Posts by Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
April 3, 2021

Embroidery Artist Creates Rainbow Landscapes By Stitching Together Rows of Color

Every day at sunrise and sunset, the sky transforms into a gradient of beautiful colors. Los Angeles-based textile artist Jen Smith (also known as Jen Ann Handmade) captures this kaleidoscopic phenomenon in her distinctive nature-inspired embroidery art. She stitches various landscapes and seascapes in jigsaw-like sections using a variety of vibrant threads. “I was raised in a creative household—my mom was a maker, and my dad was a photographer,” Smith tells My Modern Met.

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March 31, 2021

Surreal Paintings of Birds Evoke the Mysteries Always Present in the Natural World

Self-taught artist Josie Morway immortalizes different species of birds in hyper-realistic portraits. She uses traditional oil painting techniques and dramatic iconography to envelope each creature in a mystical setting that borders on the surreal. Based in Boston, Morway's practice explores the vulnerability and resilience of nature—especially as it relates to people and industrialization.

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March 25, 2021

These Colorful Animal Tattoos Look Like Comic Book Characters

Seoul-based tattoo artist Hen creates vibrant body art inspired by the animal kingdom. These minimalistic renderings capture the cute side of creatures both large and small by using bold linework, simplified shapes, and whimsical colors. From rainbow sheep to long-lashed hedgehogs to funny-faced kittens, each of these gleeful critters looks like the star of their own comic book.

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