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>> Happiest of Holidays

Stopping by to send a quick hello and a Merry Christmas Eve before we hit the road traveling to see family the next two days. Here is a snapshot of the holiday card collaboration between Matt and myself this season!! Image

Please forgive me for sharing the layout on the computer, it totally slipped my mind to take a picture as we were stamping, addressing, and writing our cards between holidays movies! Proof that my desk exploded with crafty holiday cheer: Image

May you have a joyous holiday filled with laughter and love!

xo,

Nicole

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>>a long overdue Hello Niccoco update!

It has been literally four months since my last visit to this blog. Time has swirled past so quickly, I can hardly believe it is December and the New Year is right around the corner. One of my last posts I mentioned I took on a position within the admission department at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. With that I’ve been trying to carve out my time for my own personal work. Though I’ve been keeping busy with creating and selling I’ve neglected to share exciting news here!!

First I’d like to share about my interactions with AllPort Editions, a company based on the West Coast in Portland Oregon. I initially reached out to them this past spring with some of my latest work, particularly the illustrated maps. They were on the hunt for pieces inspired by states and cities and I felt my style and subject matter lent perfectly with what they were seeking. After making contact, time passed by as it typically does… I must say it was a great “pinch me” moment when I heard from AllPort in August. They expressed an interest in licensing a handful of my state maps for a greeting card collection. Below is a peek at some samples they sent me along with our contract. I can hardly wait until spring 2014- my cards will be in production and available for vendors to purchase! i will be receiving a handful of goodies from AllPort once available!

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The next bit of news is equally as exciting and I do believe I will update with another post showing a little bit of my process. I was contracted by Southern Living magazine to create three illustrated maps for an article about the South’s most traveled roads during the holiday season! Another “pinch me” moment right there! I’ll save the details for my next post but below are the finished pieces in the magazine which came out in November issue.

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So stay tuned for my next update (which I promise won’t be in another 4 months)!

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>> illustrated quotes

For some reason, I just can’t get enough of illustrated/motivational/quotes from famous people goodness! There is something so inspiring about humble famous words that makes you feel that you, yes YOU, can really tackle anything.

Here’s a bit of hand-doodled inspirational quotes fresh out of my sketchbook.

Hope you enjoy, and have a happy Friday!

 

 

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