I create illustrations and inspired items for your house, home, and wardrobe. I draw portraits, design textiles, write/illustrate books, hand-paint rings, and travel the world. A few years ago I lived in Paris, and fell in love with Belleville. It was a melting pot of all of the places I'd been a part of during my childhood abroad. Paris is a moveable feast, so I take it with me wherever I go. I am a cat lover, I love Miyazaki, old things, history, places, people. I can also play the flute.
Today is the last day to order my collab with Mochi Kids I Stand With You t-shirt. These come in t-shirts, baby onesies, and kid's t-shirts. Hand-screen printed, and packaged with care. All profits go to Refuge Point, a non-profit who help refugees worldwide relocate to new, safe homes.
It's been an insane few months. I've been working for Anthropologie and I've never designed so many products/seasons all at once!! You'll begin to see some of them coming to stores in the summer-- stay tuned!
A word to the wise. Always buy your domain name for an infinite amount of years. Unfortunately, due to a series of miscommunications with my previous registrant.. I wasn't informed that my website michellechristensen.com was expiring. It then expired a few weeks ago, and was put back in the public pool, and some domain shark picked it up and now won't part with it until I pay him $2500.
Good thing I bought all of the other michellechristensen domains, so I have my pick of .org, .us, .co, .rocks... (lol) --- but I just won't have .com *insert sad face*
The frustrating thing is, I had bought it privately from someone who owned it before, and I was under the impression I owned it for good.
Not so anymore. I involved my lawyer-uncle, and although it was the registrant's duty to inform me, they claim they sent numerous invoices (which they did not.. I scoured my spam/junk/inbox dozens of times)
So maybe in 10 years or so, that domain shark will be put in jail for doing some other crooked dealings, and my poor website domain name will be set free once more.
All I'm saying is.. if you are going to be a professional in any industry and want a certain name.. make sure you remind yourself and don't rely on your domain registry. They aren't the most honest people, and there ARE people who wait until domain names expire and steal them just to make a profit from the person they stole them from.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?
First Trump doesn't allow notable media into the White House briefings, and NOW THIS.
(No but seriously both are so scary)
That's all for now. Also, this drawing along with others will be in my etsy shop soon.
I'm into quick ink studies and they are fun to frame and decorate your house with.
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.
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!
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!)
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!)