Wednesday, November 24, 2010

sneak peek: christine & rich's save-the-dates

here's a sneak peek of the save-the-dates for christine & rich's wedding... can't give too much away, because they haven't even gone out yet! i'll show the full piece when they are happily out the door. =)

The Nic Studio in 1000 More Greetings book!

if you follow me on twitter, you know i was surprised a couple weeks ago when i found out that my work was featured in the new book, 1000 More Greetings (rockport publishing). i had submitted my work last year for the book, but we were never notified as to whether or not they were using it. so what a happy surprise to find my work in the book, along with so many of my wonderful collegues!

the above photos are of my pieces in the book. first is adrienne and andrew's invitation suite, and the second includes two images from betsy and jeb's suite, their RSVP and their pre-wedding softball game invitation.

also included in the book were several of my stationery buddies, including (but certainly not limited to) those pictured above. from top: wedding invitation from brown sugar design studio; first birthday invite from jane hancock papers; note cards from sycamore street press.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

my dearnic etsy store is back up and running... with new stuff!

so i finally put my etsy store back up... after months and months of neglect, i've added some new (and some old) items back into the space. just in time for the holidays!

first up, my holiday cards. nothing new here, if you've followed my work. but some have been rather popular, and since i'm so busy getting my line ready for the national stationery show in may (eeek!), i opted to reuse the old ones for the time being. plenty of people still don't have the hot santa cards yet, after all!

but the new additions are what i'm most excited about... i've decided to start doing some new poster prints. the ones up on etsy are just the tip of the iceberg, but i think they're pretty great...

the kid prints are all pieces i did for special occasions in my own life. my daughter's first birthday invitation and art piece were the "winter girl" print, and the "little boy blue" and "mary, mary" prints were original pieces done as gifts for friends and their first babies.

the "brooklyn woman" piece is something that's part of my new collection. one of the things i love most about brooklyn are the people here. they all have attitude, they all have tons of personality, they often don't know how funny they are. i walk around my neighborhood from time to time snapping photos of people around me -- old men playing dominoes or mah johng, old ladies sitting alone in chairs outside of their buildings, kids playing hopscotch... it's an amazing environment rich with character, if most of us just take a moment to stop and look around.

if you'd like to order anything, please go to my dearnic etsy shop. thanks!

Monday, November 8, 2010

cross-post: wood inspiration

i'm currently working on a drawing for a ready-to-order set to add to the nic notes marriage line. it involves winter, and wood, and all those great outdoor things.

so i started thinking, how many illustrations out there really involve wood? how many will inspire me? well, i have my answer. check it out:

 aesop's fable cover, illustration by milo winter.

 illustration by kristiana parn.

 winter woods abstract by joseph rossbach photography.

 we in winter woods, morton lloyd garchik.

 winter woods, illustration by vivien blackburn.

illustration from lokomotywa, by jan lenica

 the old woman in the wood, illustration by arthur rackham.

winter woods, illustration by karin neumann.