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photojournalism2a few weeks ago, a lovely young woman named megan approached me about being the subject of her photojournalism class final project at northwestern university. she was to follow and document someone with a 'visually interesting' career, and after having worked as an intern at illumine magazine this past summer (remember this back cover and sanskrit work I contributed?), she thought my work warranted such documentation. photojournalism3

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it was quite an adventure, especially over the last few weeks, which were filled with incredible inspiration shoots, custom calligraphy prints, and artwork for two different venues. she spent some time photographing my workspace, how i go about my day, and the other gigs i have going on - teaching yoga and consulting for arbonne. she's lovely, she's got her own website, writes for her own blog, and is the editor of the northwestern publication, spoon.

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stay tuned for more recent work to come! and and! i'm currently taking new wedding clients for 2014, so if you, or someone you know is getting married in the next year, loves beautiful hand-lettered type, and working with someone who loves love, send on over a message.

 

(photo credits: megan suckut, 2013)

flip the page - new editorial work

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the best part about being a freelancer/small business owner of a creative studio is flexibility in the kind of work i can take on. you'd be surprised, and then actually not surprised at all, at how many venues there can be for hand-lettered text. With tattoo design and wedding envelopes under my belt, not to mention a few wall design branding gigs and some fine art commissions, it's been incredibly fun and exciting to dream up and wonder at where the next piece of work will come from.

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imagine how thrilled i was, then, to receive a call from lourdes paredes, the publisher of a brand spanking new chicago-based yoga magazine. she'd seen my work on the michigan ave lululemon chalkboards, and thought i'd be a good fit for some editorial artwork in the premier issue of illumine. of course of course! not only have i taken her class at exhale spa, but sitting down and chatting with her about the yoga community, bringing people together from all over the city, cross-promoting different businesses, i was instantly inspired and wanted to be a part of something that seemed to speak to a lot of my own personal beliefs. add to that her general inquisitive and authentic demeanor, and the connection was unmistakeable.

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illumine sanskrit-asana

 

for the premier issue, i was asked to design the inside back cover, as a sort of 'inspiration page'. readers can tear it out, put it on their walls, share it with other people, etc. after having painted a chalkboard wall in my shared studio space at both sides gallery, i knew it needed to be put to good use for this venue. i was also asked if i might take a stab at writing some sanskrit for one of the internal articles. i won't lie, i was a bit nervous about putting my hand to work on such an ancient and intricate language. it took a lot of practice, and a different approach to the written word as more symbol-focused, rather than letter, or meaning-focused, but after a short while, i got the hang of it. the lovely illumine intern, ashley, even came by the gallery to photograph the work and do a mini interview with me about jilly ink, and my apparent obsession with handwriting.

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i'm currently working on the next issue, set to launch this winter, and i'm even more excited for the design in this one. whether or not you're currently a chicagoan, i'd greatly recommend subscribing to this gorgeous magazine. whether you're a devout yogi, or someone who's active in other ways, it's an incredible resource for living a more fulfilled life and taking advantage of some of the yogic principles in less obvious ways. seriously, read it. or at least go over to illuminechicago.com and scope it out first. (and check out my very own page!)

 

here's to more, and different, and crazy, and cool, and interesting work ahead!

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}

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!

dear chicago, hi. i'm your new yoga teacher

that's right!  starting tomorrow (pending any real snowmaggedon doom), i begin teaching regular weekly power vinyasa classes at chicago's indigo studio.  i'm incredibly excited to be joining a group of talented instructors and fantastic yogis.  if you're ever in the area, please stop in to stretch and sweat with me!

 

here's my schedule - and i'll post if anything changes:

sundays: 9:00 - 10:00am

wednesdays: 5:00 - 6:00pm

fridays: 12:00 - 1:00pm

 

class description: power vinyasa flow

the purpose of this yoga is to help you explore your limitations while honoring your body.  this yoga will move you.  this yoga will inspire you.  this yoga will bring you closer to the relationship between your breath and body.  it will challenge you without forcing or pushing you to muscle through anything.  it will provide you with real physical, mental and emotional results to help you lead a more fulfilled and healthy life.  this yoga will make you sweat and smile at the same time.  this yoga is for everyone.

 

and a bit about me: jillian schiavi

jillian schiavi took her first yoga class four years ago, and has been continuously inspired ever since.  after receiving her undergraduate degree from new york university, she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at yoga to the people (rys) in 2010.  in her teaching, as in her life, she exudes positive energy with a passion for sharing the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga.  she moved to chicago in august of 2010 with the intention of bringing that vision to others, as well as beginning work on her mfa in creative writing from the school of the art institute of chicago.  she believes that yoga should be available to anyone and everyone who wants to experience greatness and genuine possibility in their lives, and she believes that through teaching, she is able to further her understanding of the practice each and every day.

