Autumn is in the air. I could not be more thrilled. I had baby Vivian 2.5 weeks ago and already she’s growing into a sweet little cherub. I can’t wait to take her on crisp strolls through the park. I’m supposed to take it easy for the next few weeks to recover from my c-section but I’m already feeling pretty good. I look forward to picking up jogging again. I’m sure I’m in the worst shape ever but I love a good jog on a cool day. Luckily fall is the perfect season for cozy layering (to hide everything you want hidden ; ) ). I look forward to pulling out my trench coat, fisherman’s sweater, a felt hat and suade booties and sauntering through crunchy leaves.
I’ve been illustrating The Paris Review this year alongside the serialization of a novel by Rachel Cusk. Issues 207, 208, 209 came out and 210 just hit shelves completing the serial. This illustration for 207 will be published in American Illustration 33. And 5 more images from the series will be published by Creative Review. Here are a selection of images from issue 210. Grab the issue now, with a great autumnal cover by Chris Ware.
Sorry for the lack of posts as of late, I was busy having a baby! Seriously. Vivian Lew is now almost a week old.
It was exciting to come home with her and get loads of texts from friends and my agent who attended the fabulous Lela Rose Spring 2015 Show at Lincoln Center Pavilion. Lela asked me to illustrate the backgrounds (honored!). I also illustrated the invitation and a fun little give-away recipe card guests of the show received. I’m enamored with Lela’s incredible textures and cuts. Prior to creating the art for the backgrounds I visited Lela’s showroom and got a close look at everything. There is magic in her details. What a breathtaking collection!
Check out the time lapse video of the finale my agent shot:
What a gorgeous day it is. It feels like the perfect summer day with the tiniest hints of autumn. It’s Henry’s last day of camp and I’m less than a week away from my due date with Vivian so I’m just tying up loose ends before she comes. Sometimes I think when people are in prenatal mode (ehem, people like us) they act as though they’re preparing for the post-apocalypse. Life does drastically change but it’s not as though we’ll never be able to do anything ever again. I have to remind myself that I’ll be able to work (even though it may be hard at first), I’ll sleep again someday, and have a date with my husband. Right now it seems like a tornado is coming. I am excited to meet my little daughter though. I don’t know what we’ll do this weekend, our last as a 3 person family. I hope, if the weather’s nice to spend lots of time outdoors soaking up the last drop of summer. I wish you the best summer weekend of them all.
I’m a week away from my due date, give or take of course! I have been so focused on finishing projects that I’ve done very little nesting (I have filled Vivian’s drawers with newborn clothing and blankets and diapers though). My husband is super on top of all the big stuff. He built the bassinet and swing and filled in any blanks on baby products we didn’t save from when Henry was a little one. This morning after cleaning up my studio. I took down boxes of post-partum fall and winter clothing and put them back in my closet. After wearing the same 5 things all summer it was exciting to say hello to old favorite blouses and jeans. I just hope I shrink to a normal size fast. I have vowed to pick up jogging as soon as I recover from the delivery.
I don’t have too much on my wish list for fall but truly need a new cross-body purse. I’m obsessed with the Celine Trio but even on Ebay it’s out of my price range. The Claire Vivier cross-body above is a beauty and expensive but I use the same purse everyday and have had a similar Marc Jacobs one for over 5 years now. I’m definitely a creature of habit. I have the Rachel Comey Mars boot in gunmetal gray and they’re my favorite booties. I’d love to grab a pair in whiskey. I know I’d wear them all the time with jeans and even skirts.
The last item on my list is really exciting to me. I originally wanted two nameplace necklaces with Henry and Vivian’s initials on them then I hung with my friend Natalie of Hey Natalie Jean who has a tattoo on her arm of her son Huck’s b’day (which is the same as my Henry’s incidentally). Instead of numbers she has it in roman numerals. I love it so much that I’ve been chatting with my friend Anna of Brevity jewelry to put together a double chain necklace of Henry and Vivian’s birthdays in roman numerals. Of course I have to figure out the perfect sans serif font and wait to find out Vivian’s birthday but this is something I’d plan to wear nearly everyday….forever! I’ll show you how it turns out when it’s on my neck!