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If you're interested in custom artwork, calligraphy for events or projects, or map illustrations, contact me at hello@thehivestud.io, or through thehivestud.io! To see previous work, see my portfolio here.

 

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Sunday
Apr172011

Rise Above Prints

My letterpress "Rise Above" lettering prints just came in! They turned out great, thanks to Sapling Press (you're awesome). For a closer look, check them out here.

Happy Monday!


Friday
Apr152011

Happy Weekend.

I hope you all have a nice weekend. I'll be spending it relaxing & with family. & it's a likely possibility I will be harmlessly torturing/humiliating my 2 cats; here's to putting my recycled paper to good use!

See you all Monday!

Thursday
Apr142011

Lovely Lettering: Embroidery

STUNNING. I found some of these (by Maricor/Maricar) through Anthology Magazine & did some exploring of my own trying to find other embroidery awesomeness. I then came across illustrator Jillian Tamaki & her beautiful Penguin Threads finished in some of the most classic novels, The Secret Garden & Black Beauty. I was obsessed with both of these as a little girl, I wanted a horse so badly (mom, please? can I have one, now? I'll take care of her, I promise!)!

Couldn't you just stare at these all day? Who wants to count each thread with me?? Such craftmanship, it's projects like these that simply baffle me... they're so gorgeous! & the color involved is so vibrant (let's see how many more synonyms I can come up with to describe these beauties..."gorgeous, vibrant, awesome(ness), stunning.... feel free to include your own descriptive words below...these are worthy for as many "amazing" words as possible!)

 

Wednesday
Apr132011

Seasonal Cakes

I normally don't blog about food, but I think I'm going to start because a.) I need to grow up & learn how to cook, & thus be inspired by blogging about it, & b.) there are just so many great food/baking/decorating ideas out there to keep to myself--I need to share them. You watch, I'll be the next Betty Crocker. No one would ever see that one coming!

With that said, I think decorating cakes like these are just so dang cute, & you could have one for Spring, Summer, Fall, &/or Winter. The extra embellishments aside from the banner flags add such a quirky & precious touch--I'm a fan of the little penguins!

 

Tuesday
Apr122011

New Inspiration: Informational Design

I have become a sucker for clean & simple informational design, lately--
check out my latest favorite:

Simple colors, simple lines, simple shapes, simple icons... just beautiful. I envy this poster.

Monday
Apr112011

Map Monday: Simply City

Too Cute! These are such a playful & creative way to display a city's cityscape...so to speak. I like the use of implied lines & shapes, & simple color choices--it creates the illusion that the cities aren't overwhelming & instead captures the simplicity that's sometimes hard to find amongst the chaos they can hold.

That's my little interpretation for the day, anyway.

I hope Kim doesn't stop here & creates more cities for us to enjoy!

To view her actual website, click here.

Thursday
Apr072011

Giftology: Linen Gift Tags

So pretty & a perfect gifting embellishment!

Wednesday
Apr062011

Watercolor Postcards

I love how delicate these are--Bua does great work. If you look closely on the edges, you'll find she wrote, "From Paris Sketchbook," which I think stamps such a reality to these dreamy little paintings; they easily give you the sense of where she must've been sitting when creating them! I Love That! 

 

A side note: speaking of Bua's "Shakespeare & Company" postcard, I've been coming across this "Shakespeare & Company" bookstore often for some reason (jealous I haven't been), & thought I'd share a neat book gift idea I recall from Samantha Brown's Paris episode (Season 1, Episode 5, & yes I know this): Buy a book for someone there who loves to read, since it's such a famous store (if you're lucky enough to visit this store personally), take a picture of yourself holding the book while standing in front of the store, & use your photograph as the bookmark to that book you're giving away. Such a neat way to add a personal touch to the book!

Or, you could just request the "Shakespeare & Company" postcard from Bua & use that as your bookmark!

Tuesday
Apr052011

My Etsy Shop is...

It's about time my Etsy shop opened! Thanks for your emails asking when it would open; it helped keep me motivated to get this little hive up & ready! 

The whole reason I wanted to open an Etsy shop was to serve as a way for me to create art revolving around the things I love & enjoy the most; travel, illustrations, & whimsical calligraphy. & I hope you enjoy them, as well!

Here's a little abbreviated version of what's inside The Hive:

->customized vacation posters

The customized vacation map posters are my favorite listing because they're the simplest, most whimsical way to document (or "scrapbook") your vacation (it Might Also have something to do with giving me an excuse to draw maps, & we all know how they're my weakness!).

Regardless, having your vacation mapped out illustrating your favorite places, with the "legend" to serve as your "journaling" piece would be such a special keepsake & enjoyable to show off! They would make really great gifts, as well. 

My example is when I went to Paris in college. I chose about 8 memories to illustrate & map out. Once finished, I embellished the map with subtle scrapbooking elements (patterned papers, lace ribbon, vintage stamps) to place on top of the matte to add a little extra flare. You could frame & decorate your map however you prefer.

whimsical calligraphy & letterpress:

(Izze Cat not for sale. Unless you give a good price.) 

The "Travel Bird" is what's shown above, & there will be other posters revolving around the art of calligraphy & lettering...& hopefully letterpress will be a big part of displaying that art! 

Anyways, I don't want to make this post too long; I'm so excited to share what I've been up to & FINALLY relieved to have the shop open! Hopefully you all enjoy this as much as I've enjoyed creating it. It's been a long road coming up with sketches & multiple drafts, getting writer's cramps & creative blocks, & researching map styles & travel spots, but ALL definitely worth it. Everyone should open an Etsy Shop!

I'll keep you posted when I add new pieces!

Thanks for all who've helped me ACCOMPLISH this little hive! Enjoy, & let me know what you think!

Monday
Apr042011

New Inspiration: The Beauty of Creative Clutter...

photo via design*sponge.

OK, I'm keeping this one short, because I've got things to do! This weekend has been full of brainstorming ideas with good friends,& preparing to open my Etsy Shop (FINALLY, I KNOW. Tomorrow will be the BIG DAY, so if you want to check it out, it'll be here in T-Minus 19 hours-ish!). SO many thoughts & ideas & plans & creative awesomeness are overflowing my brain that I almost need to take a minute to just. not. think. & let the thoughts fall into place. I feel so energized & am excited for all of the [little] projects that are near the horizon.

I consumed way too much coffee, stayed up way too late, & sketched, sketched, sketched my life away this weekend. My desk (& entire apartment) looks & feels a little bit like this. In a way, as particular & organized as I am, I feel I could get used to this "cluttered" look; it screams, "I have never-ending creative inspiration, & therefore, will never, ever grow bored."