March 7, 2014 6:03 pm
Happy to report I’ve been spotting many of the caps I did for Speedo out on the market now. Like this little mer-girl. You can see some of the new designs in my updated projects here. more>>
I’ve got a few very important donkey related things to share but this one is the most time-sensitive. I’ve been a fan of artist, author and animal lover, Katherine Dunn of Apifera Farm since discovering her artwork on Etsy and posting about my early donkey obsession a while back.
Katherine rescues “misfit” animals and lives a charmingly simple and creative life near Portland, Oregon. She’s got a magical story to tell and her KickStarter project to fund the printing of her third book comes from a deep love and desire to share her personal experience. Please take a few minutes to read her dear and humorous writing— (FAQs too.) Her animals have people names, dreamy things happen and pie is celebrated! And to seal the deal, one of the backer gifts is a copy of the book— what could be better? Don’t delay, support the arts today and let’s help her give it wings!
BRAY BRAY, Katherine! You inspire.
Art ©Katherine Dunn.
One of my favorite love songs of all time: Silly Girl by the Descendents
Since the beginning of the year many people I know, including myself, have had that low-grade whah whah feeling. The holiday and New Year’s hope have lost their shine and now it’s like the day after your wedding. Whah Whah. The party’s over, what now? Add to that a drastic drought here in California and everyone just wants a CHANGE. Stop this doomsday weather!
Our little town enjoys a fairly high standard of living but lately I’ve been seeing more homeless people and also those whom I call travelers. When I was a kid my mom was known to invite a traveler to the house for a bath and hot meal before they headed out on their way again. I have never forgotten a man in Dallas who warmly serenaded us with his guitar one evening after dinner. I was only about 5 and didn’t understand the grown-up talk but it was clear this meant a lot to him. Basic human kindness.
The other day my husband and I were driving somewhere when we saw a tall, bearded man with kind eyes and a leather patchwork jacket on a street corner. He held a sign that said simply: “Poverty.” His expression was almost happy, but he did not seem high and was far from downtrodden. It was just a statement. As often happens, we held out a couple bucks. He took it and thanked us graciously. Then as we pulled the car forward he turned the sign and showed it to us. It read: “Grateful for Everything.” Tears welled up inside me.
Yesterday the weather finally brought rain… a cold, constant flow of much needed miserable weather. Yay, the chain had been broken! It was the perfect day to stay in the warm house with our potato chips and watch the football game. Driving back from the grocery store my husband and I again saw the traveler. He was standing at a different corner and his face, jacket and sign were soaked. Wind and rain swirled around him but again he was smiling. Again we gave him a couple dollars and wished him luck. As we drove away he turned the sign which now read: “Grateful for Rain.”
This stranger has touched me and I am grateful.
Gosh golly what happened to the month? I’ve been plugging away at future plans and products. Many client projects will be out on the market this year so I’m excited to see final results! …And I’m still basking in the memory of precious time with my mom and family in New Mexico over Christmas. Here’s a little visual wrap-up.
1. Indian fabric. Pillowcase at my 94 year old grandma’s house in Santa Fe.
2. Sunrise at Albuquerque airport… nothing like the skies of New Mexico.
3. Plans for this personal lettering project. Loving Instagram.
4. Mom’s pet roadrunner in her front yard! Really, there are two and they live in the cypress trees.
5. Poster for the movie Choreography, a documentary short my friend Robin saw at Sundance.
A while back I discovered this incredible artist. I was a bit obsessed as her blog goes way back and she’s pretty prolific in the posting department. You can REALLY get to know her. Roxy Marj (aka RomaWinkel) is much more than an adorable name. Her artwork has so much personality, filled with unusual characters, telling imaginative stories; perfect for children’s books! She shares her keen philosophical mind and I feel like she was given a very different set of eyes. She can also make a charming face from anything.
When I received a long awaited check this summer I purchased this Bear Baby Blanket from her Etsy shop. She also makes a Lion and a Tiger but the Bear was my first choice since my given name used to mean Bear. This is how we’ve displayed the bear in our bedroom. COZY and HAPPY.
I have been blessed with some very long term friendships. Like from Art School days… like when a certain friend used to wear parachute-material genie pants and Boy George was still a big deal. My girl Robin is a gifted and generous friend. I’ve laughed harder with her than anyone I know. We’ve shared secrets, epic trips to Mexico, art, and the art of growing up.
Besides being, or maybe because of being a great assemblage artist, Robin has got a fine eye for design and collecting: her Haight/Asbury home is filled with treasures arranged ever so cleverly. The first time you visit it’s hard to hold a conversation because you want to just explore! She should be featured in Covet Garden, Apt. Therapy or Design*Sponge. So I tell her that… all the time. You might find her there one day.
She is also a champion bargainer and culture queen. I like to say you could drop her in the middle of any foreign country with 10 cents and she’d make friends plus have everything she needed by nightfall.
Robin is always sending fun packages of random stuff for all of us, we just love the surprises and it’s hard to keep up with the thank you cards! These are but a few of the wonderful momentos she picked me up on her recent trip to France. The book translates to: “Play in the Drawing!” …ooh I love that! It looks to be from the early 50s and I adore the inky floral cover pattern. The black catalog is from contemporary decor designer, Angela Adams whom I did not know about before, earthy patterns and mod furniture.
Our family will miss Robin over the holidays but look forward to her next trip to “the country” to see us. Thrifting, yard sales and pedicures await. Word has it this gal has some other surprises to unleash on the world. Get ready… she’s got the goods!
UPDATE: Robin’s site is now live, check it out!