Thursday, December 22, 2011

check it! Holiday Madness with New Brahmin

Thank you to New Brahmin and my gal, Amanda Forrester for including me in the New Brahmin Holiday Madness wishlists, featuring fashiony folks around Boston (This has been the year of the gift guide for me!).  The lovely Liana asked Amanda and I to dream up our ideal Boston gift list, and we were more than happy to oblige in a little fantasy shopping!  Per usual, I get a little verbose in my answers, but what else is new?  Art always makes a great gift, so I took the opportunity to highlight three of my favorite Boston artists, Julia Denos, Rachel Jackson and Dan Blakeslee.  I would be thrilled to find any of their work under my tree!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

studio snap: felt tip floral

scribbling away in the studio with the companionship of the incomparable Ms Fitzgerald and some felt tipped friends

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ad design: festive foxtrot

The final art for the Artifaktori ad you saw sketches of the other week and a happy little video I stumbled across while searching for reference on 1920's dances... enjoy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

thanking my lucky stars

one of my million star prints
Well, Im more than a little late in doing a Thanksgiving post, but there is just so very much Im thankful for, that I can't help but do one now.  The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity (my excuse for lack of posting..eek), but I will work my hardest to catch you all up over this next week... I've missed the blogging world!  So, let's begin...
property of TJX corporations
Thanksgiving!  This is my Thanksgiving picture.  Actually, it is the layout for a TJX dish towel, designed by my talented friends, Stephanie and Caroline, from illustrations of veggies & herbs that I created for them a couple of months ago.  The happy, dancing veggies seemed most apt for one of my very favorite holidays (although, I seem to have missed my favorite veggie/Williams Thanksgiving staple, brussel sprouts! how could I forget?!).  To celebrate, I, once again, trekked out to Indiana with my family to visit aunts, uncles, cousins, and a very special Grandma.  This time around, my guy accompanied us, making it his first visit to the midwest, not to mention an opportune moment to announce our recent engagement!  Wahoo!  I felt so very lucky to have so many special people all together around the table for our delicious meal.  I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with friends, family, fun, & (of course) feasting!!
I am also feeling very thankful(not to mention lucky) for two recent bits of publicity I received!  The charming Kristen of The Clothing Menu, recently featured me in her interview section.  Obviously, she is quite the talented gal, as not only does she write this great blog offering insights into the fashion world, she was also able to take my ramblings about freelancing, art making, & forging my own crazy path, and turn them into a coherent written piece!  Thank you so much, Kristen.
I think I have been reading the Globe magazine since I could read...and now Im in it!
And even more recently(on the Nov 27th, to be exact), I was surprised to find my name in the pages of the Boston Globe Magazine!  You may or may not know that I have dabbled in jewelry making for quite some time, with my preferred materials being broken bits of vintage baubles and vintage buttons (here is a link to my horribly neglected jewelry blog, Scout).  It was thrilling to see my vintage button cufflinks in good company amongst the Davis Square section of the Globe's holiday gift guide.  Apparently the shop has already sold out of the cufflinks in stock and the calls are coming in for more, more, more!  The rest of today I will be working my little fingers off to meet the demands, before heading out to a birthday concert(Im 25 today!) with my boyfriend fiance!

So, in conclusion, I am feeling like one very lucky gal right now.  I am so, so thankful for my wonderfully supportive guy, family and friends(so many of whom have already made my birthday beautiful with their warm wishes).  I am so thankful for being able to have my own place in this awesome little city.  I am so thankful for the network of creative people I have found here in Somerville and out there in the blog world.  And, I feel extra thankful that I get to wake up every morning, stroll into my little studio with some hot tea, and work with so many amazing and talented people (in so many different fields) that I truly respect and admire.

