Saturday, January 28, 2017
It has been an interesting week. But not in a good way. I've seen nothing but bigotry at its best. Last weekend I had the opportunity to march in The Women's March in DC. Never have I seen so many people peacefully protesting the rights of humanity. I loved it, and felt so uplifted afterwards. Each person there was marching for their own individual cause. This was mine.
I grew up the daughter of a diplomat, most in China and South Africa. I grew up surrounded by so many different cultures. It was normal for me to have friends from all over the world. When I moved back to the USA, I felt a reverse culture-shock because of all the Americans I was surrounded by. But soon, I too was able to see the diversity within our own country.
I feel most comfortable when I have friends from other places, because then it feels like home to me.
OUR COUNTRY is made up of immigrants. Refugees. People from all over. It is NOT okay what is happening. And I am indignant and incensed that we are turning people away just because of their religion. That is NOT America. We help people because we are inherently good. I want to believe that.
I've begun my own (small) campaign on Go Jane Give to help refugees. ALL proceeds go to Refuge Point. Refuge Point provides lasting solutions for the world’s most at-risk refugees. They identify and protect refugees who have fallen through the cracks of humanitarian assistance and have no other options for survival, in particular women, children, and urban refugees.
Show your love and support of your community and our wonderful diverse country with these stickers and postcards. Each 5X7 postcard is printed with a beautiful luxe finish, of an illustration that says I Stand with You, in English, Spanish, and Arabic. They have an area on the back to write a note to spread your love to anyone in the world. Also can be placed in the window of your house.
Donate what you wish for 1 postcard
$12 for a pack of 5 postcards
$5 for 10 stickers.
$18 for an 8X9 inch print
Stand with me so we can stand together, for goodness, for humanity, for our country, and for the world.
Click here for your own illustration.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Go to The House that Lar's Built for my newest illustration for her monthly book club. This month they read Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by The Jealous Curator's Danielle Krysa. It's such a cute and fast read, and will help you through your own journey as a creative. Even though I do this for a living, I still find myself criticizing my work ALL THE TIME. One of the things I loved in the book was how she tells us to celebrate our accomplishments instead of trying to go on to the next thing all the time. I do this constantly. Once I've achieved something, I hardly ever let myself enjoy the moments of success without thinking, oh man I should have done that, and next time I'll do that...etc..etc... So thank you Danielle, I will be changing that habit.
I loved the chapter in the book about jealousy so I made the bookmark all about it "I'm jealous of you because I want to be like you" which is, truly, at the root of most jealousy.
Don't be jealous, just read this book, and create your unique things with a heart full of you!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is out now! You can order your own copy here.
This summer I was approached by founder Elena Favilla, (two days after we moved to Philly!) and we worked together to bring you my illustrated rebel girl Yoko Ono. I recently visited an art installation Yoko did called The Wishing Tree in Washington D.C. You could write wishes and tie them onto real trees in the sculpture garden near the National Gallery. I loved reading the wishes, and writing my own. A lot of them said things like, I wish I was smarter, I wish I could fall in love some day, I wish I was richer, I wish I could fly.
If you are a girl and you wish to break the rules and be something different, this book is proof that you can and be successful at it. I love it, and I am excited to share it with others and inspire them with these wonderful stories and drawings. I hope you love it too. (My illustration is on page 196!)
Order your copy here.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Loving the review of my Face Platforms in the newest Frankie Mag!
If Daria Morgendorffer were in the market for a pair of black platform oxfords, we feel confident
she'd be drawn to these clodhoppers from My Little Belleville. How else would she manage to exude an air of ennui from head to toe, while accidentally having the coolest style ever? Hand-painted in Pennsylvania b y artist Michelle Christensen, then sealed so you can trudge listlessly through puddles all you want, they're available for around $90 at mylittlebelleville.com.
Saying Daria would wear them?? Best compliment ever.
You can buy your own pair here (order up a size since they run small!)
More Frankie Mag here.
I feel so lucky to have been asked to be part of this wonderful book, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Each story is about a famous "rebel girl" and how they were able to express themselves in ways that were rebelliously wonderful. I won't divulge who I illustrated, but I'm so excited to see her along with the rest. Pre-order your own now here, and read more about the project and it's founder's in this review by Real Simple.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Oh it's been so long since I've posted anything. Quite honestly I have had my hands full with freelance and projects, and I sometimes don't feel like I can catch up or even post what would be interesting or relevant.
I've been doing design work for a large company here in Philly, and it takes a lot of my time. You will most likely see my work very soon in stores this fall and this following year. I'll be sure to post all about it when items are out.
I also have finished my book about biracial adoption with author Rachel Patten. It will be out so soon, so keep your eyes here too! I'll post some of the illustrations. She wrote it about her own experience with adopting her two little babies, and asked me to illustrate it. It's very sweet. It takes a big and open heart to take in the little ones of others. But I also think it's our capacity to want to love and give children our best, that drives us. I have no children of my own, but I am significantly touched by others' willingness to sacrifice and love when it is hard.
I'm in the midst of feeling at home in my new environment here in Philadelphia. I have been new so many times, moving around so much. You'd think I'd be used to it. I don't think being new in a new place is so unique though. Yes it's very unsettling (literally) but being in any new circumstance is hard. It's beginning new experiences, whether it be within in a new job, a new environment, or a new chapter in your life. It's knowing how to accept those changes, be open, hold tight to memories and keeping in contact with others you knew in your life and love.
Here are some wedding invitations I did recently. If you'd like to have your own, click here.
The price includes printing and envelopes! They are all custom illustrated, just send me a photo of yourself and I'll customize it to you and your partner. I'll even draw your pet in there.