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Enigma and Elegance in Chie Yoshii’s Surrealist Paintings

“Ethereal,” “luminous,” “cryptic,” “sensual,” and “surreal” are adjectives used frequently to describe the work of Japanese-born artist Chie Yoshii. And for good reason. One look at her paintings — which are featured in  Pomegranate’s 2024 calendar “Guardians” — and it becomes clear that these descriptors of Chie’s work are apt.read more.

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Catherine Marion’s Fantastical Universes of Flora and Fauna

Georgia O’Keeffe once said, ​​“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.”

Artist Catherine Marion creates entire worlds of stylized flora and fauna, especially flowers and birds, for wallpaper and other products. Her wallpaper designs, however, are what she imagines when she sits down to draw.read more.

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Artistic Journey: MacArthur Fellow María Magdalena Campos-Pons

As a multidisciplinary artist with a diverse ethnic background, María Magdalena Campos-Pons has an important goal: “to present the complexity of duality, knowledge, history, heritage, [and] culture.” Born in Cuba, María’s ancestors hail from Nigeria (Africa) as well as Canton (China) and Spain.read more.

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Kenojuak Ashevak: The Inuit Art of a Modern Printmaker

Kenojuak Ashevak once told an interviewer that she aimed to make viewers happy with her colorful prints and drawings, a modest aspiration for an artist who has been referred to as a “national treasure” in Canada. Kenojuak rose to prominence in the late 1950s with her experimental printmaking, which seemed to white audiences in Southern Canada to be emblematic of the Inuit artistic aesthetic.read more.

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Applause for Jacqueline Durran’s Costume Designs for ‘Barbie’

It’s the third act of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie (2023), and the Kens are embracing their newfound patriarchy, brainwashing the Barbies into being their maids, interrupting Barbie Land’s perfect pink palette with their horse prints and faux minks. Enter Kate McKinnon’s “Weird Barbie,” her puffy pink paint-splattered dress traded in for cargo pants and a bedazzled bomber jacket, and her choppy locks smoothed into a half-buzzed side-swept hairdo.… read more.

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Leesa Evans’ Iconic Costumes: From ‘Clueless’ to ‘Bridesmaids’

On this day in 2011, the iconic movie Bridesmaids was released. Taking a quirky cast of characters through pre-wedding celebrations and eventually to the big ceremony, the world of Bridesmaids would not be possible without the costumes designed by the brilliant Leesa Evans. 

Leesa Evans is an American costume designer who has contributed to some of the most iconic films of the past few decades, and whose designs remain memorable to viewers for years after watching one of her films. read more.

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