Pattern of the Week!

04/17/14

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This week’s pattern is based on a traditional herringbone, with a twist. You can see many of the patterns I’ve created here.

Enjoy! And happy Thursday.

CATEGORIES: Repeat Patterns
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Hello Sunshine :: New Print

04/16/14

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In honor of the arrival of warmer weather, I am so happy to add to my shop this new print: Hello Sunshine. You can purchase it here.
Have a great Monday, everyone!

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Embrace the Abyss Talk :: Now Online

04/15/14

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Many of you have been asking about the talk I’ve been giving over the last couple of months called Embrace the Abyss and Other Lessons, and a recording of it is now online. This version was recorded last week at TYPO International Design Conference in San Francisco, where I gave the talk for the last time (I’ve also previously given versions of the same talk at the Nevada Museum of Art in February and at as the keynote address at Craftcation Conference in early April). Here it is (gulp) with all its imperfections. It’s about 42 minutes. Enjoy.

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New York Book Signing & Class

04/14/14

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New York friends! I’m coming to you! Two events:

1) Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Makeshift Society, Brooklyn, I’ll be teaching my professional illustration class (see below for more info). You can sign up here.

2) Thursday, May 22, 2014, also at Makeshift Society BK, a book signing party for Whatever You Are, Be a Good One. At that event, copies of my book will be for sale, I’ll be signing and there will be beverages and treats! I hope you will come! See the flyer above for address & other info. You can RSVP here on Facebook.

More about the May 21 Professional Illustration Class in Brooklyn:

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I am teaching a professional practice class about being an illustrator –including information on the life & work of the freelance illustrator, different illustration markets, and tips on how to successfully promote your work to garner consistent, fun, paying illustration & licensing work. This particular class is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (at Makeshift Society) on May 21 from  7-9 pm. You can sign up here.

Space is limited, so sign up early!

Have a great Monday!

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Corita Kent & Happy Weekend

04/11/14

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Last week when I was in the beautiful city of Ventura, I stumbled into the most amazing used book store (one of the most amazing I’ve ever been in, in fact). And I found (without really looking) this first edition book of poetry by Gerald Huckaby illustrated by Corita Kent (aka Sister Corita). You may recall that last year I hand lettered Sister Corita’s Art Department Rules, and I have been on a hunt for her iconic work (in whatever form & state I can find it) as I am in stores and flea markets. So I was really excited to find this book. BTW: they had different Corita Kent book that was signed, but it was a wee bit out of my price range! Anyhow, the inside of City, Uncity is even more glorious than the beautiful cover, pictured above. Here’s a sample spread:

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This spread just happens to be oriented vertically, but most spreads in the book are regular horizontal spreads. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for other Corita Kent books and posters as I’m out and about these days.

On an entirely different note, this morning I spoke at TYPO Design Conference in SF and it was a great experience! Many of you have been asking, and my talk was recorded, so when it’s up for viewing on the internet, I’ll let you know.

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

CATEGORIES: Inspiration
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Pattern of the Week!

04/09/14

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Introducing Arches — this week’s repeat pattern (seen here in two difference versions).

Tomorrow I am off to TYPO International Design Conference, where I am speaking on Friday. I’m taking tomorrow off from the blog, but am going to check in Friday about the conference, so stay tuned!

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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Tee Shirts & Backpacks!

04/08/14

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Friends, I am so excited to announce I’ve now got both t-shirts and backpacks with my designs for sale over at Citrus Report! I’ll be adding new designs every month, so stay tuned for more. The t-shirts are all super-duper high quality, made from 4.8 oz. interlock 100% pima cotton with a lay flat collar and double needle construction. You can buy any/all of my products here, including my popular triangle design. Go get em.

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Happy Tuesday, friends!

CATEGORIES: For Sale | New in my Shop
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Weekend Almanac

04/07/14

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I was really excited when Lauren and Ali at Weekend Almanac contacted me late last year to contribute to their second issue, which just came out. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Weekend Almanac is an independently published lifestyle biannual curated by editor Lauren Ladoceour and creative director Ali Zeigler in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s a collectible 64-page 8.5 x 10-inch almanac, mostly about stuff to do (and stuff that happens) on our glorious weekends.

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For this issue, I illustrated & hand lettered (with one of my abstract paintings in the background) this calendar of long weekends in 2014 & 2015:

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Issue Number 2 also includes Friday cocktails from the Bon Vivants, overnight getaway to the Hudson Valley, photographer David Martinez’s pizza party, make-your-own midnight munchies, and more. You can purchase the magazine here.

I’m back tomorrow with a really big and awesome announcement. Stay tuned!

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The Old & New Project

04/04/14

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I was really honored when Troy DeShano and Jim LePage asked me to be part of their Old & New Project this year. If you haven’t heard of Old & New Project, it is a platform for contemporary graphic artists to exhibit works themed on Biblical stories and passages. It aims to replace traditionally popular Biblical artwork with newer, more contemporary accessible work. In the words of its founders, “Old & New is not an attempt to convert folks or create religious propaganda. In order to take a new look at this old book, we want, in fact we need, artists from all types of faith perspectives.” The project includes artists from different religious backgrounds, including those who have had negative experiences with the church, along with agnostics and atheists.

