The bulk of this year has been working on this doozy of a project, A BOOK! A real read through, full color, page-turner. When Krista Suh, creator of the Pussyhat Project, told me she was gonna write a book and she wanted me to illustrate it, I had no idea what I was in for!
I painted the cover, but open this tome up, and you’ll find 30+ full color illustrations. She and I worked really hard to make this a complete, super helpful manifesto for creatives– it’ll help clarify your voice, scoot away the clutter, and give you the space to make what you’ve always dreamed of. There are excercises and tips galore. I couldn’t be more proud!
You can pre-order here, or find the title at Amazon. I’d love to know if you picked up your own copy!
One of my favorite things are maps– we used maps in our wedding, and they’re all around our home. I finally had the chance to create a map based on favorite places of my collaborator Krista Suh, and it’s gorgeous! I plan on using it when I go to New York City. You can download it here, for free!
Krista Suh, Idea Extraordinaire, dreamed up The 1oo Women and POC Author Project, and in fine form, made it a reality! She asked that folks join her in reading 100 books authored by women and POC. She asked me to create printable bookplates for download on her site.
Go there--they’re free! xo
I drew the design for the crew tees on the movie “Anything”. I loved being part of this project. We ended up going with the pink rose, BTW.
I am so happy to see the DIY Cybersecurity for Domestic Violence website launched today! This has been a long time coming. HACK BLOSSOM is putting out some really thoughtful, helpful content. I’m honored to have done the illustrations for this one. Please, please share this on your timeline, via msg, email, wherever. You never know who might need it. I love you.
Last week, my best friend Augusta Gail and I took a cruise together (the JoCo Cruise, if you are looking for a place to escape once a year into a cosplay/gaming/podcast dreamland). I did a ton of chilling out and writing which was so needed, but of course, I couldn’t sit still. The ship is in pristine condition and much of it is still styled in a late 80’s and early 90’s sort of sparkle.
We had to take advantage of the visuals.
I found my new Who The Fuck Is Taleen Kali? shirt, grabbed my camera, and we smeared some glitter on. In half an hour, we had this set of photos and big smiles on our faces.
That shirt? It’s a lil sumpin sumpin from our friend, rock extraordinaire Taleen Kali. You might remember the phrase from once being on Keith Richards chest. You’ll wanna peep this interview here to get the low down on it. I really love this shirt. It’s the perfect cut, with a round neck and fitted close to the body. I thought I packed it up when we left the ship, but BAD NEWS! It did not come home with me and has been sacrificed to someone else. I’m hoping that person googles Taleen and hears her music!
Can I just expound on the wonder of Augusta for a moment? She’s a great friend. In cases like this, where I’ve got the itch to make something creative with very little planning, she’s always game. And she gives good face, hard, even if that means looking vaguely evil. She’s sweet, kind, tough, and most of all, present. I’m always at least a little bit in love with her.
You might have heard about a little movement that grew and grew and grew– it’s called The Pussyhat Project, and its genius lies in its simplicity. Basically, knit, crochet, or sew a pink Pussyhat for the Women’s March on Washington.
The word is a reclamation of our now president’s statement to “grab em by the pussy”. The co-founders, Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, created the idea, and then got together with Kat Coyle who made the original pattern. I was then brought in to create all of the artwork for the pattern, the website, and all accompanying pieces.
The combination of art and activism is sticky. It’s tough. And if it’s really good, it’s amenable to change. I wanted to create a distinctive look that didn’t have a clean polish to it– one of the things that drew me to the project was that its power lied in the handmade. I wanted my hand to be seen in this piece, perceived “mistakes” and all. This was an extremely grassroots project, and we wanted to highlight the idea that no matter your skill set or position, there is a place for you to be involved.
All of the pieces to the visual identity were hand drawn and painted using watercolor. I then inked to my hearts content!
This project was epic and gave me so much to chew on thought-wise– things that will no doubt make it into my private work in the future. It ended up blowing up: we saw knit pussyhats on celebrities, featured on The View, and, um, The New York Times, to mention a few.
How are you using your resources to be an activist, in a time where every contribution is so necessary?
I was pleasantly surprised when this poster popped up in my feed last week: “Hey,” I thought, “that handwriting looks just like mine!” And then my brain jogged into place and I remembered that I had indeed done the handwriting a few months ago! Ugh, so many projects. Anyway, the styling and design on this thrilled me and I can’t wait to see the film when it comes out (I’ll keep you posted!).Check out @hideawaythefilm on Instagram. Thank you for thinking of my art,Victoria Innocenzi!
My personal artwork was also featured in the film’s production design and those stills are killing me with their gorgeousness as well.