New York Recap No. 1 :: Surtex & Stationery Show

05/28/14

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{My illustration and licensing agent, Lilla Rogers, in her booth at Surtex; you can see my banner overhead}

For 10 days last week I traveled to New York City. For the first two days of my trip, I attended both Surtex and the National Stationery Show. I was exhibiting some of my surface design work at Surtex at my agent’s booth (see photo above) and visiting the Stationery Show to see friends in the industry and get a look at the latest trends. Spending two days at Javits Convention Center In New York is always exciting — there is always so much packed into trade shows. And it also involves A LOT of walking!

It is also visually very stimulating (to the point of being downright overwhelming). At Surtex you see hundreds of pattern & surface designs exhibited by artists and at the Stationery Show you see thousands and thousands of cards, notebooks, calendars and totebags by today’s stationery designers & companies — from large companies like Galison to tiny start-up letterpress companies. So you can only imagine how wonderful  — though totally exhausting — the experience is!

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While there, my agent Lilla gathered all of the artists she represents who came for the shows. We all ate lunch together and discussed business. I always enjoy hanging out with my fellow illustrators & hearing the latest from Lilla. Pictured above fellow Lilla Rogers Studio artists from left to right: Zoe Ingram, Daniel Roode, Lilla Rogers, Carolyn Gavin, Sarajo Friedan, Helen Dardik, me, Allison Cole and Mike Lowrey. Zoe came all the way from Australia for the week!

At the Stationery Show, I was able to visit many friends exhibiting there, along with several companies who license my work like Quarto Publishing, Old Tom Foolery, Chronicle Books, Tattly, and more. I was thrilled to see one of three coloring books I did for Quarto at the show (sorry for the blurry photo — snaps were taken quickly!):

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And I’ll be announcing all three coloring books in an upcoming blog post, so stay tuned!

The company Old Tom Foolery has licensed many of my photographs for use on their beautiful stationery. Here are my Paris Notecards in their booth, which you can purchase directly from them (see link in my sidebar!).

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In my industry, I have made so many friends over the internet (and many locally in the Bay Area too), and Surtex and the Stationery Show provide an opportunity to see many of them — and meet new friends too. I was so lucky to see friends from around the country like Emily McDowell, Ashley Goldberg, Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl, Liz Libre of Linda & Harriett, Sarah Parrott, Cat Seto, Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Street Press, Claudia Pearson, Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage, Tina Eisenberg from Tattly and many others.

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Here I am with Claudia Pearson in her booth, whose work I love and whose friendship I am so happy to have! And below, I was so happy to see/chat with my friend Cat Seto of Ferme A Papier.

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Tomorrow I’ll be back with another New York Recap about my class and book signing events.

Have a great Wednesday, friends.

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Words for the Day :: No 21

05/27/14

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This morning legendary designer Massimo Vignelli passed away. If you don’t know his work, just do a Google image search for his name, and you will no doubt recognize so many things that are part of our everyday experience, from iconic logos to housewares to the New York City Subway map.

He was a brilliant man, whose work I greatly admired (I even grew up with his Heller dishware in my childhood home). May he rest in peace!

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I’m back from my 10 day New York trip and will be preparing a post or two about the things I saw and did while I was there. Stay tuned.

Have a good Tuesday, all.

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NYC, Here I Come!

05/16/14

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Every May I travel to New York City for Design Week.  I didn’t go last year because it was the week before my wedding, but I’ve been going for many years. I leave tomorrow for 10 days and I’m bursting with excitement. I love New York so much! I’m hoping to post some photos of our adventures here next week.

If you live in or around New York and you want to say hello, I’ll be having a book signing at Makeshift Society Brooklyn on Thursday, May 22, from 6:30-9 pm. You can get the address and all the info here. I’d love to see you there.

I’m also teaching a class on May 21 about the business side of Illustration. I think there are a few spots left. You can learn more about that & register here.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’ll see you in New York!

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Art Inc. Advances are Here!

05/15/14

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As you may remember, last year I wrote a book! It’s called Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, and it comes out in August. Just last week I got a very special package in the mail, which included my very first advance copies of the book! I was unexpectedly overcome with emotion when I opened the box. They are so pristine and beautiful! The book’s illustrations are by the amazing Karolin Schnoor.

Art Inc. includes seven chapters covering things like getting down to business, promoting your work, exhibitions and galleries, illustration and licensing, and more! The book also includes interviews with 14 successful full time artists & illustrators.

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, you may recall that it was a arduous process for me to write a business book. I wrote this post a little over a year ago on the pain of writing & editing (and owning all of the experience, even the hard stuff). I love to write, but I’d never given business advice before in such a detailed way, nor had I ever had the experience of having my writing (ideas, thinking, etc) edited by others. There were points in the process when I wanted to give up. Friends recall me saying, “I’d quit, except the train has already left the station, and I can’t!” Insecurity ravaged me, and I felt like nothing I wrote was right or good or worth reading. I realized how much I didn’t know about the worlds of art and illustration and how much I had to learn by interviewing people and doing research in order to write a decent book. Writing this book turned me inside out.