Hip, hip hooray!  Happy holidays!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Beacon Hill Third Thursdays

I am so sad to be missing the kick off to Beacon Hill 3rd Thursdays (my newest client! like the logo?), but if you are around Boston tonight, be sure to wander down Charles Street and check out the superb stores participating in this neighborhood shopping experience!  More information here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

portland blues

 ...spent a magnificent weekend walking along the water, meandering around town,
munching Maine mussels...
(missing it already)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Scouted out

When my friend, Holli Banks, publisher of my local bimonthly magazine, The Somerville Scout, approached me about helping with their first annual holiday gift guide, I was thrilled.  At last, my penchant for shopping locally could be put to good use!  Scouring my neighborhood squares for great goodies is a favorite weekend pastime that I never have a problem indulging in.  I am lucky to live in a small city with a vibrant local scene of shops, restaurants, music and artist studios(NYC is the only US city with more artists per capita!) and try to take advantage of this awesome locale every chance I get!  I quickly got to work, brainstorming and popping around to my favorite neighborhood haunts to see what they had in store for the holidays.  After a few inspired emails on my favorite findings(you may have noticed, I can be rather verbose about my passions), Holli asked if I would author the guide.  I've never had an official writing gig, but hey, why not?
So, I couldnt help myself, I dove in.... all of the sudden I was sketching up layout ideas...

...and illustrating banners! graphics! finding funky fonts!
A big, big THANK YOU to Holli and her awesome team for including me in their holiday issue!
Before I knew it, I had agreed to model a few gift guide items, and suddenly I was having my very own Mary Tyler Moore moment, twirling in the middle of my favorite Boston area square for the magazine's cover shot!  Last week, my face was peaking out of every mailbox in town, and though it still makes me blush(quite a bit), Im trying to be a little more easy breezy about my moment in the spotlight.  So, to those Somervillians who have asked, yes, that's me on the cover.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

studio still life

I only keep the most useful things on my desk :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

holiday ad thumbnails


scribbles for the newest Artifaktori ad... flirty flappers, deco prints, 60's glam graphics and Coles Phillip's fade away girls are dancing through my head (but what else is new?)

Friday, October 28, 2011

its the most wonderful time of the year

photos from one of my dress up sessions with photographer Richard A. Chase
Despite it being one of my very favorite holidays, I am almost always horribly unprepared for Halloween.  I usually end up raiding my closet the night that I am supposed to be heading out to a big costume party, and putting something together based on which crazy pieces I have been yearning to wear.  However, this year, I have had to take action a few days early, as Im heading down to New York City to celebrate the season (and a birthday!) with one of my very best friends.  So, being in a glittery sort of mood, I loaded up my suitcase with a 70's embroidered kaftan, silver shoes, and loads of sparkly vintage jewelry.  I am planning on being a starry night.  Hope you all enjoy the one weekend a year with the best excuse to wear whatever you damn well please.  Happy, happy, happy halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Oona's typography: Just because the world is a mess, doesnt mean you have to look like one

When the Harvard Square vintage staple, Oona's Experienced Clothing, changed ownership in 2010 after 38 years, I was happy to work with the new owner, Ellie Mueller, on her logo redesign(hand lettered!) and signage.  This fall, I had the chance to work with Ms. Mueller again on some advertising.  She colored up some vintage photographs, and I added the dada-inspired fonts she requested for her sassy catchphrases.  Any regular reader of the Improper Bostonian, the Boston Phoenix, the Weekly Dig, or the Harvard Crimson, may have spotted our collaborations in the pages of recent issues(not to mention a few to come!).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

plastic city

(scribbled lady, cut up plastic thank you bag, craft foam, ink, photoshop & illustrator)
  


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

my fair lady

Been spending a lot of time with this lady lately while working on one of my new favorite projects.  I will be sure to introduce her soon :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

flying high

Property of TJX Corporations
Many moons ago, I inked up these little guys after a request from TJX for hand drawn vintage planes.  It was so long ago, I cant even remember what exactly they were for, but I have to imagine it was something kid related.  Recently, the vintage planes soared back into my life when my friend Anni (the delightful designer in charge of kids bedding at TJX) found she needed an aeronautical inspired sheet print to go with the quilt she was designing.  She thought back to my planes and gave me a ring.  A few hours later, I vectorized these babies and gave 'em a whole new color blocked look.  Reduce, reuse, recycle, right?  What do you think?
Property of TJX Corporations

