Apr 18, 2017

On Going Goings On

It's been a busy Spring so far. I wrapped up final interior art for a spring 2018 picture book (more on that later) and began working on character sketches for a new project. I've been trying to finish up a few watercolor pieces and some embroidery projects in between. And I'm very slowly working my way through a 2017 personal challenge, illustrating each of the Queens of England.

What else?

* I just finished A Long Way From Chicago (courtesy of my sister, who leant me her copy) and it was wonderful. And I'm just about done with Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which is also a terrific read.

* I've been binge listening to the Creative Talk Podcast. It's swell!

* Speaking of bingeing, Father Brown is top of my Netflix queue at the moment.

* And I'm sewing the Moneta dress from Colette Patterns, using one of my Spoonflower designs. Photos forthcoming! I was a bit nervous tackling this one, as I've never sewn jersey before (and don't own an overlock machine). But the pattern is so well-written and the online tutorials so good that it hasn't been the painful experience anticipated. I can't recommend the pattern enough!

Now back to drawing. And (in the interest of full disclosure) bingeing on jelly beans.

Mar 10, 2017

Red Herrings

I've been listening to mostly television and movie soundtracks lately while working. And because said playlist is 75% mystery theme songs, here's a rather mysterious lady (who looks like she knows where the arsenic is kept).

Also, if you'd like a listen, here's a link to the Spotify playlist.

Feb 15, 2017

February Findings

The past month, in a nutshell:

* I read Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and liked it (aside from the final chapter, which wandered). It's a beautifully written little volume, leaving the reader aghast at the complexity and wonder of the universe.

* If you aren't subscribed to the Small Batch List, run over and do so immediately. Claire puts together a stupendous weekly newsletter, full of all sorts of goodies. Film recommendations, recipes, artist profiles -- it's a delight to read and I look forward to it every Friday.

* I finished knitting Irina Dmitrieva's Foliage Hat and have been wearing it daily. I hadn't knit cables in years and was a bit nervous initially, but it's a well-written pattern and fits like a dream. And for yarn (if you're local) may I wholeheartedly recommend Saltwater Fabrics?

* Speaking of local, I hosted a Valentine Making Party in my studio this month and it was so much fun. I'm hoping to host more events in the studio, later on in the year.

Aside from that? I'm plugging away at final book art, shoveling out from snowstorms, working on a surface design lookbook, loving Last Tango in Halifax, listening to All the Wonders and in general, trudging through February. But the light lasts longer at the end of the day and the seed catalogue came in the mail, so I think it's acceptable to start daydreaming about spring. Right?

Jan 16, 2017

UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide

I'm thrilled to be included in the new UPPERCASE Magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide! A part of the most recent issue, it's packed full of delightful print and pattern and well-worth the read.

Jan 3, 2017

Twenty Seventeen

Happy New Year! Hope your holidays were splendid.

I've been mulling over the new year, making plans and resolutions, albeit slowly and with a heavy dose of realism. Professionally, I'd like to:

* Continue to explore embroidery and surface design.

* Make some sort of a zine (or if I'm really ambitious, a book) that would consist of sketchbook faces and accompanying stories.

* Get back to making comics, however sporadically that happens.

Aside from that, I'm working on final art for a 2018 picture book right now, then will shift gears to a project that I can't wait to share more about. And in the fall, Fort Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd comes out!


* I want to make more of my clothes, mostly because as a grown woman it's impossible to find a shirt covered in cephalopods. But also for reasons of sustainability, I'd like to knit and sew more of my wardrobe, even if it's only a handful of items.

* Reading is on my list of resolutions, but I'm not setting a number of books this year. The Brothers Karamazov and Little Dorrit have been sitting on the shelf forever. Owing to their size, I'm planning to read a couple hefty books this year, rather than a lot of shorter volumes.

And beyond all that, I think I'll just stay the course. I'm sure there'll be trips to see family, vintage shenanigans and hopefully some more camping once the weather accomodates.

And you?

Dec 22, 2016

Holiday Gift Tags

Happy holidays! Below is the link to some gift tags I made -- hope you enjoy!

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You'll need a PDF reader to open these. Before printing, I recommend adjusting your printer settings so that it's at its highest output quality (especially if you choose to run these on card stock). Feel free to print as many as you like for personal or educational use.

Dec 1, 2016

Sweater Weather

So maybe 55 degrees on December 1 isn't exactly sweater weather, but you get the gist.

And before I forget, I've begun adding prints back into the shop. Through Saturday December 3, I'll be donating 10% of all sales to Arts in Reach.

Nov 17, 2016

Home is Here

Playing around with a greeting card idea, aided by some ink and paint sketchbook odds and ends.

* Speaking of greeting cards, I just got a box of holiday cards from the printer. I'll have those up in the shop after Thanksgiving.

* My niece loaned me her copy of Who Could That Be at This Hour?. Halfway through, I can safely say niece has pretty terrific taste in literature.

* And Finding Wild is included over on the Nerdy Book Club in their "Top Ten Books That Encourage Us To Get Outside and Explore" list, alongside some other swell reads.

Nov 2, 2016

The Crossword Puzzle

Last month I finally found the time to finish this crossword aficionado. It's funny when you step back from a piece and realize the parts of your life that get subconsciously added to a drawing.

My grandmother made braided rugs like the one above and a very similar orange radio is on my sewing table. My sister kept budgies as a child. And once upon a time, I had a cardigan like the lady pictured (that despite continual darning, eventually gave way). That said, I've never made Battenberg cake, nor forced bulbs or managed to grow ivy to such heights. So perhaps there's some incentive for future plans pictured here, as well as memories of the past.

Oct 17, 2016

Speakeasy Swing


When Spoonflower announced a Prohibition Cocktails themed challenge a few weeks back, I knew I had to give the subject matter a go. Phonographs! G&T's! The Charleston! So here's my take on the subject matter. And for giggles, what the above pictured dame and dandy would look like covering an armchair, as seen below.