Monday, December 13, 2010

9 More Shopping Days Left

And here's a reminder of where I will be till
December 24th.

Everyday from 10-8 at Union Square Holiday Market
in the NewNew booth.

December 15-23 at Gifted, Brooklyn Flea with
NY Design Room.

And for those of you outside of New York,
my last shipping day before the holidays
is December 20th.

Monday, December 6, 2010


Goes to Hannah with her chocolate dipped bananas.
Please email me with your contact information.

And for all my lovely readers out there I apologize so much
for the lack of blogging on my part but I'm working like a mad woman.
I miss my hours of sitting here and writing but imagine me instead
standing outside in NYC selling my wares and I will be back very soon I promise.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1st Giveaway

Here's a chance to win the perfect gift for a food loving friend or family member.

As our year of seasonal recipes draws to a close Sung and I have produced
the entire year as a set of 12 folded gift cards. Each 5" x 7" card has the
original illustration on the front and the full recipe + nutritional benefits
on the back. They all come together with matching white envelopes.

So, they can be sent as cards, kept as a recipe book of sorts or even framed
and enjoyed in the kitchen.

Here's what you have to do. Pick a month and share a simple recipe using the
basic ingredients that are in season.
I can't wait to receive some truly international ideas and the winner will
be randomly picked next Tuesday December 8th.

complete set of 12 recipe cards

cover card

saffron laced fennel card

charred chard card

plum ketchup card

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall/Winter Market Schedule

As the holiday shopping season gets underway my schedule
picks up so for the next 6 weeks this is where you'll find me:

Saturday, November 13th and 20th Brooklyn Flea (outdoors)
Friday, November 19th - December 24th Union Square Holiday Market
Wednesday December 15th - December 23rd Gifted, One Hanson Place, Brooklyn

This Saturday, November 13th I will also be signing copies of Tribal Alphabet
at the Brooklyn Museum for their annual

Children's Book Fair

Saturday, November 13, Noon - 4 p.m.

The Rubin Pavilion

Meet your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators.

The Brooklyn Museum presents the fourth annual Children's Book Fair, with more than thirty Brooklyn authors and illustrators.

The fair features storybooks, picture books, and graphic novels and includes author readings, a game for children, and light refreshments


1 p.m. Randall de Seve, author of Matilda and the Orange Balloon

2 p.m. R. Gregory Christie, illustrator of Black Magic

3 p.m. Artie Bennett, author of The Butt Book

Participating Authors and Illustrators

Artie Bennett, Cathleen Bell, Sophie Blackall, Peter Brown, Lauren Castillo, R.Gregory Christie, Nina Crews, Randall de Seve, Zetta Elliott, Buket Erdogan, Emily Goodman, Melanie Greenberg, Lisa Greenwald, Jenny Han, Mike Herrod, Isabel Hill, Paul Hoppe, John and Wendy, Nancy Krulik, Diane Landolf, Alison Lowenstein, Laura Ljungkvist, Meghan McCarthy, Leslie Margolis, Diane Muldrow, Roxie Munro, Johan Olander, Claudia Pearson, Sean Qualls, Sergio Ruzzier, David Stein, Scott Teplin, Lauren Thompson, Robin Wasserman, Jacqueline Woodson, Dwight Zimmerman

Location: 200 Eastern Parkway - Brooklyn, NY - 11238

Subway: 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum

Monday, November 8, 2010


Goes to Jonathan Berger for winning the Calendar Tea Towel.
The soup ideas were inspiring and have set me up for the rest
of the season.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1st Giveaway

It's high time for another giveaway and what better
gift to offer than my 2011 Calendar Tea Towel.
As always you have to do just a little bit of work for this.

My family are eating a great deal of vegetable soup these
days and I'd love to know whether you are too.

Please leave a comment below on your essential 3 vegetables,
minus the all important mirepoix (carrots, onion, celery),
that make your soup particularly yummy.
The winner will be randomly selected November 8th.

2011 Calendar Tea Towel folded

2011 Calendar Tea Towel flat

2011 Calendar Tea Towel hanging

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Exquisite Book EXHIBITION and PARTY This Friday!

