Today’s pick is the artist Kaoru Hasegawa from Japan who sells postcards, pins, prints and originals of her work. I have (had as she put out new ones recently) all of her postcard packs because I absolutely love her work and I can never decide which one to get in a larger print. The postcards are a unique square shape and 4×4 so they are a great size for mini prints which is how I’ve decided to use most of mine. In terms of using them for postcards the backside is pretty plain but very similar to how I’ve seen other postcards from Japan (the format is slightly different from North American postcards – shot of the backside below in case you interested). The only downside I can really say about them is the paper is a shiny finish which makes them difficult to write on them and they look a bit cheaper without a nice matt finish (but that could just be me). I love them though and her work is amazing – I can’t wait to get the new postcards and hopefully decided on a print to buy as well. I can’t recommend enough. She has four stores currently, Society6, Storenvy, Etsy, and one for original prints (store is in Japanese), and you can check out more of her artwork on her Tumblr!
A look at all the postcards:
A few of my favs items from her various shops:
This week’s pick is illustrator Naisa or DarkTownSally, she sells originals, stickers and prints of her work. She made a bunch of aceos for this past Valentine’s Day that I fell in love with so I finally made the leap to picked up some of her work after almost a year of following her art. I picked up two of the Valentine’s Day aceos that I just couldn’t resist for my ‘Treat Yourself’ Valentine’s Day present and she included 3 stickers with them as well as a cute card. The hand drawn sticker is my favourite and I can’t wait to find tiny frames for the illustrations. She has a Storenvy (which is closed at the moment but you can still buying directly from her on Instagram) and she just started selling prints on Society6. Check her out!
Here is a closer look:
You can check her out on Society 6:
This week’s pick and zine of the month is local Montreal illustrator Sarah Bourget who does dreamy portraits of women. I fell in love with her pieces the first time I saw them as they remind me a lot of myself (it’s the hair). Instead of unrealistic or idolize interperations, her work features women in modern fashions with hints of scars and emotions that give her illustrations personality. I also love the contrast of harsh black in combination with her pastel color palet. Her work can’t help but intrigue me and I am hoping very much in the future to pick up more. Her mini zine Frights is a great introduction to her work but she also has stickers, originals and prints available as well. Below will be a look at her zine and more. To picked up prints check out Society6 and the zine, and mini prints are available on Etsy. You can also follow her on Instagram or check out her website for more about her!
Frights by Sarah Bourget
a few of my favourite prints from her Society6: