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!

Personally?

* 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.

Oct 13, 2016

The Birds


I've been listening to an adaptation of The Birds on Radio 4 Extra this week, so couldn't resist having a go at illustrating such a wonderfully terrifying story.

Sep 23, 2016

Painting and Pondering


It's been forever, but I'm finally planning a shop update! Next Tuesday, September 27, I'll have some small original watercolor paintings, a couple tea towels and an embroidery available.

As far as prints, I've been testing new papers in an attempt to find a paper that offers both a good color range and some extra heft (hence the hold up). I think I've found the answer to my dilemma, so will have prints back at the end of October.

And happy weekend!

Sep 16, 2016

River Flowers


I took the dog for a walk by the river and came back with a bouquet of Lady's Thumb, Goldenrod, Beach Pea and Fireweed. Here's a pattern with those last bits of summer.

And I've forgotten to mention, on the sidebar I've added a sign up for my monthly newsletter. If that's your jam, I'll be sending out shop updates, new work, local event information and subscriber downloads.

Happy Weekend!