Tiny Tall Tales is a 100 day project with the goal to tell tiny tall tales about fierce little ones. Kids who are asking big questions, challenging expectations or doing the most courageous thing we can all do, be ourselves. Here are a few of my favorites.
I call myself MexiScan American. I am half-Mexican, half-Scandinavian (Norwegian & Swedish) and all American. Curiosity led me to see if I could find commonalities in these seemingly disparate ethnicities. I was pleasantly surprised by my discoveries.
An illustrated self-portrait for the Women Who Draw directory.
I'm an introvert and a Leo. Two dichotomies. One, quiet and introspective; the other passionate, generous, warm-hearted yet stubborn, fierce and dramatic. I am all of this and more.
I often feel as though I live between worlds, I believe many of us do. We have many sides and facets, we are all complex. We don't fit neatly into boxes. I love this about us and I celebrate it, in my own quietly fiery way.
Mott Street is a delicious restaurant in Chicago with family style dining and eclectic cuisine where hot pot and empanadas live in harmony. I was asked to illustrate and design a header for their newsletter. Yum!
Illustrations celebrating all our momentous occasions for Thankful Registry. It's a personalized registry tool where you curate your wishlist in one place. You customize it to fit your occasion and share it with your loved ones to receive the gifts you'll love. It's a beautiful, thoughtful, personal experience taking gift registries to a new level.
An exploration into painted patterns. Some made their way into little doodles and others might find their way into future pattern work.
Wondernik is a STEAM line of smart toys for girls & boys, born out of a mother's frustration trying to find toys for her daughter. Founder, Yvonne Lin, realized craft and creativity toys are designed to appeal to girls while STEM (science, technology, engineer, math) toys are designed to appeal to boys. So...Wondernik was born, with the mission to bridge the great pink & blue divide in the toy section.
I worked with the founders to build the brand from the ground up, creating Wondernik's design language, brand identity, marketing materials, packaging, instruction booklets and swag.
Wondernik is the kind of thing I would have loved as a kid, and it still resonates, perhaps even more so, now that I am a mother.
Snot Nose handkerchief & Mischief tees. Currently, in production and available soon.
Everyone knows a snot-nosed kid who could use a snot rag. And probably everyone knows a Mr. or Miss Mischief.
I'll be adding new Quietly Fiery Goods as they're created. I've got big plans. Big!
I spent the first 18 years of my life in South Dakota and I couldn't wait to leave in search of adventure. I found adventure in Minneapolis, Guanajuato, Amsterdam, Chicago, Brooklyn, Oakland and now Denver.
My home sweet homes, including South Dakota, where I have cultivated a new appreciation of its open, stark, beautiful qualities.
Attending a Maira Kalman speaking engagement I spied a man who left a lasting impression.
He was middle-aged, wearing faded denim, a polar fleece and these exquisite Prince Albert House Slippers by Stubbs & Wootton.
Now there is a man who is living life exactly on his terms. Awesome.
Retro inspired, whimsical pattern collections combining pasta and pyrex (and a love for Italy). Followed by a sassy cosmetic pouch, meow!
Both of my sons have a special song. It's their song, one I've been singing just for them since the womb. My older son's song is Blackbird by The Beatles.
I bet Johnny Cash never would have imagined his lyric illustrated with two sweet little birds. Walk the Line is my younger son's special song. He loved that the mama bird is about to kiss the baby bird.
Around the corner from where we lived in Fort Greene, Brooklyn is Bittersweet, a cozy coffee shop serving strong coffee and small batch ice cream sold by the cone or pint.
Bittersweet needed a brand identity that could communicate both offerings. As a personal project, I created a budget-friendly identity including illustrated posters, logo, mix-and-match packaging and rotating stickers for labeling drinks and ice cream pints.
During winter no ice cream is served making the spring return a poster-worthy announcement. Jamaican Grapenut is a beloved flavor dedicated to the neighborhood's many Caribbean residents.
A collection of illustration work for Smart Design, Click Diagnostics and Collective Health.
This illustration work represents a part of large scale design projects that I worked on for each client. If you'd like to see more design work samples and find out about my design services, please visit my about page.
I've been enamored by jackalopes since I was a child. I still have the fuzzy jackalope bank I got as a child from Wall Drug, South Dakota. Lo and behold, I discovered the jackalope and I have much in common.