Julia Rothman

Newsletter ImageNewsletter ImageNewsletter Image You're invited!

Please join us THIS FRIDAY on Oct 22nd at Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo Brooklyn to celebrate the launch of our book, The Exquisite Book, with a big PARTY and EXHIBITION ! All 100 of the artists' pages will be on view, hung in the connected order they appear in the book. The pieces have been created as Plywerk bamboo mounted prints and will be for sale at the exhibition.

The book will also be for sale and you can meet and get your book signed by these participating artists:

Carson Ellis, Mike Perry, Deanne Cheuk, Jen Corace, Jennifer Daniel, Nigel Peake, Joe Hart, Caitlin Keegan, Nigel Peake, Mike Lowery, Katy Horan, Zach Kanin, Chris Kyung, Aaron Meshon, Leif Parsons, Arthur Jones, Laura Ljungkvist, Jonathon Rosen, Ryan Jacob Smith, Claudia Pearson, Ben Finer, Liz Zanis and the authors Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothe.

The party is sponsored by Stella Artois. Wine will also be served.

Here are the details:

Friday October 22nd 6-9pm
Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street
(corner of Water & Main St.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Subways: F to York Street, A/C to High Street

We are so excited about the book so come BRING FRIENDS and help us CELEBRATE!!!!!!!

ps. If you can't make it to the exhibition we are also launching a web shop on Oct. 22nd where you will be able to purchase the Plywerk prints. Check our site Friday for the shop launch:

Friday, October 15, 2010

September Recipe

Today I'm happy to share some Fall delights from Sung Uni Lee
and myself. Apologies that September has just been posted
but chard is still at every farmers market so please try this simple

I'm also selling these next 2 illustrations as prints in my shop.
Sung and I are also busy compiling the 12 months of recipes together
as a fabulous gift set for the holidays - stay tuned.

charred chard

This recipe is a great crowd pleaser during an Indian summer day when the glowing embers heating the grill that make you nostalgic for a long summer sunsets.
The taste of grilled greens is deep and satisfying, a cross between roasted nori (another green vegetable) and potato chips; so kids chomp it up.
Cook the leaves and stem separately because their different water content and texture require different cooking times. Alternately, the stems can be used to grab from the grill and pop these delicious snacks straight to your mouth.

1/2 bunch Swiss or Rainbow Chard, good for more mature chard with large leaves
1/4 C olive oil
1/3 C nutritional yeast
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Cut each stalk at the base of the leaf to separate leaves and stem.
Combine remaining ingredients and mix well.
With a pastry brush of with your hands, spread a tsp of the mixture on the front of the leaves. Stack leaves up when seasoned so that the underside of
the layered leaves are also seasoned.
Toss the stems in remaining mixture to grill or broil separately.
Due to their thickness and water content, the stems take longer to cook and are chewier
On a grill or with broiler on high heat,
place several pieces for 2-3 minutes, until crispy
Remove from heat to serve, they are more crisp once cooled.

October Recipe

plum ketchup

Are you like most people and hoard a plethora of condiments to enhance your meals? Unfortunately, most commercially prepared condiments
are loaded with high fructose corn syrup.
In response, here's a quickie recipe for a homemade ketchup that combines the ubiquitous condiments of the plum sauce and good, old standard ketchup.
It's interesting to note that the origin of ketchup is believed to be southeast east meets west meets east again.
Depending on the color of the key ingredients such as the plum, tomato and the sweetener, the resultant color can vary greatly, giving you a beautiful range of dark oranges to maroon hues. Adjust the amount of spice depending on who's going to be dipping their french fries into this tangy condiment.

