For such a small object, an artist-designed phone case sure does earn its keep: For the maker, it’s an effective way to get their work out on the street to be seen by a broader audience; for you, it’s a portable piece of original artwork that ensures your smartphone won’t get mixed up with anyone else’s. Here, three of our favorite shops for artist-designed tech accessories.
Khristian A Howell phone case, $40; and print, $26.
This textile artist-turned-home accessories designer applies hand-drawn fig leaves and watercolor-inspired florals to phone cases, pillows, calendars, gift wrap, coasters and more. The vibe: modern and fresh — but still feminine.
Papio Press phone case, $27; and print, $20.
A UK-based illustration team with a knack for patterns, Papio Press turns out delightful device covers in their signature style: dense floral and botanical designs surrounding an array of wild creatures, from tigers and red pandas to foxes and sloths — and even the odd unicorn.
SABartstudio phone case, $30; and print, $30
Shaylen Amanda Broughton is a Richmond, Virginia-based fine artist with a BFA in interior design — which helps explain the breadth of her shop’s offerings. You can find her abstract watercolor designs splashed across phone cases, accent pillows, and even yoga pants, in addition to her original works and prints.