New colors have been added to my “Rebel Rebel” Greeting Cards in my Etsy Shop! My popular hand-cut cards inspired by David Bowie’s song “Rebel Rebel” now come in a variety of colors including Blue, Orange, Red, and Pink, with more colors to come soon (and others available upon request)! The Blue card and pink card are featured in this photograph. It’s a great card to give to a loved one, a friend, or a true Bowie fan! Each card is hand-cut and lovely enough to display after you’ve sent it to the recipient (or kept it for yourself!).
Today we celebrate the “Day of the Dead” with a new tote bag from Pink Toe Press! This bag was designed by Yours Truly and was hand-printed in Burbank, CA. This new bag design is currently available at Rocket Fizz Burbank and in my Etsy shop! This bag is a great tote bag for Day of the Dead, of course, but the design is great for using all year round! Bring a bag to market for your groceries or fill it with books for class. The bag itself measures 13 inches by 13 inches and is made from durable cotton canvas, so you can tote just about anything in this great Calavera Tote Bag!
Made from an original illustration, this design is printed on cotton canvas tote bags. Can you guess the design? That’s right! It’s a Calavera from Dia De Los Muertos, or a Mexican Sugar Skull from “Day of the Dead”. I hand-drew the design and processed it in to a silk screen. More photos to come, and perhaps more colors too?
Wouldn’t it be great if you never forgot your reusable bags when you went shopping at the grocery store? Tired of being taken over by plastic bags in your pantry? Wouldn’t it be nice to get a friendly reminder to be more “Green” and to not forget your bags? Well, I’ve got the answer for you…
Introducing the “Take Me With You” Tote Bag! A great cotton canvas tote bag that reminds you ever-so-nicely to, well, not forget it! Bring this bag with you everywhere you go for groceries, library trips, or just for everyday toting of things! The fun lettering makes it a great bag for every day use too! Put it in your car or hang it on your door so that you’ll never forget to bring a bag with you when you go shopping!
I’ve had a lot of people ask me where I get my inspiration from. That is a hard question to answer for many artists and, many times, one illustration can be inspired by many different sources. I know some people who make work about their own experiences, others who are inspired by the programs and movies they watch, the foods they eat, and the list goes on and on. Many of my pieces are inspired by my love of animals and nature, history, food, and, well, my list goes on and on too! Today I thought I’d share my inspiration for my Retro Rocket Dog and Cat Prints.
When I was in college, my senior thesis project was inspired by vintage postage stamps and match boxes. I did a lot of research and made a series of prints featuring extremeophiles (animals and insects that can live in extremely hostile environments). My favorite extremeophile, the Waterbear, is able to survive in space! They are able to go in to a state of extreme hibernation and are able to be revived back to life by a drop of water. No kidding!
The famous Waterbear!
In researching other space-traveling animals, I found inspiration in Laika the Soviet Space Dog. She was the first animal to orbit the earth on November 3, 1957. She sadly died due to overheating of the spacecraft, but her story lives on in stamps, sculptures, books and more!
I love the idea of making a print inspired by a real animal who helped advance our knowledge of space travel and its effects on living things. I also love the design of old space crafts, so that was a no-brainer for me to design a print inspired by those. I’ve been hand-drawing retro-rockets on bags at my other job for over 3 years, making a screen print is the logical next-step!
Candy Bags make everyone smile, young and old! Every purchase comes in a hand-drawn rocket bag!
Retro-future rocket stamps!
Sputnik 2 was eye-catching, but I wanted something more flashy, so I gave my “Puppy Stardust” a different rocket inspired by retro-future illustrations of the late 50′s and 60′s. There were many designs I liked that were memorialized in stamps and postage, but my favorite rockets are the old Tin Toys that I’ve always coveted. Hoping that kids would like my design, I drew inspiration from those toys: their simple shapes and bright colors.
An assortment of retro Tin Toys.
And now you know where I got the hair-brained idea to make a Rocket Dog and Rocket Cat. I don’t know of any cats who orbited space, but as a Cat Mom of two silly cats, I thought it would be unfair to leave them out. The “Rocket Cat” design is inspired by my cat Ferdinand who, I think would make a fine AstroCat.
I wanted to let you all know that I will be located at booth #110 at the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles this weekend July 20 & 21. Stop by Pink Toe Press’ booth and get some great cards, tote bags, buttons, and much more!
Check back for more information about the fair and to see photos of new artwork!