Follow Friday: Harriet Taylor Seed’s Advent Calendar
For the final Follow Friday of 2017, we look at the illustrated advent calendar Harriet Taylor Seed has been sharing on her Instagram feed this December.
English illustrator Harriet Taylor Seed creates quirky, colourful and texture-filled artworks. Harriet has previously been commissioned by the likes of The V&A Museum, Wrap Magazine and The Washington Post. She spends her spare time gathering inspiration for her work by the seaside and rummaging through flea markets and junk shops.
Looking through Harriet’s portfolio can feel like hunting through a brilliantly curated and illustrated flea market filled with eccentric objects and unusual treasure.
Harriet has been treating her followers to a daily illustrated surprise this christmas. She is sharing a different illustration each day on her Instagram feed, tagging each with #weirdchristmas. As you might expect, weird Christmas illustration don’t stick to the usual Christmas motifs. Artworks have featured everything including animal heads, people dancing in masks, pregnant women, and the moon.
Harriet has taken inspiration from Pagan tradition and folklore to create an alternative illustrated advent calendar.
Harriet’s choice of colour is a little alternative too. Orange, green, blue and black make up the colour scheme for the calendar. With no clichéd red or gold in sight, the illustrations feel fresh but still have a cosy wintery warmth to them.
This might seem like an odd time to share an advent calendar, with Christmas just a few days away. However, this way it gives you the chance to (as many people do with their chocolate calendars) gorge on more than 20 days all at once. We hope that whichever illustrations are still to come, they are just as odd. After all, this calendar proves that a #weirdchristmas is the best kind of Christmas there is!