Artist Spotlight: Michelle Morin April 19, 2018

“I am easily influenced by the seasons; they truly dictate how I spend my free time. Come spring I am taken over with gardening plans. My desk becomes a heap of seed catalogs and garden schematics. In the summer all I can think about is hiking, kayaking, camping, and swimming with my dog. Then fall happens and I become a nut. It’s my favorite season (color, temperature, and food-wise), but since it seems to happen so fast I feel a need to rush. I slow down and cook, sew and think over cold crops while watching old movies. When winter hits, all I think about are snow activities, hot beverages, good books, and the ritual of unwrapping all of my vintage ornaments.” –Michelle Morin

Photo courtesy Michelle Morin

We’ve been loving having the amazingly talented Michelle Morin as one of our newest collaborating artists, and are happy to add her to our Artist Spotlight series. Her beautiful, scenic watercolors of natural environments and ethereal landscapes absolutely take our breath away. Michelle’s background designing and maintaining gardens continue to inspire her work: “My paintings are an attempt at finding a balance within the complexities and subtleties of nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout.”  -MM

On top of beautiful works of fine art, Michelle is also a creative innovator in illustration and surface design. Just check out her brand Spring line of children’s wear that just debuted at H&M! How much do you wish these were in grown-up sizes??

Check out the awesome commercial (with some talented kiddos to boot) and photos below, plus some shots of Michelle’s independent art work and her Red Cap Cards designs. We love you, Michelle! You are amazing. View more on Michelle’s website or her artist page here.

Photo courtesy H&M
Photo courtesy H&M
Photo courtesy H&M
Photo courtesy H&M
Bird Garden” Photo via our Instagram

“I was able to apply my greenhouse knowledge to a tight, two-acre garden that became my sanctuary for two years. I came to realize that this garden, while full of hundreds of plant species, was also home to countless animals, including owls, hawks, hummingbirds, box turtles and numerous insects. Witnessing their daily routine gave me the inspiration to make paintings that referenced the colors, patterns, habits and curiosities in this world. I took it all in during the day and painted it by night.” –MM 

“Tiny Islands” small
“Cactus Rock”
Cheetah Garden” Photo via our Instagram
Cheetah Garden” gift bag Photo via our Instagram
Perfect Flamingo” Photo via our Instagram

“I come from a family of makers. Like a lot of artists, it was the environment I grew up in that inspired me to be creative. On weekends everyone in my family was joyfully busy with their own projects. My parents and brother each had different ways of expressing this creativity, and it generated a nice balance in the house. My dad could be found tinkering with anything from a new shed to a backyard ice skating rink, my mom and grandmother would be busy with one of their numerous projects, from building spool dolls, to sewing quilts, to canning pickles. All the while my brother studiously practiced his piano in the background. I fit into this picture anywhere and was happy to hop from one activity to the next. Over time, with the help of great teachers and talented friends, I learned how to focus this creative instinct into a more artistic career.” -MM

“Dove Diamond”
Desert Landscape” Photo via our Instagram
Greatest Octopus” Photo via our Instagram
“Winter Woods and Wild Turkeys”
“Prickly Pear Sunset”
“Sea Woods”
“Tiny Islands”

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Artist Collaboration: Gabriela Iancu April 11, 2018

We are so excited to be starting a brand new series on our blog and Instagram that features mixed media work in collaboration with Red Cap Cards by a wide array of talented artists, filmmakers, and photographers. Red Cap lives to celebrate the incredible work of groundbreaking artists and visionaries, and we have some amazing work in store for you (stay tuned!). This week, we welcome the work of artist and photographer Gabriela Iancu, who has captured Red Cap Cards in a beautiful, new, moody light.

Gabriela Iancu is a multidisciplinary artist who splits her time between the US and Europe, and whose work “focuses on the intersection of technology, art innovation, and storytelling.” We fell in love with Gabriela’s perspective on Instagram (@gabrielaiancu), where her visceral and bold photographs and cinemagraphs caught our attention–get ready to gawk!–with work incorporating Chloe fragrances, Nestle and more. Check out her website and Instagram to be truly inspired, and keep your ear to the ground for more work by many gifted artists, photographers and filmmakers. We had so much fun viewing Red Cap Cards through her lens, and wanted to share a bit with you today. Follow along with us this week as we introduce her perspective on our Instagram, and see below for a tidbit of what there is in store. Thank you, Gabriela!

All photos courtesy Gabriela Iancu.

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Spring Dream from Red Cap Cards April 5, 2018

In the mood to be swept away on a cherry blossom breeze? Spring is here, and we are playing with a dream-like series on our Instagram by the fabulous Carrie Gifford (@carriegiffordphotos), featuring @duartedollhouses that we hope will ignite your imagination! It’s been a long winter for everyone, it seems, and we are ready for the blooms to burst out of the ground and for warm-weather inspiration to come again. Scroll down to view a few pictorials of our Spring Dream series (view more at @redcapcards), and some beautiful art pieces–poetry and photos–that are getting us excited for the coming months. Welcome, Spring!

August Clover by Anna Emilia Laitinen

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

-Robert Frost

“Sage” by Marsha Robinson
August Clover by Anna Emilia Laitinen

march 26

shivering and huddled close
the forever rushing daffodils
wished they had waited

-Julie Fogliano, When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for all Seasons

Art by Julie Morstad, When Green Becomes Tomatoes
Art by Julie Morstad, When Green Becomes Tomatoes

 

june 10

i don’t know much about flowers
i don’t know their names
or how they like to grow
in sun or shade
in morning or night
i don’t know where they began
or how they traveled
by boat or by bird
and whether or not the rain makes them shiver or bloom
but i know how they lean
and bend toward the light
wide open as if singing
their voices (silent but everywhere)
fill up the daytime
a song much more than purple
and beyond every red
a song that makes me stop and listen
and forget
and not care at all
that i don’t know much 
about flowers

-Julie Fogliano, When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

Photo by Didion’s late daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne

I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later—because I did not belong there, did not come from there—but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.

-Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem

Spring tablescape by @doan_ly
Spring and summer keeping us warm by @thefarmersdaughterflowers

Carrots

I think the spring of 1968 is a good
time to look into our blood and
see where our hearts are flowing
as these flowers and vegetables
will look into their hearts every day
and see the sun reflecting like a
great mirror their desire to live
and be beautiful.

-Richard Brautigan, Please Plant This Book

Photo by @rodarte

“…The walls, also, seem to be warming themselves.
The tulips should be behind bars like dangerous animals;   
They are opening like the mouth of some great African cat,   
And I am aware of my heart: it opens and closes
Its bowl of red blooms out of sheer love of me.
The water I taste is warm and salt, like the sea,
And comes from a country far away as health.” 

-Excerpt from “Tulips” by Sylvia Plath

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Krista Perry Release + Save the Date: June 9th March 29, 2018
by Krista Perry

Woo hoo! Have we got some fun news for you! Get ready to mark your calendars–coming on June 9th, we are having the party of the century at our pals’ amazing shop, The Social Type, in honor of our new collection by Krista Perry, PLUS a new playful collection of die-cuts by Danielle Kroll, Kate Pugsley, Carolyn Gavin, and Bodil Jane.

So many treats in store for that night, and we absolutely can’t wait. Put it in those date books and make sure you pencil in some time to come and see us. It’s going to be a hot night in the city! Scroll below to check out some in-process printing shots of the upcoming styles, plus a shimmery video to get you excited. And oh my, check out that juicy wrap! We’re so excited–let’s go!!

Photo by @thesocialtype
In process shot: pre-foil!

In process shot: pre-die cut!
In process shot: pre-die cut!
In process shot: pre-die cut & pre-foil!
Upcoming wrap by Krista Perry, “Love Me Tender” … oh yeaaahh

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Visual Inspiration: On Display March 22, 2018

You know that feeling…when you walk into a beautiful, well-lit, fantastically-curated shop. Your eyes swim. Everything, everywhere–you’ve just got to have it all! You’re going to spend a month’s budget in this one shop, and you couldn’t care less. You want to spend hours there, just drinking it all in. We LOVE that feeling, and we have to say that it happens a lot, especially when we get a glimpse of how some of our stockists display our designs. We probably could have posted photos for hours as well, but here are a few snippets from Instagram that caught our eye and tickled our fancy. Click the photo captions to read more about the shops and definitely check out their Instagram accounts as well! Thank you to all for showcasing our products in such thoughtful and unique ways!

Photo by Mofelito Paperito | @mofelitopaperito
Photo by Fancy & Staple | @fancyandstaple
Photo by CW Pencil Enterprise | @cwpencilenterprise
Photo by Fancy & Staple | @fancyandstaple
Photo by Juxtapose Home | @juxtapose.home
Photo by Left & Write Paperie | @leftnwrite
Photo by Fitz & Bennett Home | @fitzbennetthome
Photo by Long Weekend | @longweekendstore
Photo by Makenew | @makenew
Photo by @colorsmayvary of North Star Coffee
Photo by Shorthand | @shopshorthand
Photo by Shorthand | @shopshorthand
Photo by The Social Type | @thesocialtype

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Artist Catch-Up: Nicholas John Frith, Plus a Sneak Peek! March 15, 2018

 

How adorable is this sweet animation for Hello, Mr. Dodo by our own Nicholas John Frith?? We were delighted to find out that Nicholas has a brand new website for his art work, picture books and more (jacket covers!!), which features this animation, plus more coming soon for Hector and Hummingbird and A Werewolf Named Oliver James. Make sure to head over to his new website, nicholasjohnfrith.com!

Nicholas’s designs are some of our favorite to photograph because the colors pop gloriously, and each tell a story with just a glance. Here are a few from our archives that we were happy to revisit:

Cleo” die-cut card by Nicholas John Frith
Deck the Halls” by Nicholas John Frith
My Friend the Snowman” by Nicholas John Frith
Sympathy Orchids” by Nicholas John Frith
Hello, Mr. Dodo! by Nicholas John Frith. Check out our feature post on it here.
Genie” by Nicholas John Frith
Cupid Love” by Nicholas John Frith

Psssst…we have one more thing. We spent all day at press today and couldn’t resist showing you a few of our action shots. Check out this sneak peak of some upcoming die-cuts and other new releases! Woo! We can’t wait to show you more…

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Four Shops We Love! March 9, 2018

It’s been a minute since we talked up a few of our favorite shops, so this week we are focusing on four Shops We Love two from the East Coast and two from the West. Scroll down to learn more about some of the most innovative, creative, and stylish brick-and-mortars around–and they just so happen to carry Red Cap Cards!

Shorthand is a Los Angeles-based, gem of a stationery store. Owned and operated by the founders and amazingly talented designers at Iron Curtain Press, the shop’s mission is “to feature simple and beautiful desk and office supplies; from inexpensive to luxury, from the serious craftsperson to the youngest artist.” (Sidenote: here’s a fun story about them from their Seattle days, by our own Andie Powers in Uppercase Magazine!) Bonus: you’re in luck if you aren’t local–they have an online shop. Enjoy!

