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November 1, 2018

Links We Love: November Edition

Inspired by Line drawings featuring Hands Dancing by Frédéric Forest

Hands Dancing, Frédéric Forest


This month we are loving all things inspired by line drawings! The simple, minimalist, black and white look of these patterns is perfect for a variety of applications. From an updated take on Henri Matisse’s classic drawings to some hand screen printed pants–let’s dive in!


For an update on the traditional, minimalist line print, I love French artist Frédéric Forest. Simple, abstract and emotive, his work is striking. The website Grammatical has partnered with Forest to showcase his work, give a bit of background about the artist and his process, and offer his prints for sale.


I have admired ceramicist Elizabeth Benotti’s work for a long time. Based in Portsmouth, NH, her work is organic and clean. Some pieces have a distinct line drawing feel to them, such as her Everyday Mug – Stripes. I can only imagine that these pieces will age well over time! I am personally a huge fan of her pinched bowls and mugs–I love the look of a pinched piece of ceramic, as it’s so clearly handmade!


Instagram has always been a source of inspiration for me, and I can’t get enough of these strikingly simple fine line tattoos by Ok at Sacred Tattoo in NYC. The tattoos are precise and stunning–I’m partial to this tiny loopy knot on the wrist, the NYC skyline, and this portrait of a traditional Korean dancer. Follow Ok on Instagram or via his hashtag #tattoobyok.



Another longtime favorite of mine, Bookhou, utilizes the same black and white color palette for a lot of her hand painted and drawn prints. Although her work has a more whimsical nature to it – and a bit of a heavier hand, there is still this lovely nature inspired abstraction running throughout her prints and patterns.


And last but not least, I can’t help but feel this style of pattern would look incredible as a black and white wall decal! Can you imagine? These vinyl cut wall decals are surprisingly easy and a great DIY design project! I always love geometric drawings with fine lines, but what about something nature-inspired, like a few wildflowers? Anything is possible, and I am sure it would add some alluring drama to any room!


What are your favorite designs, looks, or pieces of art inspired by line drawings? We’d love to hear in the comments!

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