JCCSF Catalog Cover

12/02/14

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It was an absolute pleasure to illustrate this cover for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco’s Winter/Spring catalog. It was an honor to work for this fantastic organization. Thank you, JCCSF!

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Nativen Bandana Launch!

12/01/14

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram may recall this photo that I posted a while back. Many of you were taking guesses at what I was designing, and I am excited to reveal that I was creating a bandana for Nativen, a New York women’s clothing company (vintage & new). You can purchase the 21 inch square bandana here and see the other artist bandanas here.

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Have a great Monday, friends!

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For the Love of the Swim

11/18/14

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Every now and again images of what I’m working on pop up on my Instagram feed. And you may have noticed a few swimming related images popping up, including the one above. And that’s because I’ve started working on a new book, as yet unnamed, about…you guessed it: SWIMMING! I have been passionate about swimming since I was a kid and it’s always been a huge part of my life, and so I am very excited to be working on this book. The book will cover swimming history, fashion, culture, innovations, lore & so much more. It will also include profiles of swimmers, some famous, some not. The book will include mostly my artwork & hand lettering, with some photos and a couple of essays .

I am still looking for a bit more content for the book: Do you have a collection of old swimming medals or ribbons I could photograph (and return to you)? Do you have a collection of any swimming gear that is vintage (1980’s or previous)? Do you have vintage photos of swimmers I could use? Do you have an exceptional swimming story or history or know someone (dead or alive) who does? I am also looking for a few African American or Latino swimmers of all ages or genders as subjects to profile in the book (I already have many White and Asian swimmers). My subjects just need to love swimming and do it regularly (and do not need to be fast competitive swimmers). Email me at lisacongdon@gmail.com if you think you may have something to contribute. I cannot guarantee I will be able to use what you send my way, but I’d love to hear from you in the event that it’s a good fit (and it just might be!).

Look out for the book to be released in early Spring 2016 by Chronicle Books.

Have a happy Tuesday, friends! Stay tuned tomorrow for information on a big sale in my Etsy Shop!

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Tote Bag for Team Sue!

11/04/14

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I am so honored to be part of Team Sue Loves You. Team Sue Loves You is a collective of American artists. We have teamed up to design limited edition tote bags to support our dear friend, artist Sue Eggen of Giant Dwarf, who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. The intention of the project is to raise awareness to colon cancer and raise money to support Sue as she recovers. Each of the 14 tote bag designs draw inspiration from Sue’s brave journey with the disease. You can see my tote design above.

Sue is one of the kindest, bravest, most positive people I know, and I am so happy to be part of this effort to support her. You can view and purchase any of the tote bags here (and see thumbnails of each of the amazing designs below).

Funds will support Sue’s medical bills and a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, as their support has been paramount to Sue’s recovery during her treatment via Philly Patient Ride.

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Thank you and have a great Tuesday, friends.

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New Poster and Holiday Cards for 826 Valencia!

11/03/14

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If you don’t already know about 826 Valencia, you probably should. Founded in 2002 by writer and artist Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, it is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Their services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

To help fund their program, 826 Valencia has a store called The Pirate Store, which is filled with all kinds of pirate themed stuff. Every year, they ask a designer or illustrator to donate their time make a poster or tea shirt to benefit the organization, and this year they asked me! I was so honored and so excited. We decided to go with the theme of Pirate Tea, as famous teatotaling pirate Bartholemew Roberts (aka, Black Bart) loved his tea. The result is what you see above, and these posters are on sale both at the pirate store at 826 Valencia in SF and online here.  This limited edition poster is 18″ x 24″ screen printed with gold and white ink on black paper and for sale for just $20. Get one while they last!

I also designed this year’s holiday card for the 826 Pirate Store, which you can see below and purchase at the store or here online. Each letterpressed bundle contains six cards with envelopes for $20. Cards are blank white inside.

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If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, mark your calendars for a poster sale and pirate tea party this Friday, November 7 from 6-8 pm! RSVP on the Facebook page or just stop by! I’ll be there to say hello and celebrate the release of my new poster and cards. Come for all things pirate and some tea!

Have a great Monday, friends!

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Lettering for AFAR Magazine

10/29/14

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I was so excited early this fall when I was contacted by Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson, Creative Director at AFAR Magazine (who is, full disclosure, also a friend), about doing some hand lettering for an upcoming issue. Not only was I thrilled because I love AFAR Magazine (and am a subscriber), I was also excited because the article they wanted me to contribute to was about Lotta Jansdotter‘s childhood home, the Åland archipelago.  Åland is located midway between Finland and Sweden. I am both a huge fan of Lotta’s work (and have been for a decade) and a huge fan of Scandinavia. So it was a dream job!

Here are some of the spreads from the article, written by Lisa Abend and photographed by Christoph Haiderer.

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You can read the full article here, and you can purchase the print copy of the magazine at your local book or magazine shop.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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New Notebook in the Shop!

10/21/14

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Now in my shop: my 5×7 inch “mega” screen printed notebook/sketchbook (front and back pictured above).

Filled with 48 blank pages for your doodling or sketching pleasure and originally designed for my sketchXchange event in Portland in October 0f 2014, this notebook (beautifully printed by Scout Books) is now available for purchase here in my shop.

