Totally in love with these prints by artist, Erin Robinson, from her shop Brooklyn Dolly.
Two weeks ago today I returned from a wonderful trip to Sweden. It was my first time in Scandinavia and it was pretty amazing to spend a lazy week in the charming city of Stockholm. From afternoons doing fika (loose translation: a break that consists of coffee and pastries) to boutique and gallery hopping and strolls down cozy cobblestone streets my time there was the refresher I needed before gearing up for the launch of I Love My Hair. The visit was quick but I do intend on going back to visit soon.
Which brings me to my question, any Fly visitors who live in Stockholm? I want to know more about your city, mainly about the art and design scene. Favorite shops, artists, events? Please comment below.
Today is the birthday I Love My Hair. This means for those who pre-ordered your package has shipped, and the book is now available on bookshelves at most local bookstores.
And just six months ago this was all just a dream.
I Love My Hair is a coloring book about hair. A topic my work has covered for the last six years. This has been a dream project because of the topic and because I love to draw, or more specifically doodle. So I Love My Hair is filled with intricate doodles and funky lettering waiting to be embellished by you.
There were three main personal goals I focused on while working on this book:
1. To create art. I am an artist. Drawing is my world. And I wanted to produce work that challenged me and also reflected my interests and background.
2. Produce art that represents my passion to empower all women and girls to love themselves.
3. And encourage others to follow their dreams.
The opportunity to work on this project came a few months after I resigned from my full-time faculty position. Without much of a plan and with little savings, I decided to seriously pursue my dream to work full-time as an artist and illustrator. I strongly believe I Love My Hair happened because I took that leap of faith. So this book is not only about fun coloring and self-love but also about living my dream.
For the last few weeks leading up to the launch of I Love My Hair I've been posting on Instagram little facts I've learned about hair while working on the book. Fun things like the origin of the Jheri Curl and the bobby pin, and the inspiration behind Carmen Miranda's headdress. But here on Fly I'd like to share the most important things I learned during this process. And these are the things I learned about myself.
I learned how important it is for me to draw everyday. I need it. My life feels deficient without it. It's my meditation. It's how I stay grounded and connected.
I learned what it means to be an artist. An artist who is a woman. An artist who is a woman of color. During this process I learned that others may want to define what that means for me but that I must always stand my ground and remember that I am the only person who gets to determine what that means in my life.
I learned to be more definitive and decisive. Short timelines will do that.
I learned what it really means for me to be a businesswoman.
And I was reminded to always be myself. Always staying true to who I am at my core.
I Love My Hair has been a dream. The team at Schwartz & Wade have been so supportive and amazing through this entire process. Friends and family, and my social media family have been super encouraging and enthusiastic about I Love My Hair.
I am forever grateful for all who have supported me in living my dream.
I hope you will be able to come out and celebrate. See the posts below for upcoming events. I will be posting more soon.
Also, have you learned any lessons lately? While working on a project? Please share!
I can't believe we're only a few days away from the release of my first book, I Love My Hair. In celebration there are a few events happening that I'd like to share with you. Here is a list of the first round:
Book signing at Hooray Books! in Alexandria, VA on Nov. 11 | 7PM
Book release party at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, NC Nov. 19 | 7PM (get your ticket here)
I hope you'll come out to help me celebrate!
Do you still write down your dates and plans in an agenda? I do. Noting to-dos and meetings in my iPhone has been great for me, but there's something so nice about writing it down. And nothing like doing so in a cute agenda/planner. This lovely series from ban.do is filled with fun illustrations, hand-lettering, and funky color. I get excited every time I have to open it up to my make notes or lists.
Lately, I've been trying to only purchase items that I love that will last a long time. One day I'd like to invest in a pair of handcrafted leather shoes in a stylish but classic style like these beautiful ones from SevillaSmith.
Here's a little of what I'm listening to lately.
1. Ego Death from The Internet is sooo good.
2. St Germain by St Germain has a lovely blend of global beats. You'll hear a glorious mix of sounds from Brazil and Mali paired with the blues.
3. I wasn't sure what to expect from Janet Jackson's Unbreakable but I have to say I'm really enjoying it. For me Unbreakable sounds like her Janet and Velvet Rope albums (two favorites of mine) had a baby.
4. A few Months ago a Fly reader sent a link to this Emily King video and I instantly fell in love with her music. Sadly, I think I deleted that email by accident and wasn't able to thank her for putting me on to this album.
Listening to anything good? Do share.
Have a great weekend!!
I've been stumbling upon some great Etsy shops lately like RUG by GUR. Each rug is handmade in Portugal using traditional Portuguese techniques. I absolutely love the geometric shapes and minimal color.
Have you found any cool online shops lately?
In my last post I was mentioning that I was back to blogging regularly, but spoke too soon. Things keep coming up that distract me from updating as I'd like, but I'm always seeing wonderful goodies and collecting them along the way to share with you. Like these recycled brass masks made in Ghana from Indego Africa. I've been looking for some masks for my home and fell in love with these when I saw them posted on Instagram. I want all of them, and know exactly where I would hang them.
For the past three months I've been engulfed in a sea of drawing and book promo planning for my new book I Love My Hair (out in November). My social life this summer was non-existent: no beach, no pool, and no cookouts. It was a lot of work, which meant minimal sleep, and a lot of arm exercises. But it was the best time ever. This is the work I am meant to do and I loved every minute of it.
When I submitted my final files, a little corner of my heart was sad that the drawing part of the process was over. Of course, I can always draw but there's something about a definitive deadline for a specific project. I had no choice but to focus, which I'm a little flexible with when it comes to my personal projects.
Because of the book I had to put a hold on everything, including the blog. But now I am happy to be back to share some new inspirations along with artists and designers I'm loving, and updates on launch events for the book (so excited about these and can't wait to give more details).
To get back into the groove I want to share this campaign for Brazilian clothing brand Farm Rio's Black Retro by photographer Raphael Lucena. Some of these photos have been circling the web for some time but it took forever for me to find the credit for the images. Aren't they just lovely?