I ♥ mahabis

05/27/15

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{a tribute to my mahabis in pencil and paint}

As many of you know, I moved from Oakland, California to Portland, Oregon two months ago. Since we had yet to purchase our permanent residence, we put most of our belongings in storage and loaded up two small cars with everything we needed to work and live for two months and drove the 630 miles to our new home. When we got to Portland I was, being a long-time California girl, totally unprepared for the chilly April air lingering in Oregon. I was used to daily 70+ degree days and packed as if I was heading to the same climate. All of my sweaters and coats and heavier shoes were in storage. Two days in, I was freezing, even inside our apartment.

As luck would have it, the next day I was on Facebook reading through my feed and saw an ad for mahabis slippers on the side bar of my personal page. True story: I’ve been on Facebook since 2007, and I have never clicked on one of those ads before, but something about this one intrigued me. I don’t remember exactly what the ad looked like — it may have been the Scandinavian look of the slippers or the super-cool logo that drew me in (I am a sucker for good design). Or maybe I was just tuned in that day to anything warm and cozy looking. Regardless, I clicked.

I was led to the mahabis website and fell instantly in love with what I saw. They sell one product: slippers, all in the same design. Your only option? Colors. And the rubber soles can be taken on or off (you can also purchase the slippers without the rubber sole).

Since moving to Portland, I work from home, and I realized these comfy looking slippers might be the answer to my cold toes. The hardest part was deciding which color sole to get. I chose the “ryjuken red” (which is actually pink) but was very close to ordering the “borgen blue.” I also have a soft spot for the “skane yellow” (pictured below).  These slippers are not cheap, and I expected the quality to be high, and so I was very excited when the slippers arrived less than a week later from London and were simply beautiful in every way. To boot, they serve the purpose I was looking for: warm feet.

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The next day I posted a picture of my feet wearing my new slippers on Instagram and mahabis emailed to thank me. I don’t write about products that often, but I really love these slippers and wanted to share them with you.

You can visit the mahabis site here to view the slippers and learn more about the company.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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PRINT Magazine // 75th Anniversary

05/12/15

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{Piece I designed for the 75th Anniversary Edition of Print Magazine}

Every now and again I have to pinch myself, and this past week was one of those times. I finally got my hands on the 75th Anniversary Edition of PRINT Magazine (a bimonthly American magazine about visual culture and design). A few months back, design luminary Debbie Millman, on behalf of PRINT Magazine, asked 75 “of the best creatives working today” (their words) to design the word “print.” All of the pieces were exhibited at the recent HOW Conference and just 34 were chosen to appear in the magazine. Mine was one of the pieces chosen. To boot, I’m sitting on a spread with two friends (Jessica Hische and Kate Bingaman-Burt) and two design heroines Maira Kalman and Jennifer Morla.

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Dreams do sometimes come true. Have a happy Tuesday, friends!

 

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For the Love of San Francisco

04/28/15

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SF Print // Now available in my Etsy Shop

As many of you know, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Portland, Oregon one month ago today. I am happy too report that I am absolutely loving my new city. But one thing I know for sure is that San Francisco will live forever in my heart. I’ve written here before about the significance of this great city in my development as a human being. No place will ever be part of me as much as San Francisco.

To celebrate San Francisco, I’m offering two new pieces in my Etsy shop starting today. First, the SF Print pictured above, which is a collection of many of the things I love about the city. Second, I’m also offering copies of the SF Wildsam Field Guide (pictured below) which I illustrated in 2013 (you can see more images of the book here). This guide is a little book packed with local lore, interviews, memoir, hand-drawn maps, personal essays and more. Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the field guides suit both weekender and native.

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Have a great Tuesday, friends!

 

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New Original Works Available

04/23/15

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Friends, I’ve got eight new original pieces for sale through Hellion Gallery. If you see one you like (at the time of this writing, the bottom left “Spring Flowers” has sold but all others are available), email matt@helliongallery.com to make your purchase. All pieces are 12×16 inches, framed in wood, and $350.

You can see larger images of each piece here on Hellion’s website.

Have a great Thursday, friends!

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New Limited Edition Prints in the Shop!

04/20/15

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Hello friends! So excited to have two new LIMITED EDITION prints in the shop! The prints are each printed on high quality thick Hahnemühle etching paper and are signed and numbered (editions of 25 only). They are both 11×14 inches.

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Fish Limited Edition Print // Get yours here.

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Yes Town Limited Edition Print // Get yours here.

Have a great Monday!

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New Print in the Shop!

04/10/15

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Friends, I am excited to release a new print today in the shop! It’s called “Arches” and it’s 11×14 inches, printed full color on white paper. You can grab yours here.

Have a great weekend!

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Etsy Shop Open // New Print Release!

04/02/15

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Friends, after moving to Portland Oregon earlier this week, my Etsy Shop has now reopened! And to celebrate, I am releasing a new print called Spring Blossoms which you can purchase here. The print is 11×14 inches, printed with archival inks on acid free bright white paper and is signed and dated.

Also back in stock: Botanicals and Folk Art coloring books!

Happy Spring!

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Paper Placemats

03/17/15

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I’m thrilled to have created some recyclable paper placemats and you can purchase them here. They are all botanical themed and there are six designs in all packed in a pad of 48.

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All of the placemats are based off drawings I made for my botanicals coloring book, which you can also get here.

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Words for the Day // No. 61

03/11/15

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This one will appear in my upcoming book about swimming!

Have a happy Wednesday, friends!

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New Work for Airbnb

02/03/15

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Every now and again I get to work for a serious dream client — a company who has a really great mission & vision, a clean aesthetic & beautiful brand, and is filled with nice people. Recently I got to work for one such company, Airbnb, the community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. I used Airbnb when I traveled to Scandinavia back in 2012 and had a really fantastic experience. I plan to use them again when I travel to Spain and Portugal later this year.

Yesterday Airbnb posted an interview with me on their blog about the work I did for them & my own thoughts on travel in their Makers profile series. They also shared some of the work I did for them, which you can also see below. Pop over here to take a look!

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Have a great Tuesday, friends!

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Some Recent Sketchbook Spreads

01/13/15

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As you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I keep a regular sketchbook in which I create intricate spreads with various mediums. Today I thought I’d share with you some of my recent work in my sketchbook. For all of these, I used some combination of Sakura of America pens: Gellyroll pens, Koi brush pens or Micron pens.

If you enjoy keeping a sketchbook or would like to start, I offer a Sketchbook Explorations class through Creativebug and it’s never too late to start!

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Have a happy Tuesday, friends!

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New Prints in the Shop!

01/09/15

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This new black and white print entitled Folkish is available here.

And I have also relisted this Swedish Chairs print:

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Words for the Day :: No. 54

12/29/14

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A little lettering & illustration work I did for my client Airbnb this past year.

Have a happy Monday, friends!

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Happy Holidays & Thank You!

12/24/14

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{Above, white gel pen on black paper, 2014}

To everyone who comes to this blog: thank you. My career as an artist would not be possible without you and others who buy, commission, share, write about, and otherwise support the work I do everyday. I feel very grateful. Thank you, thank you!

May you all have a wonderful holiday!

Stay warm and cozy and have a happy Wednesday!

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New Print // Last Week to Shop!

12/10/14

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Don’t forget: this is your last week to shop in my Etsy store before the holidays!  My shop will be closed from Tuesday evening of next week until early January. All remaining orders will ship Wednesday, December 17.

Good news! Just in time, I have added a new print to the shop, pictured above. You can snatch it up here.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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