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•Black and white “Overgrown” print by Creo Ingero ($3.50). If you work in a cube farm, you need a fantastical print like this one. You could lose yourself in its sheer fecundity.
•Sepia Fire Escape photograph by Alicia Bock ($21). For those of you not yet weary of cherry blossoms as a design motif, see Bock’s photographs “Delicate Balance” and “Bloom.” “Yellow Koi,” which looks more like a painting than a photograph, is justifiably popular.
•Original “Tangled Trees” cardboard print by Margaret Rankin ($85). The artist has uploaded images of her work to Flickr. If you see one you like, ask – she may have more. I’m a fan of her Asian prints in particular; “Swept Away”is an especially elegant linocut. She re-imagines the Toronto Expressway in lime and orange in “Overhead Span.”
•“Treesa von Arbor" collage by Scrapatorium ($20). This pleasing image reminds me of 18th-century ladies’ towering hairpieces decorated with everything from fauna to ships.
•Conversations with Nature” illustration by Tara Hogan ($20). Her work has an appealing delicacy and vulnerability. If you're a children’s-book writer in need of an illustrator, get in touch - she'd be perfect. -Molly Symmonds