Go visit Shorthand:
Shorthand
5030 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
shopshorthand.com
Or, follow Shorthand on INSTAGRAM
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Iron Curtain Press on INSTAGRAM

This family is one of the hippest on the block! Another Los Angeles-based treasure, The Reckless Unicorn is a magical place for the coolest kids and the coolest parents. Annie Segal and Derek Reckley opened the space because they “saw a big need for a one stop shop for all the families in and around the area. Together, they wanted to sprinkle a little unicorn love through out their community.” From clothes to toys to awesome books–this place is fabulously enchanting. We are IN!

Go visit The Reckless Unicorn:
The Reckless Unicorn
2124 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, California 90027
therecklessunicorn.com
Or, follow them on INSTAGRAM

Happen to be in or near Charlottesville, Virginia? Well you’re in luck. Stationer and gift shop, Rock Paper Scissors, should most definitely be on your star map. This community staple (pun intended) has been bringing the joy of fine paper and desk accessories since 2002. Plus, those window installations–to die for! Those are just folded envelopes! Stop by for the chicest in office accoutrement and more.

Go visit Rock Paper Scissors:
Rock Paper Scissors
321 east main street
charlottesville, virginia 22902
thinkrpscville.com
Or, follow them on INSTAGRAM

A boutique named after two dogs is obviously going to be amazing. Gus, the Brussels Griffon and Ruby the lab/hound mix are the namesakes for these two shops–Gus & Ruby Letterpress–located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine. The owners, Samantha and Whitney, met while working for a small advertising firm, and decided to follow their dreams right into a letterpress studio. We love these kinds of stories! Portsmouth is a diamond in its own right. You’ll find their New Hampshire shop nestled between designer clothing boutiques, cozy coffee shops, and inspired art galleries.

Go visit Gus & Ruby Letterpress:
Gus & Ruby Letterpress
29 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
-or-
28 Exchange Street
Portland, ME 04101
gusandruby.com
Or, follow them on INSTAGRAM

 

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Arlo's Book Club: Anna Emilia Laitinen Arlo’s Book Club: Reading Toward Mindfulness March 1, 2018

Arlo's Book Club: Anna Emilia Laitinen

Arlo has missed you! We’re back with a brand new edition of Arlo’s Book Club, and we can’t wait to connect with your tiny readers as they learn about and examine their surroundings through the written and visual word. In light of the recent political and social climate, we wanted to spread some love to the people around us. Times are tumultuous–peace and mindfulness has been at the forefront of our thoughts, and feeding those we love is important. Who are we and what is our purpose? How can we spread love to all that we come into contact with on a daily basis? Mindfulness starts with a seed. A favor. A compliment. A picture book. We picked several of our favorites to promote mindfulness in our tiny successors. Sponges. Bright lights. Enjoy:

Breathe and Be 
by Kate Coombs, with pictures by Red Cap artist, Anna Emilia Laitinen
Sounds True, 2017

I breathe slowly in,
I breathe slowly out. My breath
is a river of peace.
I am here in the world.
Each moment I can breathe and be.”

Nothing connects us more strongly than the bond we have with nature. Our earth is our home, and through it, we may see others’ experiences and joys. Breathe and Be is a collection of poems by Kate Coombs with illustration by our own Anna Emilia Laitinen, that lends an ear to the quiet nature that goes on around our bustling lives and conflicts. A beautiful reminder of where we fit on the planet.

Singing Away the Dark 
by Caroline Woodward, with pictures by Julie Morstad
Simply Read Books, 2017

Not just a simple picture book about a frightened girl walking home from her school bus–Singing Away the Dark unwittingly captures an undercurrent in today’s society about fear, consequence, and light at the end of the tunnel. This is a gorgeous work of art that offers quiet solace to a long walk toward more joyful times.

They All Saw a Cat 
by Brendan Wenzel
Chronicle Books, 2017

What do others see? What do they feel? Who would I be if I walked a mile in someone else’s shoes? They All Saw a Cat offers picturesque perspectives of what a wide variety of characters view when they see a cat. This is a beautiful book that offers the first existential explanation of “the other’s gaze.” Let us all seek to understand what others see and what they feel.

 

You Belong Here
by William M. H. Clark, Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Compendium Inc., 2016

And you belong where you love to be,
and after each day is through,
you will always belong right next to me
and I’ll belong to you.

We have a soft spot in our heart for this one, as our own Red Cap artist, Jill Labieniec,  served as art director along with Heidi Dyer. This beautiful narrative shows us the different home environments of mammals and birds and fish and humans. The different places that we “fit” on earth and amongst each other. A beautiful reminder that we are but a piece of a magnificent, ever-moving puzzle.

Horton Hears a Who
by Dr. Seuss
Random House., 1954

Quite possibly the poster boy for mindfulness, kindness, and respect, Horton Hears a Who follows an elephant who stumbles upon an entire town that lives on a simple speck of dust.  The story follows the existential realizations of the elephant and of the town, as they learn about what makes a person a person, and what equality truly means. A brilliant, encompassing picture book for every reader, young and old. 

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Artist Instagram Catch-Up and a Birthday Surprise! February 22, 2018

It’s been a bit since we caught up with a few of our amazingly talented artists, so we thought we would take this week we would check in on Instagram to find out what has been inspiring them lately.

