Home by Carson Ellis.
I was so inspired by hearing Carson Ellis speak tonight at Third Place Books. An illustrator by trade, she did not come to the occupation right after school. The recipe for her success: drawing daily, an art degree from a state university, graduation without debt, bartending and a little cocktail waitressing thrown in. Although she said she had always dreamed of creating a children’s book, editorial work came first, then illustrating for other peoples’ books, and then, finally the completion of her own book in 2015. I love her whimsical paintings, sweet gestures and hand-drawn text. Be sure to check out her website and read her new book, Home. Its perfect for kids and adults alike.
I love screen-printing. I love it because of its accessibility. I love it because it is so immediate and can be done cheaply. I also love it because you can make a ton of something, which means its great for making gifts around the holidays. Over the years I have been privileged enough to be a part of quite a few print parties with Jenny Wittlinger of Wendu Ink. It is so fun to get together, burn a whole bunch of images onto a screen and watch the magic happen as plain t-shirts transform, and handkerchiefs become more than just a square piece of fabric to blow a nose in. As the holidays approach, I am looking forward to the print parties ahead and the fun that will ensue.