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

sweet wedding samples

Jackie & John in front of "The Knot" building on Union College campus, where they both studied
Anticipating the arrival of some samples that are very near and dear to my heart.  I am thrilled to be designing wedding invites for my childhood best friend and her fiance!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

in the kitchen

Property of TJX Corporations
I have been an extra busy bee in the last two weeks!  Between dish towel designs, antique textile cataloging, hand lettering and ad layouts, I have many new things to share.  But, for now, I give you the cute lady I scribbled up for Marshalls/TJX kitchen things, in honor of all of the delicious food I indulged in this weekend.

Friday, September 9, 2011

swooned

I've been meaning to post this for quite some time... My gorgeous gal over at Swoon did a style interview with me back in June.  More specifically she asked about the ten fashion things I cant live without.   I have a habit of going on and on, especially when it comes to topics that I am passionate about, and she didnt edit me, so our interview ended up being quite the read!  But, if you enjoy loquacious musings on vintage clothing, style and the like, check it out.  And, if you enjoy a delightfully curated selection of fashion that makes you go oooh and ahh, stop by Swoon for some beautiful blogging.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

scribbles: delphinium delight

After surviving the storm with no more than a few branches down(I hope everyone else was as lucky as I!), I felt the need to pay my respects to the last few days of summer with some blossoms around the house(in blue, of course). 

But now, September is here!  So, I sweep up the last of the periwinkle petals, and pack for one last get away.  Lazing by the ocean with good friends, good music, books, food & drink is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of my favorite time of year.  Happy Labor Day weekend!

Friday, August 26, 2011

portrait: Mr. Hampton


Just finishing up some new designs for the multi-talented Mr. Mitch Hampton
(jazz musician, composer & journalist among other things)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

dream closet: hot to trot

Sketches of what I wish I had been wearing during July's heatwave pretty much still apply during this weekends' rise in temperature.  All I can bear on my body at the moment is super free and easy cotton pieces (bright prints a bonus)... so naturally, I am filling my dream closet with an arsenal of wares like the scribbles above.  Inspired by vintage I've known/loved(some even owned), a palette of favorite felt tip markers, and this fantastic dress that Marion Cotillard wore in Midnight in Paris...


Thursday, August 18, 2011

paper play

Having fun messing around with a few leftover scraps from a recent portrait I made...
The love I have for cut paper shapes is no mystery.  I spent much of my childhood perched atop a stool next to my dad in our home studio while he was cutting and pasting up things like this...
I was his partner in paper cutting crime...I scribbled up six year old ideas for page layouts and, due to his colorblindness, it was often my job to pick out the giant pieces of bright paper that lived in the files under the desk, and assign them to their various parts.  This sometimes made for pirates with purple bandannas and turquoise ballerinas, but it all worked out well, just the same since (at the time) he was illustrating for an audience around my age.  I think it was some of the best(and most fun) training in my artistic career.

Monday, August 15, 2011

stormy weather

snapped with my Canon point and shoot... edited with good ol Photoshop
 I have to say, I've really been enjoying the gray weather we've been having lately... a true testament to my New England roots, I suppose.  I would imagine that working from home adds to my enjoyment, since rather than going out into the mucky weather, Im admiring it from my cozy, third floor apartment/studio.  With the windows and screen door wide open, Im soaking up oceany gusts of wind while I process invoices, work on business card designs (for a composer & an accessory designer), make mock ups for a local flag maker(that is currently working with Harvard University...lots of crimson on my screen!), and every once and a while, pop outside to capture the rain at it's most ridiculous/glorious!
I don't care what anyone says, I LOVE New England weather.
(just remind me I said that in the winter)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

sample sale score

photo by Ryan Galvin

This past week, I happened to find myself working in house at TJX during their yearly sample sale.  With the help of my good pal (& kids bedding designer extraordinaire), Anni, I was able to grab both the first sample of a quilt I designed for Marshalls/TJMaxx home AND this fabulous brimmed hat (which reminds me of several that I've scribbled).  I am feeling like a pretty lucky gal right now.
all patterns property of TJX Co