First thing’s first: we received a special treat this week, with an amazing birthday party surprise involving some of our favorite wrapping paper designs. Photographer and language & literacy champion and blogger, Michelle of Avery & Augustine, threw a fantastic birthday party with a few of our wrapping sheets as the guests of honor. She made us a few faux invitations with a blog-able address and phone number (ten points each if you can guess the books where they both originated) for her bookish birthday party and book drive. Check out that duplexed invite with Christian Robinson’s “Candles” wrap on the back! Wooo! Plus, a copy of Kelly Dipucchio and Christian Robinson’s latest installment of the Gaston series, Antoinette. We are so inspired by this creative suite! Check out more of Avery & Augustine’s bright ideas and photos over on her blog or Instagram. Thank you, Michelle!

Photo by @averyandaugustine
Photo by @averyandaugustine
A beautiful snap by Cincinnati florist, OTR Florist, of one of our favorite Red Cap cards by Priscilla Weidlein
Adoring this solemn moon by Red Cap Cards artist, Barbara Dziadosz @barbarawurszt
Cool Girl enamel pin by Red Cap artist Bodil Jane. Yes, that’s her! Available in her shop.
Just cluckin’ around. Sassy chickens by Red Cap artist, @beccastadtlander
Loving this colorful celebration of Canada’s family day by Red Cap artist, Carolyn Gavin. “Diversity, freedom and love.” Print now listed in her shop!
Beautiful, painted play by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson. We can’t wait to see where this leads.
The new installment of the Triangle trilogy is on its way with illustration by Red Cap artist, Jon Klassen. We love his caption to this one via Instagram: “I think in every book I’ve illustrated there’s a page where the characters would be swearing if they were allowed to.”
Yes!! We are so proud of Red Cap artist, Kate Pugsley, and can’t wait to read her debut picture book, Mermaid Dreams from Tundra Books. Come on, Spring 2019!
Look at this color palette. Heart eyes for days. “Cactus Rock” acrylic on panel by Red Cap artist, Michelle Morin
Oh to be this fly on the wall…A fantastic show coming up in Denver at Sacred Thistle for Red Cap artist, Marsha Robinson on March 2nd at 4pm. Be there, Colorado!
This illustration makes us want to cozy up. Oh, to be little enough to fit in that fort again. An editorial illustration for American Airlines‘s in-flight magazine by Red Cap artist, Yelena Bryksenkova

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Inspiration: Color Chameleon February 15, 2018

Happy post-Valentine’s Day! Are you suffering from a love hangover? Well, grab a Bloody Mary and cozy up to freshen up your creativity with some of the color inspiration we are obsessing over lately. Color palette inspiration at it’s best: from the rich browns, to the deep purples, the dusty browns and sultry shadows, we are putting together a lovely collection of work to get our juices flowing. What color palettes are motivating you this winter? Take a look below at some of ours and enjoy!

Cheetah Garden by Michelle Morin
Photo by @alexandravonfuerst for @vogueitalia

Happy post-Valentine’s Day! Are you suffering from a love hangover? Well, grab a Bloody Mary and check out these color palettes that we’ve been obsessing over. The sultry shadows, the deep purples and the sweet chartreuse. Ooh, lala we are loving it. What colors are getting you inspired as of late?

Photo by @sacredthistle
By @strangedirt
“Magical Tigers” by Michelle Morin
Photo by @sacredthistle

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Artist Spotlight: Marsha Robinson February 8, 2018

“The black ink is the blood of my work. It gives my pieces life. They become so alive…you could almost hear a heart beat.” –Marsha Robinson

We are beyond thrilled to finally have Marsha Robinson‘s beautiful and intricate botanical abstracts as a part of our Red Cap collection. Marsha lives and works in Denver, Colorado, where she has created an art portfolio that spans beyond the page into tactile forms, such as wall hangings, textiles, apparel and glassware. Her work is reminiscent of an other-wordly, botanical art-deco era, and it makes us think that Frank Lloyd Wright would most definitely be taken with it.

We thought we would show off a bit more of her work, as well as some wonderful written profiles she has had recently, as a little twist on our usual Artist Spotlight interview. Check out the cover of this month’s Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine (below), plus a few quotes from fabulous sources that tell a bit more about Marsha’s art story. Enjoy! We love you, Marsha!

Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine
Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine

“When Strange Dirt’Marsha Robinson discovered a box of gouache paints her mom had kept under a bed, the Denver artist had no idea it would be the key to her creative destiny. Robinson was interested in art throughout high school but knew art school was out of the question because it was too expensive. Instead, she opted to dive into administrative work but something kept telling her it wasn’t the road she was meant to take. ‘I was moving away from home with my first love and my mom gifted me the box of paints. I was surprised she had kept it but there was a reason for it and I’m so grateful she did. I had an itch to pick up the paintbrush and see where my hands wanted to take me. So I opened up that box and the rest is history,’ Robinson said. Using gouache, an opaque water color, would lead her up to using ink, her main medium today. Even after dabbling in art shows at local venues and selling pieces, Robinson felt her work still needed a stronger focus. Frustrated with working in the food industry, she took the leap and decided to pursue art full-time.” – 303 Magazine

“The finely inked botanical drawings and textiles of Denver artist Marsha Robinson, aka Strange Dirt, seem suspended in a time warp, inspired by science and symmetry and maybe a touch of William Morris, yet they belong to no real period of art history. Distinctly personal, Robinson’s works are clearly the product of a decorative inner vision, beautiful and elegantly contemporary.” – Susan Froyd, Westword

“The botanical world fascinated me–I think of it as the ultimate example of true, natural beauty.” -Marsha, via Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine

