Friday, December 7, 2012

Made in the USA

Looking to spend your holiday shopping budget on products made in the USA?  Then Dover Publications books are the perfect gift!  Every book is made right here in the US.  Including the two Finger Puppet books I illustrated and engineered for them.  

Click for:  Zoo Animals
Click for:  Sea Animals

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Spring RTW 2013 Trends

I finally compiled all my information from Spring 2013 and here is my trend report.  The major trends are: Denim, Yellow, Thick Stripes, Bright Pink, An Adventurous Spirit, Weird Greens, Gray, Silver, Blue, Celestial, Sheer prints, Text, Americana, Plaid, Checks, and Leopard!

Denim, denim, denim, denim, denim, and more denim.

Miu Miu

This blog post is very long so I created a "page break."  Please click on the below link titled "read more" to see the other 100+ photos in this post.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

MoMA Cards!!

Time to buy holiday cards!! The two newest cards I illustrated & engineered for the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art NYC) are available in their museum store and online.  You can find them here:  MoMA Store

The train is coated in metallic silver.  It comes flat and then folds into 3D to sit on a table.  It's one of my favorites I've ever designed for them.  I'm laughing right now just looking at it.

You can't really tell from the picture but the windows in the PEACE card that appear silver are actually diecut holes.  The word PEACE is printed in metallic on the inside and is shining through the diecut windows.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Favorbox Centerpiece

The three Christmas favor box centerpieces I designed are now available on Shindigz!

Each centerpiece consists of twelve favor boxes that measure 2 1/2 inches high x 3 inches wide x 2 1/4 inches deep. Fill up each of the boxes, display them as a centerpiece, and then pass one out to each of your guests at the end of the party.

Snowman Favorbox Centerpiece
Gingerbread House Favorbox Centerpiece
Christmas Tree Favorbox Centerpiece

Monday, October 29, 2012

Paris Spring 2013

Here are my favorites from Paris Spring 2013. 
Crushed at Commes des Garcons

This blog post is very long so I created a "page break."  Please click on the link below titled "read more" to see the rest of the photos in this post.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Milan Ready to Wear Spring 2013

Here's Milan!

Colorless and colorful at Missoni

This blog post is very long so I created a "page break."  Please click on the link below titled "read more" to see the rest of the photos in this post.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

London Ready to Wear Spring 2013

Here are my picks from London Ready to Wear Spring 2013.

Stamps and money at Mary Katrantzou

This blog post is very long so I created a "page break."  Please click on the link below titled "read more" to see the rest of the photos in this post.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween centerpiece/favor boxes

The three Halloween centerpiece/favor box kits I illustrated, conceptualized, and engineered are now available on  Each style (Haunted House, Pumpkin Patch, and Tombstone) comes with 12 favor boxes that stack up into a 12" x 12" centerpiece.  Each favor box can be taken home by a guest at the end of the party.  I don't know if they are available in stores but they are definitely online here:

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Spring 2013 NYC Ready to Wear

Below is the best of New York's Spring 2013 Ready to Wear fashion shows.  These are the looks I think are contributing the most to the evolution of fashion and art.

Illusion at Alexander Wang

This blog post is very long so I created a "page break."  Please click on the link below titled "read more" to see the rest of the photos in this post.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Highlights Illustrators Party

Every year, Highlights throws a big party at their headquarters in Honesdale, PA.  They invite all the illustrators that ever did any work for them.  I've done some paper engineering and illustrations for their Highlights High Five magazine so I've been regularly receiving the invitation.  But every year one of my friends gets married the same exact weekend as the party.  Until this year!!  I finally was available to attend.

The most anticipated event of the weekend is the costume party.  Ever wonder what happens when a large group of professional illustrators get together and are encouraged to dress up as super heroes? (That was the theme this year.)  Well, you are looking at the results!

I came as "Super Girly."  And that's the Bionic Woman on the right.  Thank goodness no one wore the same pink, sequined, floor length, Badgley Mischka gown.  THAT would have been embarrassing!

Here I am taking a bite out of a super "hero" sandwich.

Hungry man was there as well as

Undo and Black and Blue

the Revisionator and Pink Pearl

the Six Million Dollar Man and his wife the Bionic Woman

Glasses Girl and a pink Powerpuff Girl

the Brush Master

various sizes of Powerpuff Girls

Vincent Van Gogh

Super Clowns

Super Size and Glasses Girl

Super Frida and Souper Hero

and Frida Kahlo.
As well as various other humorous heroes.

