Conde Nast Traveler China recently reproduced a story I illustrated for the US counterpart a couple of years back. It is interesting to see how the story is laid out differently from the original.
Yesterday was my birthday. Dave and Henry brought be breakfast in bed as I nursed baby Vivian. It was so sweet. We ordered Mexican for dinner. Tonight my mom is coming over to babysit Henry so Dave and I can have a romantic dinner…well with Vivian in tow. Since I’m nursing all the time and she’s always cat napping, I’m basically never out of her site so she’ll join us. Maybe we’ll go to one of my all time favorite spots in Brooklyn, Franny’s for some brussels sprouts with with estratto di pomodoro and bottarga followed by casarecci with arugula and walnut pesto. I’ll try not to drop crumbs on Viv’s little head.
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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)
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)
“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
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.
- Françoise Hardy
- Marilyn Monroe
- Bridget Bardot
- Grace Kelly