1. citybirdandnest:

    Mother’s Day cards are fully stocked! Come by soon to browse the best selection and pick out the perfect card for your Mom 💜 #variety #mom #mothersday #card #letterpress #screenprint #bestmom

    Lovely illustrated Mother’s Day cards to be found at City Bird + Nest for all the moms in our lives!

     
  2. Píccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring Leah Goren

    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Brooklyn-based illustrator and pattern surface designer; Leah Goren
    What is it? Very on-trend illustrated textiles. In her personal shop she lists pouches, dresses, and our favorite: the scarves!
    How was it made? Leah gives a lot of background information about her process and production in her website’s FAQs. She mostly has her fabric digitally printed, although she does some block printing by hand too!
    What do we like about it? Her drawing style feels very casual and effortless, but still totally chic! She has a real eye for color and layout. Gotta love those cat heads!!
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work? Goren’s soft, youthful, watercolor-y paintings are her hallmark. Her textiles are a logical extension of her illustration work. 
    Where can you find this? Check out her personal etsy shop as well as Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters stores!

    Picture Party is brought to you by Píccolo.

     

  3. Píccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring Minifanfan

    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Eng Gee Fan, also known as Minifanfan. 
    What is it? So much! Stickers, temporary tattoos, pillows, paper dolls, tote bags, and more. 
    How was it made? It depends on the product. Sometimes she uses shrink-plastic, but many times have traditional printing methods or silk screen. 
    What do we like about it?The character design is great. It has wide appeal for both adults and children. We love how she draws animals (ad costumes of animals)!
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work? Minifanfan’s illustrations are very character driven. Her illustrated products revolve around them. Sometimes they are used for surface design and other times their bodies are a part of the structure.
    Where can you find this? She has an bustling shop. 

    Picture Party is brought to you by Píccolo.

     

  4. PĂ­ccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring The Black Apple


    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Emily Winfield Martin AKA The Black Apple
    What is it? Whimsical buttons, recipe cards, jewelry, stationary, a world of prints, and more!
    How was it made?  Emily Martin is the the owner, director, designer, illustrator and entire company of her operation. She makes and sells everything herself!
    What do we like about it? The world of The Black Apple is so sweet and lovely. Martin is an Etsy superstar having built an empire of her doe-eyed girls, friendly critters, and soft colors. (Check out her almost 50,000 sales!!)
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work? Her products all fit into the charming, vintage-inspired fairy tale world that she has created.
    Where can you find this? Her super popular etsy shop!


    Picture Party is brought to you by PĂ­ccolo.

     

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    Píccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring La fée raille

    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Montreal-based designer La fée raille.
    What is it? Delightful plush toys, cloth party favors, and teepees.
    How was it made? Illustrations are drawn and then screen printed on the fabric. They are then sewn into shapes like the cacti rattles you see in the image above.
    What do we like about it? We love the happy plants and teeth! Also, the idea for reusable party hats is ingenious. Who wants to throw the party away?
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work? This is her body of work. La fée raille is a product designer.
    Where can you find this? You can find it in her Etsy shop, and independent online stores like Babasouk.

    Picture Party is brought to you by Píccolo.

     

  6. PĂ­ccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring Rifle Paper Co


    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Illustrator, designer, entrepreneur, and floral enthusiast; Anna Bond, along with her husband and team.
    What is it? Terrifically pretty stationary items! They produce everything from boxed sets to calendars, and gift wrap to notebooks, and beyond!
    How was it made?  Anna serves as creative director and illustrator. She creates the imagery that is then manufactured for her company onto her products.
    What do we like about it? Its hard not to like it! Everything is so, so pretty! The products themselves are really well considered too. The quality is high and the little details add to the overall package. The branding is consistent and spot on. Did I mention how pretty it is?!
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work? This folk style with flat, bright colors is emblematic of the Rifle Paper Co aesthetic. This world is charming, feminine, and vintage while still feeling modern. This company does a very solid job of keeping all of their product lines totally cohesive even while branching out into new markets.
    Where can you find this? Increasingly everywhere! They have been picked up by such names as Anthropolgie and Target, as well as picturesque stationary shops everywhere. But certainly they can be found at their website! http://riflepaperco.com


    Picture Party is brought to you by PĂ­ccolo.

