Monday, July 27, 2015

Liz Lemon is my spirit animal

New brooches in the shop! Liz Lemon is probably my favorite tv character ever (she might even be edging out Fox Mulder, I just love her that much) I think the only thing I can't relate to is her obsession with cheese, otherwise we're basically the same person.

This is one of my favorite things I've ever made, so it figures that no matter what I cannot seem to photograph or edit the product photos well. I'm not sure if it's just my own monitor that's making this look kind of green-tinted, but in reality it's all warm tones. I painted the skin a light cream, the glasses are black, eyes and teeth are white, and the hair is a warm milk chocolate. The shirt and jacket are unpainted birch wood. It really looks so nice in person, I wish I could just invite everyone over to look at it instead of posting pictures online.

The brooches are available in my shop here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jurassic World + Beyonce = ♥

Sometimes I get an idea in my head and I can't tell if it's really cool or really stupid, but I execute that idea anyway. This is one of those ideas. The beloved raptor Blue from Jurassic World, paired with the lyrics to Beyonce's song 'Blue'. Genius or craziness? Only time will tell. I'm personally leaning towards 'really cool idea', but then I've never had a good handle on what's actually cool...

It's available as a brooch or an art print right here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I liked The X-Files before it was cool

New hand-painted brooch in the shop! I'm really enjoying how these colorful brooches are turning out. I have a lot more coming up soon! This one is for anyone like me who has been obsessed with The X-Files for as long as they can remember. My friends in middle school used to make fun of me for caring so much about a "stupid alien show" but I've held the torch tight for almost 20 years now. They're available in the shop right here.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hand painted pastel jewelry

I've had a lot of requests over the last year for me to make my black and white jewelry available in other colors, and I'm happy to say that day has finally arrived! Honestly I prefer wearing colorful jewelry myself, so I'm pretty excited about these new offerings, too!

These are laser-cut from birch wood and hand painted. With one exception they are all existing designs that were already available in my black-and-white acrylic. I did a lot of color testing for each piece and I'm very pleased with the final products so I will not be offering custom colorways. That being said, I couldn't decide which version of Clever Girl I liked best so it's available in purple, yellow, pink and mint green. eek! All of the new hand painted designs are available right here.

The only brand new piece here is this BFF texting pendant set --

I'm thrilled with how these turned out! I don't think the photo does them justice. I went through three prototypes before finally landing on this final design. These are available as pictured, with "Friends Forever" in the texting bubbles, OR you can get custom text! I think this would be such a fun, special gift for besties who love to text. These are available here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Order deadline for Double Indemnity brooches

Double Indemnity is being re-released into theaters this coming Sunday and Monday, thanks to Fathom Events & Turner Classic Movies! If you're planning on wearing a Phyllis Dietrichson brooch and haven't ordered yet, this is your last chance! If you're on the west coast I'd recommend contacting me for an upgrade to Priority Mail, but east coast customers should get their brooches in time.

The pins are available in my shop here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

New greeting cards & art print

A friend of mine recently commissioned a Golden Girls-themed, vintage-inspired greeting card and I'm so happy with how it turned out! She gave me permission to sell the design in my shop, so it's available right here. I also have prints available without the text, available here. I had so much fun working on this project and I think I need to do more drawings in this illustration style now!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Independence Day sale

I have a little sale going on in my store this weekend! Click here to shop.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dinosaurs eat man... woman inherits the earth

I'm sure it's already pretty obvious that I'm a huge fan of Jurassic Park. One of my favorite things about the original movie is that the heroine, Ellie Sattler (played by Laura Dern) is a super smart and tough paleobotanist who doesn't need saving when dinosaurs are on the loose. She's the one who uttered the famous line "dinosaurs eat man... woman inherits the earth." And when one of the men suggests that he should be the one to risk his life towards the end of the film she says "we'll discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back," then dashes off to save everyone.

So, if you've seen or heard anything about the new Jurassic World movie, you can probably guess that I'm one of the people who wasn't too thrilled with the treatment of the female lead this time around. You can google "Jurassic World sexist" -- there are so many articles on the subject that I don't really have to add to it. But suffice to say, I think that it was a huge step down from Ellie Sattler.

I did really enjoy Jurassic World, and I'm going to see it again, but it was hard to fully enjoy it when shadows of Ellie Sattler were dancing through my mind. I couldn't help but wonder, how do you go from a female lead who ridicules gender stereotypes in adventure movies to a female lead who is the embodiment of a gender stereotype in an adventure movie?

All that being said, after seeing the new movie I felt a surge of Ellie Sattler appreciation bubbling up inside of me and it had to come out in drawing form. This is currently available as an art print in my shop here, and it'll be available in brooch form next week!