I am enjoying this perfect, rainy Sunday lounging on my new quilt and listening to blues records with my guy while he bakes cookies.  Man, life is good.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

artist crush: julia denos

left: the cover of Julia's new book, I had a Favorite Dress 
& right: a portrait I collaged/drew of the lovely illustrator lady herself
( I was liberal with my crayon, as Julia is the only artist I know who uses it more than I do, and gosh she does it well!)
When I first stumbled across Julia Denos' blog, the Cinnamon Rabbit, I was immediately taken with her playful illustrations, and several years later, I am still excited to see what she posts every day.  The color, texture and style she brings to each one of her characters always brings a smile to my face.  Not only is Julia a superbly talented illustrator of several fantastic children's books (instant classics, in my opinion!), she is sweet as pie with an imagination only a truly youthful spirit may possess.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know both the artist and her work over the past few years, and as of last week became the proud winner of her print+book giveaway for her newly illustrated work, I Had A Favorite Dress, by Bonnie Ashburn.

I cant tell you how thrilled I am to have a signed Denos print in my studio/dressing room to inspire carefree creation in both my work and fashion choices.  Thank you, Julia!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

daily doodles: flurries of floral

flipping through my daily planner (attempting to plan my days) I stumbled across this flurry of flora, congregating in the pages of an unused October... seemed more apropos to today's warm weather than the season it is drawn in!

Friday, July 29, 2011

on display: vintage vaction windows

It had been a while since I'd done up a display, so I had fun climbing around in the windows of Artifaktori's Davis Square store this week.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

portrait: lindo&linda

portrait of the happy couple (which thankfully they loved! there are already plans in the works for framing and hanging...phew!)  created with pencil, highlighter, marker, glitter, ribbon, tissue paper, sparkly stars and a whole lotta love
This past weekend I was very honored to be a part of a specially curated exhibit in celebration of one of my favorite couples, my good friends, Amanda and Phil.  They tied the knot this weekend with a tear-jerkingly beautiful bilingual ceremony in the park and a truly outstanding reception at their favorite gallery space in Cambridge, MA.  My work was hung along side that of their multi-skilled friend base for an evening of visual decadence, dancing and live music - the perfect concoction to celebrate this talented couple!  It was certainly an event to remember.  Congratulations Amanda and Phil!  All my love to you both xo
one of my very favorite photos of the happy couple by the inimitable Ms Kara Kochalko

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ad design: cabana kids


yow!  I have been drowning in work lately, but thats never so bad, right?  This is the publicity piece I created for Artifaktori last week, inked up, scanned and finished off in good ol' photoshop.  With most of my looming deadlines out of the way for now, I think I need to find my way to that cabana....

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

eggcelent

concepts property of Home Goods
Apologies for the cheesy title, I just couldnt help myself.  Remember how I said I often work on holiday goods off season?  Well, during this super sweaty week, I am being transported back to spring as I develop an Easter dinnerware collection for Home Goods.  Up next...bunnies!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

fresh finds: vintage textiles...

I picked up items from the 1940's-1960's...some of my very favorite decades!
...in the form of dresses and other fun things I can wear!  I had a blast with my pals yesterday at the Brimfield Fashion and Textile Show.  Three days a year isnt nearly enough time for all of the good stuff that fills up this show.  I wish I could go back every day...inspiration overload!
happy clams :)  Me and my friend, who is also named Amanda.  Photo of me(on left) by our other friend, who is...get this...ALSO NAMED AMANDA.  what are the chances?  I have never known so many Amandas in my life!  We are thinking we should start a band.  Obviously.

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