I opened my postbox yesterday to find a package I have been anxiously awaiting for several months, from the lovely Anika Starmer (@aisforanika). Last year I launched a collaborative project for us, centered around her love of patterns & color and my interest in paws & animals; two sketchbooks are slowly being altered with our artwork colliding. If this is the first you have heard of this project, click here, here and here to see the previous (more detailed) posts along with the progressive development of these two books over the past year. Above are Anika’s lovely additions to my pages, and below are the new images and inspiration that she has created for me to add onto!I wish I could instantly get to doodling in reply, but my plate is currently full with projects that have quickly approaching deadlines: two commissioned drawings, a local art contest, and my Art House Limited Edition Sketchbook. I’ve got a feeling that when the sun starts shinning in late spring, this lovely collaboration will be front and center.
I’d like to preface this post with the fact that I do not endorse cigarette smoking, however I want you to keep in mind that I am an avid-moustache admirer… While in Vancouver for OOAK I got the chance to meet up with two amazing friends of mine from my BFA: Illustrating duo Pete & Joyelle Komierowski. They surprised me with the most amazing gift (supposedly because I send them too much mail art and they don’t reply enough)…. but whatever the reasoning, I became the lucky recipient of a framed, HAND-STITCHED Marlboro man portrait! Oh the texture and the kitsch are almost too epic to handle! Thanks to my wonderful pals, this moustached sex symbol is now chillin’ and puffin’ away in my living room.
In August I completed a limited edition of 50 screenprints on the smallest size paper ever: 3″ x 3″. Titled “The True North Strong and Free” the print featured one of my favorite lines in the national anthem along with a beaver and maple leaf. You may remember the process post I wrote here about my print. Anyway, to recap, it was for an awesome printmaking portfolio that I signed up for which runs annually: “The Littlest Print Exchange.” Essentially the way any printmaking exchange works is: you print an edition that is the same size as the number of participants, so in this case 50. To see that my portfolio box with all fifty prints finally arrived this week in my postbox, was a THRILL ! I’ve got number 16 of each print, and I can honestly say that I am blown away by some of the talent within this tiny box. Honestly, it is so incredible what us printmakers can do with such a small piece of paper! For those of you who are interested in seeing all the gorgeous prints, that I am now lucky enough to own, visit the LPE website to view all the works via their online portfolio!