Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday's Five: Must see summer art shows

1. MoCCA Art Festival 2009 - a fundraiser for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, but held at the Lexington Avenue Armory; a huge exhibit of artists, sketchers, animators, indie comics and more- I mean, just look at the poster! June 6th and 7th.

2. Also currently and, actually, at MoCCA through August 23rd, is a retrospective of David Mazzucchelli, a comic artist who started at Marvel working on Batman in the 80s and moved into the less glamorous but more personal indie comic world. He was actually in one of my classes at SVA- you know how you'll be in class and there's always a superstar the teacher adores and everyone else is struggling? Well, he's the superstar. Mazzucchelli's new work, a graphic novel called Asterios Polyp, looks really exciting - I can't wait to see it and get to know his older work.

3.Giant Robot NY - One of my favorite little galleries because of it's laid back vibe, cute shop items, and back issues of it's awesome magazine. Check out the new exhibit Panelists: Comic Artists on the Wall through June 24th.

4. Society of Illustrators -Earlier this year I posted about Yoko Furosho, a favorite artist of mine and a really nice girl. She was featured in The Society of Illustrators annual student competition, along with many talented upcoming illustrators you should check out to say you knew them when- through June 6th.

Petals in the water by Yoko Furosho

5. American Folk Art Museum- I already loved Henry Darger's collaged and traced outsider art illustrations following his fictional 15,145 page story about the Vivian Girls, but seeing the actual pieces is stunning. I didn't realize how large they would be, or how dreamy the use of his colors were until I visited Up Close: Henry Darger - though September 6th.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Subtle for summer...

...or not!! Little illustrated hipster Miss Marc by Marc Jacobs adorns this swimsuit, cover up , beach tote and flip flops -all on my summer wish list.

Images via NY Mag, Neiman Marcus and Revolve clothing

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What I wore Wednesday

1 part Lynn Yaegar...

+ 1 part Linnea in Monet's garden


what I wore on Wednesday

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

aches and pains...

Unfortunately, I am a sufferer of migraines and today is one of those not good days. Hopefully tomorrow will be better....see you then!

"Migraine" painting by loadedhipspress on Etsy

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday's Five: Hey, Sailor!

It's fleet week here in NY and Memorial Day weekend! I'm about to go savor some outdoor food and drinks, you can savor these sailor inspired fashions. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

1. Cute Anchor hat by LIDDesignsBoutique's shop on Etsy
2. Sea blue sailor top by my friend Inessah's eco friendly clothing company Sublet- organic soft cotton keeps you cool in the heat
3. So cute button up sailor pants by Marc Jacobs on Bluefly
4. Every girl needs these Lolita heart shaped sunglasses from Fred Flare for flirty summer fun!
5. Bright orange wedges from Kate Spade on Zappos

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sakura Blossom Kokeshi Cutie!

Hi guys! I hope you're as excited about this long weekend as I am!!! I don't even have any plans, but it's just the possibility of anything-could-happen-ness. and no work! This is a print I made with one of my woodblock print kokeshi girls digitally layered on top of my own sakura blossom flower print. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Adobe is ruining my post!!

I'm trying to upload an illustration for you, but I'm having difficulty with color the meantime, why don't you check out the poetic pink photography at A Creative Mint, or the adorable illustrations of Majea Kann . If you feel like getting crafty, go devour some ....
...the cutest little craft blog around! See you soon!

Monday, May 18, 2009

The softer side of Blair. Waldorf.

The one thing that makes me giddy on a Monday morning is the thought of Monday night ...and a new episode of Gossip Girl. I have seen them filming multiple times in NY (tonight's episode filmed next door to my work!) and still call everyone and squeal and take pictures like a freaking 15 year old!!! I love Leighton Meister's character Blair and her amazing overly preppy ensembles. If you saw the finale tonight- this one's for you! xoxo

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday's Six! : Book loving artwork

I'm not going to lie, I was secretly hoping this weekend would be dark and stormy and the perfect excuse to stay in and curl up with a book. Well is is laughing at me and no rain is coming until later tonight and it's merely a slightly grey hue outside, so I'm going to use my time wisely and go see an art exhibit I've been meaning to stop by. So instead, here's some lovely art about books....a girl can dream can't she?!
Bookshelf print by Jane Mount
Librarian print by Miss Brigette
the book club by tollipop
Roberta doll by holli
Houses 3 by Caram Batack
Comics are books too!! Superheros Among Us by Estasketch

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday's not so five....

Sorry guys, this is what I feel like this evening! I'm going to get some rest and come back strong tomorrow! See you then!

illustration via Neve Dobson on Etsy

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Goodies in the mail!

I've admitted I'm a bit of an online shopping addict...but I get really good stuff!!! eeks I feel a 12 step coming...haha. As I posted previously in Friday's Five , I love the look of needle felted crafts and ordered the kit from Really nice colors, especially the of-the-moment teal, I'll hold onto that one once I get it down a bit.

I also watched a documentary on Virginia Lee Burton recently and kind of fell in love. Her own post will come later, but I discovered she illustrated one of my favorite stories, The Emperor's New Clothes and, um, ordered it on Amazon.
Gorgeous typography and border on the title page
Towns people waiting for the Emperor to arrive
Weaving the "fabric"

Monday, May 11, 2009

Awww, Ella!

At work we had the sweetest temp, Ella, who was extra cool because of her interest in fashion illustration. Sadly, due to the whole economy thing, she was let go, but we gave her a going away party, and I made my own little fashion illustration of her. Thanks Ella!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fridays Five: Fav Blogs

You might have seen the new emblem displayed on my sidebar that reads BYW Friends. I took an online blogging course called "Blogging Your Way"taught by the talented and witty Holly Becker of decor8. The class was inspiring, helpful, and insightful, I highly recommend it for any level of blogging experience. I'd like to introduce you to a few wonderful blogs and people I met through it.

Visual Notes - graphic, calm and clean design blog by the lovely Maaret from Berlin. She has really nice home tours interviews (including photos from her home, above), and of course illustration, so take a look.

Visuals. (see a pattern here?) a great art and design blog by artist Lady Ann de Borja. i love the blog layout and her aesthetic, i could browse through her pages all day long.

Ink on my Fingers Susannah has beautiful photography, (she even teaches her own course) but i think her blog is fascinating because she's a great writer and shares so much about herself and is one of those open and honest bloggers you just want to have a cup of coffee with.

paper*crown A bright, happy, fun, orange oasis is Sarah Ahearn's blog paper*crown that follows her art process and inspirations. Super cute collage and mixed media pieces.

the red thread - Lisa is an Australian artist who's blog is just flooded with gorgeous pictures of art, design, photography, just about everything beautiful. i also feel like you don't see the same things on her blog as you see everywhere else, and her store will make you swoon...and get out your pocketbook.

all photos via visual notes, visuals, the red thread, paper*crown, and ink on my fingers

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Couch lust

I found out that we're leaving our apartment of 3 years...which is scary but great, we currently have a roommate and get to finally "be alone" and not in a teeny studio like when we first moved here! Have I mentioned the amount I've accumulated and collected in those 3 years? that's the scary part... anyway, I'm already dreaming up new spaces and decor! Especially art for the walls. On the way home I saw this couch....and am dreaming to drag it up the stairs and cover it....which lead to the couch lust and these gorgeous Etsy art pieces.

Street couch

French poppies painting (I want this one!!!)

Red Victorian couch and wallpaper photo