Sunday, August 22, 2010

Autumn Wedding art

Summer is not quite over but I am starting to think about fall that is just around the corner. I am very excited about my friends Vanessa and Malcolm who are getting married in late September. They both love being outdoors, gardening, and hiking by the lake with their dog. Its easy to see why their wedding theme is nature influenced. They asked me to make a piece of art for their wedding. Vanessa and Malcolm chose a tree for the imagery which symbolizes important aspects of marriage such as growth, change, strength, and balance.

Rather than have a sign in book the guests will be signing a cut out leaf that will be attached to a tree. I began with some sketches. Then I did a few style and color samples. I am interested to see what direction the final artwork will take.The autumn season offers beautiful colors and textures for inspiration.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Perigee Blog

What was the inspiration for Beasties:How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump in the Night?
Read more here

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Book party recap

August 5th, 2010
Thursday night was an exciting evening at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. The bookstore has a large open space with a gallery and many art and design books, novels and children’s books. I was pleased that Powerhouse hosted the book party for my craft book, “Beasties: How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump in the Night.” The book was published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin(USA).

The musical sounds of the band, The Debutante Hour kicked off the party with a few songs about Zombies who have an “insatiable appetite for brains and guts.” Every time I listen I can’t stop smiling and laughing. There is always something new I discover about the song lyrics. Maria and Susan played away wearing some cheeky vintage swimsuits and floral swim caps. Check out their music at

Speaking at the book party allowed me talk about my creative process and how I came to write the book. The book has wonderful photos taken by photographer Tory Williams. Those who attended could see the 3-D Beasties in person that I brought along. Seeing the actual tactile version is important! I also gave a quick demo on how to make a Zombie. The party also had a raffle that gave away three Fish-Head Alien tote bags. They were filled with cotton fabrics, buttons, needles, and beads to help you get started on Beastie making. There were also plenty of free Beastie buttons to take home and wear.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Book release for Beasties: How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump in the Night

I am very excited to announce that Beasties: How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump in the Night will be available for purchase August 3rd. The book party is also this week.

Book Release Party
Time: Thursday August 5, 7-9 pm
Place: Powerhouse Arena Located in Dumbo
37 Main Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Reading, presentation and book signing
Drinks and snacks will be served.

Additional information

*Special musical performance by Maria Sonevytsky and Susan Hwang from The Debutante Hour.

I wrote the book and designed the characters. My friend Tory Williams did all the exquisite photography. She has an excellent eye. You can check out her website as well.