07 February 2015

an update + 2015 studio on fire calendar

Well, it's been a long time since I've written in here, but I'm happy to report that I'm back! It's been a crazy past year. I finished my first year (and almost second year) of being a freelance designer/illustrator, began working a fun job at lululemon athletica, completed my first half marathon and moved. There's so many things I wish I had shared but didn't have the time to. I'm changing that and am making it a priority to write here again. I hope you all will continue to read.

One project I wanted to share is the 2015 Studio On Fire Calendar. I was invited to do two illustrations for this year's calendar under the theme of folklore. That couldn't have been more perfect! I have a fascination with folk tales and mythology and this was a fun way to put a spin on it. My pieces were based on totem poles and the legend of Wishpoosh. Studio On Fire did such an amazing job with the letterpress printing. Since we are already into the new year and as a special thank you to my readers, you can get 15% off this calendar (and anything else) in my shop using the code YAY15. Code is valid through the month of February.

26 November 2013

giveaway: office weave print

Every year, San Francisco-based design studio Office creates a limited edition art print for the holiday. This year, the print is hand-woven in three different papers and stamped with a metallic reindeer. The piece has a hint of shimmer and is a modern take on a timeless folk art craft. Measures 9 x 12" and is packaged in a glassine envelope for easy gift-giving. A $35 value.

What's great is that the kind people at Office haver generously supplied a print to gift to one lucky reader this holiday season! All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment on this post with your name, email address and your favorite thing about the holiday season. US readers only. Deadline is Wednesday, December 11th and I will randomly choose a winner then! Thank you and good luck!

You can also purchase the print for yourself here.

[Update 12.13.13: This giveaway has ended. Johnny is the winner. Thanks to all participants. ]

17 October 2013

target: city love

I'm a little bit obsessed with this recent Target Canada campaign. Target made geo-targeted posts to let people know that Bullseye the dog was new in town and was looking for activities to do over the summer. They collected the responses and showcased a few as custom illustrations. See the whole campaign here. Illustrations by the ever-so-amazing Lab Partners.
[ Above: Smoked Meat Bagels, Montreal / Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres / Whale Watching on Grand Manan Island, Saint John / Mont-Megantic Observatory, Richmond ]

12 September 2013

2014 calendars

It's getting closer to fall and even though it's a little early to be thinking about next year, I can't help it. One of my favorite things about this season is the amount of great calendars that start to pop up. These are a few of my favorites so far.
[ Above: Color Composition Calendar, $25 / Gem & Mineral Calendar, $28 / Travel America Calendar, $26 / Herbs & Spices Calendar, $18 / Secret Garden Calendar, $26 ]

30 August 2013

foodie pack for studio app

Studio is a new iPhone app that allows users to create and share designs with friends in a new, fresh way. The app includes over 600 free elements that can be used to overlay your photos or to create your own designs. I was able to create a food-themed icon pack for their marketplace (these packs are 0.99). To test it out, I threw the fish over a photo I took in Wyoming earlier this summer. I like to keep it simple! This app is fun and allows you to be a bit more creative than other photo/design apps out there. Download it here.


When I was attending a yoga class about a month ago, my cousin brought along a Bkr water bottle, which I became a little bit obsessed with. Bkr (pronounced beaker) is a San Francisco company founded by two friends who share the belief that beauty can inspire real change. The bottle is inspired by what they love, some of those things being modern art, design in Tokyo, Italian furniture, the perfect t-shirt, the small, the pretty, the cool, the calm, the bright and everything translucent and clean. Their main goal was to create a green product that could be functional, creative and something you would want to carry. I think they accomplished that because ever since I saw my cousin's bottle, I've wanted one. I love how they are made of glass (that means pure, tasty, clean water) and are surrounded by a colorful silicone sleeve (which offers protection and grip). I finally got my own in the color Pool (a bright cerulean blue) and I can't wait to bring it to all my yoga classes now. A bottle retails for $28.
[ Above: Kitsch, Betty, True / Space, Rocket, Candy, Jet, Julep / Bubble, Fog, Pop, Ripe, Pool ]

02 July 2013

signs of summer

Well, it's officially summer. Despite the extreme heat here in Utah (it's been up to 105°), there's something so great about grilling and being outside (I might be able to bear the heat if I can eat a popsicle after). This piece above depicts some of my favorite things about summer and what I think embodies the season. I'm also excited because it's somewhat of a sneak peek into a project I've been working on recently, one which will be released in a couple of months! I'll keep you updated on it then, but the sunglasses and flamingo will make another appearance soon.
 [ Above: Illustration by me, see valeriejar.com ]

05 June 2013

the indigo bunting + paris wedding invitations

Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting designed this incredible invitation for a couple's wedding in Paris. The double-sided accordion folded piece reflects all of the culinary adventures scheduled for the weekend, along with details about the event and an RSVP. The invitation feels so special. I love the tone of the whole thing: the black and gold make it elegant, while the bright blue and Erin's iconic food illustrations add a freshness and modernity to it all. Such a perfect balance. Screen-printed by Mama's Sauce.

25 April 2013

beverage cards

These new beverage cards were added to my shop today! Maybe it's just me, but I'm always thirsty and these cards depict a few of my favorite drinks of choice. The cards are blank inside so they're perfect for sending anytime: as a friendly hello, thank you, or anything you might choose. Available as singles or as a set here.

One of the things I was most excited about when going freelance was being able to design for me again, so I'm super glad that I have the opportunity to do these side projects that I enjoy. There will be more paper products coming this year (including calendars again, I hope!).

09 April 2013

help ink + cherry shake

A couple of months ago, the kind people at Help Ink invited me to create a piece of art for their site. Help Ink is a collaborative project that uses the sale of premium and exclusive art to help charities in an exciting way. A portion of all product sales go to a selected cause and I'm happy that I was able to be a part of it. My piece, Cherry Shake, was released earlier this week and is available to purchase as a print, wall art or notecard here.
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