My piece for the current iteration of the project is pictured above. My assignment was to illustrate the following verse from Song of Solomon:

Love is as Strong as Death:

Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;

for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.

It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.

Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.

If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.

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Have a great weekend, friends!

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Blair Stocker :: Wise Craft

04/03/14

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Every now and again a friend calls on me to illustrate something for them. To me, this is the greatest honor: when someone you’ve known for years actually wants to work with you. Maybe some of you can relate — it’s a special experience. Last year I got an email from my agent — my friend Blair Stocker was writing a craft book and she wanted me to illustrate some of the projects. Truth be told, Blair’s book has SIXTY amazing projects in it, and I only illustrated a handful. But it was a super fun project, especially because I got to interact directly with Blair to get the illustrations just right.  I can’t wait to share some photos with you.

Blair’s book is called Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love. It’s based on many projects from her longtime blog, Wise Craft — and, of course, some new ones too. Instead of throwing away things like old dishes or shirts, Blair teaches you how to remake/reuse them, adding special touches to make them unique. This book is also particularly great for folks (like me!) who like to thrift for special treasures and then use them in projects. The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, with designs that reflect different holidays and the like. Here are some of my favorite projects from the book:

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{Dip Dye Toile Dishes}

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{Bead-bombed Tote Bag, with my illustration in the upper right}

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{Spooky dishes}

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{Summer Sherbet Picnic Blanket, with my illustration on the right}

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{Hand Painted Journals}

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{Hottie Rice Pillow, with my illustration on the right hand page}

You can purchase Blair’s beautiful book here or wherever craft books are sold. I’ll be making those dip-dyed ceramics very soon (stay tuned for a post on that!)

Have a happy Thursday!

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New Print in the Shop!

04/02/14

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You may remember this painting I made last week! It’s now for sale as a print in my shop, embellished with some hand lettering. It’s available here.

 

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Building a Creative Brand is Back!

04/02/14

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I’m excited to let you know that Creativebug’s Building a Creative Brand online course is back for a second time! The class covers the fundamental aspects of building and elevating your creative brand — from finding the essence of your brand and business basics, to licensing and book publishing. If you are an aspiring creative and are just starting out, this is a great basic class.

To learn more about the class & to sign up, just go here.

You can also watch this handy trailer to learn more!

Have a happy Wednesday, friends!

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Whatever You Are, Be a Good One!

04/01/14

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Friends, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One comes out TODAY! You can order it here or wherever books are sold. This book was a labor of love for me, and I am so grateful to Chronicle Books for being such a great partner in making this project happen. Special thanks to my editor Bridget Watson Payne and my art director Kristen Hewitt, two of the most hard working, brilliant women I know.

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I’m also signing books at several upcoming events. Here’s more info if you’d like to come say hello and I’ll write a little personal note in your book:

SAN FRANCISCO: West coast book launch party and signing
Thursday, April 24, 6-8 pm
Rare Device, 600 Divisadero Street, SF

OAKLAND: Book signing and meet ‘n’ greet
Saturday, May 3, 1-2:30 pm
Nathan & Co. 5636 College Avenue, Oakland

NEW YORK: East coast book launch party and signing
Thursday, May 22, 6:30-9 pm
Makeshift Society, 55 Hope Street, Brooklyn

LOS ANGELES: Book signing and print show
Saturday, June 14, 5-8 pm
Poketo, 820 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles

TBD: Portland, OR, July 2014 (stay tuned for more info!)

Here are some sample pages from the book:

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Last but not least, thank you to Maria Popova for writing this lovely piece on my book today!

Have a happy Tuesday, friends!

CATEGORIES: Hand Lettering | My Books
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2014 :: A Sewing Odyssey :: #3

03/31/14

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As some of you may remember from this post that I’ve made a commitment not to buy any new clothing in 2014. Instead, I’m only buying used clothing or making my own. In January & February, I made my first two dresses. March was incredibly busy months for me, but I was finally back at the machine this past Friday and I made this top from Yoshiki Tsukiori’s Stylish Dress Book (now in English). The fabric is a gorgeous Cloud9 voile designed by Leslie Shewring. Here I am modeling it:

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This top was much more difficult to make than my previous two dresses, but I powered through and made due where I didn’t quite understand the directions. While I haven’t sewed in awhile, I did learn to sew when I was really young, and all of my rusty skills came in handy as I labored through it.

Next up, I’m going to make Sonya Philip’s adorable Dress No. 2. Stay tuned for that.

Also, psst: I am, as we speak, designing a collection of voile apparel fabric for Cloud9 (the same weight as the fabric I used to make this top). It will be out later this year!

Happy Monday, friends.

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Pattern of the Week!

03/28/14

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This week’s repeat pattern is made from drawings of one of my favorite things to draw: succulents! If you take my basic line drawing class (which is available if you subscribe to Creativebug), one of the lessons is all about drawing succulents. (BTW: there is no start or end time to this drawing class so you can take it at any time!)

I plan to make a few more patterns from succulent drawings over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more.

Have a happy Friday and a great weekend.

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