I bought a power drill! I barely know how to use it, but somehow I managed to assemble this new little work area for myself, including this brand new screen printing press! I'm pumped. I spend a lot of time in front of the computer. Like, a lot a lot. So ideally, this means a lot more time using my hands and real-life tools like exposure lights and squeegees. Wahoo!Stay tuned!
I recently finished up the logo for a new business called Bowerbird Garden. If you Google "bowerbird," you will see that they are beautiful birds with creative spirits. Bowerbird males are known for building brilliant nests to attract their mates. And they'll use anything from feathers, to shells, to leaves, to flowers, to berries, and even discarded items like plastic and glass.Similarly, the owner of Bowerbird Garden uses found objects as planting containers. She has been known to use light fixtures, industrial metal drawers, vintage vent covers, old baking molds, etc. It's pretty awesome. Check her out on Instagram at @BowerbirdGarden. You'll notice that she also makes terrariums and has been hosting workshops around Philly. So follow her to stay up to date on that!And as always, thanks for checking out my work!
I recently got an email from a good friend and the subject line was "More projects by my favorite designer?"In it, she asked me to design a couple of prints. One for her apartment and one for a wedding gift. Both designed by me. AwwwwwWWWW. How could I resist an email so sweet?So below is the print I designed for her apartment. She requested it read, "Life's too short to wear matching socks." (She does not like to wear matching socks.) Hope you like it!
Back in May, I posted about my brand new Minted fabric, 'Birds on Wires.'. A lot of you were pretty pumped (thank you!) and expressed interest in buying some. However many of you, like me, aren’t exactly master sewers. So, good news, friends! “Birds on Wires” is now available as curtains and pillows, too! Check 'em out:
Hey everyone! Those awesome editors over at Minted chose another one of my fabric patterns to sell. It is called Birds on Wires and it is available in ten different colorways. Here are a few for you to check out:As always, thank you for your interest in my work. And have a great weekend!
Every Christmas, I receive a nice hand-written card from my aunt who lives in California. This year, she signed the card, "Enjoy each day." I thought it was a simple and beautiful message, and I wanted to keep it as an everyday reminder. However, I knew the card would inevitably get lost in the sea of correspondence I've been saving since high school. So, I photographed her handwriting, blew it up, and created this print. Look, Aunt Mary Pat, you're an artist!I also entered this print into the Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm's 3rd Art Challenge. So if you want to see it for sale at West Elm, click here to vote. And as always, thank you!
PEOPLE's "World's Most Beautiful" issue, honoring women for their inner beauty and accomplishments, comes out tomorrow! And as I mentioned in an earlier post, Minted asked designers to create art prints in celebration of this issue.As inspiration, Minted provided designers with ten quotations about beauty. The perfectionist in me chose the quote, "If you look for perfection, you will never be satisfied." by Leo Tolstoy. With it, I created a simple print that will never hang perfectly straight on your wall.I'm excited to say that the Art Director at PEOPLE.com, Maggie Hong, chose it as one of her favorites. And it is now featured on PEOPLE.com. Check it out!Maggie is quoted saying, "It's so smart to have the design tilted to echo the message of the quote. I love designs that make you think." And that is always my goal. To create designs with a concept behind them. To me, designs that make you think are much more intriguing than designs that are pretty, and only pretty.And now, you can also find Always Askew for sale at minted. If you feel inclined to buy it, don't forget to use the promo code SHOPYR7HP4 to receive 10% off. In my opinion, the print is a great daily reminder to let go and embrace imperfection. I might just have to get one myself!
While I was planning my Roaring Twenties party last month, I thought it might be a good idea to read The Great Gatsby. (Yes, it's true. I've never read The Great Gatsby.)In my online search for the novel, I happened upon a stunning F. Scott Fitzgerald Classics set by Penguin's premier cover designer, Coralie Bickford-Smith. Each book is designed with distinct art deco patterns on foil jackets.Of course, I fell in love and unnecessarily bought the entire series (The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, The Last Tycoon, Tales of the Jazz Age, Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise and Flappers and Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald)!No buyer's remorse here. They look absolutely gorgeous on my book shelf.The only problem? They're too pretty to read! (Yes, it's true. I've still never read The Great Gatsby.)Tell me, have you purchased this book set? How does it look? Show us pics!