“When I moved to Denver I tried to live in collective houses and met a lot of people who were anarchists. I saw a lot of patches on hats, denim jackets and backpacks and they all meant something very important to the people carrying them, and they were so dirty and so loved. I wanted [these] patches to have a life and last longer than a year. I wanted my work on garments but I didn’t want to find a t-shirt I created in a thrift store because of fashion trends changing with seasons. I want for people to hold on to the patches as long as they could.”  -Marsha Robinson, via 303 Magazine

Cobalt
Exotic Flower

“My mission as an artist is simple–to spread beauty.” -Marsha Robinson, via Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine

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Gift Bags + Three New Artists: Winter 2018 Release! February 1, 2018

We are so excited to finally celebrate the release of our brand new gift bag collection, plus the release of twenty-five new greeting card designs by artists, Michelle Morin and Marsha Robinson. Also, we are happy to introduce two exclusive gift bag designs by artist and author, Emily Winfield Martin. These are some absolute stunners that we have been dying to show off to you folks!

Our new gift bag collection features illustrations by Kelsey Garrity Riley, Carolyn Gavin, Bodil Jane, Jon Klassen, Danielle Kroll, Anna Emilia Laitinen, Kate Pugsley, Christian Robinson, and newcomers Emily Winfield Martin and Michelle Morin. They are constructed with luxurious heavy-weight paper, and cotton rope. They are available for preorder now and will ship in March!

We are also excited to introduce our new artists to the fold (pun intended!). Welcome, Michelle and Marsha, whose new designs add two unique perspectives to our Red Cap collection! View their entire collections here, and here, and view a small selection below, along with more information about them. We are so proud and excited to have them in our midst, and excited to share their work with a new audience.

If you’re able, come see the new collection in person at NY NOW this weekend and next week, Crow & Canary Booth 7614. Forget the Super Bowl! You know this is way more fun…

Michelle Morin is an artist who lives and works on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. She studied painting and art history at Massachusetts College of Art. Michelle has worked for many years in the horticultural field cultivating a true relationship with plants, wildlife, and their distinctive habitats.

With many years designing and maintaining gardens, Michelle has narrowed her primary focus to nature as a subject to reference. She works to convey the beauty and complexities of nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout her work, which range from elaborate watercolor and gouache compositions on paper to vast and more layered paintings on canvas. Through her travels she continues to seek out inspiration from the natural world while honing in on the unique details that define each place.

Marsha Robinson is an artist and designer based out of Denver, CO. Self taught and disciplined, Marsha’s work is highly distinctive with a unique flare of grace and symmetry. She creates a world full of elegant botanical imagery embraced by strikingly bold designs that reflect the nostalgia of the Art Deco Era. She creates compositions that combine both the masculine and feminine elements of design which allows her work to have fluidity while still maintaining order and structure. Her hand drawn ink & pen illustrations extend beyond the paper and find their way on various mediums in the multifaceted world of design. Marsha is constantly evolving as an artist and with every piece of work comes new transformation.

 

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The Perfect Date: Valentine’s Stream of Consciousness January 25, 2018

I asked Carrie what she would like for Valentine’s Day, and with her answer, I was privy to a stream of consciousness that detailed the most perfect date (or day, even) that anyone could ever dream of. We thought we might juxtapose each of our parfait Saint Valentin for your reading and viewing pleasure! What might you request on your perfect date? Here’s Carrie:

Photo of Eshelman Pottery via @avionclothiershop

The perfect Valentine’s Day…We could start with a cuppa tea on a Pop and Scott sofa…

Pop and Scott Sofa | Vogue Living’s Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay

A handwritten note…

My Funny Valentine by Anke Weckmann for Red Cap Cards

Followed by some to-die-for Strawberry Shortcake Chocolate from Compartés Chocolatier. Mind the couch!

Strawberry Shortcake Chocolate Bar from Compartés Chocolatier
Princetown Slippers by Gucci

And quickly opening my new pair of Princetown Slippers from Gucci, we are on our way to dinner. But don’t forget the babysitter! Jason Schwartzman is here to sing the night away with Arlo.

Arlo’s Babysitter — Jason Schwartzman
Blue Hill Farm

Off we go to Blue Hill Farm, where we dine on a multi-taste feast from field and market. Whoops! Forgot my new Gucci wallet on that fabulous couch! Looks like Hal will have to pay…

Sylvie Zip-Around Wallet by Gucci

Later that night, we find our way to the Madonna Inn for a wacky night out, as I slip on my Solstice Intimates.

The Madonna Inn
Solstice Intimates

Hal remembers two gifts he forgot were in his pocket all along. A beautiful rose gold and ruby pendant from Spinelli Kilcollin and a full bouquet of stunning roses from Yasmine Floral Design. How could he forget?

Ruby Nebula Pendant with Rose Gold Gravity Chain by Spinelli Kilcollin
Lovely roses from Yasmine Floral Design
Joshua Tree

We awake in the morning to hot coffee and a splendid sunrise in Joshua Tree

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My goodness, I can’t beat that. Though slightly less fantastic, my date is very much tailored to my homebody-ness. Here goes…my perfect Valentine’s Day:

The date starts out with hand-drawn scavenger hunt inside one of my favorite Red Cap Cards, to find the perfect gift: a vintage copy of Sugar, by Nancy Sinatra, a beautiful Black Diamond Pera Ring from Of a Kind, and a four-box of Sofia Coppola’s pink champagne. (That whole case is for me, by the way).

Dinner is at In-N-Out Burger (they moved to Seattle specifically for me), which has magically become gluten AND dairy free overnight, so I order one of everything.

