book dummy factory

August 11th, 2017

Manufacturing book dummies of my mostly secret project to take to the SCBWI Agents Day on Saturday:

hazel

October 9th, 2014

HAZEL

Introducing Hazel, a hobbitish semibold italic serif font that I hand drew with a hawk quill nib. For sale on my etsy page for personal use (email me to set up a commercial license). Enjoy! Send me a jpeg if you make anything lovely with it.

Special features: There are some fancy Zs in place of straight brackets (which come in very handy for a Liza living with one Mr. Hazel, but probably not for anyone else), a ribbony banner, a hazel leaf and a fern frond, a full moon and a star, a swooshy definite article and two prepositions. I think it looks especially lovely in all caps, and Goreyesque in the lowercase.

Hazel is a dab hand at the unattributed creepy old poem:

HAZEL-sample-poem

In its original, pre-digitized form:

Plants in Find the River by REM

formative music

March 8th, 2014


Music I loved in high school that helped me grow up into a person! Wildly beloved tapes: the Violent Femmes, a Smiths tape with The Queen is Dead and Meat is Murder that my oldest friend made me, They Might Be Giants. CDs: Tori Amos, Under the Pink; REM, Automatic for the People; Bjork, Debut; Ani Difranco, Out of Range; Mazzy Star, Among My Swan; the Cure, Disintegration; Jethro Tull, Aqualung; and Sting, the Soul Cages. I also listened to lots of Beatles (Sgt. Pepper, the white album, and the Magical Mystery Tour) and the Police (Ghost in the Machine, Synchronicity), but ran out of room.

formative books

March 8th, 2014


Books I loved in my ancient long-ago teenagerhood: the Elfquest graphic novel series (this particular one is book three: Captives of Blue Mountain, by Wendy and Richard Pini); The Darkangel, Meredith Ann Pierce; The World According to Garp, John Irving; The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley; Franny and Zooey, JD Salinger; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams; The Belgariad series, book three: Magician’s Gambit, David Eddings; Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard.

neil armstrong walking on my face

November 1st, 2013

rainbow moon

happy halloween! i was the moon.
all i had to do was construct a lunar lander out of felt. simple!


from the apollo program summary report (april 1975)

hmmm… maybe not so simple. the explosion on the table in my studio tells the real tale.

moon

it comes together fairly quickly once you figure out the bottom half is an octagon and if you can emotionally accept just gluing together a mishmash of three dimensional shapes for the top half instead of following the real diagram.

lunar-lander-back-edit

twiggy, buggy wedding invitations

October 11th, 2012

i submitted a couple designs for judgement to the minted wedding design challenge:

TWIGS
twigs-design-m
a stark, twiggy invitation perfect for an outdoor wedding in a wooded setting, featuring hand-lettered initials and a pair of flirty birds. there’s a john lennon quote at the very bottom from “grow old with me,” a song that makes me straight up bawl.

alphabet-twigs
the rest of the alphabet

rsvp accommodations-reception-m
…and an rsvp and accommodations card.

DAMASK MEADOW
meadow damask wedding invitation
a springtime meadow-themed storybook wedding invitation featuring your favorite creepy crawly outdoor denizens in a Victorian damask pattern. heh, everything my young man hates about hanging out in nature!

PS:

minted.com