here is a small video i recently shot for Free People, outlining my process in creating the limited-edition festival chairs for their 2013 Spring Collection. after the first set sold out, i was asked to create a second set, and i’m very proud that the second set has almost sold out as well.
throughout this process, i learned a lot about what it takes to be a small artist in what often seems like a very big, very connected art world. i learned a lot about myself: how hard + quickly i can work, what daunting deadlines i can make my bones adhere to, and what a strong support system i have. i am grateful for all of the lessons + i am grateful for all of you.
thank you to c for shooting this beautiful video, and to cb for sewing it together.
last month i worked on a set of limited-edition, hand-painted chairs for Free People, a company whose designs i’ve admired and felt at home with for as long as i can remember. this collaboration was special to me for several reasons, but mostly because it left the seventeen-year-old inside me in awe.
i’ve been freelancing for what seems like a very long stretch, but in fact has only been a small second, and sometimes it’s hard for me to remember that. i’m very proud of this project—of both its inception and execution—and i’m so happy with the way it came out.
incidentally, the chairs sold out completely in 72 hours! thank you to everyone for their amazing support, and the warmest welcome to all of my new followers. i’m so lucky to have you & look forward to sharing more of me and my work with you.
a recipe spread for the Risk issue of Remedy Quarterly, a beautiful food & memory magazine. i illustrated my recipe for Apple-Pear Cardamom Jam and wrote about my mother & sister, who inspired me to navigate the kitchen late last year.
issue 12 is available for purchase on the Remedy Quarterly website and in shops worldwide! thank you to Kelly for giving me the opportunity to illustrate my story.
Torero recently released their 2013 spring line of shoes, and i’m so happy to have two of my patterns in the collection. you can purchase a pair and check out all of the other beautiful designs on the Torero website here. i’m so grateful to be included among such talented artists.
Hi, i've just found your blog and I think you're fantastic. I was just wondering if you had any advice about getting your artworks and creations out to the world. I'd appreciate any suggestions or advice you could give. :) x
hi, thank you so much! i would suggest using the internet to your advantage: post your drawings everywhere you can, blog regularly and invite people into your world. approach local galleries to see if they’ll host an art show for you, open an online shop (Etsy, Goodsie, Big Cartel are a few hosts) and connect with other artists that you admire. there are curious eyes all around you, waiting to be shocked and surprised. sending you lots of luck & good wishes!
my work was recently featured in two gorgeous magazines: the January/February issue of Platform Magazine, and Volume I of FOUR Magazine. i recently received both copies in the mail, and i couldn’t be more honored to be a part of these beautiful publications.
you can pick up a copy of Platform at newsstands across India (!!!) and FOUR at select boutiques in North Carolina. both are also available online, of course.
a very special thanks to Mona & Ciara for featuring my work & asking intuitive, interesting questions. :]
reasons to smile: 46-degree weather, the zombies, achingly whole hearts.
i created an encouraging sea-bound illustration for the second volume of coloring books that Doodlers Anonymous released. the patterned sea is my favorite part; everything about floating in salty water is anything but ordinary. available for purchase at www.doodlersanonymous.com.
february came more quickly than i thought it would, and with it, all of the things i vowed to have done by now. i’m elbows-deep in a multitude of projects and exciting collaborations that i can’t wait to share with you, but unfortunately, will have to.
in the meantime, i’ve been busy creating a collection of affectionate greeting cards for you & your loved ones. though these were inspired by valentine’s day, i really wanted to make designs that can be used and appreciated year-round. my favorite is the lacy ghost-arms card, which i like to imagine are always around me.
the cards are all now up in my etsy shop! i’ve also decided to offer boxed sets of 10 cards this year, so please send me a message if you’re interested.
wishing you well,