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I obviously stuck with it, tears, anxiety, heartache and all, and I am so glad I did. I am so proud of this book, and I cannot wait to share it with the world. My hope is that my experience — and the experience of the people I interviewed for the book — can help more and more artists figure out how to happily and successfully build a career.

Art Inc. comes out August 12. In the meantime, you can pre-order a copy here. I’ll be going on another book tour this fall, so stay tuned for stops in your city. If you are interested in hosting me at your organization or bookstore, I’d love to hear from you.

Have a happy Thursday, everyone!

 

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Book Signing and Show in Los Angeles

05/14/14

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Friends, I’m so excited to let you know that I’ll be signing copies of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One at Poketo in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 14 from 5-8 pm! Accompanying the signing, I’ll also be having a show of limited edition prints and small originals, all featuring hand lettering. Closer to the event, I’ll be giving you a sneak peek at some of the artwork that will be available.

You can RSVP on the Facebook event page here to let us know you’re coming, though it’s not necessary to RSVP!

Happy Wednesday!

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New Notebooks for MoMA!

05/13/14

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Back in 2012, a really exciting thing happened: I got a call from one of my dream clients — the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. They asked me to design a series of notebooks for them based on items in their Design Collection. The result are three notebooks which are part of the new “Things I Saw at MoMA and Loved” series!

From the MoMA website: “In 1932, the Museum of Modern Art established the world’s first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. Today, the department’s impressive collection comprises thousands of new and notable objects, ranging from appliances, furniture, and tableware to tools, textiles, sports cars—even a helicopter. Featuring illustrator Lisa Congdon’s charming drawings, the Things I Saw at MoMA and Loved notebook series highlights several memorable objects in MoMA’s permanent collection.”

I got to comb through images from their Design Collection and arrange any of my choice into “collections.” The first I created was the chair collection, pictured above. I also made a collection of coffee & tea paraphernalia from the MoMA Design Collection, below:

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And lastly, audio/visual equipment from the MoMA Design Collection:

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Each book is 8.25 inches high x 6.20 inches wide with 100 lovely grid pages. You can purchase them here

Have a happy Tuesday, friends!

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New Print in the Shop!

05/12/14

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This Nathaniel Hawthorne quote, available here. My shop is going on vacation from May 14 to 21, so be sure to place any orders soon.

Happy Monday!

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Signed Copies Now for Sale in My Shop

05/09/14

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Friends, I now have signed copies of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One in my shop! If you would like a personalized message, don’t forget to indicate who you’d like me to sign the book to in the comments section of your order.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Lines & Circles Opening Reception on Saturday!

05/08/14

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Friends, a reminder that the opening reception for my solo show Lines & Circles is happening this Saturday, May 10 from 4-7 pm at Marion & Rose’s Workshop! Please come by to see the work in person (22 original paintings), eat delicious food, drink a little wine, and say hello.

You can RSVP on the Facebook invitation here if you wish!

Have a great Thursday!

CATEGORIES: Exhibitions | Paintings
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Tiffanie Turner :: HEADS

05/07/14

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If you’ve been paying attention on the interwebs over the last week, you might have noticed there is a lot of talk about an exhibition of gigantic crepe paper flowers happening in San Francisco right now. That exhibition, which opens at Rare Device on Friday, is the handiwork of artist Tiffanie Turner. I first met Tiffanie when she came to an event in my studio in early 2012. At the time, she was interested in getting back to making art — she is a licensed architect who left the industry several years ago — and was looking for new creative pursuits. She has in the two years since engaged in a multitude of serious creative projects — all of which are documented on her blog. But none has caught the attention of her fans (and the general public) as much as her giant paper flowers.

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Through HEADS, Tiffanie explores the organized chaos and rhythms of nature — and in some ways (I’d hazard to guess) it explores (and may bring a sense of order) to the “chaos” of her own life. Each flower, made from crepe paper, takes her 35 to 80 hours to make — a true feat of strength and perseverance for Tiffanie, who lives & works in a small apartment in San Francisco with her husband and two kids, who are 4 and 8 years old.

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HEADS opens with a reception this Friday May 9 from 6-8:00 p.m. at Rare Device. You can read more about Tiffanie and her stunning flowers on this fabulous article published this week by The SF Chronicle. All photos by Sarah Deragon and Tiffanie Turner.

See you at the opening & Happy Wednesday!

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New “Fête” Leggings and Shift Dress

05/06/14

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Hi friends, I’m super excited to announce that I’ve got leggings and a shift dress with my “Fête” abstract painting design over at printalloverme.com. You can find the leggings here and the shift dress here.

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Happy shopping & have a great Tuesday!

