I’ve been lucky this past year. Kristen Scalia of Kanibal Home (shop owner, writer, general style guru and go-to, get-er-done champion of all things Jersey City — my stomping grounds some years back) has been pulling me onto projects left and right, from stationery, to t-shirts and tote bags, to branding, and I’m so grateful for all the new opportunities she keeps bringing my way. It’s a blessing for an artist when they find a client or art director and things just click and there’s trust, especially when that person thinks as big as Kristen does. So a lot of things are happening and one of the biggest of those things currently on my agenda is the work we’re doing together to promote Kristen’s latest endeavor, The Jersey City Project, which kicks off its first event on December 8th in downtown Jersey City with Project: MARKET, a heated outdoor shopping experience with food, drinks, live music, art, workshops, and every other cool thing you can think. I’ve been handling the design and promotional materials and it’s all, very quickly, coming together. If you’re in the Manhattan and J.C. areas, it’s definitely going to be worth checking out, and if you’re a NYC or Jersey artisan, I think there’s still time to jump aboard and get involved.
So, TheJerseyCityProject.com. It’s all happening. Now if Kristen would just come to my neighborhood and organize a badass, upscale street fair life would really be good.
I’m one of those people who romanticizes autumn, counting down the days until Pumpkin Spice lattes appear on Starbucks counters and all manner of squash pile up outside the produce market. I spend most of summer eyeing my cardigans and scarfs, longing for a bit of cool crispness in the air. I love fall. And I love Halloween. So I’ve been trying to squeak out some seasonally appropriate cards in between freelance projects this past couple weeks. I’m hoping to have a least a couple more available in the shop over the next week, but for now there are a couple you can check out, including this one, just listed this afternoon:
Halloween Candy Girl greeting cards are available for purchase at She Can Lift a Horse on Etsy. Click here to go directly to that design or here to view the stationery section for that and other cards.
Here’s the original sketch:
The final art didn’t change much from the draft, except to get more cheerful. The final color combo – blue, orange, black, and white – makes me think of my wedding (almost two years ago!). That was our color scheme. There weren’t any bats on our invitations, but there were ghosts and pumpkins and a sheet white girl in a black dress.
Whoop whoop. Sleepy Hollow prints are available in my Etsy shop now, just in time for fall. If you’re like me, you like it to feel like autumn year round, so headless horsemen and pumpkins are always in season.
I debated whether to print this on satin luster or fine art paper, and in the end tried both. The shop prints are on satin luster, and it’s amazing to me what a difference it makes. The subtle gradients of the sky, hills and trees in the background just look so beautiful on this paper, whereas the watercolor paper texture of the fine art paper dulled the purples a lot by comparison. Honestly, the colors are luminous on this print. And, as Wild Hearts, 1923 is also printed on satin luster at the same size, they make nice companion prints.
Sleepy Hollow prints are available directly through me via my Etsy shop here, and prints and other goodies are always available through Society6.
Now that I’ve got five posts in the can, I think it’s safe to share the home renovation blog I started. Five is a mark of long term commitment, right? I didn’t want to be one of those people who makes a single post to the effect of “HERE I GO! BLOGGIN’ ON THE INNERNETS!” and then……. nothing ever again. Nothing tra la la. Cuz those people are the worst. They steal all the ideas you had for blog names but can’t have. All those cute, clever ones that work the word “bungalow” into songs like Yellow Submarine and Buffalo Gals. They mock me with their blank screens.