A big thank you to The House That Lars Built for including me in their “Becoming” series of interviews, in conjunction with this month’s Lars Book Club Pick: “Michelle Obama’s Becoming! It’s a joy to share this interview because it gives me a chance to talk about how I ended up doing the work I do today. It was definitely not a straight shot to illustration for me! I took the scenic route, and have no regrets. Hope you enjoy hearing a bit more about my journey :)
Read the interview here:
A while back I had the opportunity to create a poster for Lars Book Club in honor of Grace Bonney’s book, In the Company of Women. I was so inspired by Mary Going’s quote in the book — “You have to be willing to be bad at it in order to get good at it.” This poster is still available for download (yay!) from The House That Lars built, here:
I’m so excited to be included on the Create & Cultivate 100 this year! It’s such an honor to be featured amongst this group of amazing women. I hope you’ll read my interview, and also check out profiles of the other 99 women on the list!
Read my interview here:
Hey everyone! I'm so excited to share my new Skillshare online class where I'll take you through my process and techniques for creating illustrations from which to build beautiful animations using Procreate and Photoshop. I hope that after taking this class you'll be able to create fun, little animations of your own. And Bonus! You can take the class free with this 2-month trial:
Big, big thank you to Liam Spradlin for having me on the Google Design Notes Podcast! If you want to hear a little more about my illustration work and process then I hope you'll have a listen :)
And here's a peek at the highlights:
Hey friends! I'm happy to share that I have an exhibition opening later this month in Michigan's Upper Peninsula at Finlandia University in Hancock. So if you've been looking for things to add to your Michigan summer travel/ art itinerary, then I would love for you to come see some work :)
Finlandia University International School of Art and Design
Libby VanderPloeg: Sharp Edges
July 26 – September 6, 2018
Please join us for a closing reception:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 7:00 – 8:30 PM // Artist talk beginning at 7:20 PM
Finlandia University Gallery Finnish-American Heritage Center
435 Quincy Street, Hancock, MI (906) 487-7500
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday–Friday
Thank you to everyone who came out to hear me talk a couple of weeks ago at Creative Mornings! If you weren't able to make it to the event, then you're in luck because we have a lovely recording of it, which you can watch here:
Hey NPR junkies! Angela Garbes, author of Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy (published by Harper Wave), will be talking about her book today, Tuesday 5/22, on Fresh Air! Good choice, Terry Gross! I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to illustrate her book cover. The book is available for preorder, and officially out in the world on 5/29/18.
Got a creative kid in your life? Looking for fun summer activities to stave off their summer boredom? Then sign 'em up for my Summer art workshop at Saugatuck Center for the Arts, July 19-20! Join me for two days of "Drawing Remixed," a drawing and collage workshop for 7-14 year-olds. It's gonna be fun!
Tickets available here: https://www.sc4a.org/events/drawing-remixed/
Hope you can join me and lots of other sparkly, creative minds on the morning of May 18 in Grand Rapids, MI for my Creative Mornings GR talk on the topic of COMMITMENT! It's always such a fun event and you get delicious breakfast and coffee too, so why would you want to miss that? Join their mailing list for updates on the event location and for alerts on when tickets go up :)
Happy to announce that I'm now being repped in the UK by the outstanding illustration agents at Snyder New York. I've been repped in North America by Snyder since 2015, and am looking forward to more fun projects with them abroad (and excuses to travel to London, always).
Attention stripe fans! The Art of Stripes, the latest book in my Art of series with Hardie Grant UK, is out! As a total stripe junky (I have SO MANY STRIPES IN MY LIFE), this book is near and dear to me. Tops to bottoms, scarves to socks, this handy little lookbook is full of inspiration for how to wear all your favorite stripey pieces, plus profiles of some of the women who've made this pattern a style classic. It's available now on Amazon and in fine book shops.
If you're in Austin this month, make a point to check out all of the amazing SaveArtSpace billboards that are up around the city! I'm honored to have my Vote Vote Vote artwork included as part of their #whatwillyoudo exhibition, in conjunction with Tumblr. You can find the Vote Vote Vote billboard on the North side at 3810 Medical Parkway.
Also Michigan Maps are here!
I think I've made somewhere around 50 maps since I've been an illustrator, and ever since I starting making them I've wanted to create one of my home state of Michigan. Well, fiiiinalllllly I did! Keeping things very local, they are printed on French paper, out of Niles Michigan, by the amazing silkscreen artists at Grand Rapids-based End Hymns. These 5-color, limited edition prints are now available in my Print Shop!
Hey friends! What a #@!*#* year. If you're looking to adopt a new mantra, then perhaps consider "VOTE." And it never hurts to have an aesthetically-pleasing reminder up on the wall to get you into your polling place. Just in time for the holidays/ special elections/ midterms/ smashing the patriarchy, I'm now selling my "Vote Vote Vote" print! This giclée print is printed with archival, pigment-based inks on heavy-weight, hot-pressed, archival paper in natural white, and available in a variety of sizes. A portion of sales will go to Emily's List, working to get more pro-choice, Democratic women elected to office.
Holiday shoppers! If you're looking for something fun to do in Brooklyn this weekend, stop by the Our Damn Selves Market on Sunday, November 19 at 150 Greenpoint Ave, hosted by my favorite Greenpoint vintage girl, Dusty Rose Vintage! Not only will it be full of amazing artist-made goods, but it's a benefit for Planned Parenthood. Win win. This beautiful flyer is made by Stone and Vein.
Completely sickened, but sadly not surprised, to hear of another mass shooting in the U.S. today. I am thinking about the scientific method right now, and wondering-- if thoughts, prayers, and complete legislative inaction seem to be yielding nothing but greater and greater tragedy, then why not f*ing try to enact stricter gun laws? What will it take to get our governmental bodies to open their lock-tight minds to listen to the majority of Americans instead of the NRA? If you're in the mood to tell your reps how you feel about their inaction regarding gun control legislation, then feel free to download a pdf of this postcard and print from your home printer. It's often said that our reps DO listen to their constituents, although that's starting to sound like some whimsical folklore, given their inaction on the topic to date. Looking forward to midterms in Michigan!
If you're as into analog maps and calendars as I am, then I have some exciting news. I've created a 2018 calendar of maps with Antrhropologie, now available on their site! Whether you're looking for some travel inspo or just trying to remember your parent's anniversary, this sweet piece of print ephemera has got you covered. You can purchase a copy here through Anthro's website!
I hope you are having a nice start to Autumn! Even though it's 90 degrees in Michigan, I'm still feeling the magic of my favorite season. Time for cider donuts, leaf piles, and scratchy wool. So. Much. Wool.
Happy Women's Equality Day to all my fellow ladies! When we support equal opportunity for women from the day they're born on into their golden years, we foster healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable societies.
Less than 100 years ago, a group of strong-willed, persistent (see: nasty) women succeeded in getting the 19th amendment certified, gaining women in the U.S. the right to vote. Obviously no small feat. In 1971, NY Congresswoman "Battling Bella" Abzug prompted congress to designate August 26 as Women's Equality Day, to commemorate the efforts of the suffragettes and the 1920 certification of the amendment. Feeling thankful for the advocacy of these women who were confident enough to speak up for their rights and strategic enough to secure their equality with legislation. Respect.