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15 Illustrators to Follow (and Shop) on Instagram

by Grace Bonney

Over the past month or two, we’ve been working on sprucing up parts of our house, big time. From the stormy bathroom and sunshine yellow back door to our pink living room and our bedroom (pics coming soon!), I’ve been in the mood to clean up, clean out, and try something new. I’ve left so many of our walls empty for a while now, waiting to see what felt right for each space and wanting to find something just right made by a friend or artist/designer that we’ve covered here at Design*Sponge over the years.

Lately I’ve been keeping a list of people whose work I’ve wanted to support and invest in, if it worked for our budget. And it struck me that this list is really something I should share, considering that all of these artists are wildly talented and so easily contactable (some for custom pieces!) on Instagram. While it’s a far-from-perfect platform, Instagram has been such an amazing tool for finding new (to me, at least) artists to follow, share, and support over the past few years. So today I’m sharing 15 of my favorite artists from my personal “hope to buy from one day” list in hopes that maybe you’ll be interested in checking out and supporting their work, too. Many of these artists share details about their lives, inspirations, and work process on their Instagram feeds, which I’ve always found really connects me more to the artwork and makes it feel that much more special on the wall. Enjoy, and if you have any favorites we should be following and shouting out, let me know in the comment section below! xo, Grace

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In the @nytimes today: “Justin Favela’s “Recuérdame,” a mural about Mexico on view at the museum [ @sugarhillmuseum ], was made with one of the artist’s favorite materials: piñata paper.” Photo: Michael Palma Mir

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A self portrait

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“IT’S WONDERFUL (THEY CAN PLAY RUGBY)”, 2019 * Hand embroidery on vintage postcard (Available for sale from 18th March on my bigcartel shop) * If you’re curious about the reason behind the title, I’ll be happy to explain 🙂 #francescacramer #francescacolussi #embroideryonpaper #embroidery #embroideyart #contemporaryart #contemporaryembroidery #contemporarycraft #vintagepostcard #floralpattern #vintagephoto #textileillustration #textileart #textileartist #crossstitch #handembroidery #stitchedinterventions #dscolor #dslooking #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #bandofun #textileoftheday #mixedmedia #art #design #doitfortheprocess #marinedrive #capetown #houtbay

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leg day

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To launch its new app @airbnb chose 12 cities in the world to highlight and #nairobi is one of them! I am so happy to share my home and show it off this way. I hope my neighbors aren't upset I didn't pick their favorite spot. Anyone recognise this street? What is your favorite spot in Nai?

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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. . Inspired by @rogerkisby photo of @lupitanyongo . . . . . . . #femaleillustrator #blackfemaleillustrator #illustration #illustrator #femaleartist #freelancer #artist #lupitanyongo #artist #blackfemaleillustrator #blackillustrator #femaleswhodraw #womanwhodraw #womenwhodraw #editorial #digitalpainting #blackillustrator #london #editorial #editorialillsutraion #womenwho #womenwhodraw #representationmatters #illustration #advertisingillustration #portrait #motivation #editorial #associationofillustrators

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@jacquemus accessories 🍋❤️❤️❤️❤️ still my favourites #illustration #jacquemus #shoes #bags #art #drawing #artwork #fashion

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Wigs & Cornrows for @Refinery29’s #Snatched 💁🏾‍♀️💕 I think I see a purple ombré wig in my near future 🤔💜💜💜

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All the colors 🌈🎉 Atypical desert washboard, 2018 #therainbowperspective

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I get by with a little help from my friends 👯‍♀️

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We finally got a warm, sunny March day. The boy and I have been in the backyard all morning searching for errant sticks to snip and pile, new uses for the rake and of course, dog poop (totally found some on my shoe!). Yellow is the first color: dawn, sunshine, crocus, daffodil. I love it mixed with blue, grey and green (but especially pink). Also Note to Future Self: Universe, please manifest me a Backyard Daffodil Hill. #daffodil #kateblairstone #procreate #processvideo 🌞

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Floral Friday. Lucy (my soon to be two year old) loves picking flowers, an activity I encourage in our yard to give her tasks. Yesterday we were at the aquarium and she was trying to pick all the flowers in the butterfly exhibit 🤦‍♀️. . . . #gouache #gouachepainting #painting #patterndesign #pattern #surfacedesign #surfaceart #textiledesign #art #create #illustration #illustrator #paint #painter #create #carveouttimeforart #instartist #floralpattern #floral #flowers

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Day 58/100 At times I just design as I go with whatever comes to my mind. This was one of those times. So when I was finished, I’m like “What the hell is that! 😂 I see pencil shavings. What do you see? . . . #surfacepatterndesign #surfacepatterncommunity #surfacepatternprint #patternplay #surfacedesigner #surfacedesign #patternator #patternobserver #patternlove #dspattern #printanddesign #exposeme #pinkandbrown #patternandprint #printpattern #patternillustration #patternbank #exposeme #artanddesign #artwatchers #printandpattern #shelworksstationery #createarteveryday #shareyourart #dailydoseofpaper #ohbeautifulbeer #papier #abstract_art

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Yipeeeeee! My illustrations are now available at @leifshop in Brooklyn 💅🍎 Thank you Stacy!! Picture by @leifshop #illustration #prints #leamaupetit

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  • Glad you know of Kate Blairstone. Have a custom piece coming to us as a housewarming to ourselves! Her color palettes are just so perfectly wonky, her colors and I understand one another.

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