Photo by @butfirstcoldstart

While we are eating at the outdoor tables, Paul Rudd walks by and comments to my husband about how witty and attractive I am. Move it along, Paul, I’m spoken for! Go be ADORABLE somewhere else.

Then, we are back at home to watch one of my favorite movies in bed, snuggled with truffled popcorn and a housekeeper scheduled to come and vacuum up the crumbs in the morning.

Breathless by Jean Luc-Godard

Now it’s your turn–what does your ideal Valentine’s Day look like?

Andie Powers

Ten Fun Love Facts January 18, 2018

Hey there, cupcake! Valentine’s Day is just another excuse for us to keep the love flowing, so we thought we’d bring you ten of our favorite fun factoids about l’amour to get you ramped up and ready for February 14th. Read on to learn more about love than the fact that it really is all you need. How many of these do you know?

Pink Swans and Peacock Feathers by Barbara Dziadosz
  1. Animals that mate for life:
  • swans
  • wolves
  • termites
  • coyotes
  • barn owls
  • beavers
  • bald eagles
  • golden eagles
  • condors
  • Gibbon apes
  • brolga cranes
  • French angel fish
  • sandhill cranes
  • pigeons
  • prions
  • red-tailed hawks
  • anglerfish
  • ospreys
  • prairie voles
  • black vultures
Two in Love by Carolyn Gavin
Cupid Love by Nicholas John Frith

2. The enduring symbol of love, Cupid (or Eros) is said to have come from Chaos (“The Yawning Void”) and represents the primitive forces of love and desire.

Beautiful Wife by Carolyn Gavin

3. Scientists suggest that most people will fall in love approximately seven times before marriage.

Rev Me Up, Light My Fire, and Sweet Love by Sarah Burwash

4. “Light My Fire” by the Doors was the number 1 Billboard single in 1967 for three weeks, when it was succeeded by “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.

Genie by Nicholas John Frith

5. Genie’s Rule Number 2 from Disney’s Aladdin is that he can’t make anybody fall in love with anybody else–you little punim there!

Romantic Rose Wrap by Carolyn Gavin and Little Bugs Wrap by Becca Stadtlander

6. Roses are a traditional symbol of different types of love, depending on their color:

  • Red roses: passion and true love
  • Light pink: desire, passion and energy
  • Dark pink: gratitude
  • Yellow roses: friendship or jealousy
  • White roses: virtue or devotion
  • Lavender or thornless rose: love at first sight
Three Bridesmaids by Dinara Mirtalipova

7. Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart. The first recorded wedding rings appear in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.

Favorite Playmate by Danielle Kroll

8. Allegedly, Robert Smith of The Cure was inspired to write “The Love Cats” after reading the novel, The Vivisector by Patrick White, which details the demise of a love triangle, infidelity, and a sack of stray cats.

Pearl Diver by Dinara Mirtalipova

9. Cleopatra once swallowed a pearl that was submerged in a cocktail to settle a bet with her lover, Marc Anthony, about her power and wealth.

Kidboss Arlo at The Reckless Unicorn

10. Mothers always have their children in the back of their minds – now it seems that this is quite literally true. Fetal DNA can enter a mother’s brain and remain there for decades, according to autopsies of female brains. (Newscientist.com)

Sources: Factretriever.com, Wikipedia.com, and Petful.com

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Inspiration: Down the Instagram Rabbit Hole January 11, 2018

What inspires you? Lights your soul? Gives your imagination flight? Breathes passion into the day? Here at Red Cap, the answer to those questions has one answer: talent. Beautiful, unfiltered, human talent. We admit that we have fallen down what we like to call the Instagram Rabbit Hole: a trip that may last for hours and hours as we comb through inspirational photos of all types of work in all mediums and manifestations.

Today, we grouped a few that we are really loving as of late to show off and hopefully start your journey down the rabbit hole. See below for the favorites, and keep up the amazing work everyone!

@yasminemei  |  floral designer  |  yasminefloraldesign.com
Based out of Los Angeles, Yasmine creates stunning works of floral design with “an emphasis on the ethereal, simple, and classical.” With a mix of traditional flowers and exotic plants, her instagram is full of inspiration if you love the greenery like us. Just look at those tiny bananas!

Tiny bananas!

 

@teaaalexis  |  renders  |  lairs.tumblr.com
These images are going to blow your mind! Alexis Christodoulou creates renderings (yep, you read that right–NOT photos) of imaginary architectural spaces that we could dream about for days. Hailing from South Africa, Alexis works in advertising (and a bit with his family’s winemaking business) and is not a formally trained architect. Read much more of his fantastic story at The New York Times Style Magazine: Singapore.

 

 

@kelseyemc  |  photographer |  kelseymcclellan.com
@pandahandler  |  stylist  |  michelle-maguire.com
This photographer and prop stylist team has created some of the freshest images we have seen in a while! Together, they create tiny vignettes of food-inspired art, and much more. The story behind “Wardrobe Snacks” via Michelle’s website is delectable:

Wardrobe Snacks was inspired by diners lacking the luxury of being seated at a table: my stepdad who rests his sandwich on his thigh (hell with a plate!) in between bites while he blasts an action movie on his TV; a commuter cramped up on a crowded bus retrieving an item from a bag or pocket; a lunch-breaker on a park bench eating from her lap. They’re informal — perhaps even a bit awkward — spaces as far as eating is concerned, yet the diners always appear to be comfortable and perfectly satisfied with their chosen snack, almost Zen-like.

