invitations - lululemon style

IMG_3382 i recently had the opportunity to design some invitations for a lululemon athletica ambassador event, for the 900 n michigan store in chicago. i love love love all of that store's ambassadors (namely because i know all of them, and have taken all their amazing yoga, pilates, spin classes), and so this project held a special place in my heart. i hope you have fun learning all about the lululemon culture, amber cook, rebecca niziol, antonia desantis, tracy zindell (check out her gorgeous jewelry in her etsy shop too), jenny finkel, jessical aiken, and the token gentleman, mike thomson!

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a different way to say i love you

valentine's day is right around the corner. of course, how could anyone miss it? as soon as the last of the confetti was thrown from rooftops on new year's eve, pink heart-shaped pieces of construction paper began to line the windows of nearly every store - from nail salons to the corner deli to every stationary shop in this town. while i don't quite agree with the amount of pressure that these two back-to-back holidays inevitably assume, i do always think any inclination to let the people in your life know how much you love and appreciate and value and lust after them is good. so, without further ado, the jilly ink valentine suite, currently available in the shop:

'darling don't you know - i fucking love you' cards - $4.50

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'oh baby - oh you kill me' cards - $4.50

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'oh shit - ok - fine - i love you' cards - $4.50

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love stickers! $3 per sheet of 24 stickers

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happy loving!

feel it in my bones

bathroom prints last weekend was my second showing at second fridays down in pilsen, at the lovely and welcoming and gorgeous space at both sides gallery. last month, i showed my wooden-books story installation piece, which was met with a wonderfully positive response.

pelvis illustration

femur bone illustration

calligraphy prints

this time around, i showed an edited version of that piece, along with some screenprints made while at saic, and a few cheeky custom illustration and calligraphy prints.

framed pelvis illustration

framed femur bone illustration

framed calligraphy prints

making these was so much fun. so much fun, that i think i'll prop open my massive gray's anatomy book (bought for $2 at the brown elephant in chicago), and start scouring for some more bones to to pair with suggestive phrases..

 

movin on over

hello darling readers! it's been almost a year now since i got my very first tattoo, and first tattoo design request, and this has prompted a massive revamp in my life and career. i could never have foreseen just how much my life has been shaped by starting down the path of custom calligraphy and illustrative work. it's always been something i do because i love it, because it's somewhat natural, because while i'm a writer, sometimes drawing helps me better express what it is i'm trying to share. and now, having jumped down the rabbit hole, i'm so pleasantly surprised and emboldened by the fact that this could all actually lead me somewhere. i'm so grateful for the support and love of friends and family to push me further down the hole, to widen it, deepen it, feel around in all corners and crevices for new or more powerful ways to build upon the strengths i already have. in that vein, i've begun to build two separate websites - www.jillianschiavi.com will house all of my personal artistic work, writing, installations, as well as information about my yoga teaching. www.jillyink.tumblr.com will house all things jillyink - from tattoo designs to other freelance calligraphy/illustration work. take a look around both sites; they're both in progress (especially the tumblr page), but i'm very excited about the possibilities to come from both arenas.

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!

getting inky

(earth, wind, fire, water, moon - for alex raffael)

sometimes how we envision things happening doesn't end up being the case. in fact, this happens most of the time. if, a year ago, someone was to tell me i'd be receiving weekly commissions to draw and design words and pictures that people all over the world would be permanently marking themselves with, i'd have thought that sounded amazing, and completely unbelievable. well, now, just seven months after designing my own, first tattoo, i am happily occupied with translating ideas, words, and images into tattoos. i love it. of course, now i can't imagine not thinking of this in the first place.

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(tattooed version of this design - for jessica silva)

here are a few recent tattoos that i've designed, and as always, i welcome many more to come.

('bird' - for katie prange)

(meaning 'to live life passionately and unafraid - for megan mateer)

a very 'creative' tattoo design

this is the highest honor - to be able to design something so personal for someone else that they'd want to, they'd plan to put it on their body permanently. the other day, a lovely lady named jenifer contacted me via etsy to ask if i could design the word 'create' in the same manner as the 'love stamp' that's currently for sale in my shop. just two short days later, we came to a final decision - and just in time, since she's got a tattoo appointment today!

 

congratulations jenifer, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of this moment!

danielle and bobby: envelopes are on their way

my darling, lovely, hilarious, gorgeous cousin danielle is getting married this coming june to an equally wonderful, funny, fun, handsome fellow, and they asked me to help in the preparations by addressing their wedding invites. this being something i love, of course i said yes! here are the final envelopes, about to be packed up with a bow and shipped back to massachusetts where they'll be stuffed and sent out to the world. many many congratulations to danielle and bobby - i can't wait to see them tie the knot this spring!

soiree!

i'm so honored and excited to participate as a vendor in soiree events' 'leap into wedding season' event tomorrow night at chicago's fleur de lis florist in river north. the darling tiffany munster, brains and beauty behind soiree, asked me to provide calligraphy for the bridal grab bags - a cute play on the something borrowed, something blue, something old, something.. well, you know. here are the scans of the calligraphy - she'll be printing the e.e. cummings poem on cute little cards, attaching the something borrowed to an adorable little 'emergency kit', and as for the rest, well you'll find out when i do!

for all brides that are attending the event, i'm offering a free custom return address stamp with the purchase of custom address calligraphy for 100 or more wedding invitation envelopes. i'm looking forward to meeting the other lovely vendors, trying some cake, and spending the evening at a decked-out decadent soiree!

