Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Products from the Studio!

2015 was a busy year here at the studio. Between creating art for Lang calendars and my new fused glass line for Transpac, there wasn't much time to come up for air. Truth be told, I loved every crazy minute of it.

It seems as though 2016 is going to be just as busy,  but I wanted to take a few minutes to show you some of the new product.


 This was my third year designing art for the "Tres Chic" calendar.  2017 got a face lift and I think, in my 13+ year history of creating calendar art, that this is my favorite. Shhh, don't tell the others......

"A Stitch in Time" is in it's second year and I just completed the art for year three-yeah!  This title has been so popular that I was asked to create a "spin off" of sorts, but you will have to wait until August to see what that's all about. Wink, wink.

The 2017 "Family Plan-It" is a staple in the Lang family of calendars. I think I did my first one back in 2008 when I was a staff artist at Lang. I have a lot of fun flashing back to childhood memories to come up with art for each month.


Sewing Hoops were a popular item for my "Sew Happy" line so I designed a few new ones to add to the collection. 

I also designed several fused glass pieces for Transpac Imports "Glass Menagerie" line. I love how these turned out.

The "Sew Happy" line started with banners, there are 30+ designs in all. The LED banners were new this season. In addition to these two, there are several holiday designs.

The Mini Banners and Mini Write On line was expanded. The size 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" makes them perfect to pop in the mail.

I love that you can write a personalized message on these.

Currently, I am not sure where to purchase the "Sew Happy" or "Glass Menagerie" lines from Transpac Imports but I have a few in stock. Feel free to message me if you are interested in purchasing. 
 As soon as I have them all photographed, I will have a SHOP page on my blog.

As always, thanks for stopping by and check back Wednesday, April 6th when Kathleen Taylor will be my guest on THE STORY BEHIND THE ART.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Story Behind the Art-J. Wecker Frisch

The Story Behind the Art-J. Wecker Frisch

Hello and welcome to the seventh installation of 

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

Many years ago I did a should out on Facebook to illustrators who were attending the Atlanta Gift Show. I was hosting the first of many of these gatherings at my studio/home. As luck would have it, there was a terrible ice storm on the day of the party and quite a few people couldn't make it due to flight delays. Janet and a few other hardy souls, braved the slippery sidewalks and freezing temperatures. We have been friends ever since.
I am a big fan of her Handmaids®  and asked if she would share her story with you. 
Happily, she agreed to!


The Story Behind the Art-J.Wecker Frisch

My first licensing goal, a Lang calendar was realized and launched

to the trade in January. It was Paula Joerling who made the

introduction and the kind gesture to feature the product collection. 

Paula Joerling

Paula Joerling

The group of art chosen by Lang Publishing is a collection from my 
Handmaids® series of creative characters, "She Who Sews". The line
originally designed for high end quilt fabric, offered many
possibilities and images of all sizes. The large patch panels translated
to calendar pages seamlessly. Specs for both are nearly the same. The
many motifs used for coordinates, provided Lang’s in house designers
additional options for the grid page borders.

Paula Joerling

The intent for the artsy girls was to combine an array of artisans 
who would deliver significant positive messaging. The Biblical
spelling Handmaids® was derived from the often referred to ‘hand-made’
term coined in recent years. These deliverers of the good news, as in
much of my work, contain a gentle spiritual influence using decorative
text within the page or patch design. Subtle suggestions of scripture
and sewing ephemera are selected to accompany the illustration or theme
for the group. Sometimes a tiny liberty is taken like a play on words,
as in the title of this collection of sewists.

Paula Joerling

The characters are rendered by hand using ink and then watercolored
after many study sketches are executed and finalized. I attempt to
achieve a modern vintage appearance with a playful yet somewhat serious
style. I also like to come up with a humorous hint of steampunk and elements
of surprise wherever I can. They are then scanned into the computer where
they can be layered and formatted into the desired layout.  

Paula Joerling

The “She Who Sews” calendar for 2017 will be available later this
year wherever Lang products are sold. Happily, I have been invited to
create a second group of creatives for 2018 which, I am having fun
doing now! 

Follow these links to learn more about Janet.

For Janet’s company:

For Handmaids

Etsy Shops: