MOYO Magazine Feature

My stitched postcard design from last year has been featured in the new issue of MOYO magazine! This was an original illustrated design that I printed on my inkjet and then hand embroidered (you can read about my process here!). I’d like to explore multiple mediums like this some more, I think it turned out pretty great!

A Furry Upper Lip – Textile Design

This week’s Spoonflower textile competition is beard and mustache themed! I went a little off in to my own universe where all manner of creatures have very dashing facial hair in my design “A Furry Upper Lip” ! I worked with a more vintage palette which I think fits well with the subject theme. This design cracks me up every time I look at it! Maybe I should make these guys into plushies… 🙂

Editorial Illustration – Meditation Theme

Last week I had the amazing experience of attending Surtex to walk the show and meet so many of my lovely and absolutely inspiring artist friends in person. The booths were beautiful, artwork mind-blowing, and everyone I spoke to was so gracious and wonderful, going out of their way to share their experiences and give advice about the show and industry. And on the same floor the National Stationary Show was taking place with a whole extra level of product and design to fall in love with. Wow! I’m still processing the events of the trip a week later!

While this was going on, I was wondering if it would be possible to do the May Bootcamp Assignment in time for the deadline. Well, I’m happy to report that I was able to finish! This month, the theme was editorial illustration for an article called How to Meditate: A Primer for People Who Don’t Like to Meditate and needed to contain a human figure in some way. Now, if you are familiar with my blog and work you may have noticed there is a distinctive lack of human beings, so I knew this was going to be an interesting departure from my normal content. I think that the end result turned out pretty great though, and my figure is very representative of my style. This is “The Mind Wanders.” I feel so much inspired by finishing this project I’ve been drawing people non-stop! Watch this space 🙂

The gallery is now live to see everyone’s great work for May Bootcamp and you can check it out here!

Everything but the Sink! – Textile Design

This is my Spoonflower entry for the utensil themed textile design contest this week! It’s called “Everything but the Sink!” because well… I pretty much included every kitchen utensil I could fit in except the sink! Haha!  I think I need to order some of this on cotton so I can make an apron (LONG overdue project) 🙂

Getting Ready for Surtex!

This year I have the great pleasure of attending Surtex for the first time. I myself am not exhibiting this year, but many of my friends and collective members are! I am so very much looking forward to walking the floor and learning all kinds of new things at the seminars, plus meeting all my MATS friends! I hope to show at Surtex eventually, so this is a step towards making that goal come true. This trip was an extra push to get a new set of business cards with my new branding and surface pattern work 🙂

TDAT x Glad Recipe Competition – MATS Showcase

I have another wonderful showcase of MATS submissions! A little bit ago, They Draw & Cook held an illustrated recipe contest with Glad in which designers needed to create a layout with 3 recipes using one healthy ingredient as their main component. My fellow bootcamper the fabulous Jana Curll, whom I greatly admire, actually ended up winning the  with her beautiful piece “Oh, Happy Apple!” (linked below). All the pieces submitted by my MATS friends are so unique and beautiful, I highly recommend you check out all the links 🙂

Tomato Love by Janna Krupinski
GOT too much MILK? by Antonija M.
Chef Jasna’s Fab Figs by Antoana Oreški
Ginger 3 Ways by Sonia Apple Kaur Designs
Strawberry Smooch x 3 by Brooke Albrecht
Pomegranate on Parade by Brooke Albrecht
One Chicken, Three Dishes by Ashley Lotecki 
Krazy for Kale! by Tracy Mattocks
Oh, Happy Apple! by Jana Curll 
Amazing Tofu 3 Ways by melissa iwai
Chicken: 3 ways! A Schafer family recipe by mary rachael schafer
Radish Rhapsody by Emmeline Hall
The Pretentious Pine Nut by Ann Jones
Bacon, Get in My Mouth! by Ann Jones
Blueberry Super Fruit by Ann Jones
Pineapple Throwback by Ann Jones
Rocket Ship by Ann Jones

“One Chicken, Three Dishes” – They Draw & Cook

Recently I collaborated with my younger sister, an amazing pastry chef, on an illustrated recipe project! She came up with three sustainable recipes that only use one single chicken between all of them based on some of our family traditions. I then hand-lettered and illustrated them, having a lot of fun with textures. The recipe is now showcased on the amazing website They Draw & Cook (the sister website of They Draw & Travel which I posted about last month). These dishes are easy to make and delicious!

Below is a small preview of the recipe, but you can see the full size version here on TDAC!

TDAT x UPPERCASE Map Competition – MATS Showcase

I recently did a post on my “Curiosities of Toronto” map showcased on the wonderful website They Draw and Travel. I submitted it for an illustration competition they are putting on with the fabulous UPPERCASE magazine (closed now, but results tbd) for which the artists created a map of curious and unusual places where they live or grew up. There are so many lovely submissions, and quite a few of them are from my lovely MATS friends. I decided to do round-up post so you can check out all of the Bootcampers’ wonderful submissions! Here you go 🙂

So Much to Do in Manitou, Colorado by Stephanie Olivieri
Gibsons, British Columbia by Jana Curll
Welcome to Bremen Altstadt, Germany by Tessa Rath
Purple Mountain Majesties in Colorado Springs by Wendy Brightbill
DC LOVE by Susanne Kasielke
Greater Providence, Rhode Island Hot Weiner Tour by Jill Howarth
Curiosities of Toronto, Canada by Ashley Lotecki
A Tour Along the Kamo River in Kyoto, Japan by Reika Hunt
What’s so great about Portsmouth, UK? by Jen Burbridge
Cincinnati, Ohio by Brooke Albrecht
My House in Forest Hills, Queens, New York by jane sanders
Adelaide, South Australia by Kate Mason
A Beautiful and Magical Visit to Prague, Czech Republic by Petra Hämmerleinova
Orlando, Florida: Beyond the Mouse by Lori Weitzel
A Grand Adventure in Japan by Nicole LaRue
Magical Serifos by JOANNA CHRYSOHOIDIS
High Towers in Stockholm, Sweden by Anna Berger
LeRoy, NY, Birthplace of JELL-O by Jennifer Wambach
Portsmouth, New Hampshire by Shannon Hays
Fanciful Map of San Francisco, California by mary rachael schafer

Good luck everyone!

“Curiosities of Toronto” Map – They Draw and Travel

My latest illustration piece is showcased on the wonderful map website They Draw and Travel! It’s called “Curiosities of Toronto,” and showcases some unusual and lesser known places to visit around the city which I think would be fabulous for both locals and visitors to Toronto to check out! I hand-lettered the entire thing which was fun but challenging – I think I may need to look into font creating software because lining every single letter up and spacing them is a huge amount of work! But still so very fun 🙂 I am really digging illustrating maps right now, so let me know if you have any suggestions for future locations or collaborations.

The image below is just a small preview, but you can see the full-size version on the website here!