Design Links: Gizem Vural, Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, and Jane Ormes

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Editor’s Note: This is part 33 in Emily Potts’ inspirational series, Design Links. Every other week she features three artists whose work offers fresh, fun, and stimulating creative inspiration. Each artist picks the next link—someone who personally inspires him/her. Check out the thirty-second part in the series, featuring Salli Swindell, Sarah Ferone & Ohn Mar Win.

Sarah Ferone chose two people who inspire her, and the second is…

Gizem Vural

I absolutely adore the illustration work of Gizem Vural. She has an incredibly distinct style that is playful, complex, and full of emotions that can linger with you for days. Also, she generously shares her sketches and process on social media and it’s great to follow along. Her talents have graced the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the Boston Globe, in addition to working on countless editorial and book commissions.


I’ve loved this piece for a long time. “Autumn Memories” is magical, mysterious, and representative of how she captures interior worlds so well.


This piece has stuck with me ever since she first posted it. There’s a fearlessness and honesty in her work that reminds me of how powerful art can be.

Gizem Vural is inspired by…

Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao

Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao are a collaborative duo who have been working together since 2011. I love their mixed media creations like playful sculptures, colorful installations, collages, and paintings. Whatever they create they always look so fun and surreal. They inspire me a lot with their playfulness and explorations.

Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao-TheLumpNubbins

I love their project called The Lump Nubbins. They are handmade sculptures from recycled paper pulp. They look like weird-shaped flowers to me in pots. I like their color palette and how abstract their shapes are. In my work I’m very inspired by them when I draw flowers.

Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao-ImpossibleStairscape

Their “mpossible Stairscape project is so surreal, I love how they are inspired from MC Escher and it takes you to a colorful dreamy world. This project inspires me a lot whenever I use abstract and geometric shapes in my work.

Ohn Mar Win is inspired by …

Jane Ormes

I have admired Jane’s work for many years, since I saw a print of a cat stuck inside a jelly (I know!!). I was a printmaker during my college days and her work reminds me of happy messy days in the print room. Jane’s work is very colorful, bold, and fun. But perhaps most importantly for me, is seeing the texture as integral part of the print and its aesthetic qualities .


I love this cat/jelly combo for the translucent quality of each color as one overlaps the other to form the jelly, and the slightly dazed cat inside it with its fancy whiskers.


More recently Jane has been collaging texture to create a vast array of simple decorative pieces that were part of a 100 Day Project. Many delightful birds, animals, and food were included and I loved seeing all the different textures juxtaposed next to each other.

Tune in next time to see who inspires Jane Ormes.

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