With summer just around the corner, I was recently in the mood to work on something nautical for my latest poster design. After narrowing down lots of ideas for a theme, I went with scenic cities and lighthouses along the Maine coast:
Due to the lack of Maine posters sans lobsters or moose, I thought it'd be fun to do something a little different and feature some hand-lettering. Check it out here in my shop!
Just released my 3rd patch design - featuring two orange-belted bumble bees, a European honey bee, and three sunflowers:
It's no secret that I'm pretty into pollinators so this patch design just made logical sense. I've wanted to design a bee patch for a while but became particularly inspired to when I had finished my pollinator zine project!
These patches measure 3" in diameter and have a sturdy backing, suitable for either ironing or sewing onto pretty much anything. Available here in my Etsy shop.
So excited to share my latest project, the Fresh From the Farm Coloring Book! This was by far my biggest personal project of the year and something I'd been thinking about for many months before being able to work on it.
After completing my first-ever coloring book for The Press Hotel last summer, I was really inspired to create my own. Using my 2014 illustration, "Support Your Local Farmer" as a jumping-off point, I decided on a month-to-month theme about all of the different things you can buy from your local farmer year-round. I also wanted an opportunity to practice my hand-lettering, which proved to be both fun and challenging - to come up with 13 different styles of lettering for the pages and cover.
It's my hope that this will be a fun way to get kids thinking about not only the importance of supporting local farmers, but where their food and products come from - which is why I wanted to illustrate both a product and its source on each page.
The book has full color covers and 12 hand-drawn black and white pages - all printed on FSC-certified paper in Farmington, Maine. Click here to check it out in my Etsy shop!
Was very excited that my Support Your Local Farmer tote bags got a little shout-out in the SOURCE section of yesterday's Maine Sunday Telegram! The SOURCE section is an awesome part of the Sunday paper as it talks about sustainable living in Maine.
Portland's local farmer's markets have started up again (at last!) and Portland has also recently instated a new grocery bag fee, so it was great to have my totes mentioned as a reusable market tote alternative. You can read the article online here and check out the totes in my Etsy shop here.
I was also really psyched to see a big story about a few Maine College of Art alumni and how MECA helps prepare grads to become successful entrepreneurs on the front page of the paper, "New in Art School Curriculum: Business Acumen." You should check out the article online here if you're interested in learning about MECA specifically or the types of skills that art school grads can offer. Go MECA!
YAY so happy to be able to share the patch I designed for the Portland Patch Project! It's a year-long project where a different Portland, Maine artist designs a patch each month for 2015. I was really excited when I heard that Kris Johnsen was starting this project-I met him when I asked to be his intern many moons ago while I was a student at Maine College of Art & I'm so psyched that he asked me to design April's patch!
While sketching concepts for this I kept coming back to the idea of road trips and the ones I can't wait to take this summer - and wanted to include a '65 Chevy pickup in the design. It was so nice to work on during the insane winter we had in Maine with an exponential amount of snow that's finally starting to melt. Having never designed a patch before I wasn't entirely sure how the lines & hand-lettering would translate but I'm so happy with how these turned out!
Visit Portland Patch Project's online store or their Etsy shop to see the patches from January, February & March to either order them individually or sign up for a year-long subscription!
This week I finished part 1 of my most recent project, "Support Your Local Farmer." I had been brainstorming and sketching ideas for this poster all summer and really enjoyed checking out all of the awesome local farm stands and farmers' markets for inspiration. Having fresh vegetables and flowers in my apartment every week is definitely something I could get used to.
Coming soon to my Etsy shop will be part 2 of this project, 6 newly-formatted card designs and eventually a few hand sewn projects for the holidays. I've also been working on a poster design which I'm pretty psyched to finish & share soon:
Many thanks to everyone for supporting my work this past year through your enthusiasm, commissions and Etsy orders - I still kind of can't believe that my job description includes watching Arrested Development and painting in my studio all day. Thank you.