28 December 2010
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15 December 2010
The Heads of State have created a letterpress print inspired by The Great Gatsby, that features the business cards of the movers and shakers that attended Gatsby's parties in the summer of 1922. Each 18x24" print is done in four colors on French Poptone Sweet Tooth (by Studio on Fire) and are hand signed and sealed in an edition of 300. Buy one here for $90. Since I loved the book and the concept of the print, I may or may not have bought one already.
06 December 2010
At work, we recently wrapped up a holiday project for the Grand America, a swanky hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. For a small portion of the project, we hired Lab Partners to do a few illustrations for us. I think they turned out great. I love the candy store one. It's also a little crazy to see my stuff mixed in with their art (even if it's just a monogram)!
01 December 2010
The latest edition of the Cloudy Collection was released today. The theme for this set was Simple and contains seven 4x6" mini letterpress prints for $35. The edition is limited to 100 copies and features artwork from Graham Annable, Tad Carpenter, Jennifer Daniel, Tom Gauld, Blanca Gómez, David Huyck, and Lauren Nassef.
29 November 2010
It's been doing nothing but snowing in Salt Lake lately, so all I have been wearing are sweaters, scarves and hats. I like these options from Emmadime Knitted in Berkeley, California. I especially like that huge bow scarf. It looks really warm.
[ Above: The Tiny Bow, $20 / Bow Scarf, $40 / Big Bow Hair Clip, $20 / Bow Tie, $20 ]
18 November 2010
15 November 2010
It's finally here! My 2011 calendars are now stocked and available in seven options (lemon-lime, mint or red ink on a few different paper stocks). This time around, the illustrations feature animals with a touch of character: a little sleepy, a little nonchalant, a little bored and quirky. $25 in the shop.
11 November 2010
I love the debut album from New Zealand band The Naked And Famous. Passive Me, Aggressive You contains songs that are part pop, part electronic, and some that are just insanely catchy. Notable songs: All Of This, Punching In A Dream, Frayed, The Sun, Eyes, Young Blood, Girls Like You.
09 November 2010
08 November 2010
28 October 2010
Being that I ride a bike, I naturally love these illustrations by Juri Zaech. The best part is that they are trying to get a prototype made of one of these. I would totally want a bike with my name on it.
25 October 2010
Two wallpapers of mine debuted on Poolga this morning! If you follow what I am up to, you might notice the animal illustrations are from my calendar for next year (which should be done really soon). I thought they could make fun phone wallpapers too. If you have an iPhone or iPad, get over to Poolga and download from there. There are a plethora of other designs to choose from as well.
[ Above: Gorilla / Zebra ]
20 October 2010
Sometimes the packages for wine and spirits have the coolest labels. I just want to collect all of these bottles and not necessarily drink what is in them.
[ Above: W.Wagtail designed by Voice / The Kraken by Stranger & Stranger / Death's Door by Grip ]
19 October 2010
11 October 2010
Built By Wendy's Fall 10 line is drawn from the past, from the architecture and design of post-war Germany’s Bauhaus Movement and its utopian definition to the photography of Josef Koudelka, whose black and white images of eastern European youths-in-revolt provide a dramatic background for the season. The overall look and feel suggest a hopeful rebellion against an industrial background as well as a respect for practical material.
07 October 2010
03 October 2010
Things Out of Character is a line of limited edition prints created to benefit charity. The posters are designed by the staff at Character in San Francisco and are limited to an edition of 50. Each poster measures 16x24” and is printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art archival paper.
[ Above: Created Out of Character / Into the Void ]
01 October 2010
I have Seesaw's 2010 calendar and love it, but they have really outdone themselves with next year's calendar! Their new one is done in metallic foil and warm grey letterpress and is inspired by vintage textiles, geometric shapes, and the beautiful imperfections of hand-drawn illustration. Each calendar contains six pages (two months on a page) that are perforated so you can frame the art or use it as a postcard later. I already have mine and it is so good-looking in person. Get yours here for $32.
29 September 2010
26 September 2010
24 September 2010
More awesome book cover design from Coralie Bickford-Smith, senior cover designer at Penguin Books. I am loving the metallics and art deco inspired patterns on the book jackets. These may be my favorite of hers so far.
23 September 2010
22 September 2010
So you might have noticed that this blog has garnered a new look, address and name. I am pretty excited about this change. It was long overdue. To tell you the truth, I was getting sick of the name Fancy Frills, mostly for the fact that the meaning didn't fit the whole idea of this blog (fancy frills are a kind of tulip). So I renamed it. I like the name Carnival for a lot of reasons. If you go to a carnival, you notice it is full of all types of things: amusement, fun, rides, games, food and a slew of other things to see and do. This blog is a compendium of things from all over, much like how a carnival is run. It's a spot where several components come together in one place. Not to mention, my name is hidden in the title. So it fits. I think it's a much better representation of what I am and what I want this blog to be like. So here's to the same old blog but with a fresh new twist.