2 med-large tomatoes
4 plums
1 large onion, medium dice
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp, coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp allspice
1 medium spice chili pepper
1 tsp salt or to taste
4 TBSP sherry vinegar
4 TBSP honey or molasses

  • Roughly chop all vegetables in preparation for cooking.
  • Dry roast spices in large stockpot for 2 minutes over medium high heat.
  • Add remaining ingredients, except honey and vinegar, and lower the flame to medium low heat. Cover with a good fitting lid.
  • Cook for 15 minutes when all the water from the fruit will be released. Add vinegar & honey, molasses, or maple syrup. The sweetener you use will affect the color and taste of the resultant condiment. Adjust salt to taste.
  • Cook uncovered for another 15-20 minutes to reduce liquid.
  • Turn off heat and let cool thoroughly, approximately 90 minutes.
  • Transfer to blender and liquify the mixture.
  • Transfer to glass jars and store in the fridge. Store for up to 4 weeks.
  • Make larger batches for canning or freezing.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Re:Form School Paintings

We had a fabulous weekend enjoying the amazing
work at the Re:Form School show. I hope that some of you
managed to visit and if you did would love to know
your thoughts.

My paintings were inspired by Alice Waters Edible Schoolyard
and the idea that every school child should have access to
fresh, locally grown produce.
I painted my illustrations on both bamboo and fallen palm leaf plates.
I wanted to emphasize the amount of waste that goes on
in school cafeterias across the US. Every day mounds of styrofoam
and plastic are emptied into giant garbage cans.

If only we could use sustainable materials to serve our children
balanced and nutritional meals.

The paintings that have not sold will be available in my store in the
following week.

Re:Form School Wall

Re:Form School Wall detail

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Newest editions

I'm pleased to reveal my final addition to the seasonal tea towels.

winter folded

winter hanging

And also the set of 4 which makes the perfect gift - these will be available
on November 1st but you can pre-order right here.


set in bag

I also have my Mushroom towel in stock which was created specifically for
the lovely shop Terrain. These are also available here.

mushroom folded

mushroom hanging

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Re:Form School

Re:Form School

The lack of writing here can only mean one thing and that's
that I've been extremely productive and creative.
The most exciting of which is that I'm involved in this great
art show opening in New York on
Saturday, October 9th.

Re:Form School is a REDU project which stands for rethinking, reforming and
rebuilding US education. It is a movement designed to expand and
encourage the national conversation around education reform.
Here's where to get involved.

And for a really amusing photo of me go right here.

RE:FORM SCHOOL will be open to the public,

Saturday, October 9th, 2010 through Monday, October 11th, 2010

between the hours of 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and is located at

233 Mott Street, New York City, NY 10012.

If you don't make it down I'll be posting pictures of my work and the event

next week.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jen Altman

Last week, as I was packing up my weekly etsy shipments,
I noticed a name I recognized. It turns out that photographer
Jen Altman, who's work I have seen on numerous blogs, had purchased
my We Live in Brooklyn Baby print for her new Brooklyn home.

Her lovely house was featured yesterday on design*sponge and she was
kind enough to share this photo with me.
Be sure to check out her beautiful photography right here.

Jen Altman's house

Monday, September 20, 2010

Brooklyn Flea

I had a great time at the Brooklyn Flea this Saturday and
I'll be there every Saturday except for a few until Thanksgiving
so, if you're in the neighborhood please stop by and say "hi".

It's so lovely when my readers do find me and are happy to stumble
upon me and my work in person.
My Fall market schedule is as follows:

Brooklyn Flea September 25th, October 9th, 23rd, 30th,
November 6th, 20th

Madison Square Market September 26th

Crafty Bastard, Washington DC October 2nd

Crafts in Chelsea, NY October 16th

Brooklyn Flea 9/18/10

Brooklyn Flea 9/18/10

This past weekend I shared my booth with Jordan from Enormous Champion.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Exquisite Book

I am so excited, as I think I've mentioned a number of times,

to be part of this amazing book compiled by Julia Rothman.

It's finally available here and believe me, after seeing this great little

film about it you'll surely want to pick up a copy.

There will be a grand party where prints from the book will be on

sale and artists signing copies.

OCT 22 (Friday)
Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn NY 11201


The Exquisite Book from ALSO on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Goes to Allison today for winning the Fall tea towel.
Her blog offers up a nice combination of craft and food.

