Cape Town artist, and self-described miniaturist, Lorraine Loots is big on talent. Back in January 2013 Loots began painting a miniature piece each day, aptly naming the project 365 Paintings for Ants. And when we say miniature, we mean minuscule… some are barely as large as one’s thumbnail. Her love for detail, however, is not at all diminutive and does not suffer in the least by the very small scale of her works. With little more than pencils, extremely fine paint brushes and a magnifying glass, Loots creates a unique work of art each day. For the first iteration of the project in 2013 her subjects were decidedly random. From something that pertained to her day, to a special event for a particular date, to even suggestions by others. Loots explains: “I see it as a kind of an interactive project. I’m definitely not the tortured artist sitting in a corner expressing my emotions. I’m influenced by everything around me.” For 2014, Loots decided to focus on Cape Town, in honor of its distinction of being named World Design Capital by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) for its dedication to using design for social, cultural and economic development. Loots sells each original framed painting, as well as a very limited run of archival prints. Not only are her artistic skills prodigious, her entrepreneurial spirit is also impressive. Be sure to also check out the beautifully produced video below. We look forward to the project’s evolution for the coming year!

Via lorraineloots.com

Loots-01 Loots-02 Loots-03 Loots-04 Loots-05 Loots-06 Loots-07 Loots-08 Loots-09 Loots-10 Loots-11 Loots-12 Loots-13 Loots-14 Loots-15 Loots-16 Loots-17 Loots-18Loots-19

[vimeo 82643547 w=500 h=281]

4 Comments

  1. nu on November 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

    wow



  2. Windows of New York | BARBOUR DESIGN on April 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

    […] craft through some sort of consistent work, whether it be daily, weekly, monthly (for example, here and here and here). It truly is a creative exercise, to motivate one’s self to conjure creativity […]



  3. 100 Hoopties by Jenny Beatty | BARBOUR DESIGN on April 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    […] serial projects here and here and […]



  4. […] illustration. They married these two loves into a fruitful serial project (others here and here and here) that has boosted their social media presence to over 50K Instagram followers. Though the project, […]