Surprise! I've decided to give you a spontaneous May Day present! Fruit & Flower enamel mugs will be available for pre-order TOMORROW May 1st, at 9am PST! When the time comes, you can find them at phoebewahlshop.com
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!
Ginny Weasley & Arnold the Pygmy Puff for Day 5, and Petunia Dursley for Day 6
Sybill Trelawney for Day 3, Griphook the Goblin for Day 4!
I've been TERRIBLE at maintaining this blog. And my goal is to do a better job in the future! Starting with a little Harry Potter A Day resurrection, for #inktober!
Here's Molly Weasley with Harry's 17th bday snitch cake, and book one era Neville & Trevor!!!
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!
I'm a little late, but Happy New Year! Here is a piece I created for January in the Taproot 2016 calendar. Watercolor, collage, colored pencil.
From December in the 2016 Taproot Calendar! Watercolor, collage, colored pencil.
My cover for the latest issue of Taproot Magazine, SHELTER. This illustration is also November in the Taproot calendar, which you can buy now in their online shop!
atercolor, collage, colored pencil. Phoebe Wahl 2015.
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!
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!)
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 order, and 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.
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!
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.
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!