Happy New Year! 2014: Year of the Horse Nengajo

Happy New Year! 2014: Year of the Horse Nengajo

Happy New Year! Above is my design for this year’s new year’s card (nengajo, 年賀状). In Japan, January 1 marks the start of the next animal in the Chinese zodiac, and it’s a tradition to send out New Year’s postcards with the year’s zodiac animal on it. This is the Year of the Wood Horse, […]

Year of the Water Snake – New Year Card 2013

Year of the Water Snake – New Year Card 2013

A couple of weeks ago I finally finished my new year card. I know, I know, a few weeks late…but I’m almost a week early for the Chinese New Year so let’s just say the card is multitasking… This is my third linoleum block print, so I think I’m starting to get a handle on […]

Ruling Pen Calligraphy Workshop with Michael Clark

Ruling Pen Calligraphy Workshop with Michael Clark

Lettering and Illustration by Aileen Tu Lettering of the circular quote by Angie Vangalis, C.C. Sadler, Sylvia Kowal, Stephanie Chao, and Aileen Tu Last weekend I received a scholarship from the Society for Calligraphy (SFC) to attend the two-day workshop, The Many Faces of the Ruling Pen with Michael Clark. Since I’m still pretty new […]

Year of the Dragon Valentine: Be True to Your Heart

Year of the Dragon Valentine: Be True to Your Heart

This year, I decided to make a linoleum block print with a mashup theme of Valentine’s Day and Year of the Dragon. Green, the color of the heart chakra, is substituting for the traditional Valentine red. I also wanted to play on the types of messages that come on those candy hearts. So instead of […]

New Beginnings: Year of the Rabbit

New Beginnings: Year of the Rabbit

2011 is the Year of the Metal Rabbit. They say it’s a year of peace, and that learning and education is a focus. You could call it a coincidence, but it’s also the year that I’m returning to school. Towards the end of last year I decided to go back to school for graphic design. […]