Kindred in Mollie Makes!



I am thrilled that my work is featured again in Mollie Makes Magazine! This time they have featured a blurb about my new Kindred fabric collection with Cloud9, which you can read more about and see images of here.

More about Mollie Makes from their editors: “Mollie Makes is a British lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively. We bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. We celebrate creative industries and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. We discuss hot topics in the design world with lots of insider tips. And above all, we aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life.


Creative endeavours are more than a day job for the Mollie Makes team. From choosing gorgeous indie cushions and prints for our interiors pages to learning how to take beautiful photos for our website and Instagram feeds; customising our clothes to making gifts for friends, we’re crafting along with you. We love trying new things and being inspired by what you’re creating, wearing and blogging about too.”

The Mollie Makes community is supportive and lively. They would love for you to join the community.

Readers can subscribe here, download the iPad version of the magazine here, and view a preview of the latest issue here. Keep up-to-date with the blog and subscribe to their newsletter here.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


40 over 40



I’m extremely honored today to let you know that I have been named as one of 2015’s 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The list includes forty women over the age of 40 years old who are “reinventing, leaning in, and creating momentum that will be felt by those beyond their community and field of work.”

The yearly list was created by Christina Vuleta and Whitney Johnson to bring awareness to amazing things being accomplished by women over 40.

This is a great honor for me and I am humbled to be included!

You can read about the other women on this year’s list here.


PRINT Magazine // 75th Anniversary



{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.


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



Just Add Color Botanicals on the Meredith Vieira Show!


Super excited that my coloring book Just Add Color: Botanicals was on the Meredith Vieira show yesterday! You can watch the clip above and see Botanicals front and center! It’s sold out everywhere but back in stock this month and you can order on Amazon and they’ll ship when it’s available again (should be soon).

This just in, too: I’ve just signed on to create three more coloring books for the Just Add Color series, out next year!

Have a great Friday, friends!


Recent Interviews


Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 8.03.58 AM

Friends, I’ve done several interviews lately and wanted to share the links with you in case you are the interview-reading kind!

+First, this interview out today from the magazine Dirty Laundry — all about starting in the art world late in life, imposter syndrome, self promotion, illustration vs. fine art and other nuggets.

+Next up, this interview with Stephanie Reagan for her series Material Studies (Stephanie started this series recently and already has several great artist interviews up on her site).

+Recently Caitlin Bacher of Little Farm Media posted this interview with me about the role of social media in promoting my work and on my art career in general.

+Here’s an interview I did with Mohawk Paper about PERCEPTION.

+I already linked to it in this post last week on Rejection & Criticism, but here’s my interview with Susan Muldar for her series The Rejection Chronicles.

Thanks for reading and sharing.

Happy Tuesday!



Thank you, Land of Nod!


Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 10.53.36 AM-1

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!


Anthology Magazine Feature




We were pretty excited when Anthology Magazine contacted us last year about featuring our home and a little story about our move to Oakland from San Francisco in their Winter 2014 issue. The issue hits newsstands this week!

anthology cover


Thayer Gowdy shot amazing photos of our home (and interestingly, her SF home is also featured in the same issue!).

To create ambiance on the day of the shoot, we even made a fire. It was 80 degrees out that day, so you can imagine the laughs we had as we tried to imagine it was winter.


You can pick up the issue of the current Anthology at any of these stockists or subscribe to this beautiful magazine here.


The Winter Issue also includes several other home features (and stories of transitions), a beautiful travel story set in Paris, recipes, and much more (including tons more photos of our home). I hope you will check it out!

Happy Monday, friends!



Like Knows Like :: Dutch Vogue




I was really excited when Dutch filmmakers Bas and Marije of Like Knows Like wrote to let me know that their documentary series was featured in Dutch Vogue this month. The feature includes photos of Jessica Hische and me (I’m the one holding the framed set of tiny photographs). We are two of the artists who they’ve profiled in their series of short documentaries. You can see the documentary about me below (which I previously wrote about here when it was released in January) and see links to all of their films here.

Happy, happy weekend!


I’m in O Magazine!




Super excited to be interviewed about one of my greatest passions — collecting — for the July 2013 issue of O Magazine! It’s newstands now, a sneak peak below.



Happy Thursday, friends!

CATEGORIES Collections | Press

Tender Buttons in Elle Decor UK




I was thrilled to find out last week that my illustrated version of Gertrude Steins Tender Buttons, Objects was listed as one of seven “Best Illustrated Tomes” in the June issue of Elle Decor UK (see details, above)! If you are not familiar with the book, you can read about it and see examples of many of the illustrations here. I wrote about the making of the book here for Chronicle Books (the publisher).  Several of the original paintings from the book are still available in my shop.


For those of you who are wondering, our wedding this past weekend was pretty magical and without a doubt the happiest experience of my entire life. I’ll be back either tomorrow or Thursday with a couple of photos and some reflections. Stay tuned.


Design*Sponge Sketchbook Series




In the last few years I have begun keeping a sketchbook, mostly for doodling my ideas, a few of which turn into things like wallpaper and tea towels (never underestimate the power of doodling!). Currently Design*Sponge is hosting a sketchbook series, and they asked me to be part of it. I am thrilled to present some shots of my sketchbooks and a little interview. Head on over to Design*Sponge to check it out.


Happy hump day!

