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. : )