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GRAY AREA

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.

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

EMERGENCE

My little comic Fairy Ring is in the latest issue of Emergence newspaper, published here in Bellingham by Neoglyphic Media! Check their website to order online or find a stockiest near you! You can also find my friend Ben Nadler's work within the pages, amongst so many other wonderful artists. See the full comic HERE.

SONG

I feel so honored to be chosen as Taproot's 2015 cover artist, this week my copy of issue 13:: SONG finally arrived in the mail! I was so excited to see my work right on the front! It has been such an amazing gift to be a part of Taproot since their birth. I am so looking forward to digging into my copy of SONG and enjoying everything all of the wonderful contributors have to share. Thank you so much AD Amanda Soule and the whole Taproot team! 

The sketch for the cover, on the left, and the final in progress on the right. 

The sketch for the cover, on the left, and the final in progress on the right. 

Me with my first ever magazine cover!

Me with my first ever magazine cover!

HAPPY IWD!

UPDATE: In my original version of this image I spelled “women’s” "womyn’s". Especially on a day of wom(e/y)n’s empowerment I personally like removing the man/men from the word, to suggest that wom(e/y)n need not seek completion from men both in words and otherwise, and to disassociate from the notion of male as the gender neutral or default. However I recognize that some folks may not be comfortable identifying as womyn rather than woman, so here is another version of my image! HAPPY IWD! 

THREADS

I'm part of a group show called THREADS at Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison, Washington which opens tomorrow! I would love to see you at the opening reception! Edison is one of my favorite places and I feel very honored to have work at Smith & Vallee alongside such great artists. 

THREADS is a small group show featuring artists inspired by folk and outsider art, and traditions of storytelling and exploration of personal history through art and craft. 


The show will feature painters Phoebe Wahl and Kelly Bjork, embroideries by Ries Niemi, collages and paintings by nationally-acclaimed Tennessee artist Hollie Chastain, weavings by Hannah Ruth Levi and Portland-based Natalie Novak and hand-dyed and quilted pieces by Jennifer Dranttel. 

The show runs March 7th-29th, with an opening reception Saturday March 7th from 5-8pm. 

Smith | Vallee Gallery is located at 5742 Gilkey Ave in historic downtown Edison, and is open every day from 11-5pm. More info at www.smithandvallee.com


Owl & Frog

I haven't made any new little sculptures lately. But I cranked these two out yesterday! They'll be on display and for sale at Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA as a part of the group show, Threads I'm in, which opens this Saturday March 7th! 

PWfrog1

Wool felt, wire, thrifted fabric and ink. 

PWowl1
PWowl3

Wool felt, thrifted fabric & fur, wire, ink.