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Happy Mother’s Day!

30Diana Ross
13Tina Fey

I am going to especially enjoy spending Mother’s Day with my son and new baby daughter. I feel very very lucky to have my family and these kids, oh these kids have my heart.

I’m finishing up my book celebrating motherhood in watercolor and word. It’ll be out at this time next year. It’s very exciting and bittersweet to bring a book to fruition. I have heard so many authors proclaim that working on a book and getting it out is much like the labor and delivery process. I guess making a book is like having a baby in some ways. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Above are a couple of quotes that didn’t make it into the book but I still love them and thought I’d share. I reformatted them to stand alone.

Happy happy Mother’s Day.

P.S New York Magazine/ TheCut asked me and some other mama’s what they got better at after becoming a mom. Check it out.

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Audrey Hepburn: “Happy girls are the prettiest”

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I heard that May 4th is Audrey Hepburn’s birthday. So I thought I’d post this quote I lettered for Glamour Mag a while back and this illo of her I did for MilkX Magazine to mark the occasion.

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Spring news!: Marie Claire, R29, Hatch and more…

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Yesterday, I sent out my newsletter about projects I had fun completing. I thought I’d share some here too. Take a peek below the jump if you’d like to see:

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CFDA + Refinery29 dinner for Rachel Zoe

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Oh my gosh it’s been forever since I posted anything. I’m so so inundated with work. My next book is due this week including the cover and then I have to start working on a journal that’ll go along with it. I’m excited to be at this point but still have revisions to make and other projects on my proverbial plate. Speaking of plates (the non-proverbial kind), I recently had the pleasure of working with Refinery29 again. They asked me to create a menu for a special CFDA dinner honoring Rachel Zoe. It was so fun to work on and here it is in situ (photo by Billy Farrell of BFA).

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I’m enamored by my friend Randi Brookman Harris‘s work, she’s a prop stylist but also one of my favorite commercial artists working today. We have this up in our living room and I follow along closely with what she’s working on, seeing and living on Instagram. She’s definitely one of my favorite artists and I’m so happy to be pals with her too.

Sometimes the most complicated and well executed art looks the simplest at first glance. Here’s more info on Randi’s amazing work (above) that’s nominated for cover of the year by the Society of Publication Designers. I sure hope it wins.

Last summer, Randi got a call about styling the cover for The New York Times Magazine alongside her friend and frequent collaborator, photographer Johnny Miller. The cover story was about activists working to give women access to abortion pills at home. The Design Director, Gail Bichler, wanted to evoke that emotional feeling of receiving a package in the mail when readers opened up the Sunday paper with the magazine at its core.

 “In order to protect the actual packages of pills from being recognized and confiscated in international mail, I wasn’t allowed to see what they looked like. I searched out multitudes of envelopes and mailers: every size, color, and type available. I had Indian postmarks made into rubber stamps. I had a single pill blister-pack custom made on a vacu-form machine to spec — (the image of which ended up illustrating another story).

The deadline was also the thing, of course, and it had to be shot after-hours in Johnny’s studio since we were both booked on other jobs the day we had to shoot it. We were shooting till late. Snacks were purchased at the Duane Reade well past midnight: Bananas, Doritos, Twix & Twizzlers fueled variations. I dirtied the envelopes more, deepened creases, stamped and restamped the postmarks, smoothed out wrinkles…”

I love hearing the story behind the art work and Randi always has a good one.

 

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