Monday, January 18, 2016
i've been featured in china's little thing magazine before, but this time they put together a whole feature on my daily life, work and favorite things. i even had to stage a little photoshoot of my daily outfits, which was definitely a new experience for me, usually being the one behind the camera.
tiny menagerie: animal planter by keep company ceramics; elephant by masuko jo; tiger by jen collins. the others are all finds from antique markets and shops.
bathroom shelf: a tiny glass bottle from a shop in portland, maine; my jo malone fragrance in peony & suede blush; head planter by kaye blegvad; cat ring dish and crossed fingers by jen collins; a very round stone i found in israel; two spiderweb jaspers from the yale peabody museum of natural history, which i love because they look like japanese ink drawings.
a corner of my studio with edward gorey books, plants and a painting by becca stadtlander.
below: at my computer desk and a palmistry hand that holds my favorite jewelry.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
happy 2016! i've re-opened my shop with new prints and new product photos, and am in the process of adding more. i've also removed quite a few images that i just don't like anymore, but they will still be available upon request.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
a two-page spread to accompany a christmas story in libelle magazine from the netherlands. i haven't seen the issue yet, there should be some spot illustrations peppering the text as well.
i wrapped up all of my work for the year, cleaned my studio and am off to montreal early tomorrow morning to enjoy christmas in the great white north. a warm and happy holiday to you all!
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
the new FLOW book for paper lovers is such a treat filled with decorative papers, stickers, artwork from amazing illustrators and so much more. inside you can find a pullout of a folded paper house that i illustrated specially for this edition. it even comes with little extras that you can cut out and play with!
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
i'm so excited to see inky blue being combined with wines and plums this fall, especially in check and windowpane patterns; it's one of my favorite color combinations and the scheme i chose for a christmas carol. my patterns were inspired by victorian plaids and stripes and it's a beautiful thing to see new iterations of these classics appearing in 2015.
(clockwise from top left: ann taylor / ann taylor / zara / madewell / madewell)
Thursday, October 29, 2015
palekh, the russian folk handicraft of painting miniature scenes from folk tales and literature on lacquer papier-mâché boxes. my artist talk next week will touch on this and other folk traditions, as well as my love for ivan bilibin and the revived interest in slavic motifs in late 19th and early 20th century russian graphic arts.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
i have a small solo exhibition coming up next month at kent state university stark campus in north canton, ohio. the show is in conjunction with a russian art history course taught by my former MICA professor dr. marie gasper-hulvat. it's entitled the firebird and features miniature paintings of scenes from my favorite russian folk tales and russian 19th century country life. the show opens on thursday november 5th with an artist talk at 2 pm and will be on view through december 4th, 2015.
as usual my lovely frames were custom made for me by signed & numbered in salt lake city, utah.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
we moved to a new apartment, and for the first time in my life i have my own studio, which is a fabulous luxury. i've worked from a desk in my bedroom until now, and it makes such a difference to have a room designated specifically for work. not only that, but i was able to separate my painting area from my scanning, printing and computer area, which eliminates distraction and helps me separate tasks. all that daylight helps, too!
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
my biggest project to date and one that i am very proud of was released today: a fully-illustrated edition of charles dickens' a christmas carol, published by chronicle books. i worked on it all through the heat of last summer but never lost steam or interest for this strange, wintery tale; what an honor to have the chance to contribute to its legacy! the thrill of seeing my name printed next to the beloved author's was well worth the effort.
being a story lit only by fireplaces, candles and gaslight street lamps, the book was a technical challenge for me since my work is quite flat and relies little on dramatic lighting. i'm thankful to designer kristen hewitt for giving me freedom to choose this plummy blue color palette and to feel around outside of my comfort zone to find the right mood for the book.
out today from chronicle books! this book has gilt-edged pages, gold foil details on the cover and a satin bookmark inside, making it a great gift edition - if i do say so myself.