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I was so honored when AphroChic (Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, also authors of Remix) hit me up to create a watercolor wallpaper design featuring Rwandan women in traditional headscarves. The paper, available in shades of blue, yellow and coral, is dedicated to the women of Rwanda, with 10% of the proceeds from the sale of each roll being donated to benefit Indego Africa’s Leadership Academy, a groundbreaking education initiative offering advanced business training to women in Africa free of charge. The Rwanda collection will be available Winter 2015.

It was featured this weekend in LA at the first African-American designer show house in over a decade, the Helms REMIX Pop-Up Home combined products from some of LA’s most popular home decor stores with AphroChic’s signature cultural design aesthetic to create a modern space with soulful style.

Check out our previous collaborations, here and here)

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Cool Typography

October 7, 2014

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I have not had that much time to play around with personal projects since baby Viv was born but I have been keeping up with little work projects.

Over the last couple of years/months I have gotten a bunch of hand lettering jobs. I usually use a brush or brush pen and play around with natural lettering or I try to reference a certain font in watercolor.

Any suggestions for sites to check out to see more cool fonts? I pin cool fonts to my pretty/cool board when I come across them. I especially love old fonts on vintage book covers. Here are some amazingly inspiring examples of typography.

1. New York by Andy Gilmore
2. Baubauhaus (Black and white)
3. Oh My Stars (Alphabet book)

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About Love

September 30, 2014

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“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

- Pablo Neruda


image via Trust Your Blood

 

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Autumn icons

September 22, 2014

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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.

Images:

  1. Françoise Hardy
  2. Marilyn Monroe
  3. Bridget Bardot
  4. Grace Kelly

 

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The Paris Review: Issue 210

September 15, 2014

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I’ve been illustrating The Paris Review this year alongside the serialization of a novel by Rachel Cusk. Issues 207208209 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.
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