Illustration

Better late than never...!

I've finally scanned the illustrations from my 2017 Slow Food Calendar I made in collaboration with Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress.  This calendar is no longer available for sale in my shop. But REJOICE all those who missed out, it WILL return as a 2018 calendar next year! 

WOW!

I am SO excited to announce that I'm this year's recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats book award for new illustrators. Such an incredible honor! Thank you so much to the Ezra Jack Keats Foundatio, my publisher Tundra Book and my agent Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.!!! Congratulations also to Don Tate, the winner of the new writer award, and all the honorees! 

http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/press-release/2016-ejk-book-award/

In the studio lately...

Lots has been happening around here in the last few weeks! 

  • I am VERY excited to announce that I am now represented by Jennifer Laughran, of Andrea Brown Literary Agency!!! I'm over the moon about having Jennifer as my agent, and can't wait to see what projects we will work on together. 
  • I spent the last week of October in New York City, catching up with friends and illustrators, eating 5/$1 dumplings, going to museums and seeing a spread from Sonya's Chickens displayed at the Society of Illustrators in their Original Art show, which celebrated the best children's books of 2015! What an honor to be chosen and shown alongside some of the most amazing illustrators alive today! 
  • I chatted recently with Karen Santhanum of the Storybook Spotlight podcast about my book, Sonya's Chickens and more! Thank you so much to Karen for having me!
  • My GRAY AREA zine is now available on Etsy, as well as Best Be Bernie shirts in a new color way, and more! 
  Dasha Tolstikova's  drawings in her studio.

Dasha Tolstikova's drawings in her studio.

  Sonya's Chickens  at the Society of Illustrators Original Art exhibition! 

Sonya's Chickens at the Society of Illustrators Original Art exhibition! 

 My table at  Short Run Comix & Arts Festival  in Seattle, WA

My table at Short Run Comix & Arts Festival in Seattle, WA

 With friend & fellow illustrator  Esme Shapiro ! 

With friend & fellow illustrator Esme Shapiro

 GRAY AREA now available, along with  Backyard Fairies  &  Warped  on  Etsy .

GRAY AREA now available, along with Backyard Fairies & Warped on Etsy.

  Best Be Bernie  shirts in a new color way are now available on  Etsy ! 

Best Be Bernie shirts in a new color way are now available on Etsy

Also... my illustrated 2016 Taproot Calendar is

NOW AVAILABLE

   Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

You can find it HERE in Taproot's online shop. Also this year, Taproot created a 2016 Agenda featuring my illustrations! Stay tuned for posts of the individual illustrations that appear throughout the calendar. 

   Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

   Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

   Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

SAVE THE DATES!

OCTOBER 1st--15th: My Etsy shop opens for a two week pop-up apparel & accessory pre-sale! All items will be made to order and ship out after my shop officially on Nov. 1st. 

OCTOBER 4th: I will be at Green Bean Books in Portland, Oregon! This is the re-schedule of my event that had to be cancelled in August. I'll be reading Sonya's Chickens and signing books at Green Bean on NE Alberta St. at 11am! I hope to see you there. 

OCTOBER 31st: I'll be tabling at SHORT RUN Comix & Arts Festival in Seattle, WA. Saturday, October 31st 11am-6pm at the Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Center. I'll have zines, cards, feminism duds, signed copies of my book & more!!! Come say hi and show me your Halloween costumes! 

NOVEMBER 1st--DECEMBER 15th: My Etsy shop OFFICIALLY re-opens with full inventory (and more will begradually added throughout!)

ETSY NEWS!

ETSY LOVERS!

On October 1st, 2015 my Etsy shop will open for a special APPAREL & ACCESSORY POP-UP! You will have a TWO WEEK WINDOW OF TIME (until Oct. 15th) to order whatever tees etc. your heart desires, which will be made to orderand will ship out after my shop officially launches on November 1st! 

This will allow me to make as much inventory as is purchased, i.e. I won’t sell out! It also gives me the freedom to add many *NEW PRODUCTS* such as new t-shirt color ways, kids tees, baby onesies and BERNIE SHIRTS (50% of profits of which will go to the Bernie Sanders campaign)!!!

This will mean that apparel orders are separate from other product orders. For instance, if you’d like to order a print and a t-shirt, you’ll have to do so at different times. 

TO RECAP:

If you want to buy t-shirts, onesies, tote bags etc. you have from October 1st-15th. These orders will ship out in mid November, as they are made to order.

If you want to order prints, cards & other paper products, sculptures and holiday ornaments, you can do so from November 1st-November 15th. 

Functioning this way will greatly streamline the way my fulfillment and business works.

All the screen printing of my apparel and accessories is done by the incredible Erin of Red Boots Design, based here in Bellingham, WA. Without her, I couldn't function! To see a video of Erin printing one of my new Feminism tees, check out my Instagram ! 

Thank you so much for your patience and support! 

Love, Phoebe

Sonya's Chickens!

My book, Sonya's Chickens is now available!!!

"Sonya is bereft when a fox takes one of the three chickens she’s cared for like a mother, but her papa comforts her with the idea that the fox is also trying to feed his family. Her family acknowledges Sonya’s grief with a small ceremony, and the child and her chickens move on. There’s an old-fashioned feel to this simple story and its timeless illustrations, created with watercolor, collage, and colored pencil and reminiscent of Goodnight Moon in mood, design, and palette. Inside, Sonya’s house is cozy and dark. In contrast, the world outside shines white, as background to text, with vignettes or a frame or portion of the opposite image spilling across the gutter. A warm scene of Sonya’s mixed-race family having dinner together is mirrored later on by one with the fox curled up with its kits, each family shown opposite a page with an egg-shaped text frame. Both words and illustrations emphasize comfort and the security a family can provide. But this is also a realistic description of chicken care, including preparing, cleaning, and repairing the coop, feeding the chickens, and making sure they have water and fresh straw—even finding eggs. A reassuring story about death in the natural world, thoughtfully designed and illustrated. " Kirkus Reviews

You can purchase Sonya's Chickens at your local bookstore, and also online at Powell's, The Strand, and Amazon

Julie Danielson, of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast featured my book on her Kirkus blog today! Thank you so much Julie! 

I am also very excited to announce that Sonya's Chickens was selected to be in the Society of Illustrators New York's annual Original Art Exhibition! More info HERE

My launch at my local bookstore, Village Books in Bellingham, WA was a booming success! I had a wonderful time. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support me! Village Books sold out of my book very quickly, but more are on their way! And I'll be signing the whole lot when they arrive. My event at Green Bean Books in Portland, Oregon unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a medical emergency, but I WILL be rescheduling for sometime this fall! The next event I have scheduled is at Longfellow Books in Portand, Maine on September 17th at 6pm! 

 On display at  Green Bean Books  in Portland. 

On display at Green Bean Books in Portland. 

 My dear friends & amazing illustrators  Sarah Green  (L) and  Esme Shapiro  (R) with their copies at  The Strand in NYC ! 

My dear friends & amazing illustrators Sarah Green (L) and Esme Shapiro (R) with their copies at The Strand in NYC

Birth Processional

“Escorted by many support creatures, a fairy queen carries a hummingbird egg, cushioned by cottonwood fluff inside of a walnut shell, as a symbolic offering to her midwife during the Birth Processional Ceremony. The midwife is dressed in traditional garb to identify her as a high ranking elder with wisdom in wildcrafted medicine. The queen only gives birth every two hundred years, and it is an occasion widely celebrated throughout her reigning woodland region. The identity of her child’s other parent is unknown to all but the queen herself. The baby, always female, will one day inherit the mossy throne.” -PW