Tuesday, August 7, 2012

well this is embarrassing...

how is it mid August already?  It's been a month since I posted(eek!) and I've been meaning to post this even longer (I orginally found it here)...

"Do what you love, it's going to lead to where you want to go"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

age of aquarius

photos by Stacey Lamb
so fun to find my brother's face popping up on Stacey's beautiful blog over the weekend as a part of her zodiac portrait project

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

so much to post... so little time...

how about a vintage Amanda Williams figure drawing to hold you over?

Friday, June 22, 2012

the happiest weekend

This week I've been as giddy as a kid before Christmas, which pretty much makes today Christmas Eve...  This morning, Im headed up to New York to begin a weekend of celebration in honor of my oldest and dearest friend and her wonderful, soon to be husband!
the full wedding stationery suite!  formal invite, reception invite(front & back) & RSVP card(front & back)
I have the honor of standing up with Jackie tomorrow as she says "I do," and I have had the distinct pleasure of working with both Jackie & John(and their amazing families) to create all their wedding stationery, in the theme of Jackie's favorite flower, hydrangeas(John brings her a bouquet of them almost every week... how sweet is that?).
It is going to be an out-of-this-world weekend filled with beauty, fun and festivities... I am bursting with excitement!  Now it's time to finish packing and hit the road!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

swing into summer

My newest ad for Artifaktori, featuring some artwork I originally created in 2009(making it new old stock, I suppose? Nerdy vintage jokes ftw!) .  This gal is a vision of ethereal ease, which seemed quite appropriate for the first official day of summer!  Keep your eye out for her official debut on the glossy pages of the Improper Bostonian in the next few weeks.

Friday, June 15, 2012

the joys of freelancing

shirt & jacket - Artifaktori Vintage
wearing a vintage harley-davidson shirt and a red and gold satin star jacket to not one, but two meetings yesterday

(see also: the joys of having kick ass vintage shops for clients)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

pattern puzzle

print by Amanda Williams  (Property of TJX Companies)

spending Saturday piecing together this pattern puzzle for TJMaxx's playwear department (they design newborn-toddler apparel).... feeling very proud to finally get the repeat in place!  Can't wait to see this on itsy bitsy rompers :D

and now... on to the next project!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

happy place

so, we are sure that it's all in my mind?
I happen to spend a lot of time here...

self portrait collage by me, using a photo by Mr. Richard Chase 
(who also happens to be a big fan of imaginative portraiture... example A below..)

ps. perhaps this is a new summer project to explore(because i dont have enough already).... portraits of people in their own minds??? hmmmm....

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

glow girls

today brings glowing
gals gracefully glide across
my computer screen 

(more on this as it develops)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

monkey lips

meet monkey, the overseer of my parent's kitchen since 1993(the one and only year I went by Mandy), and quite possibly my mother's favorite piece of art I have ever created

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

ship shape

property of TJX Companies

 so funny that right after this, I get a boat project!

Monday, May 7, 2012

st. petes

property of TJX Companies
my recent work has me doodling up some rather detailed drawings of far flung locales that I would love to visit someday... deeeeelightful!  (or, as the Gershwin's say, nice work if you can get it :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

go B's!

repeat for boy's bedding (for Winners, TJMaxx's Canadian brand, of course)
watching the Bruin's... holding my breath....

Saturday, April 21, 2012

if i had a boat...

...I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat


Thursday, April 19, 2012

the marvelous mrs. wolf

a (semi) recent portrait of my (honorary) uncle Steve's late mother.  she was an opera singer and a voice coach, and as the story goes, she turned away a prospective student on his way to Nashville, telling him "Elvis, you dont need voice lessons from me."

Monday, April 16, 2012

haiku for you

slowly emerging
from the terrors of tax prep
im back (for real now)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

yip yip hooray!

A while back, I had the pleasure of working with Colleen Finnegan(the super sweet proprietress behind the Ride & Groom) on the logo and graphics for her dream business... a mobile dog spa!  One of the best things about being a freelancer, is having the flexibility to take on unique new projects, and Colleen's was no exception.  A mobile dog groomer!  Cool, right?  I must admit, I did a happy little dance at my desk when I saw this(below) picture on the Ride & Groom facebook page last week...
I can safely say that this is the first time my graphics have graced the side of a van and it is AWESOME(I'm a little giddy at the thought of seeing it riding around town).  Colleen's van is a full service, state of the art salon that travels the Boston area offering convenient one on one appointments for the pup(& owner) who enjoy a more flexible, laid back & personalized dog grooming experience.  
photo courtesy of therideandgroom.com
Colleen's doors are now open for business(or more fittingly, she's now on the move?), so check out her website for more information on how to book a visit for your furry friend...and if you see the van around town, give em a wave for me.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

he's a lumberjack and he's ok

I think it may be impossible to work on lumberjack themed bedding(for TJMaxx's Canadian sister, Winners, of course) without having this song constantly running through your head.  Just putting it out there...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

hello sunshine

glorious weekend on the waterfront

Friday, March 16, 2012

friday eye candy

My girl, Amy, is always sending me emails that are so chock o block full of awesome inspiration, sometimes it makes my head hurt(in a good way, Ame)!  We've always been on the same page when it comes to color and print(the more the better), so Im sure that she wasnt the least bit surprised when I said I would like nothing else than to crawl inside the Vlisco lookbooks and live there for a while (vague foggy backgrounds and all...who needs sunshine when you have prints like these?).
If only this stunning textile company actually made these clothes for sale... I would be in heaven (...or debt? but lets just stick with heaven for now).

