Studio Sunday #6: A good start.

January 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

To get 2015 off on the right foot, I refreshed my inspiration boards and organizational systems here in the studio. Take a look:






Top 10 Albums of 2014 and other favorites.

December 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

So, as always happens this time of year, I’ve completely failed to update my blog about all the new stuff going on and the the fact that there were holidays and products and lots of delicious foods and art and cute faces of kids. But, never fear, lots of overly ambitious posts and updates are coming soon in 2015! In the last deliciously lazy days of 2014, I’m only going to bother you with the one update that really matters – my top 10 albums of 2014, plus other favorite pieces of culture that happened this year.


My favorite 10 albums of 2014, in no particular order. Actually, I do know for sure that the first one IS number one, but the rest are not in particular order. I’m not a good music writer so just take some time to check these bands and artists out! Making art in my little studio would have been way less fun this year without these musical gems.

~ Ana Tijoux, Vengo

~ Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso

~ Mr. Gnome, The Heart of a Dark Star

~ Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita

~ Jambinai, Differance

~ Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots

~ Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

~ Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else

~ Karen O, Crush Songs

~ Deltron 3030, Event 2



~ It’s A Beautiful Day, Don Hertzfeldt

~ Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu

~ The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson


~ Serial

~ Judge John Hodgeman

~ Up Yours, Downstairs!


Ahem. I need to read more books, clearly. But at least I did read one new book this year I really, really loved:

~ Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


~ Jasper Redd,  Jazz Talk


~ The Prospectives, Adam Hurly and Sam Kalda

Turn, Turn, Turn

September 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


Hard to believe, but summer is officially over here in Kansas. I will miss the long, hot days, but let’s face it, it is a lot easier to get to work when the weather gets colder. Plus, fall is an inspiring time of year. I love the colors of the leaves, the changing landscapes, the perfect running weather, the amping up of preparations for winter and holidays. Fall just feels like a big perspective shift from summer. Different priorities, different horizons. I live in a college town, so back to school time is really noticeable – more people, more traffic, more talk of sports – I just nod and smile – and more noticeable patterns of movement between day and evening, week and weekend.

This year I’m getting inspired to make more leaf-inspired fall art – that’s what that mood board above is for. The photo I took in 2009 in Seoul, of the ginko leaves on my street. I guess fall is kind of a sentimental time of year, as well.  But I’m not just looking back – I’m getting back in touch with some of my art heroes! Below is Andy Goldworthy’s Elm Leaves 1978.  I’m just so envious of Goldsworthy’s ability to make such epic works of art from just the natural materials he finds around him and his own sense of observation.


So far, my fall is looking good: I’ve wrapped up some projects with companies I med at Surtex, so now it looks like I will have time to turn back to creating new collections and illustrations. It’s not all work though – fall for us means camping, hanging out by our makeshift fire pit, and running a lot. What is your favorite part about fall?

Inspiration: Doorway Confidential

July 10, 2014 § Leave a comment


Above: Insadong, Seoul, 2010.

Lately I’ve had doors on my mind. Doors, gates, windows…portals. I guess what I find fascinating about them is their ability to frame a picture and add an element of mystery or confidentiality. I have always been fascinated by cities and all the little nooks and crannies and openings that make them awesome to explore.  Like the photo above of the chefs having a smoke – the super narrow passage really gives the image an intimate mood. Walking on the (extremely chaotic) street at the end of the passage felt l got a glimpse into another state of mind


Above: Kyoto, Japan, 2011.

Some doorways just make me too curious – like this place in Kyoto. What’s going on with that shopping basket, and the electronics in the bike basket? I’m also a big fan of anything cheerful with a darker side to them – and this place definitely had that vibe.

So why am I so into doors at the moment? Well, naturally I’m starting all kinds of new projects now that it’s summer, and some door and window illustrations are in the works! It’s been a while since I’ve really had a chance to make full-on illustrations (vs. surface design). I can’t wait to share the process of making them, and the final images!

P.S. I’ve been reading that bloggers should always end their posts with a “call to action,” usually a question. SO: Have any of you ever trespassed (or felt a strong urge to trespass)? What was that place like and why was is so appealing?



INSPIRATION: Desert Landscapes

April 28, 2014 § Leave a comment


Hello hello! I’ve been super busy getting ready for Surtex, and it’s just like me to try to squeeze one last collection in before the big day! This one is a desert collection – lots of beautiful cacti, interesting geos, floral shapes, and a maybe even a vicuña or two! Of course, I was inspired by my travels – this time in northern Argentina and Chile, a region where I totally fell in love the with the rusty desert hues and interesting plant forms.

Inspiration: Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski

January 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Lately I’ve been swooning over Maps by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski. It’s got more than 40 beautifully detailed hand drawn country maps. Check out the gorgeousness:






Inspiration: Jee Young Lee

December 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

One artist that’s been really inspiring me lately is Jee Young Lee from Korea. She creates dream-world like installations inside her tiny studio:





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