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Artist to Watch: Cori Dantini

October 22, 2009


I can’t help it. Every time I see this artist’s work I swoon.

Cori Dantini lives in Pullman, Washington and is a full-time illustrator, wife and mother. Using a variety of materials including recycled paper (pages from pre-1922 books, clothing patterns, maps or even paper found on the ground), walnut ink and japanese nibs, Cori creates ethereal characters worthy of their very own illustrated storybooks.

CoriD_chatterAt first glance these characters and scenes appear quite simple, but Cori’s technique using multiple layers and fine detail gives each work an understated complexity. Usually measuring smaller than 6″ x 12″ – with some only 5″ x 5″ – these little treasures are very affordable. Signed, limited edition prints are $20 and originals are $30 to $200. With such a sweet price tag, they make great gifts. Some time ago I purchased an original (with a boy, tree and owl) to celebrate the birth of a dear friend’s baby. I love the thought of him being all grown up and someday hanging it in his own home.

Visit Cori’s blog for a glimpse into her world. A wide selection of her one-of-a-kind artwork is available for purchase at Etsy and Charmingwall.

Top left: Believe (anything is possible), 5″x10″ signed/numbered print, $20. Top right: A Little Rest (we need them now and again), 6″x12” original, $180. Lower left: Chatter Bug (talk, talk, talk), 6″x6″ signed/numbered print, $20. All images © Cori Dantini.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 4, 2009 1:39 PM

    what a wonderful surprise! thank you so much, and more importantly THANK YOU for actually
    seeing all the small parts that make up the bigger whole. i love the small details and i love even more that someone actually is looking hard enough to notice. OOx c.

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