 

@jessekamm  |  clothing made in CA  |  Jessekamm.world
Beautiful clothing, created using quality fabrics, made in California. Jesse Kamm’s story is an inspiration in and of itself:

I am committed to my work, and to my lifestyle.  In my work, I am committed to using fine and sturdy fabrics in the collection, because I want the pieces to last a very long time.  I am committed to making everything in Los Angeles, because it is important to me to support my community.  I choose these things because I believe they are right and good.  In my life, I know that I deserve to be a sane person.  I know that I need time away to be sane, so I take it.  Not because I am spoiled, but because I value my existence as a happy, balanced person.  Everyone deserves this.

 

@avionclothier  |  designer + store owner  |  avionclothier.com
Katherine Tsina Bird is the designer and store owner of Avion Clothier. Based in New York and Los Angeles, Katherine combines her training in dance with a tremendous talent in fashion design to create clothing with air, life, and flight. And fun fact: she also happens to be married to another great talent: musician Andrew Bird.

 

@ambergressphotography  |  photographer  |  ambergress.com/blog
You may remember a few photos that we have posted that were taken by Amber Gress in the past, and she continues to inspire us with her work! A self-proclaimed “photographer, traveler and lover,” Amber photographs everything from people to weddings to scenic sites and magical moments. Each of her photos holds a unique story, and we love ‘hearing’ them.

 

@shopgordon  |  handmade apparel  |  shopgordon.co
Another talented clothier, Leah Redmond is Shop Gordon. She creates “simple, utilitarian fashion, made-to-order for the eco-conscious and fashion forward woman.” Inspired by her childhood in Hawaii, Leah created her debut collection in the traditional Hawaiian plantation fabric, Palaka, modernized for men and women today.

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Hello, Krista Perry! January 4, 2018

Hello, Krista Perry! We wanted to show you a little sneak peek of one of our upcoming artists, Krista Perry, whose designs will be debuting this coming Spring for Red Cap Cards. Playful and bursting with color, with a dash of psychedelic nostalgia, Krista’s art just makes us happy. Nods to mid-century patterns plus bold fluorescents and bright colors make her sketchbooks stand-alone pieces of art. Check out the fantastic sketchbook video below for even more of her work. Also, make sure to follow her on Instagram for nearly daily updates of what she has been working on.


2017 Sketchbook from Krista Perry on Vimeo.

Located in Massachusetts, Krista studied and received an honors BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she was recognized by the Society of Illustrators Student Competition, and was printed on the cover of their student catalogue.

We also adore the bio on her site, which is as colorful as her artwork:

When she isn’t illustrating, she loves people watching, seeing live music, and daydreaming about fabulous Italian dishes.

Someday she would like to….

  • own a fully-functioning disco ball (and learn how to dance)
  • be on The Price is Right
  • hug a real live cactus in a real live desert
  • go on a pizza date with John Stamos (have mercy, am I right?)
  • open her own roller rink
  • go on tour with a band
Society of Illustrators Student Catalog 2016

 

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Thank You and You and You… December 28, 2017

The holidays are winding down, and it’s time to send all of that love that you received back out into the world. This year as we’re clearing away the holiday decorations, making resolutions, and getting very tired of all those leftovers, don’t forget to say thank you! Say thank you to family, friends, teachers, co-workers, helpers, grandparents, baristas, or anyone who has touched your lives for the better. Keep the love flowing!

We’ve collected a few Instagram photos of beautifully illustrated thank you cards from some of our Red Cap artists below to get you inspired to write a handwritten note to those who mean the most to you. To see more, just click over to the entire thank you card collection, and thank you to YOU!

Handy Thank You by Barbara Dziadosz
April Bouquet by Anna Emilia Laitinen
Violet Birdy by Anna Emilia Laitinen
Lovely Tulips by Yelena Bryksenkova
Grateful Foliage by Danielle Kroll
Pruning Plants by Priscilla Weidlein
Succulent Garden by Bodil Jane
Water Lily by Bodil Jane
River Toile by Danielle Kroll
Snake Flowers by Bodil Jane
Rhino by Christian Robinson
Vintage Thanks Bouquet by Carolyn Gavin

 

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Happy Holidays! We Love You! December 21, 2017

Happiest of holidays! We are busy moving our warehouse this week, so any orders that are made from now on will ship on January 10th with expedited shipping at no additional charge. In the meantime, have a magical holiday, and we hope that you and yours are warm, cozy, and filled with love this holiday season. Take a look at some of our favorite festive illustrations and photos below. Be merry & jolly, and we will see you next week.

by Anna Emilia Laitinen
By Barbara Dziadosz
By Bethan Woollvin
By Blanca Gómez
By Maria Carluccio
by Yelena Bryksenkova
Tree with ornaments by Naoshi Sunae
By Dinara Mirtalipova
By Dinara Mirtalipova
by Loris Lora
By Lizzy Stewart
By Lesley Barnes
by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
By Kate Pugsley
By Josie Portillo
By Josefina Schargorodsky
Tree, by Jon Klassen
Cookies by Christian Robinson
By Carolyn Gavin

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Deck the Halls: Holiday Garland & Such December 14, 2017

Did you know? Those boughs of holly (and other greenery) that you hang from your mantle may have originated in Druid, Celt, Norse and Roman civilizations, which celebrated the pagan winter solstice on December 21st–the shortest day of the year. Green represents eternal life, and the plants that we use to decorate our mantle, doors, and walkways throughout the holidays play a special role in these celebrations.

We are enamored with some of the garlands and decor that we have found (real or illustrated!) Enjoy a few of the images below, and don’t forget to get festive this time of year with whatever foliage and flora inspires you, and helps your home tell YOUR holiday story.

