29 September 2010

motel signs

Great illustrations of motel signs from Brian Everett of EVRT Studio.
[ Above: 29 Dollars / Traveler Motel ]

26 September 2010

the unseen sea

Stills from The Unseen Sea, a video that animator/photographer Simon Christen made from time lapses took around the San Francisco Bay Area over the period of a year.

24 September 2010

f. scott fitzgerald

More awesome book cover design from Coralie Bickford-Smith, senior cover designer at Penguin Books. I am loving the metallics and art deco inspired patterns on the book jackets. These may be my favorite of hers so far.

23 September 2010


I am not too entirely sure what this is, but I know that I am loving this image on the front page of Grandpeople's website. If I were a musician, I would want this on my album cover.

22 September 2010

pavel fuksa

The retro illustration style of Pavel Fuksa. Also visit his Flickr page here.


So you might have noticed that this blog has garnered a new look, address and name. I am pretty excited about this change. It was long overdue. To tell you the truth, I was getting sick of the name Fancy Frills, mostly for the fact that the meaning didn't fit the whole idea of this blog (fancy frills are a kind of tulip). So I renamed it. I like the name Carnival for a lot of reasons. If you go to a carnival, you notice it is full of all types of things: amusement, fun, rides, games, food and a slew of other things to see and do. This blog is a compendium of things from all over, much like how a carnival is run. It's a spot where several components come together in one place. Not to mention, my name is hidden in the title. So it fits. I think it's a much better representation of what I am and what I want this blog to be like. So here's to the same old blog but with a fresh new twist.
[ Above: Ferris wheel photo by Irene Suchocki ]

20 September 2010

horsey by eungi kim

Eungi Kim created Horsey, an attachable accessory that makes a bicycle look like a horse. It's one of the shortlisted design entries from more than 3000 participants in Designboom's Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010. It would be great for a kid. See more photos of it here.

19 September 2010

richard pearse: work in progress

Richard Pearse emailed me recently to let me know of this cool new project he has in the works. As always, it's something totally new and different, but in a style all his own. For this series, the aim was to make the art more about the wood, the patterns and the composition created by the wood. If this is what it looks like when he is still working on it, I can't wait to see the final product. See an older post about him here.

18 September 2010

24 hour show

What you are seeing above is my piece for the 24 Hour Show tonight! If you are in Salt Lake, stop by the Hive Gallery (at Trolley Square) because tonight is the only day the pieces are being shown. The rule of the show was that you had twenty-four hours from wood panel pick-up and submitting your finished piece. I work full-time, so that left me only a night to get this done. I worked on this on Thursday for over five hours straight. Gold paint, a tired fox and some roses. All of the pieces in the show are being auctioned and you can bid on them from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. tonight. Go take a look!
[ The Hive Gallery at Trolley Square: 600 S 700 East, Salt Lake City UT 84102 ]

15 September 2010

sneak peek: 2011 calendar

I have been feeling like I have so much to do recently and not enough time to finish it all. So tonight, I took a break from everything and just zoned out and finished the rest of my illustrations for next year's calendar. I was surprised at how much I got done. I feel pretty good about where I am at. The calendar for next year has a variety of animals that look like they just don't care: very nonchalant. There are even animals wearing glasses, baseball caps and bows! I thought I would try something a little different this time around. I'll probably print them in multiple colors too. I'm not sure if it'll be a high-quality laser, offset print, letterpress or screenprint as of yet, but I am excited to get this done!

13 September 2010

face to face

Face to Face is a cool project from Chelsea Roberson and Ashley Selby, where they take a self-portrait of themselves every Friday for a year in an effort to be better in front of the camera and as a symbol of their friendship.

09 September 2010


I did this today. I have been wanting a tattoo for over a year, but what's funny is that this is not even the image I have wanted the most for that duration. I'm still planning on getting what I originally intended, but thought I might as well get something else in the meantime. That's why it was probably one of my more spontaneous decisions to date. I just decided I should quit over-thinking things and just go for it. Good decision. Makes me wonder why I waited that long.

07 September 2010

dante terzigni

Surface design patterns from Dante Terzigni. Love his sense of color and shape.
[ Above: Triangle / Lantern / Outer-space / Blue ]

06 September 2010

etsy shop: tame

Nautical inspired knot necklaces by Tamé. They come in a variety of colors for $30 each. Love them.
[ Above: Red Leather Knot, $30 / Blue Leather Knot, $30 / The Navy, currently sold out / Mocha Leather Knot, $30 ]

03 September 2010

bikes + birthdays

Tomorrow is my twenty-fourth birthday and since I most likely won’t be getting online too much that day, I thought I’d share something a day early. Everyone who knows me knows I love bikes, vintage signs and typography, so this photo by Kristybee goes hand-in-hand with everything I like. I would just love to take a long road trip, bring my pedal bike and camera with me, and spend the days (and nights) exploring abandoned, run-down parts of towns and cities, while documenting and taking in the atmosphere of somewhere totally new and different. I do have nine more vacation days I need to use up by the end of the year too, so I just might make it happen. Who is with me?

01 September 2010


Happy September. I can't believe how fast time goes by. I have so much stuff I need to accomplish these next few weeks and I am stressed, but I couldn't be more excited about it. There are some fun things in the works. I am thinking of posting more about what I am up to in this blog too, maybe that could create a little bit of interest? Or at least give some background on who I am and what I do. In the meantime, take a look at the object collage above by Owen Glidersleeve.
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