@flatvernacular’s Hand-Drawn, One-of-a-Kind Wallpapers
Payton Turner and Brian Kaspr are the duo behind Flat Vernacular (@flatvernacular), a Brooklyn-based design company that specializes in one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn and hand-printed wallpapers. Payton and Brian draw each wallpaper to order and print them in small batches. Each roll requires 6-8 weeks to produce and they document the creative process on Instagram.
"Instagram has introduced us to new clients as well as new artists, designers and inspiring visionaries," Payton says. "Our goal with our Instagram is simply to let people in—to share our story, the process and the ideas behind our company and work. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to share our intense love for pattern!"
For behind-the-scenes shots of their creative process and first looks at new products, be sure to follow Payton and Brian: @flatvernacular
@ThugLifeForevs and the Art of the #ChameleonPortrait
"Instagram really sparked my interest in doing things in a series," says Emily. "Hashtags make it easy to group the photos together and to check out what other folks are contributing to the pool."
"My idea of fun is taking one simple idea and seeing how many different ways I can rework it." From #colorsorganizedneatly to #thisampersandthat to #sayitwithscissors, Emily’s experimentation has sparked the creativity of her followers and has created communities around the themes she’s imagined. “There have been some really creative contributions!”
A favorite theme is the #chameleonportrait, where the subject of Emily’s photo blends into the background.
"The first few chameleon portraits I took were self portraits," says Emily. "I was up late one night and the idea just popped into my head and I got to work on it. After my first few #selfies I transitioned the subjects to my friends and family."
Chameleon portraits allow Emily to experiment and add a twist to a classic genre. “I love shooting portraits more than anything. I think they are really important and lasting and meaningful.”
Emily offers some tips for those who want to try their hand at a #chameleonportrait:
"There are many simple ways to blend into your background for one of these portraits. You could simply wear a yellow shirt while standing in front of a yellow wall. Wear green clothing and lay in some lush grass or wear a floral dress in front of some floral wallpaper. Stripes on stripes, polka dots on polka dots, fabric, paint, nature, paper."
The most important thing, Emily says, is to not worry too much about the outcome. “Every idea is worth exploring a little and you never know what it might turn into.”
The Giants of David Adickes Sculptorworx
For more photos and videos of the monumental sculptures, check out the David Adickes Sculpturworx location page.
As you drive along the highway through central Houston, Texas, you may get the feeling you’re being watched. Just off the thoroughfare in an industrial part of the city, the larger-than-life heads of Presidents of the United States stand arranged neatly, gazing out at those who pass by. Alongside a monumental, 30-foot (9-meter) tall sculpture of band members from The Beatles, the Presidents reside in the parking lot of sculptor David Adickes's studio, Sculptorworx. Though originally intended to be only a storage facility for the artist's giant works, the site has become a destination as tourists and photographers make regular visits to explore the sculptures. Until recently, the site also served as the home for an iconic “We Love Houston" sign.
#PancakeMorning Sundays with @theotherfudge
In his professional life, Travis Millard (@theotherfudge) is the creative force behind Fudge Factory Comics. But when home on the weekends, Travis finds another outlet to keep his creative energies flowing: #PancakeMorning Sundays. While most people are still snoozing or waiting for their jolt of caffeine to kick in, Travis is getting creative with pancake batter and sharing his creations on Instagram.
"I’ve never been too big on eating pancakes," Travis admits. "They get in my beard and I smell like syrup all day." Rather, his creations were inspired by a friendly rivalry with Canadian writer, musician and filmmaker Gavin McInnes (@thegavin2000).
"I’d been following the pancakes Gavin McInnes makes for his kids and posts every Sunday. He’d been heckling me about drawing ‘sausage fingers’ in the comments of my pancake posts for some time, so I decided I needed to polish my pancake craft and beat him at his own game.”
"The battle rages on," says Travis.
Interested at trying your hand at a #PancakeMorning creation? Travis offers some tips: “Just pick up any generic ketchup squirter and draw into the pan with it. Pro tip: get a second squirter with a thinner batter mix for tonal fills.”
Hashtag Highlight: #portraitsinpuddles
Earlier this year, Adam Elkins (@bigmanjapan) began a hashtag series called #portraitsinpuddles, featuring photos of people standing next to puddles, their reflections cast in the water below. For his portraits, Adam splits the frame between the physical and reflected, showing his subject in the top half and their reflection in the bottom half of his photos.
A few other Instagrammers have discovered Adam’s tag and added portraits of their own. The next time you’re out with a friend after a rainy day, try your hand at a #portraitsinpuddles photo!