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Cotton Book

Textile Designer - Illustrator - Traveler.
Inspiration blog: honeysuckle-rose.tumblr.com
Apr 13 '14
Springtime! What a gorgeous weekend it’s been. We’ve had the windows open all day, and I’m looking forward to doing my morning shopping, then relaxing and reading magazines all day (okay, and there’s some work I need to get done, too).
I thought this would be a great time to share some sheep sketches I did for someone’s logo, although she never ended up choosing any of these guys! 

Springtime! What a gorgeous weekend it’s been. We’ve had the windows open all day, and I’m looking forward to doing my morning shopping, then relaxing and reading magazines all day (okay, and there’s some work I need to get done, too).

I thought this would be a great time to share some sheep sketches I did for someone’s logo, although she never ended up choosing any of these guys! 

Apr 6 '14
Since I’ve been working on 3 huge and detailed patterns for my Mallorca set, I’ve wanted to include some fun and personal imagery, too! For me, going to Mallorca will always mean getting to see Millie the very stubborn Lakeland Terrier and Babbi the parrot!
This week, I made a Moroccan carrot salad recipe from a while back on the Anthropologie tumblr, and did some wash, including my tote bags from URBN, London, and SCAD Style - after seeing the color the water turned, I’m so glad I did!
I also made up a little Spotify playlist to put on while making dinner, especially in the warmer months! These include a lot of songs we play at my house in the kitchen in summer time. I may add to it in the coming months when I suddenly remember a great song that just needs to be there!
Aaand, I’m eyeing up this super fun Lilya dress on Style Milk. I’m going to sit back and let spring linger, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be prepared for when the summer heat takes over!

Since I’ve been working on 3 huge and detailed patterns for my Mallorca set, I’ve wanted to include some fun and personal imagery, too! For me, going to Mallorca will always mean getting to see Millie the very stubborn Lakeland Terrier and Babbi the parrot!

This week, I made a Moroccan carrot salad recipe from a while back on the Anthropologie tumblr, and did some wash, including my tote bags from URBN, London, and SCAD Style - after seeing the color the water turned, I’m so glad I did!

I also made up a little Spotify playlist to put on while making dinner, especially in the warmer months! These include a lot of songs we play at my house in the kitchen in summer time. I may add to it in the coming months when I suddenly remember a great song that just needs to be there!

Aaand, I’m eyeing up this super fun Lilya dress on Style Milk. I’m going to sit back and let spring linger, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be prepared for when the summer heat takes over!

Mar 30 '14
Working on a small collection! The prints I’m putting together will be my own, based on the trips with my family in Mallorca. I hope we can go back soon!
I’ve got lots of exciting stuff on my plate, but it does get stressful - definitely giving this TED talk a listen today.
I’ve been fawning over these shoes - if only!
Looove Coeur de Pirate’s album of covers for the TV show Trauma. It’s all available to listen to for free on her bandcamp site!
Enjoy your week!

Working on a small collection! The prints I’m putting together will be my own, based on the trips with my family in Mallorca. I hope we can go back soon!

I’ve got lots of exciting stuff on my plate, but it does get stressful - definitely giving this TED talk a listen today.

I’ve been fawning over these shoes - if only!

Looove Coeur de Pirate’s album of covers for the TV show Trauma. It’s all available to listen to for free on her bandcamp site!

Enjoy your week!

Mar 23 '14
Gosh, it’s been a while! I’ve spent all winter at work and burrowing under layers of sweaters with tea and great magazines. Check out Frankie - I’m addicted!
I’ve been hard at work on multiple projects, including this personal project as part of my internship with Anthro. Their new spring stuff is sooo beautiful (I wish I could afford this adorable Tsumori Chisato skort), and there’s so much I want! Of course, I’ve got to check out the boutique brand stuff, too! Maybe I’ll post about some of my favorites soon.

Gosh, it’s been a while! I’ve spent all winter at work and burrowing under layers of sweaters with tea and great magazines. Check out Frankie - I’m addicted!

I’ve been hard at work on multiple projects, including this personal project as part of my internship with Anthro. Their new spring stuff is sooo beautiful (I wish I could afford this adorable Tsumori Chisato skort), and there’s so much I want! Of course, I’ve got to check out the boutique brand stuff, too! Maybe I’ll post about some of my favorites soon.

Feb 1 '14
I’m year of the horse! I guess that means I’m turning 24 this year - time sure flies. I did a really lovely horse for my work, but I don’t know how much of that I’m allowed to show, so I did this silly one instead, and a bunch more creepy or weird-looking ones.
Happy Chinese New Year!

I’m year of the horse! I guess that means I’m turning 24 this year - time sure flies. I did a really lovely horse for my work, but I don’t know how much of that I’m allowed to show, so I did this silly one instead, and a bunch more creepy or weird-looking ones.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Jan 30 '14
It’s so hard to find time to do something on my own for the blog these past few weeks, because I just started an internship with Anthropologie! It’s a lot of work, and I don’t have much free time with this job, but I’m so glad to be working here, and I’ve learned so much already. What a dream job!
(Above print is mine, not for Anthro.)