 

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!

half-bunny pose

i knew that the people (there are 57 of us!) going through the yoga to the people teacher training with me were a talented bunch... we've got artists, actors, singers, dancers, designers, successful lawyers and more... but as i continue to get to know each of them better i am constantly floored as to how impressive this bunch is.  and so i'd like to take a moment to hightlight one of our own, illustrator brian russo, who put together this incredibly cute (and informative) sketch of a bunny (see the full illustration here)moving through the chataranga flow and yttp basic sequence:  

also, be sure to check out 'the bear and the chickadee', a series of drawings involving, well, a bear and a chickadee aboard an intense and death-defying plane ride.  brian's work is full of life and emotion, and there's even talk of those bunnies finding newfound fame as the basis for a tshirt design!

yo-yo ga

i believe i've mentioned previously that one of my springtime (potentially life-changing) events was to participate in a yoga teacher training.  well darlings, it has begun.  and i couldn't be happier.  the other unknown events of my future, and present, all of the stresses and questions and concerns that make up my day and fill the space between my ears before i fall asleep have been put on a major perspecive scale recently.  i honestly cannot wait for the next weekend, the next day of this teacher training as i'm learning more and more to listen to the body, the breath, to look within and observe the surrounding world at the same time.  yoga to the people, a donation-based studio in nyc's east village (with 2 more studios, hot power vinyasa and traditional hot yoga in midtown, 2 studios in the san fran area and 1 more hot/vinyasa space soon to open in brooklyn's williamsburg), has proven itself to be the best arena for me in which to explore this journey as i transition from student to teacher.  all of the people that make up the studio are incredibly insightful, knowledgeable, helpful and nurturing, and i couldn't ask for a better experience.

that being said, i just learned of a new donation-based studio opening up next week in the park slop area of brooklyn (the 'other brooklyn' as some like to call it).  brooklyn based profiled dharma yoga brooklyn today in their newsletter, and although it looks to be smaller than yttp, and will most likely have a different teaching style, i think it's definitely exciting and encouraging that more spaces are opening their doors to those who genuinely love the yoga.  love the yoga, but not the cost.  and since it's in my 'hood, i'll definitely be giving it a try!

new year, new post

snowy day in massachusetts oh dear dear dear.  i can't believe i've let it go so long without posting anything, and so for the very few of you who read this from time to time (or who just accidentally click on the link in my gmail status every so often), i apologize profusely.  i could blame any number of factors: the endless holiday parties; the trips to chicago, massachusetts, and, um, manhattan; finishing and panicking about grad school applications; general laziness; etc.  the truth is, i've been a horrible and non-diligent blogger.  but, as the expired calendar hanging on my wall has been reminding me for the past few days, it is indeed a new year, and so what better time to begin anew than now?

since it's been so long, here's a quick update on what's been going on:

the holidays were absolutely wonderful.  spending an entire week at home with family and friends, hosting and attending parties and small dinners, shopping for last-minute gifts and finding spontaneous adventures in the wound-about back alleys of boston was truly the only way i could have wanted to escape work and any droplets of stress not yet wrung from the past year.  i love going home.  i love that my parents' fridge is always stocked with orange juice, half and half and about five different varieties of cheese.  our living room, with its wall of windows looking out across our backyard and the trees that line the stone wall where kasey (our late faithful and mangy and beautiful german-retriever dog) is buried, is admittedly a much more serene view than the projects that fill the windows looking out of my brooklyn apartment.  and there are always people about the house, engaged in various activities, talking to each other from across rooms or up stairs, preparing meals, wrapping gifts, annoying each other with the choice of television show until finally mum announces that it's dinner time.  there's really nowhere else i'd rather be, especially at the holidays.  our house glimmers, it sparkles, it glows from inside and out.  our big blue spruce, the pride of my father, done up with hundreds of colored twinkle lights, becomes a beacon of cheerfulness to all who drive up to our house between the months of november and march.  when i think of the home that i'll someday build with my own family, it's hard to stray any further from the example that's been set there.

applications are just about complete; as soon as my portfolio is tweaked a bit and recommendation letters are put in the mail, all i'll have left to do is wait and send positive energy out into the world until april 1st.  waiting is always the hardest part, but in the meantime i remain hopeful and more determined than ever to promote good change in my professional life.  well, in my personal life too.  it never hurts to try everything.

and speaking of professional and personal life melding, i've decided to apply for the yoga to the people teacher training program in february.  this is something i've been wanting to do for a long time, perhaps when i started practicing yoga there three years ago.  i'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to become more in tune with the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of this practice, and i know it will end up being an exhilarating and eye-opening experience.  hopefully you'll be reading more about the process come february when the training begins!

ok, i think that's enough for now.  i know everyone's been in a very reflective and reevaluating mood as of late, and so to prolong the trend, i'd like to offer up some resolutions, or general guidelines that i hope to keep in mind as 2010 moves ahead.  i will strive to seriously not sweat the small stuff (life is far too short for that).  i will take more initiative with my life and where i want it to head (no one else is going to do it for me).  i will cherish my family and friends, and will do whatever i can to come to their aid when called upon (i know that they would for me).  and lastly, i will have more fun, more laughter, more silliness and spontaneity in my life.  what's the point in going through the day-to-day if there's nothing enjoyable about it?  i refuse to be pulled down into the muck, and i hope that you all do too.

best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy 2010.  much more to come soon!

cheers,

jilly