artist in residence like whoa

the month has come! september! both sides gallery! my work, supplies, kitchen dishes and pens and favorite coffee mug - we're all moved in and ready and raring to get started on the next 6-9 months of intensive art making, calligraphy business-building, networking, life-owning, inspiration-seeking, and general craziness that's surely to come. i can't wait to share it all with you as it unfolds. in the meantime, take a look at some of the words i've been writing and places i've been visiting over the last two weeks!  

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{skull prints: $15 in the etsy shop}

sanskrit photo shoot

{sanskrit being photographed for the new illumine chicago magazine}

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{clockwise from top left: event cards for zapwater communications, new chalkboard mural at both sides gallery, skull prints: $15 in the etsy shop}

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{visiting hammerpress in kansas city}

octopus drawing

{octopus doodling}

a whole bunch of bones

2nd fridays wallribcage illustration{'bigger is better' 11x14 original illustraion - $175 w/frame}

Phew! August is already more than halfway over, and it seems crazy to me that so much has happened in the first 19 days of this summery month. Renovating and revamping a gallery space in Pilsen, frantically making work for the Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays Art Walk, hanging the show, frantically making more work for the Pilsen Unisono Festival, designing a mini jilly ink booth, teaching painting classes, planning for the next three months at the gallery, putting together some exciting editorial work for magazines, commercial work for clients, and plugging away at the upcoming designs from the jilly ink wedding stationery line - this has been one crazy month, to say the least.

pelvis illustration{'so tight' 8x10 original illustration - $120 w/frame SOLD}

finger illustration{'long and hard' 8x10 original illustration - $120 w/frame SOLD}

cheekbone illustration{'nice cheeks' 8x10 original illustration - $120 w/frame}

 

The thing is, though, I'm realizing I wouldn't have it any other way. Ok, maybe with a little less pressure, but honestly, the deadlines, the excitement, the collaboration, planning, productive daydreaming, painting - living fully in everything I'm passionate about is so incredibly exhilarating. I'm so pleased to share with you the work that made it into the gallery for the month of August.

 

rockin curves{'rockin' curves' 11x14 original illustration - $175 w/frame}

 

 

And! Look for some pretty/strange/pretty strange skull prints to be popping up in the jilly ink Etsy shop this week as well!

 

unisono fest table{skulls & script 11x14 prints - $15 each - coming soon to the jilly ink shop}

 

 

(* if you're interested in purchasing any of the original art work from the 2nd Fridays Art Show, please feel free to email me at jilly.ink@gmail.com or call Both Sides Gallery at 419-543-2248)

terrariums terrariums!

20130806_BA_JS_ABC-3 what a lovely night it was, last week, at the gorgeous both sides space, making little terrariums (although, at the time, it was still a bit in shambles before we'd hung the second fridays art show).

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i spent the morning and afternoon at sprout home, picking through their newest shipment of tiny, adorable succulents and cacti, choosing soil, lava rocks, charcoal, sand and rocks. i must say, they are incredibly  wonderful, helpful people, and the store itself is lovely and full of so many plants that i wanted desperately to adopt as my own.

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from there i traveled to blumgarten, a new florist shop that just opened up on halsted and 18th, across from the gallery, in the chicago arts district. they have such a wide array of glassware; it was such fun picking out little vessels for the succulents. with delicious veggie and port pasties from bridgeport pasty, and handmade plant-inspired jilly ink cards, the tables looked inviting and well laid out.

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the workshop was a success, and culminated in the cutest little terrariums that everyone took with them at the end of the night. special thanks to alexis buryk of lexi b photography for taking these perfectly lit photos.

 

i loved sharing this newfound love, and look forward to holding the next one in september! stay tuned, and if you're in the chicago area, i'd love to have you at the next workshop!

nine months and a new show

bigger is better insta nine months ago, i was invited to show work at the gorgeous both sides gallery space in pilsen, chicago. it was a magical experience, full of meeting new people (one of which just so happens to be pouring me a cup of coffee right now), putting my art work out there, gathering feedback, and becoming exposed to one of the most vibrant art communities in this fair city.

tonight, nine months (to the day, and date - how about that?) later, i'll be showing another series. you may remember when i drew a few bones back in the fall.. well, i've decided to expand on that idea and move a little deeper..ehem.. into the body, and context. the theme of this month's show is 'inner beauty', so my take on that was to use suggestive phrases typically geared towards certain parts of the female and male bodies, and juxtapose them alongside illustrations of bones about which they'd be construed as positive attributes. i'll have much more photos to post next week about the opening tonight (i might have a few pieces that need finishing this afternoon... ever the procrastinating artist), but here's a sneak preview of two of the pieces i'll be framing and hanging on the walls.

