This past weekend I was invited to share my notecards with a very talented jewelry designer named Susan McVicker for a Spring Time Trunk Show at a special friend’s house. Our work really complimented each other!
Starting my 2014 year with working on designs for stationery notecards and gift tags
I have been silent for awhile, it has been three months this week that I was laid off from my graphic design job. You would think with all the extra hours, I would be posting blogs on a weekly basis. Those hours were spent catching up on rest, getting rid of stuff that clutters your house, your mind, and spending time with friends that were missed. Being a creative person, one needs to replenish the creative spirit. One of the ways I started doing this in the New Year was being around creative like minded people. When I was in Los Angeles I was so excited to attend a calligraphy workshop by the talented Lauren E. from Blue Eye Brown Eye. The workshop was held at one of my favorite blogger’s studio, DesignLoveFest in the downtown Art District. Bri’s upstairs studio is an a wonderful building full of creative artists that compliment each other. The space is called
The Unique Space
1275 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Neighborhoods: Arts District, Downtown
The Calligraphy Workshop
I grew up in Hollywood, so most people when they think of cowboys, think of John Wayne, famous for his slow drawl and distinctive gravelly voice. He is most famous for his Western movies like “Stagecoach” (1939), “The Alamo” (1960), and “True Grit” (1969).
“Escondido Dale” watercolor by Eileen Tomson
I graduated from college with a BFA in Illustration, and one of my favorite illustrators, just happens to paint images of horses and cowboys. His name is Don Weller and he grew up in Pullman, Washington, his passion being horses and art.
Mr. Weller graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Art. He moved to Los Angeles where he spent his time doing graphic design and illustration. His work appeared on record covers, posters, and magazine covers. Later in life, he ended up moving with his family to Oakley, Utah, where once again he came back to his love of horses. After I graduated college, I had a greeting card company named Jag Graphics, located in downtown San Diego. I received a framed present from an artist who knew that I admired Don Weller’s work. He received it at the San Diego Communicating Arts Group. It has made it through many moves from San Diego, to Seattle, Northern California, Los Angeles, and all the way to Nashville, TN. I must really be fond of this poster! Don Weller would be proud. Below are some of my favorite paintings that Mr. Weller did. I love the sense of humor in the work with the Marlboro man looking in shock at a cowgirl doing a yoga pose.
“Marlboro Man in Shock” by Don Weller
“Waitin and Watchin” by Don Weller
“Family Tradition” by Don Weller
“Next Loop” by Don Weller
I am from Los Angeles and now live in Nashville. Here is a wonderful wallpaper company named Abnormals Anonymous based in Los Angeles, the two owners met in a Nashville hotel elevator, perhaps The Hutton Hotel, and discovered their common passion for wallpaper design and fell in love. They are now a happily married couple living in Venice, California. My mother, a talented artist and chorus line dancer designed wallpaper during World War II in London, England.
To maintain anonymity they call themsleves Henrietta and Paco. It makes me wish they would open a restaurant by that name. “I just had a marvelous squid salad with baratta and tomatoes at our local restaurant called Henrietta and Paco.”
Their story can’t get any better than this, except it does, they create beautiful, quirky wallpaper inspired by their nautical adventures in a part time Seattle home. A local fisherman based in Los Angeles finds the couple old etchings, which they enlarge for wallpaper. The wallpaper has fun names like “meet the flockers”, “squindle” and “mimso”.
These beautiful papers are designed and printed in Los Angeles. Henrietta and Paco use eco friendly, VOC free inks on all of their papers and can print on a variety of materials including paper, mylar, type II vinyl, textured papers and even a new recycled material great for earning LEED points.
If you want to experience a good night’s sleep with this wallpaper surrounding you, go treat yourself to a stay at the new Palihouse Santa Monica. Avi Brosh bought this landmark 1927 Morrish Revival apartment-hotel near the Third Street Promenade.
Palihouse Santa Monica, 1001 Third St., Santa Monica; 310-394-1279 or palihousesantamonica.com
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