As the school year finally commences so will my more consistent
blogging. I have an incredibly busy September schedule but I will
make every attempt to give my lovely readers regular updates
and share work by other inspiring artists.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1st Giveaway

To celebrate the upcoming Fall harvests I'm offering
one of my new Fall tea towels to a lucky winner this month.

Fall tea towel hanging

Just post a comment below on your favorite apple recipe
and the winner will be randomly picked on September 8th.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fall tea towel is here

I'm happy to say that I'm finally ahead of myself with production
and that my Fall tea towel is in my store.
The Winter tea towel is hot on its' heels and the set of 4 will
be available by mid September.
Enjoy the beautiful harvest.

Fall tea towel hanging half

Fall tea towel hanging

Fall tea towel folded

Stay tuned on September 1 for the monthly giveaway.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Real Thing

It made me really happy to come across this today and discover
that the recipes that Sung and I produce are really being tested out.
For the full experience just go here.

zucchini pasta

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Summer Tote Winner

I have been so absent this month with wonderful family trips
to beaches, woods and mountains that my blog has really
been neglected. So apologies to those who check in regularly
and see no new posts.

There are so many new projects bubbling away and some
new products that will be revealed in the coming week.

In the meantime, I found this today on a blog written by
the winner of my Summer tote giveaway I did with Enormous Champion.
I love the dynamic way she is modeling my bag.

tote winner

Monday, August 2, 2010

August Give Away with Enormous Champion

Last month's give away was a lovely tea towel designed by Enormous Champion
and this month they are hosting my seasonal summer tote.
For a chance to win it head over here and place a comment.

I will be away on vacation until August 15th so no more news till then.
Happy August sun, food and relaxation.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream

And finally for the summer this delicious dessert that
can be assembled quickly on a BBQ or on the stove.

grilled peaches with ice cream

This is a great dessert for a grill to warm up the tender, melt-in-your-mouth flesh

of one of the seasons most unique fruits.

Pair this with a simple vanilla ice cream and you'll have an

unforgettable dessert to rock out at any gathering.

* 4 large ripe freestone peaches

* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

* 1/4 cup brown sugar

* 1/4 cup dark rum

* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

* vanilla ice cream for serving

* Heat up a syrup by combining all ingredients in a fireproof saucepan,

except for the peaches, on the grill (5 min)

* Meanwhile, cut peaches in half and remove seeds

* Baste peaches and put on the grill, cook on both sides for 4-5 minutes

* Place peaches, some extra syrup and scoop of ice cream to serve

Zucchini Pasta with Blue Cheese Pesto

Next up on our summer menu is this ridiculously simple
but ever so tasty entree.

zucchini pasta with blue cheese pesto

This dish matches the blue cheese with watercress, a uniquely inspired pesto for room temperature pasta dishes and blanched vegetables.

The pasta in this dish is really shredded zucchini that has been "cooked" with salt,

so its a great dish for people who want to cut down on starch.

If this still tastes too raw for you, you can quickly cook the zucchini over or with a quick saute.

"Pesto" in Italian means bruised, so get out your mortar and pestle and smash away. Otherwise, carefully combine ingredients in the order suggested for a creamy, tangy sauce for a dish that keeps you cool in the hottest weather.

Zucchini Pasta

* 4-6 large green zucchini

* 1 tsp of salt per zucchini (approximately)

* use a mandolin or grater to create thin strips of vegetable

* salt liberally and let sit overnight.

the reaction of the salt and vegetable, makes the vegetable more malleable,

so it acts like a pasta

* rinse the zucchini in a little running water,

squeeze excess water in batches with your hand

Blue Cheese Pesto

* 3 cloves garlic

* 2 tbsp pine nuts

* 1/2 cup watercress

* 3 tbsp blue cheese

* extra virgin olive oil (approx 1/4 cup)

* salt and pepper to taste

* Dry roast (no oil added) pine nuts on an hot skillet for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Let cool.

* Put the garlic and pine nuts into a food processor and blend until all pieces are uniform.

* Add the watercress until leaves are finely chopped.

