second edition bike screen prints are now in the shop! printed by Shawn over at @mastheadprintstudio. www.etsy.com/shop/yaymeeralee. #process
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 cavernous kitchen late last year.
Q: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. :]
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,
i hope you’re all having a very wonderful new year. january is almost over but feels like it just arrived - we’ve been having temperatures in the single digits and scarves and winds, but each day this month has still felt like a single day in a single year: new, bright.
i know most have posted their new year’s resolutions already, but seeing as how it’s not quite february yet, i thought i’d still have a go at illustrating mine. this year i’d like to keep perspective: on what’s under my control and what isn’t (because the difference is important); on how the things that feel oh-so-big are really little, smaller than a prick or pebble; how the tiny things—the oft-overlooked—are the big things, the cosmos, the reasons to wake and smile.
the world has me marveling, often, but i’d like to be in awe more. there are stars under our skin and in our eyes and i want to remember that. there are trees so massive i can live inside them and vines that wrap around for days and everything ever to explore. i drew this mandala as a daily reminder to keep a good perspective on myself & the world this year. the words are by jeff mangum, who always says everything beautifully and at the right time.
happy new year, everyone! wishing you love + luck.