[ Above: Ferris wheel photo by Irene Suchocki ]
20 September 2010
Eungi Kim created Horsey, an attachable accessory that makes a bicycle look like a horse. It's one of the shortlisted design entries from more than 3000 participants in Designboom's Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010. It would be great for a kid. See more photos of it here.
19 September 2010
Richard Pearse emailed me recently to let me know of this cool new project he has in the works. As always, it's something totally new and different, but in a style all his own. For this series, the aim was to make the art more about the wood, the patterns and the composition created by the wood. If this is what it looks like when he is still working on it, I can't wait to see the final product. See an older post about him here.
18 September 2010
What you are seeing above is my piece for the 24 Hour Show tonight! If you are in Salt Lake, stop by the Hive Gallery (at Trolley Square) because tonight is the only day the pieces are being shown. The rule of the show was that you had twenty-four hours from wood panel pick-up and submitting your finished piece. I work full-time, so that left me only a night to get this done. I worked on this on Thursday for over five hours straight. Gold paint, a tired fox and some roses. All of the pieces in the show are being auctioned and you can bid on them from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. tonight. Go take a look!
[ The Hive Gallery at Trolley Square: 600 S 700 East, Salt Lake City UT 84102 ]
15 September 2010
I have been feeling like I have so much to do recently and not enough time to finish it all. So tonight, I took a break from everything and just zoned out and finished the rest of my illustrations for next year's calendar. I was surprised at how much I got done. I feel pretty good about where I am at. The calendar for next year has a variety of animals that look like they just don't care: very nonchalant. There are even animals wearing glasses, baseball caps and bows! I thought I would try something a little different this time around. I'll probably print them in multiple colors too. I'm not sure if it'll be a high-quality laser, offset print, letterpress or screenprint as of yet, but I am excited to get this done!
13 September 2010
Face to Face is a cool project from Chelsea Roberson and Ashley Selby, where they take a self-portrait of themselves every Friday for a year in an effort to be better in front of the camera and as a symbol of their friendship.
09 September 2010
I did this today. I have been wanting a tattoo for over a year, but what's funny is that this is not even the image I have wanted the most for that duration. I'm still planning on getting what I originally intended, but thought I might as well get something else in the meantime. That's why it was probably one of my more spontaneous decisions to date. I just decided I should quit over-thinking things and just go for it. Good decision. Makes me wonder why I waited that long.
07 September 2010
06 September 2010
03 September 2010
Tomorrow is my twenty-fourth birthday and since I most likely won’t be getting online too much that day, I thought I’d share something a day early. Everyone who knows me knows I love bikes, vintage signs and typography, so this photo by Kristybee goes hand-in-hand with everything I like. I would just love to take a long road trip, bring my pedal bike and camera with me, and spend the days (and nights) exploring abandoned, run-down parts of towns and cities, while documenting and taking in the atmosphere of somewhere totally new and different. I do have nine more vacation days I need to use up by the end of the year too, so I just might make it happen. Who is with me?
01 September 2010
Happy September. I can't believe how fast time goes by. I have so much stuff I need to accomplish these next few weeks and I am stressed, but I couldn't be more excited about it. There are some fun things in the works. I am thinking of posting more about what I am up to in this blog too, maybe that could create a little bit of interest? Or at least give some background on who I am and what I do. In the meantime, take a look at the object collage above by Owen Glidersleeve.
25 August 2010
Some really great looking items from Images d'Orient. Their tabletop products, like coasters and placemats, pay tribute to the legacy of past civilizations. They are inspired by Mediterranean heritage and everything is made in a very modern material, PVC.
[ Above: Sejjadeh Urjuwan / Sejjadeh Zen ]
I am really liking the concept and execution of this Arcade Fire poster by Invisible Creature. The idea came from the song City With No Children, off of Arcade Fire's latest album.
19 August 2010
17 August 2010
16 August 2010
Three Potato Four has the greatest revolving stock of vintage signs and I love this Rollfast Bicycles sign. I would really love to hang this on the wall of my apartment, but the only caveat is that it is $695. So if you have that kind of money to spare, get it! I might need to save up and settle for this equally as cool custom hand-lettered shop sign someday.
11 August 2010
09 August 2010
07 August 2010
Pieces from Crystals & Lasers, a solo exhibition in Paris featuring the work of Portland, Maine based artist MWM (Matt W. Moore). All of the art is done in spray paint and is inspired by his time spent absorbing French culture, the city, the vibrant colors, the exaggerated geometry, and the diverse architecture and fashion of Paris.