Greetings from Sweden

alm2006mars.jpgHere is something for fans of Camilla Engman's work. (And there are many — all ten of her small framed prints have sold, as well as three small paintings. We have only one painting left, "I'm doing the best that I can", which if left unclaimed by the end of the day, will happily be mine!)

Camilla has produced a beautiful calendar featuring her illustrations. She sent me one, if you'd like to see it in person. Then go to her website and order one for yourself!

Thank you, Camilla! 



Christmas Greetings from Belfast

I just received an email link to a very nice seasonal greeting from Best in Show artist Heather Sloane and her partner Pete. Follow this link to view their animated message.

We've sold all of Heather's prints from Best in Show! 


Save Gocco


Alas, the Riso corporation, maker of the Print Gocco, might be halting production on their fabulous mini silkscreen printer. More information and updates can be found at


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Since the store's UPPERCASE U buttons have been so popular (750 given away since the store opened in March!) and my Eclectobooks have been well-received (60 made, only three left), the logical extension is to make buttons using my Eclecto collections of found papers and other interesting bits. Here are some preview images; Eclecto buttons are available in store now, and will be available online in the new year.


Here's a preview of the packaging, inspired by fabric notions and shirt buttons. Buttons packs have various "topics" such as Security, Fortune, Exploration, Comic Peril and Old News.



Sara Fanelli


sara.gifIllustrator Sara Fanelli creates wonderful images with collaged papers, whimsical drawings and quirky handwriting. Her website is beautiful as well (refresh the page or enter the site again to see different background papers). I'd love to have her work in the gallery or on the bookshelf... perhaps for an exhibition idea I'm investigating for the new year that explores lettering and typography in illustration. If you're an illustrator or designer interested in submitting work for this or any other show, or if you have an idea that you'd like to share, please email me: info at Include a link to your website or a few sample jpg images.

Christmas Gifts - it's ok if you buy them for yourself!

Hiroshi Tanabe #2

Indisputable master of the two-dimensional plane, Hiroshi Tanabe’s unique fashion illustrations are revered by fashionistas all over the globe. A graduate of the Tama Art College in Japan he developed his unique, individual style early in his career and immediately won applause for its dynamic, off-register, almost 3-D appearance. Tanabe's illustrations have been published in Arena, Vogue, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Visionaire and Wallpaper. His corporate clients have included Ann Taylor, Barneys New York, Redken and Shiseido. In the early 1990s Tanabe studied at Milan’s Accademia Di Brera and was awarded the Brithish Vogue/Sotheby's Cecil Beaton Award for fashion illustration in 1994. In 1999 his first book, "Blue Mode", won a gold medal for illustration and design from the Art Director's Club. This book presents a brilliant collection of work by one of the world’s most sought after fashion illustrators. (Synopsis from publisher's site) (Hardcover with plastic sleeve, $46)





Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is GIANT’s specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin his signature style - made up of equal parts Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration - is unmistakable. This book is GIANT’s first monograph and it features beautifully executed drawings on paper, full scale wall art and impeccably photographed tattoos. A distinctive, cloth-bound hardcover volume GIANT is a must have reference book for all those interested in exploring the possibilities of heavy ink! (Synopsis from publisher's site) (Cloth hardcover with gold foil, $38)


Vinyl Will Kill

VINYL WILL KILL! is a fascinating insider's look at the process behind 3D vinyl figure production. VINYL WILL KILL! traces the development from initial concept to the insane world of high-end collector's stores and finally to collectors around the world; showcasing new yet-to-be-released vinyl figures direct from the artists along the way. The new genre of 3d collectibles is further explored through a series of one on one interviews with some of the best and hottest vinyl designers and producers on the planet including Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Scary Girl, Enid by Dan Clowes, Dorbel by Jim Woodring, Mars 1 by Recon and Strangeco to name a few. VINYL WILL KILL! is the ultimate backstage pass for collectors, product designers, or anyone interested in the how a great idea makes its way to finished product. (Synopsis from publisher's site) (Boxed set includes 232-page book, large poster and 36 trading cards. $49.95)


Another great book by Ellen Lupton


Design It Yourself

Last year, design educator Ellen Lupton's book "Thinking with Type" was published by Princeton Architectural Press. It is a fantastic introduction to the world of typography: well-written, informative and entertaining, and well-designed. It is must-have book in any design student's (or typophile's) library. (Available at UPPERCASE.) This year, Lupton has edited a design handbook entitled "DIY Design it Yourself"($26.85  at UPPERCASE.) A collaboration with her students at the Maryland Institute College of Art, this book is one page of inspiration after another. From blogs, zines, books, cds, invitations, t-shirts, posters... this lavishly photographed and illustrated guide offers ideas and tips on everything you might want to create or promote. Even if you're an experienced designer, the exuberance of ideas will definitely light some creative fires!

Lupton, along with her sister Julia, is working on her next book. "Design Your Life" will apply "ideas from design theory and practice to some of the basic problems of daily living, from organizing a household and thinking creatively in the workplace to achieving a relaxed and satisfying erotic life." Sounds ambitious... I look forward to participating in their online component and adding their next book to my design library.