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The Tantalizing Void: Social Knitworking Edition

Dear Artiphans,  There is a warmth to John’s ‘Social Knitworking’ image—currently found on paper and cotton, soon to be found on big, beautiful totes and on lovely, Bone China mugs—that has nothing to do with the fluffy wool pompadours, or with the fuzzy lengths of neatly knitted yarn. The warmth generates instead from the image’s tender portrayal of female friendship (no horns to be seen here) and general feeling of contentment. In this image, in short, John has lit upon a balance that has proven evergreen throughout Artiphany’s evolution: an intimate moment of humanness, blended with wordplay, quiet comedy and the animal kingdom. “Social Knitworking is based on the phrase,” John explains. “Of course, I’ve seen social networking so many...

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We Learned A Lot From You About Our Products

Dear Artiphans, Last month, we asked your opinion. We asked, because we value it, but we also knew that Artiphans are busy people—artists, dog parents, human parents, teachers, cat lovers, athletes, CEOs, small business owners. So, when we got the response that we did—nearly 125 fully completed surveys—we were blown away. Thank you to all those who took the time to answer—and in your inboxes tomorrow, you will find, as promised, an extra sweet token of our appreciation.  (For all those who still wish to share their thoughts, just click here!) One thing we’ve learned about those of you who have fallen in love with John’s designs over the years is that you’re a curious bunch. And so, we thought we’d...

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Barking News: Artiphany Is Now Featured on The Grommet

Hello Artiphans,  Today, Artiphany's Pack of Dog Playing Cards and Kitten Club Playing Cards went live on the product discovery marketplace, The Grommet. This is a wonderful, exciting, invigorating moment for our little company - and we are so grateful to be included in The Grommet's enchanting world of creative products. To mark the occasion, a moment of reflection direct from Mr. John Littleboy himself: our artist-in-chief and proprietor of all-things-Artiphany.  "What does it take to become an overnight success? In my case, about 30+ years of hard work, good luck, some variant of lucid dreaming and a stubborn dedication to the idea that one day all of my effort would have to pay off. The genesis of our appearance on The Grommet falls into...

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The Tantalizing Void: Off Leash Edition

Hello Artiphans,  Inspired by the warm response to our mini-series on the origins of Artiphany, and John’s own artistic odyssey, we are launching a new series today that dabbles in a bit of Artiphany-inspired ekphrasis. In each installment of The Tantalizing Void, we will dissect John’s most popular illustrations and characters, peeling back the paint to expose the story behind the sketch. So, let’s get at it! As it has proved the inspiration for the informal motto of our little business ( “Live Life Off Leash”), I thought we’d kickstart The Tantalizing Void with an image that is pure, raw Artiphany. Quintessential John Littleboy down to the minute sparkles on the doggy scarf that flies high above the pack of feverish...

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Artiphany Rising

Dear Artiphans, On this midsummer, midweek morning, I have news both happy and sad: Our series detailing John’s path through life and art comes to a close today, with the final installment (as of yet, that is) in The Tails of Artiphany. We’ve had such a wonderful response to these minihistories, with great enthusiasm for John’s work and great empathy for his story. Thank you for all your comments and emails. They brighten our inboxes much in the same way we hope this series of posts has brightened yours. We pick up the narrative today around the time John returned from his experimental trip to Shanghai (the one that, if you are forgetting, involved a questionable cabbie and his questionable...

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