Thursday, December 24, 2009

Alien Pop-Up

Here is a fun Happy Birthday card that has recently been released. I was responsible for the concept, illustration, and paper engineering. You can only buy it in Canada.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

You have a Pop-Up book idea, now what?

I get a lot of inquiries from people who have an idea for a pop-up book but don't know what to do next. So I've decided to write a little tutorial on how to get your pop-up book published.

How to get a pop-up book published:

1. Come up with a great idea for a pop-up book.

2. Write the manuscript (manuscript = all the text that will appear in the book ). For pop-up books this can be as small as a few sentences or as long as a few pages.

3. Write a killer query letter. The query letter should explain why your idea is great and have some description of how you envision the pop-up elements in the book. These websites will show you how.

4. Make a list of publishers whom you would like to submit your book to. The book "Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market" has lists of publishers and detailed instructions on how to submit to them.
If your book is for children get the Children's version entitled "Children's Writer's & Illustrators Market."

5. Send your manuscript and query letter to publishers. Most people think that they need to have a paper engineer make a model of the book for them before they can submit it. But that is NOT true. All a publisher needs from you is the manuscript and the query letter. After your book gets accepted for publication the editor will hire a paper engineer for you.

And that's it!

Good luck with all your future pop-up endeavors!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

100,000 Cards

In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City sold 12,256 boxes of my holiday cards. There are 8 cards in a box. That is 98,048 cards sold!

To see this years offerings click here.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Introducing Stubby

Let me introduce you to our new cat Stubby! We rescued him from the streets of our neighborhood. He's a little rough around the edges but an all around nice guy.

The animal hospital didn't think he was going to make it when we first brought him in but he's almost 100% healthy now. It's a miracle! He just needs to have plastic surgery for his deformed eyelids so he'll stop getting eye infections. Then he'll be in tip-top shape!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

RISD Student & Alumni Craft Show

The RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) student and alumni craft show last weekend was the BEST I have ever attended. It spanned 3 blocks and was packed with amazing art. Here are the beautiful objects that I acquired at the show.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We are married!!

After a year of planning, our day finally arrived and we got married!! It was an amazing, beautiful day. Here are my favorite photos of the details.

All the stationery was designed by me.

The invitation is a paper replica of the building were we had our reception:

The out-of-town gift bags were adorned with homemade origami lilies:
The programs:

The escort cards:
Each table number was cut out of a square of paper and made by me , of course.

My pop-up book collector friend, Carolyn Hughes, gave us this beautiful, limited edition, out of print, pop-up guest book.

The flowers were from Studio 539 in Providence, RI.

My bouquet:

The Matron of Honor's Bouquet

The Bridesmaid's bouquet:

The boutineers:
The centerpiece:

The place card grass:

The Flower Girls:
The Groom:

The Bridesmaids:

The Groomsmen:

Blissful Meadows Golf Club:

I tried on 90 dresses in 4 different states. My dress is from Rosa Clara's Aire Barcelona collection and purchased at Helene's Bridal and Tux in North Providence, RI.

The dress:

The dress details:

The room at Blissful Meadows:

The happy couple:

I am lucky to be related to and know many talented photographers. The above photos were captured by Maria Story, Paul Cryan, Jim Cryan, and Solveig Hayward.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Retro Chair

Every art studio should have at least one cool chair, preferably bought at an antique store or flee market. Check out this beauty I purchased last week on Wickenden St. in Providence, RI.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

MoMA 2009

"Light the candles" on this card throughout Hanukkah.

Are you ready to start your Holiday shopping? The MoMA just posted their 2009 holiday card line in their online store. The line includes two brand new cards conceptualized, illustrated, and engineered by me.

You can buy them here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Typing test

I just took this fun typing test online and I type 71 words per minute. My 11th grade typing teacher would be so proud.

How many words a minute can you type? Try it yourself!

71 words

Typing Test

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wondering where I've been?

Have you been wondering where I've been? I've been over at the Twitter site! I started my own twitter page. It's a mini-blog that can easily be updated a few times a day. Come join me as I muse about art, digital illustration, paper crafts, pop-ups, and art licensing.

Click here to visit my twitter page.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pop-up wedding invitation

My wedding invitations are in the mail! And of course, this illustrator/paper engineer could NOT have an ordinary invitation. This invite was illustrated, engineered, designed, and assembled by me! I had help with the assembly from my future sister in law, current sister in law, future Aunt in law, my mom, and my cousin. Thank you everyone!!

The invitation depicts the building we are having our reception in. It is cut out of a single sheet of white paper with no gluing and has burgundy rice paper adhered to the back.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A paper engineer's sketchbook

Here is a small glimpse into my sketchbook. It's very different than most artists' books because of the abundance of math. This was a particularly mathy day in the life of my sketchbook.

When I told my high school guidance counselor that I loved art and math I bet she never would have dreamt up illustrator/paper engineer as the perfect career for me. But it seems so obvious now!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cake Demo

I'll be demonstrating cake decorating techniques at the Michael's in Smithfield, RI this Sat. 7/11 from 1pm to 3pm. I'll be making the adorable pirates from the front of the new Wilton 2010 yearbook.

Come stop by and say hello!!!