morning calligraphy: rumi style

rumi love

valentines day is around the corner, and to lead up, i’m doing a series of love poetry calligraphy. starting with rumi’s ‘i swear’.

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I swear, since seeing Your face,

the whole world is fraud and fantasy

The garden is bewildered as to what is leaf

or blossom. The distracted birds

can’t distinguish the birdseed from the snare.

A house of love with no limits,

a presence more beautiful than venus or the moon,

a beauty whose image fills the mirror of the heart.

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A little beauty for your January morning. I hope you enjoy!

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holiday! holiday! gifts! gifts!

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i’m thinking about holiday season much differently this year. yes, for the past few seasons, i’ve tried hard as i could to buy local, handmade, artist-created wares, goods, artwork. i’ve even tried making things for loved ones. this year, i’m going to focus on simple. very simple. well-chosen words, photographs, pictures, drawings, paper. ordinary things made more beautiful by a new, vibrant approach. maybe an intriguing postcard acutely placed in a gorgeous frame. or a set of vintage silverware with the handles dipped in paint.

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along these same lines, in the etsy shop, i’m currently offering simple, hand-lettered quotes on 8×10 paper. whatever quote, saying, words you can think of will be transposed in my calligraphy and sent to you, ready to be gifted, (or framed, and then gifted. or wrapped around something else, and then gifted. or kept for yourself). i figured this was a lovely, cost-effective way to gift my love of lettering to holiday celebrants everywhere.

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it’s early, yes, but think how much more you’ll be able to enjoy your egg nog and ugly sweater parties knowing your holiday shopping is all done (and looking pretty beautiful, if i say so)? cheers!

 

– find the listing for custom hand lettered quotes here!

autumn! autumn!!!

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it’s my oh-so-favorite-favorite-favorite time of year, and chicago’s delivering some amazingly gorgeous weather for the occasion. and while it’s not quite so picturesque as a new england autumn, the moments of red and amber colored trees, crinkling leaves underfoot, pumpkin pastries and scarf-clad bike rides have filled me with such elation, that all the work i’ve been scoring has made this season all the sweeter. stay on the lookout for some exciting new editorial work involving an upcoming YA book series, a few new tattoo designs, magazine back cover lettering, and these brand new thank you cards, now available in the shop!

thank you both

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thank you white frontalthough there are still challenges, and moments of unsettledness, and a future that sometimes seems impossibly far away, the optimistic side always wins out. and then the work gets better, and more abundant. thank you for following along!

a different way to say i love you

valentine’s day is right around the corner. of course, how could anyone miss it? as soon as the last of the confetti was thrown from rooftops on new year’s eve, pink heart-shaped pieces of construction paper began to line the windows of nearly every store – from nail salons to the corner deli to every stationary shop in this town. while i don’t quite agree with the amount of pressure that these two back-to-back holidays inevitably assume, i do always think any inclination to let the people in your life know how much you love and appreciate and value and lust after them is good.

so, without further ado, the jilly ink valentine suite, currently available in the shop:

darling don’t you know – i fucking love you‘ cards – $4.50

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oh baby – oh you kill me‘ cards – $4.50

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oh shit – ok – fine – i love you‘ cards – $4.50

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love stickers! $3 per sheet of 24 stickers

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happy loving!

joy and weddings and logos galore

for the past few weeks, i’ve been designing and drawing up a storm here in the (for the meantime) stormless city of chicago. i thought i’d share a few of the most recent projects i’ve finished.

first up, for our recent lululemon athletica store reopening party at the 900 n michigan location, we decided to honor our amazing yoga, run, spin, and dance ambassadors (see the lovley amber cook, rebecca niziol, antonia desantis, mike thomson, karim tonsy, and jim bennit). custom cards housed a very special surprise for them, and i was more than happy to provide the lettering for these inspiring and incredible members of the downtown chicago community.

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secondly, a lovely wedding logo for a couple of engaged new yorkers, wilma and theresa. they wanted a design that brought the two of them together with their new shared surname. i think it’ll look lovely on everything they decide to use it on throughout their wedding planning, and thereafter.

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and thirdly, the most lovely woman from north carolina contacted me a few weeks ago to design the logo for her wedding photography business. anne liles is incredibly talented, and her style is so indicative of everything i find beautiful about love – the simplicity, the purity, the vibrancy and richness of all the senses. she captures all of that and more, and i was so pleased to be able to design something that represents that, along with her motto, ‘life is art’.

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all you need is love is all you need

if you too live in chicago, then can i just start by saying, my goodness, how gorgeous is this weather? i’m seriously smitten with the sun right now.  and speaking of smitten, here are some lovely love stamps for a love-filled month, available over on my etsy shop. grab one, stamp some valentines, or maybe even your own valentine, and spread the love.

 

 

toasting the lovely ms. buryk

so, a brief interlude here while i mention that this past wednesday was my dear roommate  (and talented photographer – check out her websitelexi b.‘s birthday.  this wonderful lady has made my stay so far in chicago incredibly fun, adventurous and, most importantly, filled with the most amazing and quite tasty dinners and parties.  obviously i had to embellish her birthday card with my new papercutting obsession…

love and good cheer for another year!