Most illustrators use a pen and paper, but Naíma Almeida isn’t most illustrators. The Brazilian graphic artist makes detailed illustrations using felt. Inspired by the ’60s and ’70s, each of her felted illustrations is made by hundreds of pieces that are embedded, overlapped, and glued, one at a time.
“I started college without being very sure what graphic design was but I fell in love right at the beginning,” she told Ape on the Moon. Treating design as a crossroads where creative areas intertwine, she went on to say: “I don’t want to try to define the limits between design and art, analog and digital, because I really appreciate the free flow between these areas and different media in search of a satisfying outcome in every project.”
“I always knew I would work with something creative,” she admitted. “But for a long time I didn’t know if it would be music, fine arts or design. In fact, I decided to go to college for graphic design after reading in a magazine that a designer was the person who creates book covers and posters.”
Here are some of her eye-popping designs.