These Incredibly Chic Women…

aleshiaIf you’re not one of my friends IRL, you may not know that I can be an, um, sassy (read: snarky and opinionated) person. That doesn’t often come through in my blog, and you can’t really tell from my work. But with all the time I got back after I started my social media diet, I sketched. A lot. Perhaps I was cranky from my Instagram reduction, or had gotten one too many skeevy pick-up lines – or perhaps I just wanted to let more of the “real” me show through – but I somehow ended up with sketches for a new series I’m tentatively calling “These Incredibly Chic Women Are Tired of Your Shit.” You can find said series here. I’ll update it regularly (because I have *so much* to say). Enjoy – and let me know what you think.

Side project: Gus paintings

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For the longest time, my prints were my side project. I had a packed consulting schedule, and would squeeze in some drawing and printing whenever I had time.

These days, though, I’m lucky to be able to spend a decent portion of my time working on my prints. But as I was busily printing and sewing orders and doing general prep for Renegade, I realized I missed having time to work on side projects.

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So I painted a couple of pictures of Gus. It was fun. And it’s a reminder that even though my days are largely focused on creating, I need to put aside time to work on playful, silly projects too.

Welcome!

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Welcome to my new website! This has been in the works for quite a while, and I’m quite exhausted from the last-minute dash to load all the content in. I’ll post more in the coming days, but in the meantime, please feel free to look around.

And many thanks to Maggie and the rest of the team at Curious & Co. for “getting” me and creating exactly the site I wanted (before I even knew it was what I wanted).

Starting something


I’m working on something new. Starting something, in the words of the immortal Michael Jackson (sorry, can’t get that song out of my head).

I’m not quite sure how this is going to turn out, or what it’s even going to be. But I like the feel of it. I like the direction. I like that I’m drawing women (instead of just their legs). And I like that the ladies are black, like me. Well, okay, silhouettes. Let’s not attach labels to them just yet.


The illustrations were inspired by a vintage scarf that I bought at a vintage paper fair. The scarf had been misfiled and the proprietor hadn’t been able to find it in time to show a textile designer client. And I didn’t really find it, either. No, a young woman had found it while looking for something else, wanted to buy it for her mother, but couldn’t afford it. So I hovered until she walked away. And the scarf was mine. That’s serendipity, my friends.

Anyway. I’m going to keep drawing. I may end up with a layout for a print or a bag – or both – yet.