CATEGORIES Drawings | Inspiration | Press

My Wallpaper in Gorgeous Spaces



{The kitchen of Daniel Kanter of Manhattan Nest}

You may recall that last fall wallpaper company Hygge and West launched my new line of wallpaper. It includes the Triangle pattern (above), Ferns and Bohemian. Designing wallpaper might be one of the most exciting jobs I’ve ever had. Just last week Hygge and West launched removable wallpaper tiles, which are easy to remove without leaving any residue – ideal for temporary installations. They are also perfect for renters and high traffic areas and projects that would be difficult with traditional wallpaper. Daniel of Manhattan Nest, who rents an apartment in New York, recently used the yellow and black Triangle tiles to wallpaper his kitchen, and wrote about the experience here on his blog, including “in process” photos!


{More from Daniel’s kitchen on Manhattan Nest}

The removable tiles come in the black and yellow pattern, grey and pink, and black and white. Thank you Daniel!! It looks amazing.

In other news, Makeshift Society, my favorite co-working space in San Francisco, used rolls of my charcoal and gold Triangle pattern on one of their walls (pictured below). I can’t wait to head over there and take a look at it in person!


{photo by via Hygge and West}

If you love either the removable tiles OR the rolls of my wallpaper, you can purchase all of it here. Rumor has it Daniel is hosting a giveaway for the removable tiles on his blog very soon! Not sure about color or scale? Ask Hygge and West to send you samples (just use the drop down menu).

Have a great Tuesday, friends.


My Desk on Refinery29!



{Photos by Rachelle Manning}

Little known fact: I have a home office in addition to my studio, and today it’s featured on Refinery 29, along with 5 other desks of Bay Area creative women.



This is, of course, the desk I set up in the office in my new home in Oakland, where I moved from San Francisco in February. My new house, as you can see, has great light. I love being able to look out over the backyard when I’m working. You can read an interview with me about the space here.



I love arranging spaces. Above are some of my favorite books and trinkets on my desk.

Thank you to Angela at Refinery29 for including me, and Rachelle for taking great photos. They were so nice to work with.

Happy almost-Friday!


Tender Buttons Review


Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 7.30.53 AM


While most writers and illustrators dream of having their work reviewed in a well known public forum (magazine or blog), it’s also potentially an embarrassing nightmare if it all doesn’t go well. So that’s what makes it particularly exciting when a review comes out that is thoughtful and positive at the same time.

One such review came out recently in Print Magazine’s blog Imprint. The review, written by Buzz Poole and entitled “Long Live Illustrated Books” reviews Charles Dickens’ Pictures from Italy published by Tara Books and also Tender Buttons, which I illustrated. Poole argues, in response to the New Yorker article “Bring Back the Illustrated Book,” that illustrated books were never dead are currently a vital part of the publishing industry.

He goes on to laud a number of illustrated books, and more deeply reviews Tender Buttons and the significance of my illustrations in a book. Tender Buttons is a very bizarre piece of writing that can be difficult to read, much less even begin to comprehend (not that Gertrude Stein intended for us to understand it.) Poole argues that my illustrations serve “as a welcoming counterbalance to the warped geometry of Stein’s prose.”


{Two different Tender Buttons cover designs with my illustrations.}

He goes on to say, “It is hard to imagine ever growing tired of this book. The more time you spend with both Stein’s text and Congdon’s illustrations the deeper you want to dig, the more you want to think about the relationship between the words and imagery, or lack thereof. The experience of reading this book enriches your perspective as turns of phrase and glimpses of a fire releasing lettered smoke haunt your memory and project themselves on the everyday objects that surround us.”

Tender Buttons is released Tuesday. I will be offering some of the original artwork from the book for sale next week as part of the release, so stay tuned! You can learn more about Tender Buttons and see more of my illustrations in this post I wrote introducing the book back in January.

Happy Friday, friends. Have a great weekend.


My Photographs + Martha Rosler MoMA Exhibition


Have heard now about artist Martha Rosler’s new Meta Monumental Garage Sale Exhibition at the MoMA in New York? If you haven’t, here’s a little bit about it:

“For her first solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York–based artist Martha Rosler presents her work Meta-Monumental Garage Sale, a large-scale version of the classic American garage sale, in which Museum visitors can browse and buy second-hand goods organized, displayed, and sold by the artist. The installation fills MoMA’s Marron Atrium with strange and everyday objects donated by the artist, MoMA staff, and the general public, creating a lively space for exchange between Rosler and her customers as they haggle over prices.”MoMA website.

Cool, right?

Anyhow, as part of the exhibition, Rosler and the MoMA have published a newspaper for visitors to the museum about the exhibition. The newspaper gives a broader context to the notion of garage sales and the life of worn/loved objects. A handful of authors and social-theorists have contributed essays on garage sales and a handful of artists have contributed artwork. I was so honored when Rosler and designer Kelli Anderson asked to include two photographs from my 2010 Collection a Day project as part of the publication. Other contributing artists include Wendy MacNaughton, Don Hamerman and Kate Bingaman Burt. Here’s the spread on which my photographs appear:

{Rosler chose Sewing Maching Parts & Dice from my 365 images.}

I also love this map by Wendy MacNaughton of the garage sale layout:

This is the first time I’ve ever been associated with the MoMA and, let me tell you, I’m pretty excited about it — not just because it’s the MoMA, but because I’m a fan of Rosler + her work and the whole idea behind this exhibition.

Do you want a copy of the Garage Sale Standard newspaper but can’t get to the MoMA before the end of November? You can download a copy for a limited time here.