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"Popinjay," John's New Deck, Is Coming Soon

Hello Artiphans,  At the start of this year, I shared with you that John had a new deck of cards in the works. Now, I am thrilled to say that, even as I type this, John is putting the final touches on his bird-themed Popinjay deck, before it is shipped off to the United States Playing Card Company to be printed in time for the holiday season.  It's been a busy year for John and for Artiphany, with lots of developments in our collection (like the already classic Social Knitworking tote, or our brand new Off Leash fleece blanket and dog bed) and lots of projects in progress, such as John's upcoming children's book, Luca and the Mongrels of Montparnasse. As such, time was happily...

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Exclusive Look: Inside John's Children's Book, "Luca & The Mongrels of Montparnasse" (Part I)

  Hello Artiphans,  We are excited to share with you an exclusive inside look at John’s upcoming children’s book, Luca & the Mongrels of Montparnasse in a short, two-part blog series. In part one, John takes us inside the plot of his tail (ugh...every time: tale), which follows a young artistic terrier through inspiration, friendship and adventure in Paris in the early 1900s. In part two, released in two weeks time, he will reveal secrets and updates about the process of making a children's book, and future plans for little Luca and his big dreams. Part I: Bringing Luca to Life  It all started with a greeting card... This one ^ to be precise: an interpretation of a famous Van...

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The Tantalizing Void: Whisker Violin Edition

Dear Artiphans, The most famous rivalry in the pet world may be that between cat and dog...but the (sometimes fatal) tension between cat and bird is a far more complex one: full of temptation, dramatic escapes, feather and fur. John’s “Whisker Violin” is a prolific image. Over the years, it’s made its way from the front of a greeting card, to the joker of our Kitten Club pack of cards, to the sides of a mug, to the fabric of a tea towel. It comes in black and white, in full color, in a wash of blue. Why is this image so versatile? Is it the tiny hats on the birds’ little heads (some of which are really quite jaunty)?...

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Journal of a Peripatetic Painter

Hey Artiphans, John Littleboy here, Artiphany's Artist-in-Chief. In the past 8 months, I’ve set up my work desk in Paris (Les Batignolles 17 Arr.), Tunisia (4 locations including Mahdia and Tunis), Portugal (Aveiro, Lisbon), Boston (Somerville, Milton, Back Bay, Cambridge), Philadelphia, New York, and California (Sunnyvale, Mt View, Los Altos Hills). One bag with my paints, laptop, a scanner, and some clothes was all I wanted to carry. I hadn't intended to go to many places or stay away so long but after untethering myself from the familiar, I realized how much I missed wandering. It all began, this year of travel, because a great friend of mine and his wife had been urging me to visit them in Tunisia. I told them I...

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The Tantalizing Void: Love Story Edition

Dear Artiphans,  Whatever your thoughts on Valentine’s Day and whichever way you choose to celebrate (or not to celebrate) the holiday, February 14th still provides the perfect excuse to think about our loved ones...to get a bit giddy over grand gestures and good, old fashioned romance. Love stories weave in and out of the Artiphany ‘characterverse’, from invertebrate affairs to cat couples and doggy dates. Of course they do, because John’s illustrated animal kingdom is a reflection of our own world, our own personalities, our own hopes and dreams. Or, as John explains, “Depicting these animals in a fashion that communicates affection or any emotion has more to do with observing human beings than animals.” “These pictures are a subtle...

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