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WHISKEY IN A TEACUP

Creative Direction and Design

Creative Direction and Design

It’s cover reveal day!! I’ve been working on this book for a year and a half (CD and designer) and it’s so, so exciting seeing it come together! Such an incredible author and an amazing team on this one @reesewitherspoon @trishtodd718 @noahandlucylove @pthepaul @and.delight.reigned @tacohorton @angiemosier @minnielane @brittlitt @annielcampbell ・・・

Repost from @touchstonebooks It’s true y’all!!! We are beyond thrilled and honored to announce that we will be publishing Academy-award winning actress, producer, entrepreneur, and all-around legend @reesewitherspoon’s first book! Whiskey in a Teacup is going to be THE book to have, gift, and gram this Fall so you’re going to want to pre-order (maybe multiple copies?) right now at the link in bio or in our stories #whiskeyinateacup

A note from Reese: “My grandmother Dorothea always said that it was a combination of beauty and strength that made Southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup.’ We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.

My Southern heritage informs my whole life, and spreading the gospel of southern living has become sort of an obsession of mine. I bring the South everywhere I go with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how I entertain, decorate my home, and make holidays special for my kids—not to mention how I talk, dance, and do my hair (in these pages, you will learn my fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). I love sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as my favorite Southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honkytonks.

I hope you’ll see how easy it is for you to bring a little bit of the South to your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a Southern side to every place in the world, right?”

SLICE issue 18: Enemies

DENA SCHUCKIT

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As usual, if you’d like to be considered as a contributing artist, please drop me a line through my contact page with a link to your portfolio. xox

SLICE Issue 16: Resistance

Slice-Issue16_cvr_webAmazing artists in this issue of SLICE, including:

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If you’d like to be considered as a contributing artist, please drop me a line through my contact page with a link to your portfolio. xox

A New York Times Bestseller!

I’m so excited to learn that Erin Gate’s book Elements of Style, designed by yours truly, has made the New York Times Bestseller list! Congratulations Erin!! xox

 

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Slice Issue 15: Hope

We have another amazing issue of Slice out on newsstands now. So much incredible writing, and so many talented artists, including:

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If you’d like to be considered as a contributing artist, please drop me a line through my contact page with a link to your portfolio. xox

Elements of Style

I’m so excited to be designing Erin Gates’ book Elements of Style. This process has been slightly unique in that I was hired directly by her, rather than her publisher, Simon & Schuster. It has been so much fun working together so closely to make this book beautiful! The final cover is an unjacketed 3-piece case with a striped spine, foil stamping, and leopard print endpapers.

Erin made a great post on her blog about our cover process, giving a behind-the-scenes view of some of my other package proposals. Check it out here. And here’s a sneak peak at one of my favorite outtakes: a jacket with gold foil and a gold metallic printed case underneath in Les Touches!

I just finished the interior second pass corrections, and I cannot WAIT to hold this book in my hands. Erin’s spaces are to die for, and this book has 336 pages full of them! xox

 

SLICE issue 14: Escape

We have another killer issue of Slice out on newsstands now. So much amazing writing, and so many talented artists, including:

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As always, if you’d like to be considered as a future contributing artist, please drop me a line with a link to your portfolio. xox

Judging Art

I was thrilled to receive an email yesterday asking me to travel to be a judge of the 2013 Communication Arts Photography Competition. All expenses paid trip to California to look at art, yes please! But (excitingly) I’m due to have a baby right around that time, so the travel isn’t feasible. Here’s hoping for  next year!

SLICE Issue 11: Mistakes & Regrets

Slice Magazine’s amazing issue 11 has hit newsstands, featuring fiction by Norman Lock, L.K. Gornick, and more, as well as interviews with Abraham Verghese and Lynne Tillman. The art contributors in this issue are an incredibly talented bunch, including:

Check it out, and order your copy here. If you’d like to be considered as a future contributor, please drop me a line with a link to your portfolio. xox

headed back to random!

I’m excited to announce I recently signed on as an Art Director at Random House, overseeing Watson-Guptill, Potter Craft, and Amphoto Books. I’m thrilled to take on this role, and to be back at Crown/Random House amongst such wonderful colleagues I’ve truly missed. At this time I still have space in my schedule for freelance projects, and will continue to Art Direct Slice Magazine (we’re about to wrap issue 11, stay tuned for details). Keeping busy!

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