Sunday, October 31, 2010

poster design: second semi-annual Top Shelf Flea Market

Of course, at this point, this fantastic event is already over, and sadly I missed it.  But hopefully I will be able to collaborate with Giuseppi and the Top Shelf crew again next time, and make it in for some cool loot.

Whew...I love this time of year, but breathe a huge sigh of relief that October is over.  This has been an exhausting month.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

new patterns: lavender dream

 Life has been absolutely chaotic lately (but in a good way?), so while I havent had the chance to upload any new work, Im happy to share some older things.  I did this pattern collection this summer for the soft home department at TJX Co. (TJ Maxx & Marshalls).  The folks over there design a lot of pieced quilts with a homemade feel and these patterns will most likely be patchworked to create a comfy, cotton, lavender dream! 

all patterns property of TJX Co.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

poster design: funk extravaganza

I always have fun working on graphics for Artifaktori, but an Artifaktori funk party is even better.  Atwood's tavern will be groovin to the funky beats of the Nephrok Allstars that's their front man, and my pal, Nephtaliem on the poster) on October 30th for a full costumed Funk Extravaganza.  If you're in the Boston area, please feel free to join the party!  I will be there, although I still havent decided whether Im taking my style cues from David Bowie or Bootsy Collins.  Either way, I have a feeling I will end up in an afro and lots of glitter....

new pattern: tangerine lanterns

these lanterns have been in my head for a while (as well as on scraps of paper around my studio)...figured it was about time to give them a shot.  unfortunately the colors don't seem to be as rich when I upload the file, but its a good start.

Friday, October 15, 2010

poster collaboration: the witches!

Poster design by Susan Williams
Illustrations by Amanda Williams (and very much inspired by Mr. Quentin Blake)

I always enjoy collaborating with my parents on projects (Dad's and illustrator and Mom's a graphic designer), and the marketing material for ABRHS' The Witches, by Roald Dahl, was no different.  Growing up in their studio,  Ive certainly soaked up a lot of my Dad's quirky aesthetic and Mom's sense of balance and color, so we have a sort of design ESP thing going on most of the time. 

Besides doing illustrations for the poster,  I've also been designing the costumes (so much fun and so much work!) with Mom as my "assistant" and I cannot tell you how many times we would pick up something at the same time and say "how bout this?"  Guess the apple doesnt fall far from the tree?  

Can't believe the show is opening in a week!  If you're in the Boston area, check it out.  The AB team puts on quite a show and for you fashion fanatics, the costumes are a winking nod to the 1960's.  Ill try to grab some pics at dress rehearsal this week :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

dream closet: fall y'all

 I think I actually did these sketches in the very early spring(read: still winter for New Englanders), but a lot of the wants still hold true.  I have a fabulous turquoise maxi skirt that I wear in the summer and I would love to have a woolly winter counterpart.  The top left dress I actually own (some of the dream closet exists in reality!) and I think it is by far the most perfect piece I've discovered thrifting (vintage boutiques are a whole other story).  Its navy blue with cream/navy polka dot ruffles along the collar and cuffs and I always feel like a million bucks when I wear it.  I guess that's really what this "dream closet" section is all ode to the pieces I have been lucky enough to score, and a style journal for the ones I dream up (....and perhaps one day I will make them....when I have extra time, and money and learn how to sew, haHA).

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

really rosey

Just wanted to take a quick moment to say a huge thank you to my few, but awesome fans, and especially to Christina over at Second Skin Style.  I have long read and admired other art and style bloggers, but rarely reach out to let them know how brave, awesome and inspiring they are.  As a perennial favorite in my desktop inspiration folder, it was a total treat to connect with Christina (so glad I mustered up some messaging courage!) and be a part of a mini feature on her blog.  So thank you Christina, and thank you new readers (and awesome, regular readers...hey hey Rachel J!) for your lovely comments.  It is almost embarrassing how giddy I get when I discover them (now that I've discovered how to discover them).  Seriously, Im blushing.

Friday, October 8, 2010


more of my illustrations for Spirited's first issue on dreams
next theme is cloak & dagger....gotta start brainstorming...
(the guy and I are in the middle, 
enjoying the company of fabulous Bostonians at the Spirited launch party)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

artifaktori fall 10: paper cut

graphics illustration • logotype
by Amanda Williams

See more of my  A r t i f a k t o r i  art here


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