Saturday, May 21, 2016
I just finished reading a book of interviews with François Truffaut (this one, and I highly recommend it if you're even remotely interested in Truffaut, or just movies in general) and one of my favorite quotes was "My religion is the cinema. I believe in Charlie Chaplin." It resonated with me pretty strongly, and then this week I went to see City Lights, one of Chaplin's last silent films, at Lincoln Center with live accompaniment from the New York Philharmonic. Talk about a religious experience. Whoa.
Anyway, I whipped up this print afterwards. The drawing of Chaplin is actually taken from an older piece that I painted in 2009 or 2010. I love re-purposing some of my older drawings and paintings and giving them a new life. It's like the drawing equivalent of a dance remix... maybe?
The print is available here.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
So they're technically mystery grab BOXES. Each box contains at least $30 worth of products, including at least two brooches. Everything is in good condition, with most of the items being either overstock or prototypes that never made it into my store. I only have a limited number of boxes available, so if you're interested you can go snatch one up right here.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
I just added three new patch designs to the shop! Back in March I mentioned that my woman inherits the earth patch makes up what seems like 99% of my sales, and I couldn't figure out if it was that particular design; the fact that it's a patch; the colors of the design, etc. I just couldn't figure out why it was my only item that sold well. So I decided to make more patches, hoping maybe that was the ticket. And it's definitely not. That is still my best-selling item to the practical total exclusion of everything else in my store.. c'est la vie!
With that said, I made more patches again anyway. Because I have no business sense WHATSOEVER. Seriously, I have no clue what I'm doing.
The first patch is a quote from the movie Heathers (I'm especially in love with the muted purple thread color on this one!)
Next up is something that's entirely a passion project, and will likely NEVER sell but I love it so much. (Again, I have no clue what I'm doing!) It's a quote from one of my all-time favorite movies, The Trouble with Angels. This quote was the inspiration behind my blog title, Scathingly Brilliant, and it's something my mom and I say to each other constantly.
Last but not least is my time travel agent patch. The saying comes from one of Frank's hats on 30 Rock (he wears a trucker hat with a different saying on it in each episode) but it's also kind of my dream job.
All of the new patches are available here.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
I'm off to California to attend the TCM Film Festival and I'm bringing back my favorite shop promotion to coincide with the trip! Starting today, if you use the coupon code "SILVERSCREEN" on any order of $10+ you will receive 15% off and (if you're in the US) a hand-written postcard from me! In order to receive a postcard, your order must be placed before 9AM PST on May 1st. And the best part? All US orders of $25+ ship free, even if you're also using the coupon code! Yay! Click here to shop!
ALSO! International customers! In the past I haven't extended the postcard offer beyond US borders because International stamps (even just for tiny light little postcards) are kind of pricey. But I've heard your cries (too dramatic?) and for the first time I'm finally offering postcards for International orders. If you want to take advantage of the 15% discount and not get a postcard, you can totally still do that (just use code "SILVERSCREEN") but if you'd prefer a postcard over a steep discount, use code "TINSELTOWN" instead. It'll deduct a flat $1 from your $15+ order, and you'll (finally!) get a hand-written postcard from me! Please keep in mind that International postcards might take a while in transit.
The "SILVERSCREEN" discount applies to all orders worldwide, but the postcard part of that offer is only good for US orders. You can still use the code to receive 15% off through May 2nd, but keep in mind that the postcard offer is only good through 9AM PST on May 1st. This offer can not be applied retroactively, and it only applies to orders placed at shopkategabrielle.com. I will begin making and shipping items after I return home. Thank you for your patience.
[This post has been updated to reflect a change from a $15 minimum spend to $10 minimum spend for the "SILVERSCREEN" coupon code. If you're thinking "she must be doing that because nobody wanted to spend the minimum of $15 in her store and she's getting desperate, DING DING DING!!! You are right my friend! I have zero shame.]
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
I finally decided to join the ranks of artists turning their designs into enamel lapel pins. I know, I know, if everyone jumped off a bridge would I jump too? Well.. if it meant I could stay relevant in an ever-changing marketplace and continue to pay my bills... probably.
Anyway. I had my first small-run batch of pins made, and they're available at a special introductory price today only. You can buy them here.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Spellbound by Movies posted an interview with me today, which you can read right here. I talk a little bit about my love of classic film, my movie-inspired products, and the inspiration behind some of my artwork. I had a lot of fun coming up with my answers & hopefully they're just as fun to read :)
Also, I just recently had my dream photo shoot in a movie theater and this was my favorite picture from the batch. I worked with Edwards Media and I highly recommend them if you're in the NJ/NY area and need any kind of photos or videography.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Communiversity is this Sunday and I'll have a booth on Nassau Street! If you're in the Princeton area I hope you'll drop by and say hello (although I'm horribly awkward and shy, just a warning) The photo above was taken at Communiversity last year before I chopped off all of my hair and dyed it pink again. It feels like I'm looking at a photo of a totally different person!
Speaking of photos of me -- they've been lacking considerably for the last couple weeks on my style blog, mostly because I've been up to my ears in preparations for this weekend and have rarely been wearing anything other than paint stained pajamas. What I've lacked in style I've made up for in productivity, though. Just yesterday I started and finished seven paintings in the span of 24 hours. (!!!) Six of the seven are new versions of old Puns Intended paintings. I hadn't come up with a brand new one since 2013, but yesterday I finally added a fresh face to my roster of punny paintings:
This falls into the category of "kind of obscure references that will probably never actually sell" but I really love it! It's a scene from Hitchcock's movie Vertigo, but painted in the style of Van Gogh. So, it's Vertigogh.
Puns Intended used to be my main thing -- from 2005 through 2009 I only did pun paintings. After starting Flapper Doodle in 2009 (and then Sweet and Lovely in 2012) Puns Intended kind of fell by the wayside. As far as my online sales go, it probably makes up like .0001% so I often forget about it or neglect it a bit. But when I do art shows, like Communiversity, I'm reminded of how fun it is to sell funny artwork. I've wanted to do something new since I exhibited last April, and -- I'm obviously someone who works better under pressure -- I finally painted this three days before Communiversity! Phew!
If you won't be in Princeton this weekend and you're that rare soul who enjoys Hitchcock movies, Van Gogh paintings, and bad puns -- prints are also available in my shop right here.