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Have a great Tuesday, friends.

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Editorial Illustration for Design Observer

10/15/14

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I was pretty excited last month when I get an email from esteemed journalist Rob Walker, who writes for The New York Times and Design Observer, among other prestigious gigs. He asked me to be part of his latest project: the “Spawn of the Gerrymander” — in which he asked some of his favorite illustrators to use their talents to highlight the true shape of political mapmaking in the twenty-first century. You can read the introductory essay here and browse the whole series here on Design Observer.

I illustrated North Carolina’s Gerrymandered Fourth District to look like a Leafy Sea Dragon. You can see the illustration in all it’s glory and read about my interpretation here.

Have a great Wednesday!

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Napkin Design for Schoolhouse Electric

10/09/14

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Friends, I’m so excited to have done another project with my friends at Schoolhouse Electric! This time I’ve designed a linen napkin for them, pictured above.

Each 16×16 inch napkins is screen printed by hand and hand sewn in the Schoolhouse Factory. Crafted from natural linen, these dinner napkins will just get better with age and use. A Schoolhouse Electric Exclusive!

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You can order them here or purchase them at the Schoolhouse Electric shop in Portland, OR.

Happy Thursday!

 

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New Coloring Books Available in My Shop

10/08/14

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Every now and again you get a really amazing illustration job — something that you can’t wait to get up and work on every single day. One such job came my way last year, and it was to contribute three coloring books to a new series by Rockport/Quarto Publishing: Just Add Color (there are also books by other illustrators in the series, which you can see here). One of the coolest things is that they let me choose the subject matter for the books, and, as you might have guessed, I came up with Geometric Patterns, Folk Art, and Botanicals for my three books (because they are three of my favorite things to draw).

I’ve now got these three coloring books in my shop! And retail shop owners, you can purchase these books via Hachette distributors.

UPDATE! THEY ARE SOLD OUT. But coming back in a week to ten days. Stay tuned!

Happy coloring! And have a great Wednesday.

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Thank you, Land of Nod!

10/02/14

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Was pretty excited when I found out that the Land of Nod (who I’ve been designing for now for several years) gave my Hygge and West Triangle Wallpaper a shout out in their email marketing campaign yesterday. You can see it here in the background of the room pictured above and you can purchase the wallpaper (in several colorways) here. Thank you, Land of Nod!

I’m playing a bit of catch up after an amazing experience teaching Become a Working Artist through CreativeLive the past two days (thank you to everyone who turned up!), but I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap and some photos.

Happy Thursday!

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New Holiday Card Designs with Mpix!

09/10/14

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I’m excited to let you know that I have created some holiday card templates for Mpix! You can use these templates to make your own holiday cards with your own photos. Above are the front (left) and back (right) of “Merry and Bright” which is available to add your own photo here. (In case you are wondering the images inside the cards you see here are placeholders — you place your own photos in my designs.)

Below are the fronts and backs of my other two designs, “World Peace” and “Shimmering Stars“!

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Just go to Mpix to add your own photo and purchase! Thank you for supporting my work!

Have a happy Wednesday, friends!

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940 Saturdays :: Random House

06/30/14

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940: that is the number of Saturdays you get with your kid from the day he or she is born to the time he or she turns 18. Dr. Harley Rotbart created a keepsake journal to encourage parents to make the most of their time with their kids, and I illustrated the cover of the book, pictured above (Random House//Clarkson Potter, 2014). You can purchase the book on pre-order here.

Tomorrow I’m headed on a road trip to Portland for two weeks. That is where my family lives, and I go there every year (sometimes several times a year) to spend time with them. I’ll be blogging every few days while I am there on vacation, sharing some of my adventures and pages from my sketchbook.

Have a great week, everyone! And Happy July (tomorrow).

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New Cloud9 Fabric Collection!

06/09/14

Friends, I am so happy to introduce my latest fabric Collection for Cloud9 Fabrics! Available this Fall (I’ll keep you posted on the release date), the collection includes SIX voile prints (perfect for sewing clothes), many with metallic touches. It’s is called REVELRY, and I could not be more excited about it!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a full preview of the work I’ve created for my book signing and show at Poketo in Los Angeles this Saturday!

Have a great Monday.

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Illustrations for Florida Travel & Life Magazine

06/05/14

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Every now and again I do a fairly large editorial illustration job. I’ve been drawing a lot of maps lately and recently I did a super fun job for Florida Travel & Life Magazine (cover & exterior excerpt pictured above) illustrating five different maps for their May issue. I drew each of these maps by hand, and in the final artwork colored them with a light touch of gouache paint. One of my favorite parts of illustrating maps is incorporating my hand lettering, which I got to do a lot of here!

First up, a map of Wynwood, the arts district in Miami. So many cool things here!

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Next, a Foodie map of St. Armands Circle:

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And a Family Map (because Florida is filled with family fun!):

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And what would Florida Travel & Life Magazine be without a beach map! This one of Seaside, which looks like a really cool town.

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Last but not least, a map of Calle Ocho, Little Havana:

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The magazine is on newsstands now! Thank you Kim and Vicky at the magazine for being a great team.

Have a happy Thursday, friends!

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