     

  7. PĂ­ccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring Melissa Chaib

    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Texas-based illustrator Melissa Chaib.
    What is it? Mostly delightful and light-heated greeting cards! She also produces buttons, stickers, and notebooks, too.
    How was it made?  The cards use conventional printing methods for full-colored goodness. Melissa’s stickers are printed and hand-cut, while the buttons are made with a button maker.
    What do we like about it?  Melissa’s sense of humor! Especially the top image about being hangry (hey, we’ve all been there). Also, we love Melissa’s hand lettering. It feels slightly like the bubble text popular in the 90’s and 2000’s, which is a fun, nostalgic throw-back.
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work? A lot of her illustrations revolve around text. Both her editorial work and products use women and a similar color scheme.
    Where can you find this? In her online shop. Be sure to check out her website, too!

    Picture Party is brought to you by PĂ­ccolo.

     

  8. PĂ­ccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring Helen Dardik

    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Prolific Illustrator, Surface-Designer, mom; Helen Dardik.
    What is it? Adorable lunch-time accoutrement. (Dardik’s work has been licensed for all kinds of things, but the items features in this post are all adorable food-time related things.)
    How was it made? Dardik’s work is licensed and manufactured through different companies. She is represented by Lilla Rogers Studio and we have spotted her lovely work on websites like Blue Q and and Oopsy Daisy, among others.
    What do we like about it? Her work is total sunshine and color and fun and playfulness and exuberance and dense detail in a perfect inviting package! It is fun to look at! Even though a lot of her work is geared toward a children’s market, it could definitely be enjoyed by anyone.
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work?  She has created tons of illustrations and patterns that look great on just about anything. The products with her illustrations on them are a perfect mirror of her work; whimsical, charming, and playful.

    Where can you find this? Helen has a personal etsy store for prints and her own portfolio website for more information. She has an expansive online presence, so enjoy falling down this magical rabbit hole!

    Picture Party is brought to you by PĂ­ccolo.

     

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    PĂ­ccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring Alice Oehr

    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Austrialian-based illustrator Alice Oehr
    What is it? Pillows and paper dolls that pay homage to the cats of the jungle!
    How was it made?  The illustrations on the cushions are produced by silkscreen done by hand. Alice’s limited-edition leopard kit is a laser cut shape that’s painted to look adorably terrifying.
    What do we like about it?  The colors of the cushions would brighten up any home! Sara is also a sucker for anything tiger-related and we love Alice’s drawing style.
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work? Alice draws a lot of things with similar-style faces. Coffee cups, pineapples, squids, and even the sun have the same eyes and mouths. 

    Where can you find this? Through her shop!

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    Picture Party is brought to you by PĂ­ccolo.

     

  10. PĂ­ccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring Makoto Kagoshima

    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Illustrator & Ceramic Artist Makoto Kagoshima
    What is it? Very charming illustrated ceramics, specifically plates!
    How was it made? Kagoshima HAND PAINTS his pottery with whimsical animal characters and patterns in his studio in Japan.
    What do we like about it? It is hard not to love these plates! Everything about them feels pleasant and comforting, from the soft color palette to the smiles on the animals faces! They are just cheery!
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work? He has built a world inspired by his animal characters and folk-inspired florals. It is part of an entire collection of illustrated products which includes textiles as well.

    Where can you find this? He has a website (alas, not in English, but with pretty pictures!) here: Makoto Kagoshima

    Picture Party is brought to you by PĂ­ccolo.

