Friday, July 29, 2016


this is the august page of a mini calendar which came with the dutch edition (1-2016) of flow magazine. i painted this in winter, when picnics on the grass were just a distant dream. now the dog days of summer are here, and i'm really trying to do right by my winter self, with cheese and wine and shakespeare in the park. i could really use a basket like that, too.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

mem û zîn

earlier this year i illustrated a beautiful 17th century kurdish love story called "mem û zîn" for french children's magazine BAÏKA. i love the places my work takes me. i used any reference i could find on traditional dress and pulled the color scheme from a 19th century kurdish rug. i'm happy to finally share!


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Friday, July 22, 2016

etsy wholesale

etsy wholesale
i recently illustrated these four postcards for etsy, inc. for their new direct mail campaign, which intends to connect museum gift shop curators with independent designers through etsy wholesale. i've been selling on etsy for years and it's so cool to have gotten the opportunity to collaborate with the company directly!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

night walk, and an update

night walk
it's been almost four years since my absolutely random move to new haven, connecticut. uncertain about my decision at the time, i now thank my lucky stars for giving me the courage to say yes to the unknown. i found real magic in the much-scorned little town, and a really unexpected circle of friends, consisting entirely of graduate students from the yale school of architecture. even more unexpectedly, i found the kind of love that only comes along once in a lifetime, if ever. and together we are moving on to yet another secondary city (i have a real soft spot for them now): buffalo, new york. i'm still setting up my studio and getting adjusted to our new life, but i'm determined to find all of the magic i just know it has to offer.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

unsichtbare freunde

imaginary friends imaginary friends these two illustrations are for the august 2016 issue of schweizer familie ("swiss family") magazine, for an article about childrens' imaginary friends. since the article is in german, the art director just briefed me with image descriptions: the first one is pretty straightforward, but the one with the little mice is a mysterious peek into someone's very intricate imaginary world!

R&J in the guardian

romeo & juliet
"classics unfolded: romeo and juliet" has been included in the guardian best new books guide 2016!