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!
I picked up my printed inventory from Red Boots Design today! Which means if you're waiting on an Etsy order, it will be processed this week! Wheeee!
As of now, if something you're looking for is not in the shop, then it's probably sold out.
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!)
As the US House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood yesterday, I think there is no better time to share this zine I made recently. This zine is largely about choice, one that is rarely black and white. A choice that without safe spaces like Planned Parenthood, would not be available to most women. There is nothing more weighty and sacred than the decision to become a parent and bring a child into the world, which is why I strongly believe in upholding an individual’s freedom to be trusted with and empowered in that decision. #ISTANDWITHPLANNEDPARENTHOOD because however overwhelmed, conflicted or excited I am by my own personal reproductive options, it is everything to me to possess them. My body, my choice.
Gray Area ©Phoebe Wahl 2015. Ink & Watercolor.
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!
Holiday Etsy prep is already underway...! Here are some Photoshop mockups of some tees to expect this fall/winter!!!! They are NOT AVAILABLE YET! My shop opens NOVEMBER 1st! (But there's always a possibility of an autumn surprise...stay tuned here for more info to come...)
Please note these are MOCKUPS made in Photoshop. On images that belong to American Apparel. They are for product planning purposes only.
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!
I spoke to the folks at Proud2Bme a while back about making body positive art. You can find the interview HERE.
If there’s one thing I’d add to what I said, it’s that too often (and especially after reading and thinking about this article) constantly striving to be positive and self-loving can crash and burn (for me personally, at least) by easily becoming one more personal failing to be hard on myself about. I’m guilty when I feel I haven’t done all I could to embrace and love myself on any given day. It is an exhausting prospect, and one born of privilege. When you put the weight entirely on your own shoulders to empower yourself, it becomes easier to crush yourself in turn. Self hate is not your fault. Beauty is a cultural construct. Our society capitalizes on the systematic shaming of bodies. The system is misogynistic, racist, ableist, homophobic and transphobic. You are not a failure if you cannot and do not always love yourself. Rather, the system is a failure for not loving you. When I feel most confident about my body, it’s not on the days I eat lots of salad and repeat affirmations in the mirror. It’s on the days I’m so busy that I have other things on my mind. The days I’m working on projects I’m passionate about, or with friends, or camping and not looking in a mirror for weeks. When I’m not thinking about loving or hating myself, is when I’m happiest. Because it’s then that my ‘beauty’ settles comfortably into the place it belongs: completely irrelevant to my value as a human being.
This Wednesday, July 15th you can find limited edition Wahl Sisters pencil bags & Dopp kits in the Wahl Sisters pop-up Etsy shop! The shop is only open for ONE WEEK, so snap them up while you can!!!
My sister Tobie hand makes the bags using fabrics I designed. They are lined with oil cloth, which makes them fantastic not only for toiletries, but art supplies too! Many a time an inky pen has leaked in my Wahl Sisters pencil bag and was completely contained.
After this run, these fabrics will be discontinued! The pop-up shop runs from July 15th-22nd, and after that bags won't be available again until the holidays (with new fabric patterns!)
These little ones had the best time at Velouria Boutique & Gallery for the Cat Show. Now they're looking for loving homes! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.