Image by Pacific Garland
Image by Pacific Garland with Seeded & Silver Dollar Eucalyptus blended with Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’

 

Red Cap Cards by @kelseygarrityriley with ornament shapes designed by @erik.riley and created by @collingarrity

 

“4 Sister Wreaths” by @thefarmersdaughterflowers
Christmas legend has it that on 3rd of December, chubby dotted ponies deliver leafy branches…by @redcapcards artist, Anke Weckmann

 

Holiday Tree at @grlsstudio. Photo by @jaquilynshumate

 

Pure Gunnii Eucalyptus by Pacific Garland

 

Orange Garland by From the Grange

 

Stockings Galore. Photo of @thegreycolt by @mirdinara

 

Photo by @underthecanopy

 

Photo by @chrislovesjulia

 

Flocked tree photo by @brooklynlimestone

 

by Red Cap Cards artist, Barbara Dziadosz

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Arlo's Book Club: Holiday Cheer Arlo’s Book Club: Holiday Cheer Edition December 7, 2017

Arlo's Book Club: Holiday Cheer

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to dust off the old bins of holiday decorations and cheer, toys, knick-knacks and ornaments you swore never to put out again, but your kids just love them, and so there they hang. And at the very bottom of the box are the holiday books, which get more and more special and exciting every year, when they are pulled out and loved once again. For this edition of Arlo’s Book Club, we have some new and old selections to add to the bottom of that box of treasures. Enjoy!

William’s Winter Nap 
by Linda Ashman, with pictures by Chuck Groenink
Disney-Hyperion, 2017

 

Photo by Greg Pizzoli

The 12 Days of Christmas
by Greg Pizzoli
Disney-Hyperion, 2017
You can already sing along with this one, as Greg Pizzoli’s new picture book, The 12 Days of Christmas, illustrates the treasured holiday song in a new and hilarious way. Elephant loves receiving the gifts, until they start piling up and taking over the holiday! Brilliant, modern illustrations and fun imagery that you can laugh along to with the kids.

 

Photo by @bookbloom

Pick a Pine Tree
by Patricia Toht, with illustrations by Jarvis
Candlewick, 2017

You may recognize this one from the recent giveaway we did with Book Bloom, and we’re happy to add it to Arlo’s Book Club! This book celebrates the joy of picking the perfect Christmas tree to take home and decorate, and the warmth that it creates as families gather and enjoy. Sparkling illustrations and rhyming text add to the fun of tradition, ritual and celebration.

 

When Santa Was a Baby
by Linda Bailey, with illustrations by Genevieve Godbout
Tundra Books, 2015

This one reminds us a bit of a tall tale (think Paul Bunyan or John Henry). Baby Santa has a loud, booming voice, stands in front of the refrigerator to cool off, and is already giving his gifts away to all of the boys and girls in the neighborhood. His loving parents don’t know what to think but are proud all the same. The retro illustration and color scheme allow this one to fit right into your vintage collection.

 

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker
Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2017

The classic Nutcracker tale is told musically, in this interactive book with illustration by Jessica Courtney-Tickle. The magical twist: press a button and hear Tchaikovsky’s original suites that go along with the story. Read along with the story and listen to the songs that accompany the Nutcracker battle, the Sugar Plum Fairies andthe Land of Sweets!

 

White Snow, Bright Snow
by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

“The policeman said it felt like snow, and his wife said her big toe hurt, and that always means snow.” Sweet, matter-of-fact prose coupled with Roger Duvoisin’s bold illustrations are cozy and bright in this Caldecott Medal award-winning picture book. Read along as a quiet town goes about their business in quiet awe of the falling snow. Duvoisin’s winterscapes in in soft blue with bright splashes of yellow and red give the story a magical touch.

 

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Holiday Treats That Make Memories November 29, 2017
“Party Sandwich Loaf” by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for The New York Times

Taste makes memories–especially around the holidays. Good or bad, you know you remember your Grandmama’s Rum Balls, or that terrible fruitcake your aunt always made, or that amazing fudge that appeared in your mother’s freezer after Thanksgiving. Taste paints an illustration in our heads. Of memories we keep forever. Of love. Of laughter. Of horror!

We rounded up some of our favorite holiday treat recipes (good and bad, subjectively) that made memories close to our hearts, plus these fantastic, bright photos of “Betty Crocker’s Absurd, Gorgeous Atomic-Age Creations” created and photographed by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for The New York Times. What are some of yours? Leave a comment on our Instagram, we’d love to hear your stories!

“Tangy Tomato Aspic” by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for The New York Times
“Polka-dotted Macaroni and Cheese” by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for The New York Times
“Chicken Salad in Melon Rings, Cheeseburger Pie” by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari for The New York Times

 

Orange Blossom Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt photo by @jennibrittonbauer, Ice Cream Queen

Delicious! Follow Jenni on Instagram for some of the most beautiful ice cream photos you will ever see! Dessert Inspiration.

Photo by Jeni Britton Bauer
Photo by Jeni Britton Bauer

Hot Fudge Recipe by Jenni Britton Bauer
Total Time:
5 minutes Serves: 4

This hot fudge is like magic,” said Jeni Britton Bauer of her go-to recipe. “You take dry ingredients and melt them together, and they become a shiny, amazing warm sauce for ice cream.”
  • ¼ cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate, preferably 70% cacao
  • ¼ cup boiling water

Combine the first 3 ingredients, then add the boiling water. Let sit 2 minutes, then stir until combined, and serve immediately over ice cream.