I’ve been on my mini sabbatical this week but wanted to share that my “Vintage Chicken Garden Seattle Greeting Card” design was featured in the latest issue of UPPERCASE magazine! Hooray!
UPPERCASE is an internationally distributed publication for art, design, and creativity, and I was so excited when Janine contacted me to say my work was picked!
When I was working on this artwork for the open call, I was thinking of all the things I love about Seattle.
There are so many great things about the city: nature, food, people, and gorgeous weather in summer (although I don’t really mind the rain, either ;))
When I close my eyes and go to my happy place, this is where I go – beautiful gardens with lots of flowers, vegetables, and chickens!
It’s not about the touristy places for me but the people’s backyard gardens and community gardens, where we can get our hands dirty and nurture plants that nurture us in return.
Since the assignment was to create an art for vintage-inspired souvenir postcard, I created a Pinterest board for Japanese vintage postcards for inspiration.
I’m not conscious of it most of the time, but my art is often influenced by Japanese designs (duh!)
They’re so simple and beautiful ❤
I sometimes get insecure that my art is much too simple, but rather than fighting it to make it look like someone else’s art, I decided that’s my strength and embrace it!
After looking at pretty designs I pinned (many of them block printed art), I was inspired to create my piece by block printing.
But I quickly realized I was running out of time 😀 so I went with a very simple line drawing, which I then colored digitally for a flat, crisp look reminiscent of block printed art.
I also suggest you subscribe to UPPERCASE magazine here or find it at your local book store if you haven’t gotten one already.
I love to support small independent businesses, and the magazine is always full of inspiring art and stories ❤