While undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Brazilian artist Maritana Quaresma (@maritanaquaresma) transformed her Instagram feed into a cancer diary. “I wrote and drew when I was sick. I didn’t wait until I felt better to write about it,” says the 29-year-old from Rio de Janeiro. After several non-Portuguese-speaking friends expressed concern over her illness, Maritana added English captions. “All over the world people were sick too, and they felt very strong when they saw my drawings. I started getting messages from here in Latin America, sometimes Europe, sometimes Asia,” she explains. “It was like I had a power that I didn’t realize, and I could make people feel good.” After two surgeries and six months of chemotherapy, Maritana is in remission. “I don’t regret it, even if I have my limitations. This is me.” Photo illustration by @maritanaquaresma
With just a few marker strokes, pro doodler Jon Burgerman (@jonburgerman) turns two New York City traffic barrels into a couple of surprised characters. #WHPiseefaces Photo illustration by @jonburgerman
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In Sicily, a bug-eyed face appears to be playing hide-and-seek behind a yellow car in this #WHPiseefaces submission by Enza (@enza8317).
Aravis Dolmenna (@aravisdolmenna) set out to make a splash with this coffee-sipping character for #WHPiseefaces. ☕️ Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from last weekend’s project. Photo by @aravisdolmenna
Love is in the air on the Canary Islands where Lydia Farray (@alataalde) spotted a pair of pink angels strolling hand-in-hand. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @alataalde
A self-described “crafty gal,” Holly Fox (@hol_fox) always had a project. She bejeweled pumpkins, built gingerbread houses — and then she shifted her focus to cookies when she realized royal icing mixed just like paint. “I’m constantly thinking about composition and color,” says Los Angeles-based Holly, who became a graphic designer straight out of college. “My styling and cookie shapes reflect my graphic design style — nice and tidy. I’ve really tried to make colorful and clean my signature style!” She started posting sets of cookies three years ago and, according to Holly, she hasn’t slept since. 😉 #MadeToCreate Watch our Instagram story to see Holly bake and decorate a batch of these beauties. Photo by @hol_fox
There’s fun to be had no matter how cold it gets for the residents of Budakli village. Kenan Nihat Elçi (@_kenannihatelci_) decided to pay a visit to the local thermal baths where he snapped this photo. “In cold weather, this has become an entertainment center for children,” he says. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @_kenannihatelci_
“Can’t is not a word we like to use,” says Jon Boogz (@jonboogz), who together with Lil Buck (@lilbuckdalegend) founded Movement Art Is to inspire social change through creative physical expression. “Dance is more than just entertainment. It’s a universal language that can help heal,” Jon says. Whether they’re recording a performance to be viewed around the world or freestyling for friends, both are driven by the transformative experience shared by dancers and their audience. “Dance is a form of liberation regardless of how good you think you are,” says Buck. “So keep dancin’.” Watch our Instagram story right now for a peek at this duo’s moves.
Don’t smile for the camera. That’s the first rule Simon Chaudoir (@simonchaudoir) imparts to the grips, gaffers and other behind-the-scenes characters that take center stage in his surreal, poker-faced photographs. When Simon, a London-based director of photography, began staging the photos — which he initially dubbed “Industrial Accidents” — they were simply mementos of his gigs. Now, his clients often are as eager to hear his ideas for the picture he and the crew sneak off to snap during their lunch break as the one they were hired to shoot. “Some directors and producers probably think, ‘Do I want to hire this guy, given that he seems to spend so much time on set arsing around?’” Simon says. “But taking a picture really cheers people up. It’s something beyond the work, work, work — a silly, joyous moment.” Photo by @simonchaudoir
Ingrid Rizzieri’s jewelry business Entre Cubos (@entrecubos) — translated into English as “Between Cubes” — emerged from a personal fashion quest. “The market offers a lot of classic jewelry, which is more delicate and feminine,” says 20-year-old Ingrid, who’s from São Paulo. “I could never see myself wearing that style.” Ingrid started crafting jewelry that suited her taste, but after constantly getting stopped on the street by admirers, she started selling her handmade designs. “When you want to do something new, you need to stop following trends and start listening to yourself. Follow your own instinct and develop new paths for inspiration. When you do that with passion, dedication and responsibility, the chances of success are higher.” #MadeToCreate Photo by @entrecubos
Kirsty Ballard (@madeinjoho) captured a candid display of joyful affection when her mom, an elephant enthusiast from England, visited a sanctuary in South Africa. “This fella in particular loves to give trunk kisses and was by far mum’s favorite,” she says. #WHPloveis Photo by @madeinjoho
“Self-love is the 🔑 for loving the world,” says Shay Meir (@shaymeir), a photographer based in Israel who made this #WHPloveis submission as part of a special Valentine’s Day series. “When we love ourselves, we have great energy to give and create.” Photo by @shaymeir
Hello, world! It’s time for a very special edition of #WeeklyFluff. Meet Biscuit (@busybodybiscuit), a Cavalier King Charles who was spotted getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit with her puppy pal Sir Charles Barkley. 💋 Follow @busybodybiscuit to keep up with her adventures around Chicago.
“Love is seeing the world through a child’s eyes,” says @thetravelingbumblebee in the caption to her #WHPloveis submission. She captured this moment of pure bliss during a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo by @thetravelingbumblebee
Even the most rational, scientifically minded people in the world need a little break from reality sometimes. Silvia Minucelli (@mijbilcreatures) knows the feeling all too well, so the engineer channeled that energy into creating her tiny, indescribably cute animal figurines. “I’m a rather introverted person, so in some sense my miniature world works as a buffer between me and the ‘real world,’” says Silvia, who lives in Sweden. She sculpts, paints, bakes and varnishes polymer clay — “traditional sculpting tools are way too big for my miniatures, so I use toothpicks, crochet hooks, needles and my fingertips” – to create her creatures like dragons, unicorns, jackalopes and satyrs. “Like many engineers, fantasy and mythology have always been a part of my life,” says Silvia, whose mother read her “The Hobbit” before bed while she was growing up in Venice, Italy. It’s back to her home country for Valentine’s Day this year — the ski slopes of the Dolomites are too good to miss out on in February. “Lots of snow, good company and a cup of decadent hot chocolate,” says Silvia. “What could be better?” #MadeToCreate Photo by @mijbilcreatures
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