Emanuela Ligabue

Julia Rothman is always sending me links to artists and designers with whom I become instantly smitten. Her latest share is these incredible pieces by Emanuela Ligabue, who happens to be illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli’s mother! Emanuela was a postmodernist in the ’80s, and after having children, she began creating smaller works that combine applied arts and design. I fell in love with her painted fans and bags (that egg print!) and like that her work combines the feel of Matisse’s figural murals with a more modern spin. You can check out all of Emanuela’s work right here, from her painted book covers and straw bags to fans. Thanks to Julia for the tip! xo, grace

More images after the jump . . .


I just had Olimpia Zagnoli talk at my painting class about herself.
this is crazy coincidence!


What a find! Those fans!!! Oh my goodness. They would be so chic poolside. Love the way the folds of the fan make the figures look like they’re moving…
And I love the friendly shape of the woven bags. They make such a great ground for the the illustrations/prints. : )