New Artist Spotlight: Melissa Castrillon and Stewart Francis Easton + New Work from Daren Thomas MageeNovember 13, 2020
Here at RCC, we have held these three new, special collections close to our hearts since March, waiting for a moment when the sun could shine on them. We feel that normalcy might not be too far away, and wanted to open the door to some joy and love. We are so excited to announce three new collections for RCC, including two new artists: the extraordinary Melissa Castrillon and Stewart Francis Easton–not to mention an out-of-this-world collection by seasoned RCC artist, Daren Thomas Magee. Step inside the worlds of Melissa and Stewart below, and don’t miss some new in-studio photos with Daren as well. We are so happy you are here. Keep the love flowing.
An English-Colombian illustrator from the UK, Melissa brings her experience in cover design, illustration, screen printing and other fine arts to her exquisite collection. Melissa’s work is vibrant and layered, as if we are looking from a villa window into a magical world with balanced, yet wild composure. Each intricately illustrated detail tiers one on top of the other creating an image that is nearly toile-esque. Be sure to take a look at her layering process below in some in-progress shots.
You may know Melissa’s work from her wide variety of published illustration and book covers, as well as herpicture books, The Balcony, a look into a little girl’s lush and magical garden. Plus Mighty Min: an extraordinary adventure about a small but mighty little girl. Take a look at another highlight–the recently released Phillip Pullman gift edition series His Dark Materials set. Could anything be more glorious? Those put stars in our eyes! (See photos below).
We got to take a little peak into Melissa’s workspace, photos of her creative process and more:
“Even though I started designing these cards before this year I feel that because of how 2020 has panned out for the world, the theme of strength, power, and positivity within this collection has come at a time where we need those messages most. I hope that they inject even a little bit more brightness into those who see them.” -MC
Some in-process work shots for the RCC collection:
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We are delighted to announce our collaboration with the fascinating abstract artist, Stewart Francis Easton. Stewart currently lives in London, UK and works across many disciplines, including stitching, fiber arts, painting, drawing and digital media. He has shown work both nationally and internationally with pieces in private collections, and is currently hard at work at his passions: embroidery as meditation (embroidery every day for long periods of time as a purifying practice), the counterculture, and mid-century inspired shapes.
Stewart’s work embodies a playful spirit while giving a nod to mid-century design and architecture. His abstract and colorful shapes burst into form after they are cut, rearranged, and re-envisioned. While we have been lucky enough to print his collage works in this new collection, Stewart’s innovative and awe-inspiring embroideries are a highlight of his body of work, with bright, thoughtful colors and raw geometric fun.
On top of all that genius, he likes new age music, spirit jazz, psychedelia and hand-cut shapes, and we can’t wait to introduce him to you. Have fun!
The Glass Bead Game, Nucleus, Portland , Oct – November. 2017. View more here.
Fevral – A folklore. View more here.
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And not to be outdone, the amazing Daren Thomas Magee. See below for some new in-studio and process photos. His work is a channel to what we all should aspire to be. Thank you, Daren!