 

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.

gilt city chalkboard event calligraphy

last week i had the distinct pleasure to get my hands covered in chalk.  a dear friend of mine called and said that a client of hers was in need of a calligrapher to cover the walls of the bristol in bucktown with chalk renderings of gilt city chicago's mission statement, menu for the evening and various other embellishments for their vendor appreciation event.  of course i jumped up and down and twirled around and said yes yes yes.

it took all of 5 1/2 hours to complete the restaurant's transformation, during which time i cranked adele and pearl and the beard and vampire weekend over the bar's loudspeaker system.  it was so much fun.  and instead of taking mediocre pictures myself, i enlisted the help of a very talented photographer friend of mine, lauryn krause, to capture the end result.

i would love to do more events like this - i could seriously not have been happier with how the whole day turned out.  and the next; on thursday i went back, erased the gilt city mission statement, and rewrote the bar's menu on the chalkboard walls... all the while wishing i could order a moscow mule to drink while i worked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a southern stamp - makenna and yvonne johnston

it was such a pleasure working with makenna on creating a return address stamp for her and yvonne.  originally she wanted a custom initial stamp with both of their first initials, but after a while changed her mind and went for the full address. i think it came out beautifully, and i can just imagine the many envelopes and packages that it will adorn!

on the scroll - calligraphy samples

recently i had the opportunity to put a few samples together for a bride's upcoming new orleans nuptials.  not sure yet if the gig will go through, but i thought i'd share the sample envelopes i designed for her anyway.  she is a huge fan of using scrolls on the outer envelopes, and will also use them in the invitation and possibly rsvp card design, so i played around with this idea and really quite like what came of it.

a windy city kind of stamp - ashlie and bryan karns

 

i love love love getting requests from people to make a stamp, either on or off my etsy shop, and then seeing where they're coming at me from.  some from far away (a macon, georgia return address is in the works), and some, surprisingly, from just around the block.  ashlie just recently moved to chicago from new york, and wanted her new home address at the ready when she arrived - presumably to use on some 'we've moved!' announcements - so voila!  all wrapped up in jillyink packaging, here's ashlie and bryan's new return address stamp:

 

ashlie was such a pleasure to work with, and i wish her and bryan all the best in their new home - especially now that chicago's warmed up quite a bit!

just get through tomorrow

eeeeeeeesh i haven't been here in a while.  i'm so sorry!  what with getting writing pieces ready for the saic grad critique week and finishing final screenprinting projects, running the mothers' day 5k (i came in 255 out of nearly 2,000 runners!) in grant park and work, i've been up to my ears in busyness.. and business. some good news!  i've recently had two (two!) new purchases from my etsy shop, which i am incredibly excited about.  one of my lovely clients initially decided to purchase a custom initial stamp, however she's since chosen to go the return address stamp route, but i'd still like to show you my designs for the first:

it gives me incredibly joy to have make connections with wonderful people via the online handmade community, and i look forward to continue 'meeting' new people (and hopefully more people) as the summer approaches!

canopy

after one and a half weeks of frantic designing, printing, cutting while kneeled and hunched over on the floor (oh my back!), i finally, with the help of my dear roommate) put up my final project for my installation class this semester.  and it just so happened that we installed on the one, repeat: one, beautiful, sunny day that chicago's seen in the past month really.  it was truly a blessing, and it made the papercut installation sing with clarity, brilliance and full out shine.

i am now completely obsessed with cut paper projects, and will be experimenting with other materials as well, maybe forming language out of wire, or different forms of pellon, or really, whatever i can get my hands on.  thank you so much to everyone who's helped support me mentally and emotionally in this project - it really, the whole thing, has made me so happy.  and now i'm equally happy that it's done.

and in case you're interested, here's the text of the piece:

she does not see far.  the wind twists itself around and about her limbs, sends her hair into a fury, but she doesn't see far./she doesn't hear long.  the sounds of rays that creep within the cracks of her skin make no impression on her eardrums./she tries to follow the feel.  she touches the ends of things, gropes for a hanging-on of connection.  the mouth she has./she lets it all in, and washes it all out.  welcomes it in, and stands helpless as it all passes through.

reference

second installation project - i decided to blasphemously tear pages out of an old 1965 dictionary and infuse them with my own writing.  over the course of a week and a half, i painstakingly (and yes, at times, those late nights, hitting f3 and then shift+f over and over again was indeed painful) searched through roughly twenty documents of my own writing that i've produced since last fall for whatever recognizable words i found on each page.  once found within a piece of my writing, i'd hand-write the sentence that word was used in over its original definition.  thereby claiming its definition as my own.

some of the pages went faster than others.  some strangely had no words that i could use, and so in those cases, i made up definitions for certain words.  or i would find interesting connections between the words that just so happened to be situated near each other.  or i experimented with hand-lettering of certain letters, words, images, etc.

the wallpapering itself took no time, but the entire project, layered together and spread out over the expanse of a wall in my studio, sparked such an interesting conversation about authorship, overload of information, hierarchy of text, positive vs negative space, and so many other things.  i truly enjoyed putting this together, and if given the opportunity, would absolutely cover an entire room like this.  i mean, why not?  now i know how to make my own glue.