Saturday, March 10, 2012


artwork by Amanda Williams • property of TJX Corporations
busy busy with (what seem like) a million different projects.  keeping it spicey

Monday, February 27, 2012


feeling as gleeful and refreshed as Crackers(the African Grey Parrot) after a delightful day at RISD's Edna Lawrence Nature Lab with two of my favorite guys.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


deliriously delighted to be drowning in wicked awesome work stuff and the many wonders of wedding planning.  will come up for air & updates soon!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

the earth without art

Can I get an AMEN?!

(Im feeling like a super crummy person for not remembering what site I dragged this off of, and an internet search has been no help... apparently its all over the place, but in none of the places I check in on regularly.  Please let me know if you were the source, friends!  I would gladly link it up to you)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012


If you are not familiar with Spoonflower, allow me to introduce you... Spoonflower is a wonderful website where you can design and digitally print your own fabric(yardage!), and even sell it, if you'd like.  I know.  Awesome. (I am seriously restraining myself from getting overexcited here.)  In 2008, when I first got word of this fantastic operation, they were simply printing on quilting cotton, which was thrilling enough.  Now, the fabric selection ranges from crepe de chine silk to upholstery weight cotton(yeah!!).  Ever since I heard that any of this was possible(for just ANYONE to do! starting at just $16 per yard!), I have been dreaming of the day that I would order my own yardage.  It seems silly that it has taken so long (especially seeing as I have sketchbooks and computer folders packed with patterns) but that day has finally come!
And, as chance would have it, while I was getting the ball rolling, Spoonflower decided to make art deco the theme for an upcoming weekly contest.  Im not usually into art contests(I somehow avoided entering any in school, much to the chagrin of my professors, who often planned units around them), but, deco is one of my all time favorite genres/inspirations(see many things here), and I am so excited to be a part of the Spoonflower community... I couldnt resist participating.
(here's where those deco deer finally come in)
So, if it strikes your fancy, become a Spoonflower member(or maybe you already are? have you heard that you can create your OWN fabric? what?!) and throw my pattern a vote before Wednesday evening!  You can actually vote for as many patterns as you'd like(only one ballot per person, but as many votes as you care to distribute).  I voted for my own print(duh) and four others, and continue to be told that I clearly do not understand competition.  Oh well.  Either way, be on the lookout for future posts on this new adventure .... I get my first samples in this week!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pretty Proxy Valentines

Many of you have suggested that I officially try my hand at stationary (Im lookin at you, Sami!)... and guess what? ...now I have!  
recognize some of this stuff?
I was a little giddy when Heatherjean, of fair trade/girl power brand, Proxy Apparel, asked if I would be interested in creating some valentines for them this winter.  I've had a lot of friends who get down on this "Hallmark holiday," but it has always had a special place in my heart.  Besides my current beau, I have always been single on Valentine's day, but it never bothered me much.  Growing up in my house, February 14th was about creative muscle stretching and family fun.  Leading up to the holiday, we would all squirrel away to our own corners of the house to craft valentines for each other and our close friends(I cant remember one elementary school Valentines day where we brought in store bought cards).  Computer collages, paper cuttings, 3D sculptures, pop-up cards... anything was fair game.  When the day came, we'd make a big dinner and some shortbread heart cookies, and exchange our affectionate art.  It was always a blast to see what each person had come up with, and many of these creations became treasured items that have long outlived their Februaries (one from the mid 90's still hangs on my childhood bedroom door!).  No one was stressed because each person could get as involved as they liked with their project(3D moving sculpture, or sweetly scrawled poem?).  There were no wild expectations or stresses that come with big holidays(ahem, Christmas), just sweet and simple fun, and a nice reminder of how lucky we all were to have so much love in our lives.
It is for these same reasons that Valentine's day continues to be so much fun for me as an adult.  Family and friends rarely expect a card, which only makes their smiles that much bigger when they receive one.  So, brighten some days this February 14th, and send(or hand out!) some cards to the ones you love (whether they be friends, family, romantic interests, or your kickass neighborhood tailor).  At 10 postcards for $10, you cant beat the price(unless you are going to get crafty at home, which is always encouraged).  Plus, ten Valentines are always better than one!  So, pop on over to Proxy and let the love grow!

p.s. Don't forget to treat yourself! Check out our new collections (Im partial to the tutu dress, handmade Guatemalan shawls, & the versaties...although Im a little biased on the last one) and use coupon code LOVE at checkout for 20% off your next purchase. Valid through February 29th.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

deco deer

Remember this guy?  This fellow has been loping around my sketchbooks ever since I spotted some of the best deco deer sculptures I've ever laid eyes on hiding out in the corners of this shop(one of my very favorites).  He's been through several iterations, but he is finally leaping to life in a new project that I cant wait to tell you about.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

treasure box

Motivated by this pretty post by Miss Mariama Bramble of Brownbelle (who doesnt love a good bow tie?), and some photos I snapped last Sunday, I bring you some of my studio inspiration (its been a while, huh?)! 
Since I switched around my studio a couple of months ago, I have been happily scribbling away in the spacious and sunny front room that doubles as both my art space and my boudoir.  Not only is it infinitely better to be drawing and designing in a room full of light and space to spread out(as opposed to the dark, cramped back room I was working in), it is also much more thrilling to work with my treasures around me for inspiration.  Almost nothing gets me more in the mood to make things, than my vintage treasures...
Dripping gold chains, sparkly brooches and colorful bangles spill out of letterpress trays and vintage glassware, and favorite vintage fabrics hang on my closet door to keep me company(more on those soon!).  Clean and stark studios are lovely, but I thrive in color (and a little bit of chaos).  I am a very happy clam living in my little treasure box.  What do you keep in your workspace to inspire you?


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