It’s so hard to find time to do something on my own for the blog these past few weeks, because I just started an internship with Anthropologie! It’s a lot of work, and I don’t have much free time with this job, but I’m so glad to be working here, and I’ve learned so much already. What a dream job!

(Above print is mine, not for Anthro.)

Dec 31 '13

Anna and me in the bathroom because… it was taken just nearly a year ago! I miss my roommates, and we’re all working towards the next thing now. Internships, design jobs, and just trying to get through the year.

Then there’s my sketchbook and a picture of the place where I drew those pages (with the fantastic Steve Beach) as a toast to a great new year! Many thanks to my amazing friends, family, and the people in my life who have really made the best moments of this year - I hope we can have a lot more great times, too!

Best wishes, and I’ll leave the link to my travel PDF booklet up for an additional 3 days!

Dec 24 '13
Recently, I was lucky enough to be traveling in Europe and visiting my extended family. I enjoyed the idea my cousin had of giving experiences as gifts. I would love to find a way to share the experience of my trip abroad, so I’m making this 12-page PDF of my travels that I put together for friends and family available for 6 of the 12 days of Christmas. After the 30th, it will be gone, so check it out if you like travel journals! 
Download here. 
I’m hoping to make an extended edition in the future with sketches from my trip, so keep an eye out!

Recently, I was lucky enough to be traveling in Europe and visiting my extended family. I enjoyed the idea my cousin had of giving experiences as gifts. I would love to find a way to share the experience of my trip abroad, so I’m making this 12-page PDF of my travels that I put together for friends and family available for 6 of the 12 days of Christmas. After the 30th, it will be gone, so check it out if you like travel journals! 

Download here. 

I’m hoping to make an extended edition in the future with sketches from my trip, so keep an eye out!

Dec 20 '13

Mallorca (Spain), England, France, and Holland. What a wonderful trip I had! I feel so lucky to have been able to visit these places and have such good friends and family to host me and share their company! The cities/towns above are Montuiri, London, Paris, and Delft.

I tried lots of new things and met some great people, and I’d love to find a way to share more of my experiences with you guys. Thank you to Julia, Carmen, Joe, Wells, my aunt Susan and uncle Luuk, and our hosts in Paris Serena and Ben, for your kindness and hospitality! We had a great time, and it wouldn’t have been the same without you. To new friends we met, Serena, Ben, and Tope, Anna, and Judit, I hope Steve and I can see you again soon!

Nov 24 '13

Okay, I said I would post a full comic by the end of the month, and since I’m off for a 4-week trip tomorrow morning, here it is! I did this during junior year, so it’s been a while. Despite the worries about the future, those were good times!

I hope everyone goes out and has great adventures, even if they’re scared to leave things behind!

Nov 20 '13
New items for the shop hanging out to dry! I haven’t been able to wash out my screen properly for printing (sure wish I had access to a power washer!), so I’m focusing on projects where I can do them pretty low-tech. 
My new blazer is airing out after seeing Janelle Monae last night and getting pretty hot and sweaty. She is such an amazing performer, and I only fell in love with her more after seeing her live. What a fun show!
Don’t let me forget to post a full comic by the end of the month!

New items for the shop hanging out to dry! I haven’t been able to wash out my screen properly for printing (sure wish I had access to a power washer!), so I’m focusing on projects where I can do them pretty low-tech. 

My new blazer is airing out after seeing Janelle Monae last night and getting pretty hot and sweaty. She is such an amazing performer, and I only fell in love with her more after seeing her live. What a fun show!

Don’t let me forget to post a full comic by the end of the month!

Nov 12 '13
Been up to all kinds of things lately! I’ve been traveling between my home in NC and my friends’ place (and hopefully the area of my new apartment!) all summer/fall, and now I’m finally back in Raleigh for the next couple of months… with the exception of a 4-week trip in Europe! 
This lovely home was in such a nice Manayunk neighborhood in Philadelphia where I was interviewing for a block-printing job. 
I also just opened a show at Sertoma Arts Center with many family members, both living and passed on. A Family of Artists will be on until the end of the month, and I’m honored to be a part of it!
Until then, I’ll be reading up for my trip and working on screenprinting! Expect a comic soon!

Been up to all kinds of things lately! I’ve been traveling between my home in NC and my friends’ place (and hopefully the area of my new apartment!) all summer/fall, and now I’m finally back in Raleigh for the next couple of months… with the exception of a 4-week trip in Europe! 

This lovely home was in such a nice Manayunk neighborhood in Philadelphia where I was interviewing for a block-printing job. 

I also just opened a show at Sertoma Arts Center with many family members, both living and passed on. A Family of Artists will be on until the end of the month, and I’m honored to be a part of it!

Until then, I’ll be reading up for my trip and working on screenprinting! Expect a comic soon!