     

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    PĂ­ccolo Presents: Picture Party featuring Laura Kientzler

    Our new series celebrates illustrated products from around the web!

    Who made it? Illustrator Laura Kientzler
    What is it? Everyday carry. Totes and pouches, perfect for your favorite book or favorite seashells (pictured).
    How was it made? Illustrations are drawn and screen printed on fabric. Laura does all the sewing of the pouches and totes herself. Nice!
    What do we like about it? The tigers and the florals bold, graphic style is charming. There’s a nice color combo going on, too: pink, green, and black. Limited, but bright. Perfect for spring!
    How does it relate to the illustrator’s body of work? Laura’s non-product illustrations feature the same style of drawing and subjects, but are more colorful than what you see here.

    Where can you find this? In Laura’s Etsy shop, La Petite Jungle

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    Picture Party is brought to you by Píccolo. 

     
  12. Hey Baltimore! Come see us at the Bmore Flea tomorrow! We’ll be at Penn Station Plaza (near that giant statue) from 10AM to 5PM.

    There will be a ton of other neat vendors, so come check it out!

     

  13. Wilma & Don, the latest Píccolo Project at the Baltimore Book Fest

    We are so excited to participate in the Baltimore Book Festival next weekend that we just had to share our latest project with you!

    A mysterious & reclusive old couple has recently passed away. It is through objects found at their estate sale that we can uncover the curious pasts and personalities of these individuals.


    Six very talented and mysterious illustrators have attempted to depict what they found at the couple’s estate within these pages. They had no contact with one another during this process and any resemblance among their illustrations may be mere coincidence.

    Here are just a couple of the beauteous illustrations from the book:

    Mysterious graffitied clown shoes by Sam Kalda

    Swimming medals by Alex Citrin (note there there are no 1st place!)

    A monkey skull by Jordan Sondler

    The festival is September 27-29, 2013 (Fri & Sat: noon-8pm, Sun: noon-7pm) at Mt. Vernon Place, centered on 600 North Charles Street in
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    Come find our table and say hello! We will be selling our To Market tote bags, classic petite prints, and our brand new book: Wilma & Don!

     

  14. Small Press Expo 2013

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    SPX (The Small Press Expo) takes place every year in Bethesda, Maryland and every year it seems to get bigger and more magnificent! Look at all these folks!
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    We attended earlier today to meet illustrators and comic artists, browse independently produced wares, and come home with beautiful comics and prints! (we are giddy about our hauls!)

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    Events like this are really inspiring. Its exciting and comforting to know that there is a whole world of creative people out there making brilliant things. It is wonderful to be in a great, big room full of people who make things and appreciate makers of things. Can’t wait for next year!

     

  15. Píccolo Picks - Things We Love: Zine Edition & Lizzy Stewart

    We have had zines and independent, small press publications on the brain lately! This could be because two swell book related events are coming up to get us jazzed about it! This September will hold the annual Baltimore Book Festival (at which we will have a table) as well as SPX (the Small Press Expo) that will be in Bethesda, Maryland. If you are local both are totally worth checking out!

    PĂ­ccolo is all about creative, small products and we love the genuine quality in a handmade zine or the creativity in an original artist’s book. 
    We have been following the lovely illustrations of Lizzy Stewart for some time now. Lizzy is a UK based illustrator who has made several zines. We first fell in love with Toska a wordless and beautifully drawn zine that Lizzy produced a few years ago.

    We liked how we was able to convey a mood through her pencil work and tonality choices. Since then she has made several other zines including Cardigan Heart that illustrated several short stories, as well as two zines she made while on holiday to Iceland and Brussels.
    Her latest zine called Minnows was recently released on August 9th in her shop. She described it as “A 40 page, full colour, litho printed book; a mix of illustrations and short stories, comics and the occasional ill-advised poem. This is a limited run of only 500 books.”
     
    We adore Lizzy’s work and love discovering zines like these!