meeting illustrators

so, it has been a very busy summer! between projects due and an epic two week vacation, i was able to meet and spend time with two of my very favorite illustrators. i am pretty lucky to have met these ladies and feel very grateful to be able to call them my friends.

emily & i

emily balsley and i go back for quite some time. when i first "met" her i was living in milwaukee, wi where i was working at a community acupuncture clinic by day and illustrating wedding invitations by night. we both were signed up to do a sewing class through A Beautiful Mess, which i did nothing at the time and emily kicked my butt in doing some amazing projects. it has been pretty spectacular to see where emily's work has gone over the past few years!

so, my family and i drove up to madison, wi for the day to meet emily and get a peek into her life. she pretty much has the cutest house i have ever seen and the best studio (shooting myself for not taking any pictures). we got to meet her adorable dancing daughter stella and her yogi bike riding husband, stephen. they treated us to a very lovely dinner and we were sad to say our goodbyes at the end of the evening. 

 thanks for having us emily!

nicky & i

a few weeks later, the holmes crew and my mom took a trip out west to san francisco and portland. while traveling between cities we got to stop in the beautiful town of petaluma, ca to meet the very talented surface designer and illustrator nicky ovitt. again, i am totally jealous of nicky's cute house and studio (i took a few pictures this time). we were treated to a fabulous lunch and sat outside while catching up. i got to peek into nicky's studio which is a stand alone little cottage in her backyard. pretty much my dream studio. i got to see how she creates her amazing illustrations and see a few of her recent projects. pretty amazing!

clockwise from left nicky's tea towel | wilcke handkerchief (i'm incredibly jealous) | nicky and her computer | her drawing table

we also discovered her backyard zip line!!!! and took way too many turns zipping across! 

my mom zip lining! 

nicky, it was fabulous to meet you, i wish we lived closer! thank you for having us as well!

there is nothing like meeting people who are amazing and inspiring like these two. "i am so lucky" as my daughter would say.