Yes, I have another book party coming up! This time it's for a DIY book called Crafting a Meaningful Home. Join me for drinks and treats at Rare Device in San Francisco on Thursday, October 21 from 7-9pm. You'll get to meet some of the contributors, too. Rare Device will be giving away complimentary copies of the book to the first 25 people whose purchases total $60 or more. (10% of the evening's sales will benefit Architecture for Humanity.)
I'm also excited for you to see the installation called "A Group Memoir" which will display a majority of the projects featured in the book. With help from three friends/artists, Jean Lee (who made the doily rug above), Kate Pruitt, and Dianne Que, we're going to turn the Rare Device side room into an amazing cardboard space. (Of course, I'm using my favorite material, cardboard.). Can't wait for you to see it!
We're finally done with our Creative, Inc. book tour! Thank yous all around to everyone that came to the events, as well as to the wonderful hosts and sponsors. We had a great time. If you didn't make it, here's what you missed:
It was awesome to kick off the book tour in the Bay Area--one, because I live here and two, because Chronicle Books, our publisher, is based in San Francisco. I didn't get to taste any of the cupcakes from Mission Minis only because I tend to get stuff stuck in my teeth all the time, but I heard they were delicious. From all the excitement preparing for the book party, Joy and I actually forgot to eat dinner that night!
The second event was at one of favorite stationery shops, Urbanic. Learning our lessons from the previous event, Joy and I made sure we ate dinner ahead of time at Gjelina (joined by my husband, Marvin and my two kids). I also figured out a way to eat without getting it on my front teeth, so I was able to enjoy the treats from Bakelab. (But I still haven't figured out how not to get crumbs all over my clothes.) We also got a bunch more garland from Confetti System--the outdoor space looked amazing! We met so many talented artists and designers at the event, most of whom I've only known through their website or twitter handle.
I wasn't sure what it was going to be like bringing my kids (4 and 8-years old) to a book signing, but they seemed to be behaved...well, aside from the time that my son put me in a chokehold and played with my hair while I was signing a book. Otherwise, I think he was perfectly behaved.
We were really worried that it was going to rain--but it ended being a sunny day and a perfect evening for a party. We were really amazed by the 300-person turnout and alleged sightings of Helen Mirren at the event. (If anyone can confirm or deny this, please let us know.) I honestly think Dame Mirren is very interested in learning about freelancing.
The treats by Mari's New York were awesome, so awesome I filled my pockets with leftover Caramel Sea Salt brownies at the end of the night. (I'm classy like that.) If I had bigger pockets I probably would've also taken the empty wine bottles from Jaqk just because the bottle design was so well done. And It was good to finally meet Joy's mom and brother, too. I love that her mom looked at me and said: "You could be sisters!"
Today marks the beginning of our Creative, Inc. blog tour! Some of our favorite bloggers will be sharing exclusive interviews with us, hosting giveaways, as well as some behind the scenes looks at both the book and video. Here's the schedule:
We had a great time at Chronicle Book's Local by Design event last Friday at Zinc Details! Since I'm always cooped up in my house behind a computer or having a business-y type meeting somewhere, it was nice to just catch up with friends (and even make some new ones) and check all the cool stuff Chronicle's churning out.
If you want to see more images, there's more on my Facebook page.
I'm excited to finally share with you a project I worked on last year with the lovely and talented Joy Deangdeelert Cho: our book Creative, Inc.! It's filled with great advice about becoming a freelance talent like an illustrator, animator, designer, stylist, or photographer. The book will be available in early September, but for now you can pre-order your copy to make sure you're one of the first to get your hands on one!