* Add cheese, then blend while drizzling olive oil into the mixture until a creamy consistency.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sour Cherry Soup

After a brief hiatus, we're back in the kitchen with Sung.
This month we're combining our ingredients from June, July
and August to create 3 delicious courses.

First up is a refreshing entree.

sour cherry soup

This recipe is based on a traditional Hungarian recipe using tart Morello cherries and sour cream and is served as an appetizer. The modification is using yogurt and also blending the soup instead of cooking the cherries. Most of the work comes from pitting fresh cherries, but if pitted frozen cherries work just as well.

* 1 lb. fresh cherries

* 1 lemon, zest and juice

* 1/2 tsp salt

* 1/2 tsp tarragon

* 1 C yogurt

* 1 C water

* 1 tsp of agave nectar


- Rinse and pit cherries, reserve some for garnish

- Zest lemon with fine grater then extract juice from the lemon

- Add all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

- Garnish with a thin stream of yogurt ladled with a spoon,

then add a whole cherry or two.

Stay tuned this week for our main course and yummy dessert.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Goes to Shauna who was randomly picked and has
won the Enormous Champion give away.

Next week I will be giving a brand new tote bag away
on their blog and will also have some of our Summer
recipes to share. Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 1 Giveaway

Today I'm collaborating with the lovely Jordan and Jason of Enormous Champion.
They are offering one of their delightful
Animals Amassed Tea Towels.
This towel is made in the USA on 100% Belgian linen.
The linen is a lovely shade of natural beige/flax colored linen, and silkscreened with a warm grey ink.
Their logo is in the bottom right corner of the towel.

It measures approximately 20 x 25 inches.
This towel looks as good framed as it does in the kitchen!

Which brings me to the question I'd like you to answer in order to enter the contest.
Decoration or function ? Do you hang lovely tea towels as artwork or watch them
change over time with all your lovely food stains ?
Place the comment below and 1 lucky winner will be picked on July 8th.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I've just recently started working with a wonderful store called Terrain.
Terrain is located within Styer's, a gorgeous garden center just outside of Philadelphia.
They carry my line of seasonal tea towels and suggested I make a mushroom themed one.
Here's the design so far-I will also make this available as a print.

Mushroom Tea Towel Design

Monday, June 21, 2010

Anna Betts

It's safe to say that I have really neglected my blog over the last few weeks
and as I scramble to keep achieving everything I set out to do I just never seem
to make it here. It will certainly pay off when my next set of products are launched
next month and hopefully my childrens book project moves into the next stage.

So, here's some work by Anna Betts who is an illustration
student from Cambridge, England. Her blog is certainly worth checking out.
And here are some illustrations from an ongoing university project where
she's traveled the world with her illustrations following the path her
grandfather took as a tobacco trader from the 1960's-80's.
The result so far are these beautifully simple drawings evocative of
1960's travel posters.





A Journey By Numbers

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Goes to Tanith Connolly for winning the Summer Tea Towel.

I'm offering my Summer Tea Towel to those who entered but didn't win for $12.
Just send me an email and I'll let you know how to purchase it.

And thanks for those who came by to Renegade in Williamsburg last weekend.
The wind and rain played havoc with our tent but we remained steadfast
and I had a great 2 days.
Here's a calm breeze free moment.

Renegade tent last weekend

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Events This Weekend

Tomorrow all our hard work comes to fruition as the NewNew house
on Governors Island opens to the public. We will be open from
June 4th - September 5th when the island is open to the public.
Our press party was yesterday and Eyewitness News spent a happy
hour filming and interviewing so look for us over here.
Here's a sneak peek of the house and some of the wonderful
participating artists.

Front of our house

Eyewitness News presenter

front of the house

back of the house

New new portraits

Claudia Pearson corner

Claudia Pearson

Take Me Homeware

Alexandra Ferguson

And here are my special Governor Island Tea Towels available here.

Governors Island tea towel hanging

Governors Island tea towel folded

I will also be at Renegade this Saturday and Sunday from 11-7.
I'm offering a 10% discount to my readers who stop by and say hi.