I’m super excited to share that I’ll be teaching an adult Continuing Studies class and workshop this spring at my alma mater, Maine College of Art! Click on the names of each below for more info on MECA’s website:
It's not only National Pollinator Week, but my birthday week too! To celebrate, I'm having a sale: get 20% off everything in my shop with the code POLLINATORWEEK thru Sunday 6/24.
Seeds for Pollinators is having a sale too! Get 20% both bee & monarch mixes with the same code here.
For more info about Pollinator Week and to search for an event near you, visit pollinator.org/pollinator-week. If you'd like to learn more about pollinators and how to help them, Friends of the Earth has some great info here on their site.
** UPDATE: 50% of all Pollinator Week sales will be donated through ActBlue who will evenly divide the donation between a dozen critical nonprofits working to support kids and families at the border. Thank you so much for your orders this week! **
Since last July, I've been compiling & sharing some Spotify playlists of things I listen to while working in my studio. I decided to compile them all into one blog post right here - so below you'll find numbers 1-8 in chronological order, plus number 9 (which I've just added today).
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK #1: NEWPORT FOLK FEST
Originally posted on 7/7/17
After brainstorming ways to share more about myself and my work, I'm starting a new series of playlists today! Music has always been a big part of my life and I thought sharing what I'm listening to while I work in my studio would be a way to offer some insight into my process. This week's theme is Newport Folk Fest since I'll be heading there tomorrow. It's a mix of tracks by Jim James, Carl Broemel & Fleet Foxes - 3 of my favorite artists in this year's lineup. Hope you enjoy!
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK #2: MID-CENTURY MODERN JAZZ
Originally posted on 8/3/17
This week's is a mix of some of my favorite jazz recordings from the 1950s & 60s - listen below:
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK #3: MELLOW
Originally posted on 8/10/17
This week's playlist was the hardest to consolidate yet. It's a mix of some of my favorite mellow & acoustic tracks - listen below:
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK #4: WES ANDERSON
Originally posted on 8/17/17
This week's playlist is a compilation of Wes Anderson's amazing soundtracks - in chronological order from Bottle Rocket to The Grand Budapest hotel. Listen below:
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK #5: SEPTEMBER VIBES
Originally posted on 9/2/17
I may be the only Mainer to say this, but I am not a fan of summer. While there are definitely some things I love about it, I am beyond psyched with the cooler temperatures we've had these past couple days and I literally cannot way for fall. So, here are some welcome end-of-summer vibes via this week's soundtrack:
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK #6: SPOOKY TUNEZ
Originally posted on 10/26/17
I was originally putting together this 6th soundtrack with no theme in mind...but when I realized the tunez were like 90% spooky, I had to go with it. Listen below:
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK #7: I JUST WASN'T MADE FOR THESE TIMES
Originally posted on 2/3/18
The headlines are insane and the fight of the resistance can be an exhausting one - but one thing that keeps me sane is music. The songs on this 7th edition of Studio Soundtracks have nothing specific in common - they're all just quite good (in my opinion at least). Listen below:
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK #8: THE 2000'S
Originally posted on 3/5/18
This 8th Studio Soundtrack is all about the 2000s - a.k.a. what I listened to during my high school and early college years (I've purposely omitted my Green Day phase as it isn't something I'm terribly proud of). Listen below:
STUDIO SOUNDTRACK #9: MAY DAY
Posted on 5/1/18
There's nothing inherently springy in these songs, but I enjoy them all the same. Maybe you will too!
After thinking about it for a very long time, I've FINALLY set up this new website - I love how much cleaner the design is and how easy it is to navigate through my portfolio. The only downside is letting go of three years of blog posts from my old site - so what I've done is post a few compilations of my favorite ones below to keep them around a little longer. Scroll down to check em out.
Looking through my blog posts on my old website, I wanted to compile my craft fair photos here to see how my table set up and inventory has evolved throughout the last couple of years:
2015 PICNIC HOLIDAY SALE
Originally posted on 12/14/15
RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR NYC
Originally posted on 11/15/16
2016 picnic holiday sale
Originally posted on 12/12/16
SUMMER POP-UP SHOP AT MAINE CRAFT DISTILLING
Originally posted on 7/7/17
Kanya of Hills & Trails set up shop here too - and designed the drink menu with illustrations from my farm coloring book:
2017 picnic holiday sale & taproot maker's market
Originally posted on 12/18/17
Below is a blog post I originally wrote on my old site about three years ago called, Fun with Copyright. Since then, I've had EVEN MORE fun with copyright - and this illustration has been stolen many more times. I still feel like some of this info could be helpful for young artists concerned about or dealing with copyright infringement so I wanted to include it below.
Originally posted on 12/1/15
Over the past few years I've gained some valuable experience dealing with many instances of copyright infringement of my most popular illustration, Plant These to Help Save Bees.
These instances of infringement have been both minor and major - but all very frustrating. While I don't think I could have prevented some of them, I do wish I knew more about posting my work online when I first started out. I recently made this handout for a class at my alma mater, Maine College of Art- and wanted to share it on here, too. It's a list of things I wish I knew when I graduated about posting my work online and how to deal with infringements if they occur:
I've just now broken my first rule which is to never upload images higher than 72 res - but I want anyone who may find this helpful to print it out and keep it somewhere in their studio or work space in case they ever need it! Otherwise, for real, I would never recommend uploading images higher than 72 res; that is the optimal resolution for online images and will make your work look crystal clear on a screen without giving anyone the opportunity to make a high quality print of it.
In the past few years, I've learned that it's very important to know the difference between sharing content for educational purposes (or just because you love it) and sharing content in a way that is taking unfair advantage of its creator. With my bee illustration especially, I am sure to encourage sharing the information (help save bees!!) while also making it clear that I am trying to make a living as an artist, and that I deserve to be credited and compensated for my work.
All in all, I hope other artists/designers/makers will find this copyright info helpful and not discouraging. While I'm fairly used to it now, dealing with copyright infringement has been frustrating, overwhelming and disheartening - originally making me hesitant to post any of my work online. Now with some resources (like social media copyright reports, who knew) and tips under my belt, I've found that it's more than worth it to share my work- and that for every person who rips me off there are hundreds more being respectful, supportive, and encouraging (thank you all!)
If you have questions about copyright or anything I mentioned here, please comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!