If you'd like to see more photos Cheryl Kirk Noll as well as Chuck Dillon documented the weekend on their blogs.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Video Interview at

Monica Lee interviewed me for her website In the video we talk about marketing, educating your clients on your value, how I got into paper engineering, my newest projects, and more.  If you'd like to watch I embedded it in this post or your can watch it here. I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Navigating the Ready to Wear fashion shows

Twice a year, the major fashion designers in New York City, London, Milan, and Paris roll out their ready to wear collections for all the world to see.  I watch the shows on  This site documents approximately 400 fashion shows in fall and 400 in spring.  The last few years I've tried to watch all 800 because 1. I love fashion, 2. I love cutting edge art (I consider fashion the front line of the art battlefield), 3. this is my main source of trend info for my work, and 4. I'm worried I'm going to miss seeing an amazing, new piece of art I've never seen before that will change my life.  But it's too much.  It became not fun.  I can't do it twice a year, plus resort, plus pre-fall, plus couture.  And I was slogging through a lot of designs that didn't interest me.  So I tried to compose a list of the "must see" shows for myself.  I was mildly successful.  I whittled it down to 148 shows.  I then split them into five categories:

1.  My favorites (40 shows): edgy and innovative, their entire collections are consistently interesting and significant to the field
2.  My second group of favorites (20 shows):  consistently there are some interesting pieces worth noting but the whole collection usually doesn't wow me
3.  The designers the critics love more than I do (16 shows):  Shows that are good but aren't my taste.  Sometimes there is something I find exciting.
4.  The designers the public loves more than I do (19 shows):Again, usually not my taste but good to watch to keep up with the general public's taste.  And occasionally there is something I find exciting.
5.  Wildcards or designers I need to research more (53 shows):  These designers have caught my eye over the years but I don't know that much about them.  I need to do more research before I either delete them or move them to one of the other 4 categories.

So how can you use this list?  If you love cutting edge fashion watch the shows in category 1.  If you prefer labels you've heard of and want to see something interesting watch 2.  If you are new to fashion or only like mainstream watch 3 and 4 (1 and 2 might frighten you).  If you are feeling adventurous and lucky check out 5.  NY = New York, L=London, M=Milan, P=Paris

1.  My favorite designers
Alexander Wang - NY
Alice and Olivia - NY
Altuzarra - NY
Anna Sui - NY
Balenciaga - P
Balmain - P
Commes des Garcons - P
Costume National - P
Creatures of the Wind - NY
Dries Van Noten - P
Duro Olowu - NY - A
Helmut Lang - NY
ICB Prabal Gurung - NY
Isabel Marant - P
Issey Miyake - P
Jeremy Scott - NY
Kenzo - P
Louis Vuitton - P
Manish Arora - P
Marc by Mark Jacobs - NY
Marc Jacobs - NY
Marchesa - NY
Mary Katrantzou - L
Meadham Kirchhoff - L
Miu Miu  - P
Missoni - M
Moschino - M
Moschino Cheap and Chic - M
Paco Rabanne - P
Prabal Gurung - NY
Prada - M
Preen - NY
Proenza Schouler - NY
Rodarte - NY
Thakoon Addition - NY
Thakoon - NY
Thom Browne - NY
Tibi - NY
Tsumori Chisato P
Victor and Rolf - P

2.  My second favorites
Alexander McQueen - L
Burberry Prorsum - L
Chanel - P
Dolce and Gabbanna - M
Elie Saab - P
Emilio Pucci - M
Emporio Armani - M
Fendi - M
Giorgio Armani - M
Givenchy - P
Gucci - M
Jean Paul Gaultier - P
Just Cavalli - M
Lanvin - P
Oscar De La Renta -NY
Robert Cavalli - M
Stella McCartney -P
Valentino - P
Vivienne Westwood - P
Versace - M

3.  The critics love them
3.1 Phillip Lim - NY
Christian Siriano  - NY
Derek Lam - NY
Diesel - NY
Helmet Lang - NY
Jason Wu - NY
Narciso Rodriquez - NY
Peter Som - NY
Phillip Lim - NY
Rag and Bone - NY
The Row - NY
Topshop Unique - L
Versus - M
Victoria Beckman - NY
Zac Posen - NY
Z Spoke Zac Posen - NY

4.  The public loves them
Badgley Mischka - NY
Betsy Johnson - ?Still Showing
Carolina Herrera - NY
Cynthia Rowley - NY
Dior - P
Donna Karan - NY
Jill Stuart - NY
MaxMara - M
Nanette Lepore - NY
Nina Ricci - P
Nicole Miller - NY
Ralph Lauren  - NY
Rebecca Minkoff - NY
Robert Rodriquez - NY
Salvatore Ferragamo - M
Sonia Rykiel - changing ownership/designer-  P
Tommy Hilfiger - NY
Vera Wang - NY