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Paintings
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New *DONUT* Poster :: Good Editions

05/05/14

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I am so thrilled & honored to be part of the Portland State University Graphic Design Department’s GOOD EDITIONS project! For the project, I created the donut themed poster above (WHO DOESN’T LOVE DONUTS??) which is for sale for just $25 (A STEAL for an 18×24 inch poster!). You can purchase it through buyolympia.com.

What is Good Editions? It’s the online shop for the Portland State Graphic Design Program. In their own words: “Our intention is to create a portal that showcases the incredible work that is coming out of our program whether it be from students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the program. All money we raise goes to support the Portland State Graphic Design program and will be used to fund everything from supplies for workshops to bringing in guest speakers.”

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Each term, Good Editions features three artists who donate their time and artistic expertise to create a print for the shop (this term, that’s me, and also Will Bryant and Dan Cassaro). I also selected two pieces that inspired me from a pool of work submitted by students from Portland State (you can see those here). Each of the chosen student work along with the featured artist prints are available for sale to raise money.

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I hope you will support PSU’s Graphic Design Program through Good Editions! You can get my poster here.

Happy Monday, friends!

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Lines & Circles Paintings Now Available

05/02/14

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Friends. work for my solo show Lines & Circles is now available online here in the Marion & Rose shop. There are 22 paintings for sale, and 1 limited edition print (edition of 25 only).

You can also view and purchase the work in person at Marion & Rose’s Workshop in Oakland. You can find the shop’s location and directions here.

Lines & Circles is up until June 15 and can be viewed during any open hours. The show opens tonight (I will be there between 5 pm and 6 pm only tonight) and there is a reception on May 10 from 4-7 pm (I’ll be there for that entire party!).

If you are interested, you can read an interview on the Marion & Rose blog about my work & inspiration and other topics here (with some cool shots of my studio).

I have been making representational paintings and drawings for fourteen years, but this is my first complete body of abstract work. I heard a famous designer say a few years ago that everything is made up of lines and circles. I have never been able to let that idea go, and it has since changed the way I approach drawing and painting. For example, in my representational work, I think of a leaf not as a leaf anymore, but as a collection of connected lines, both straight and curved. In my abstract work, lines and circles play with and against each other to create energy and movement. I am forever obsessed with “perfect balance”, and while I am not sure I ever achieve it in my work, it is always my goal. Abstract painting has freed me up to play with shapes and the space around them in new an interesting ways.

Thank you for your interest! Click here to purchase!

Happy Friday.

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More Framed Paintings for Lines & Circles Show

05/01/14

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Monsoon, 16×20 inches on wood.

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If you missed it yesterday, I’m showing a preview of some of the (now framed) pieces that are going into my show Lines & Circles at Marion & Rose’s Workshop in Oakland, which opens tomorrow. You can see the pieces I posted yesterday here. All of the paintings (there are 22 in all, ranging in size from 5×7 to 24×36 inches) will be for sale starting at 9 am PST tomorrow, Friday, May 2, in the Marion & Rose shop. At 9 am tomorrow, I’ll provide a link to the shop.

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In the Heat of the Night, 9×12 inches on masonite.

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Hamlet 3 and Many Moons, both 6×6 inches on masonite.

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Tornado, 11×14 inches on masonite.

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Constellation and Eclipse, both 5×7 inches on wood.

 

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Map of my Brain, 10×10 inches on masonite.

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Hamlet 1, 8×10 inches on wood.

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Lines & Circles opens tomorrow (the gallery will be open till 7 pm tomorrow night). The official opening party will be held Saturday, May 10, from 4-7 pm. All are welcome! Hope to see you there. Have a great Thursday!

 

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Framed!

04/30/14

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April Revelry, 24×24 inches on wood.

I’ve spent the last several days framing up my paintings for my upcoming show Lines & Circles at Marion & Rose’s Workshop. There are 22 paintings in the show, all of them abstract, and they range in size from 5×7 inches to 24×36 inches. I’ve spent the last few days framing all of them in 1/4 inch birch wood with my miter saw.

Today I’m going to share a few of them with you, and tomorrow and Friday I’ll share a few more so you can see the full range of work. All of these paintings are for sale through Marion & Rose and Friday —  once they are available —  I’ll share the link to purchase them. You can also visit Marion & Rose’s Workshop in person at 461 9th St, Oakland or call the gallery during open hours to purchase work over the phone with a credit card.

The show opens this Friday night (I’ll be there for an hour or two at the opening if you want to stop by) and then on May 10 I’m having a reception from 4-7 pm at the gallery. All are welcome!

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Arches & Swell, both 6×6 inches on masonite.

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Swimming, 16×20 inches on wood.

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Like Magic, 24×36 inches on wood.

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Floating World, 8×10 inches on masonite.

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The End of the World as We Know It, 11×14 inches on wood.

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You Turn Me Right Round, 8×10 inches on wood.

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Ghost Mountain, 11×14 inches on wood.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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