Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
I miss my own Corgi, Teddy. He lives at my fathers house.
He also really hates costumes. But I couldn't resist this picture from
I love how corgi's always have this "what the heck, are you doing to me"
expression on their face. :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Stop the Presses!

Jill Peck is a wedding and event planner based out of Hoboken, NJ. Part of her blog is featuring local etsy sellers. This week she's featuring my two lines Dori & Viv and my fashion illustrations. One of the items she liked was my thank you cards that you can add on to your fashion illustration order.
I really like the idea of featuring local etsy sellers. Especially in these trying financial times there are so many reasonably priced hand made goods out there. Why not support your neighbors and local artisans while adding uniqueness to a wedding?
Check out Jill's blog at her website-

New Bride

A new fashion illustration is in the works for Priscilla. This is a picture from her September 06 wedding.

Monday, October 13, 2008

In the works

I have a new fashion illustration I'm working on right now. Doris and her husband Richard just got married this past month in Austria, where the brides family live. The dress is Claire Pettibone and is very intricate. She was totally prepared and sent me lots of close up shots. I can't wait to show it to her when it's done!

Monday, October 6, 2008

In the works

I'm thrilled to have the next phase of my bridal services up and running! It's great to be able to use my illustrations skills to help brides commemorate their dresses. Years of figure drawing put to use in a new way. Above is my step by step process from photo to drawing and then a traditional marker illustration and a painted version in gouache.
Please check out more work at my new etsy store!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Vintage Trims

I like to incorporate vintage materials into every hat I make if possible. Besides scouring fabric and vintage stores for materials, one of my favorite stores is the downstairs of my parents house. My mothers family is Portuguese and settled in New Bedford, MA at the turn of the century. New Bedford was a hub for textile mills and all of my great grandmothers 7 sisters worked in those mills from age 12 on. This was waaaaay before child labor laws. Being the thrifty women that they were, the sisters collected all the materials they helped produce. And now, the trims that they collected can be found in Dori & Viv hats. I love the packaging also!
My great grandmother, Nana, the youngest of the family, is the last of her sisters alive. This year she turns 100! Oh and she beats me at cards each time I see her. And believe me, I don't let her win.