5.  Wildcards or designers I need to learn more about
Acne - L
Alberta Ferretti - M
Albino  - M
Akris - P
Antonio Marras - M
Anne Valerie Hash - P
Band of outsiders - NY
Basso & Brooke - L
Blumarine - M
Bottega Veneta - M
Carven  - P
Chalayan - P
Christian Cota - NY
Custo Barcelona - NY
Gabriele Colangelo - M
Gary Graham - NY
Giambattista Valli - P
Giles _ L
Gregory Parkinson - NY
Halder Ackerman - P
Iceberg - M
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac - P
Jenni Kayne  - NY
Katie Gallagher - NY
Kelly Wearstler - NY
Limi Feu - P
Louise Gray - L
Maison Martin Margiela - NY
Mara Hoffman - NY
Michael Angel - NY
Milly - NY
Moncler Gamme Rouge - P
Monique Lhuillier - NY
Ohne Titel - NY
Ostwald Helgason - NY
Paula Ka - P
Peter Pilotto - L
Richard Chai - NY
Rochas - P
Roland Mouret - P
Sally LaPointe - NY
See by Cloe - NY
Suno - NY
Tadashi Shoji - NY
The Blonds
Three as Four -MB
Timo Weiland - NY
Tracy Reese - NY
Vanessa Bruno - P
Wess Gordon - NY
Yeohlee - NY

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Brimfield Purchases

As promised, here are photos of my Brimfield purchases.

This is a vintage beaded necklace from Afghanistan.  Isn't it amazing!  It is a foot wide at it's widest point.  It's going to make a white v-neck and jeans look stellar.  I can't wait to wear it.  I just need to add some type of clasp and I'll be styling.  This is my favorite purchase of the day.

This necklace, although not old, is also from out of the country.  It's from Tibet (or the country formally known as Tibet).  This necklace is large too.  The carved bone area is 3" tall.  I was hesitant to buy something made from bone.  The Tibetan salesman assured me that the yak that supplied the bone fed 200 people the day it perished and out of respect no part of the animal was discarded.  The bones were made into jewelry instead of thrown away.  I hope that is true Mr. Yak.
 This little paper engineered gem was the most interesting greeting card I saw at the show.  The engineering is quite clever.  It's all one piece that is die-cut and folded back on itself.
 Here's the paisley I mentioned in my previous post.  It's carved wood and from Pakistan.  The antiques from out of the U.S. fascinated me.  I have plans of stamping something with it or maybe just admiring how cool it is.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Big E

I spent yesterday at The Big E.  It's my favorite state fair.  Although, it's really not a fair contest because The Big E doesn't just represent one state, it represents all the states in New England.  The main event is every state showing off their best food and wares in each of the six state themed houses (think Epcot for New England).  I ate a fruits de mer salad (RI), pickled egg (MA), maple syrup soda (MA), lobster roll (ME), hot wiener (RI), and empanada (regular fair vendor).  If my stomach was larger I also would have had a pumpkin slushy (CT), clear clam chowder (RI), corn on the cob (NH), blueberry juice (ME), maple syrup cotton candy (VT), smoked salmon (ME) and cider slushy (MA).  Oh man, now I'm hungry.

There are a lot of great sights at the fair.  My two favorites were both in the CT house.  Pez had some great new dispenser packs.

Lego had a clever booth where children were making works of art on small square white lego boards and then displaying them on custom easels.

And there is lots of shopping.  I bought two kinds of soap (VT), a funny cat frame (better living building) and some amazing glue that can glue anything non-porous with a flat surface together including glass, rubber, metal, vinyl, plastic, acrylic, coins, etc. (better living building).  I made some really cute post earrings today.  If you see me around town check out my ears.  I might be wearing my new penny earrings, or scrabble chip earrings, or glass bead earrings, or button earrings.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Weird things from Brimfield Sept. 2012

I always love seeing everyone's "weird things we saw at Brimfield" photos.  I FINALLY went for the first time and I have my own photos to share.  It was everything I dreamed it would be.  For those of you who don't live in New England, the Brimfield Antique show happens 3 times a year (a week long each time).  It is supposedly the "largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000+ visitors during the course of the week."  according to the shows website.  And I'm lucky enough to live 40 minutes away.  I already can't wait until next year!

This is only a fraction of the weird and wonderful things we saw:

I'm not sure what these are but it's so funny that there is a right and left.

If you grew up in the 80s I bet you want to wrestle these right now.  Ugh, I do.  I should have bought one.

 These are wooden textile printing blocks from Pakistan, used to mark textiles before they are embroidered.  I bought a paisley.

 So mid-century modern cool!

 Milk bottle caps, it's kinda weird that I like these because I'm severely lactose intolerant.
Advertising print blocks, or something like that.
I've died and gone to vintage fabric Heaven!

I bought two cool necklaces, the paisley I mentioned above, and a pretty little pop-up card.  In other words two fashion items, a surface pattern item, and a paper engineered item.  Could I be more predictable?  I'll try to take photos soon to show you the goodies.