin Monstrosity Pipe
The brainchild of Oompaul’s Olie Sylvester, Fine Art for the Frugal aims to put owning works of fine art within everyone’s reach. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, he is the founder of Red Coral Creative. A list of Olie’s shows and awards can be found here. He practices a style of art known as Automatism , which was used by many of the early Surrealists. Automatistst produce art by allowing raw form to manifest itself without restraint or preconception. To me they look like bursts of color and emotion reflective of an inner state.
My librarian friend Lisa began creating these literary-inspired novel accessories a few years ago, and since then they have taken off. I’m proud to say I own two of her pins and they are my favorite thing to wear pinned to my winter coat or a librarian-esque cardigan. I once interviewed her and was able to work in both “tell me about your balls!” and “I fucking love Pride & Prejudice! This isn’t a question.” You don’t have to be a librarian to love these, though 9 out of 10 librarians do (the tenth librarian questioned was actually a MARC database).