SF Book Launch & Signing Thursday!



Just a reminder that my San Francisco Book Launch and Signing Party is happening at Rare Device this Thursday, April 24 from 6-8 pm! All welcome & I hope to see you there!

Happy Tuesday.

CATEGORIES: Hand Lettering | My Books

2014 :: A Sewing Odyssey :: #4



If you’ve been following along here, you know that I’ve committed not to buy any new clothing in 2014, and instead only to buy second hand or to make my own. And last week I made the fourth item in my Sewing Odyssey project! To make the dress, I used Ed Emberley’s “Scribbles” fabric in black on white with Marikmekko fabric on the pockets (I get scraps of Marimekko fabric at the Crate and Barrel Outlet in Berkeley, CA). My necklace is by the amazingly talented Emily Green.

I used Sonya Philip’s Dress #2 Pattern. You may recall that I wrote a few times about Sonya’s 100 Acts of Sewing Project back in 2012. Sonya is a huge inspiration to me, not only for her dress project, but in life in general. Someday I hope to be as prolific, talented and innovative at the sewing machine as she is!

Sonya’s Dress #2 pattern is a very simple pattern; unlike the first dress I made (which had gussets on the sides) this one has just a front and back, two sleeves and two pockets. It requires about 2.5-3 yards of fabric. The sleeves were a tiny bit tricky to fit perfectly in the armholes, but with patience you’ll get them. It was also recommended to me after I sewed the dress not to sew the sides of the dress until the sleeves are fitted in so that you can get a perfect, pucker-free fit where sleeves and armholes meet. I recommend if you’ve never sewn a dress with sleeves before to start with Sonya’s Dress Pattern #1, which is sleeveless (also available in her shop).

In the end, it’s a bit more of a tunic than a dress (to wear with leggings or pants underneath), but that’s just what I like, so I am very happy with it! I think if I make this dress again, I might play around with length and also adjusting the sleeves so they flare a bit more at the ends.

Next month, I’m going to make a skirt by drafting my own pattern. I’m taking Cal Patch’s amazing pattern drafting class on Creativebug, and am so excited about beginning to make clothes that fit my specific measurements.

Have a great Monday!

CATEGORIES: Sewing & Upcycling

Words for the Day :: No. 20



In honor of one of my favorite writers. May he rest in peace!


Life is a Bowl of Cherries :: New Print & Shop Sale!



Friends, I’m having a four day sale in my Etsy Shop! 15% off on any item with coupon code BOWLOFCHERRIES. The sale ends Monday, April, 21 at 6 pm PST.

To boot, I’ve added a new print to the shop, pictured above. This print goes well with You’re a Peach, too!

And don’t forget to enter the discount code BOWLOFCHERRIES for anything in my shop, including this available original piece.

Happy Friday!


Pattern of the Week!



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

Hello Sunshine :: New Print



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!


Embrace the Abyss Talk :: Now Online




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.


New York Book Signing & Class



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:


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!


Corita Kent & Happy Weekend



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:


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

Pattern of the Week!



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!


Tee Shirts & Backpacks!




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.


Happy Tuesday, friends!

CATEGORIES: For Sale | New in my Shop

Weekend Almanac



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.


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


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!


The Old & New Project



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.

Have a great weekend, friends!


Blair Stocker :: Wise Craft



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:


{Dip Dye Toile Dishes}


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


{Spooky dishes}


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


{Hand Painted Journals}


{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!


New Print in the Shop!



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.