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if you happen to find yourself in chicago tonight, stop by both sides gallery from 6-10pm, on the corner of 19th and halsted. or stop by anytime this month to take a gander at the show!

wedding guest book: revamped

IMG_3800 i love the idea of a wedding guest book; a timeless record of all the people you've loved and cherished enough to invite and spend $70 a plate on at your momentous wedding day. a space for everyone, the young, the old, those just walking in, and those a little less sober than when they walked in, to write pages upon pages of just how happy they are for you on this next chapter of your life with your partner. theoretically, it's lovely. in reality, what actually happens to it? maybe you read it once - maybe once a year on your anniversary - maybe one third of the pages are filled, maybe no one managed to spill wine all over it at one point in the night. regardless, it's usually put away after the big day, with the photos of the wedding taking precedent as the day's record.

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but, what if there was a different way to keep track of your loved ones in attendance? and then, instead of putting it away, it's displayed, framed, hung for all to see and marvel at? well, a dear friend and former coworker of mine commissioned me to make such a piece for her this past week, and i'm delighted to share it with you.

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modeled after a snapshot she sent of another guest book she'd seen, this is a print with a cutout vw bug, and lots and lots of little 3d balloons for guests to write their names on. afterwards, whitney and scott can frame this and hang it up; a gorgeous reminder of the love they shared together, and with their family and friends! congratulations whitney and scott!

handwritten invitations - still a thing of the present

IMG_2781 last monday, i had the pleasure of visiting the ladies and gents of zapwater communications, sit in their sunlit , exposed brick office, and pen out 18 handwritten invitations to a sneak preview of one of their client's new restaurant ventures. it always amazes me how much longer it takes to complete work like this than i'd originally thought. after just 6 short hours, i finished all 18 invitations and envelopes, to be hand-delivered that afternoon. that, and a delicious lemon chocolate chip scone from little goat down the street made my day pretty awesome.

 

 

 

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spooky address stamp

i had so much fun designing this return address stamp. a dear friend of mine wanted to give a gift that spoke to this couple's love of all things halloween and 'day of the dead'. is it a coincidence that their last name also fits into this theme? i'm not sure, but i sure love how this all came together! happy stamping!

manifesto - lululemon style

a few weeks ago, my dear friend (and amazing, inspiring, ridiculously hilarious woman) leigh trombley invited me to come in to the brand (spanking) new lululemon on newbury street (of which she is the inaugural manager) in boston to paint an excerpt from the lululemon manifesto in their back room.

i have to say, so much of this manifesto speaks to me personally; i've preached it to friends, i've shared it through my yoga classes, and i'm living it by following my passions. here are a few photos of the finished product.

thank you so much, leigh, for having me in your new home. and thank you to the phenomenal team at the newbury street lululemon, for welcoming me in, and inspiring me with your goals, your visions, and your follow-through!

tattooing like whoa

these are all currently up on my tumblr and instagram (@jillyink) accounts, but i thought it'd be a good idea to post them here too - i'd love to share with you all the plethora of custom tattoo designs i've been drawing for people all over the world in the last few weeks. here we go!

{'wait and hope' for reed dunn}

{'friendship: one mind, two bodies' for two best friends}

{infinity symbol with 'memere' and '1.23' to commemorate kate lindsley's grandmother}

{'life/love' infinity symbol with feather detail for megan quesenberry}

{'non est ad astra mollis e terris via' translation: 'there is no easy path from earth to the stars' for shannon}

{'time bomb' last-minute design for megan holly}

this is all so surreal, and amazing. i love being able to share what i love with so many people. keep the commissions coming! more calligraphy, wedding-style, is on the way as well! cheers.

tattooed in uganda

(His angels will guard us in all our ways - for melinda ozongwu)

the other day, a lovely woman named melinda emailed me from uganda. she was on her way to london, and while there, was planning to get a phrase tattooed on her forearm. the design was finalized, the appointment was made, everything was ready. and then, so she says, she stumbled upon this blog. and overhauled her entire design. what an honor it was to take up the task of creating something she could really fall in love with. something that she'd look at every day, and know that taking the extra steps to make it perfect was well worth it. personally, i think it looks just lovely.

gifting the stamp: chris and robin wright

i had the most lovely request while i was home in massachusetts two weeks ago: to design a stamp as a gift to a very special sister.  i more than happily spent one of the rainier days inside with my puppy, drawing up different variations for chris and robin wright's columbus, ohio address, and the result was met with smiles on the faces of the sisters; the sender and receiver both.

