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A Mother is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood


Here’s a bit of a sneak peek at my upcoming book, A Mother is a Story and the journal Stories for my Child, with Abrams Books (coming out this April in time for Mother’s day!). I’m so excited to be able to share these galleys with you. I lettered quotes that are touching, poignant, funny and everything in between. There are too many emotions in motherhood to capture just one so this book has them all. I really hope the words and illustrations resonate with you.

The journal is full of really special prompts and goes from pregnancy through teen years so you can literally hand your child the story of their life. Anyway, eek! So excited to share. Its early days but if you would like to, you can be the first to pre-order them (links above)!

p.s I’m beyond thrilled with the way the gold foil looks. My dream came true!


Seventeen Magazine November illustrations

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 3.16.31 PMI love illustrating for Seventeen. Check out my latest spread. And, below a closer up look on the main illo. Kiss17_SHAHN


Thoughts on time

Tomorrow is my birthday. My kids are growing before my eyes at a frightening rate. I feel young and old at the same time. There’s so much I want to do in life but I also have perspective on where I’ve been and what I already have that I’m grateful for. I want to keep striding forward but at the same time want to freeze time because this moment, right now is probably as good as life will ever be unless some magical device is invented that will enable me take the accumulated moments of my life and compile and reconfigure them so that everyone I have ever loved would be here, in this place and time with me.

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” – Marcus Aurelius

Images: Catherine Deneuve and her daughterRomy SchneiderIris Apfel 


Christopher David Ryan X Teen Vogue

unnamedI’m a huge huge fan of Christopher David Ryan. You could probably dig through my archives and find more than 10 posts about him since 2008 when I discovered his work. You can also just come over and see it around my apartment. I do a lot of fashion illustration but the kind of aesthetic I’m drawn to in other artist’s work is pretty much represented in everything Chris does. Geekily, I reply to all of his newsletters with some sort of compliment followed by too many exclamation marks. My favorite of his many series is the “hugs”. I dream of having him envelope my family (a photo of us) with one of his guys that are at once simple and economic line wise and yet imbued with so much love and warmth. Recently Teen Vogue hit him up to work at an event, quickly using snaps of the guests and enveloping them with his drawings. Swoon. Hollywood-09-CDR_grande


Paris Fashion Week: Comme des Garçons

Comme Des Garcons

After doing about a billion illustrations for the CFDA during New York Fashion Week I thought I’d just take a peek here and there at Paris Fashion Week but this collection by Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons kind of blew my mind. Some cloths are for wearing and some are for the museum. It is at once art and magic.

Rei Kawakubo created a collection based on a “Blue Witch”, as Vogue says “a spellbound and bewitched creature with flaming hair, wrapped in an elaborate fabric and feather cocoon that makes her similar to a magical and poetical winged creature or to the totem of an exotic and unintelligible culture: the image lingers long in the memory like the unforgettable stories of a fairy-tale book”.

The colors were totally incredible and the shapes, proportions and textures eye catching to say the least.

If you like, check out my Chanel illo from PFW