oh hello new england stamp - schiavi family

my parents came to visit chicago last week, bringing with them my favorite red barn coffee roasters coffee, a six-pack of sam adams, extra yoga mats so they could take my class, and just so so so much fun.  and while they were here, my mum commissioned me to make a stamp for our home back in massachusetts.

i had such a wonderful time with them, and i can't wait to see this new little stamp in it's rightful place on the kitchen counter in milford, massachusetts when i go back to visit in august.

wedding invitations like whoa

hello everyone! i've been bombarded with yoga lately, both at the lovely lululemon and in the community, where i've been both teaching and practicing as much as i can!  i can say, however, that in the midst of all these downward facing dogs, i have been inking my pen up quite a bit as well.  i'm happy to post some photos of two sets of wedding invitations that i recently addressed for my cousin's and a friend's upcoming marriage celebrations.  the actual invitations that went along with these envelopes were breathtaking, and i wouldn't be surprised if they showed up on the blogosphere or in some local wedding magazines.

the first was for my friend rochelle's wedding.  she and her fiance pat are working with the 'rustic/elegant library' theme (everything included in their wedding, from the invitations to the escort cards to the centerpieces, revolves around books!), and so i decided to utilize a hybrid style for their invites.  soft, fluid script for the invitees atop a more calculated upper-case print for the addresses themselves.

the second, which i just completed last week and which i've already received in the mail myself, was for my cousin jessica's wedding.  she and brendan, her fiance, are to have an elegant, evening wedding.  white and tradition being the main components of the wedding, i went with a slightly flourished scroll for these invitations, completing the inner envelopes with the same effortless fluidity.

i am so looking forward to attending both of these weddings, and seeing what the two creative pairs have in store for their special days.  let me know what you think, and as always, if you or anyone you know has any interest in personalized hand-lettering, please feel free to contact me!

a new york city bachelorette

so now that the champagne has been drunk, the dancing blisters healed, the photos posted on facebook, i can finally share with you the designs i created for both my cousin's bridal shower and my dear friend's bachelorette party.  both of these events were simply gorgeous and came together beautifully.

to start, the bridal shower was the epitome of summer colors.  bright pinks, fuschias , purples and oranges lined the tables by way of eye-popping table runners, fruit-studded salads, red sangria and multicolored big-petaled gerbera daisies.  the invitation was the kick-off to the theme, and when all was said and done, everything matched perfectly!

this past weekend's new york city bachelorette party was unlike the traditional veil and sash festivities that adorn many a bride-to-be before her nuptials.  we decided instead to give our bride something a bit different: a pop-up dinner party in the middle of the carl shurtz park on manhattan's upper east side.  complete with table and chairs, big balloons, tablecloth, flank steak salad with asparagus and blue cheese, grilled veggie sandwiches and sparkling lemonade (cocktails were had by all afterwards), it ended up exceeding our expectations in looks and substance.  the bride was totally surprised and exceedingly happy with the outcome of her blindfolded cab ride across the island.  it was truly a night like no other.

let the summer o'weddings begin!

for fear that she might look on here, i'll unfortunately have to wait to post the image of my dear friend rochelle's bachelorette party.  but, oh you wait, you just wait until you see it.  it might be one of my most favorite pieces to date. :) in the meantime, yoga teaching jobs are in the works, and the lovely girls of lululemon have taken me into their colorful family.  there couldn't be a better start to summer.  love to all - updates soon!

mmmm september

copyright jillian schiavi 2009 it's been a bit of a long hiatus, and a bit of a whirlwind end-of-summer for me.  from trips home to massachusetts, to a gorgeous and adventurous week in san francisco for the outside lands music festival, to visiting philadelphia and celebrating the start of 'fall' with friends and cocktails, i feel like august existed as part of a month-long dream, from which i just woke up, and it's suddenly the middle of september.

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i absolutely love this time of year.  when i was younger (who am i kidding, if i had reason to do it now, i would), i used to go crazy for school supplies.  color coordinated binders, folders, notebooks (3-subject, college-ruled, 5 star), mechanical pencils, black (never blue) ink pens, the list goes on.  there's something refreshing, settling and exciting all at the same time about starting a new school year, and i've recently felt myself missing that sensation.  maybe i should have taken my father's teasing about becoming a teacher more seriously... really though, i think this itch means that it's about time i went back to graduate school.

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i've always felt that if i was going to invest more time (and more time spent paying back more loans) into another degree, it would be for something i'm really passionate about.  something that i may not have looked at as a 'serious' point of study, perhaps because it's not regarded as particularly practical or career-oriented.  something that i've always loved to do, that i keep coming back to subconsiously; something that i've continually tried to integrate into various areas of my life.  now, there are 3 things that fit that description: performance (acting), writing and illustration.  if i could find a way to include all three into my graduate studies (and post-graduate career path), i would be ecstatic.  if it was possible to include two of the three, i would be thrilled.  if i could only focus on one, i would be immensely happy. 

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whatever i'm able to find (and this is if i even get accepted to program), i know that fine art and illustration will be the main emphasis.  i'm still putting my portfolio together, and these are a few pieces that i'll be including for admission.  any feedback or suggestions would be more than welcome, and thank you for coming along with me on this (slightly trepidatious) journey!

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on the road again

so after a wonderfully relaxing weekend at home in massachusetts, a weekend filled with a 5am wake up call in the form of thousands of white-dress-hungry future wives at the twice annual 'running of the brides' event in boston, steven tyler-obsessed cover bands at the green fest in boston's gov't center, a late night time traveler's rendition of a most beloved book, a thunderstorm-riddled pick up at the beach and subsequent changing of a redundant swim suit, and more ben & jerry's than i've eaten through the entire summer thus far, i am on my way back to an equally heated and humid city, new york.  it doesn't seem like the end will be near anytime soon, however, as from my seat onboard megabus the line of cars in front of us along route 95 stretches far beyond the horizon.  and so i'm attempting to watch brideshead revisited (although the internet keeps slowing, causing the movie to pause every minute and  half), and research places to go in san francisco this week when i fly out there.  anyone have any favorites? so while i try to keep occupied and not think of the hours ahead of me on this lurching vehicle, i'll leave you with another new illustration for the sketchbook project.  this is for my very good friend jessie's page - she's ever growing in talent, creativity, friendship, life, love and everything beautiful, just as i think of the roots and branches and flowers and leaves of an oak tree.  this will be filled in soon, but here is the initial skeleton:

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cheers and happy sunday,

jilly

for the love of a ceiling fan

so remember the other day when i was blissfully reminded of the coming of autumn?  and then when i wished aloud that the weather would remain in its non-humid-slightly-cool-just-warm-enough state?  well it seems that i jinxed it.  for the past 4 or 5 days my roommates and i have been subjected to excruciatingly hot and humid nights, trying to lie as still as possible to catch whatever small breeze that happened to fly in through a window or down from our overeager (and underachieving) ceiling fans.  i suppose it's a bit too late to invest in an air conditioner - does anyone have any suggestions for cooling down a room in which it feels as though a bikram yoga class just took place?  i'll keep researching... and in the meantime savor the conditioned air of my office building as long as i can.  

on the sketchbook project front, i've got some progress to share!  here's the initial sketch for my brother alex's page:

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he's an incredible track and field athlete (who just got an amazing scholarship for his senior year at temple!), and so i wanted to congratulate and commemorate all of the hard work he's put into running, jumping, throwing and hurdling.  love!

 

more to come soon - cheers!

sundays and sundaes

it's been the most beautiful weekend in new york.  i swear i caught a gust of autumn yesterday afternoon as i was walking towards the train to head uptown for a 'speak easy' themed party at a friend's apartment. autumn.  my eyes close and the corners of my mouth start to rise at the thought of crisp breezes and falling leaves; weather that's perfect enough to warrant just a sweater and a pair of jeans, curling up on a blanket in the park with a book and long sleeves that reach just down past your fingertips to prevent them from a chill.  hot chai.  apple crisp.  thanksgiving. i'm getting ahead of myself here, i know.

now we're in the back half of summer - august, usually the most abrasive of months in regards to heat, humidity, utter agony in an apartment that functions without air conditioning.  but surprisingly, and thankfully, this august has started off quite mild, with days like yesterday and today, sunny yet not overwhelmingly hot.  i'm dreading tomorrow, not just because it's another monday where 8 hours are spent tucked in an office and devoid of any real contact with the outdoors, but because i'm afraid this weather will forget itself as soon as the 'real world' calls us all back.  i certainly hope it doesn't.

one thing that this gorgeous weekend has provided (besides that sudden and elongated autumnal sensation) is a wonderful sense of inspiration.  i now know how to fill my very good friend andra's page for the sketchbook project: maps.  she's the most world and travel savvy person i know, so what better way to depict her than through a display of (most of) the places she's visited throughout the world.  here's the rough beginning.  i'm thinking of adding color - making it look a bit antiquated, like the maps of yore:

 

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let me know what you think (and i apologize for the poor photo quality - these are all taken with my phone as a new camera is still a bit of a way's away), and have a lovely sunday night.

 

cheers,

jilly