Giveaway Week – Miranda R. Mueller Illustration
I can’t rave enough about today’s giveaway! I met Miranda R. Mueller when she was in graduate school for illustration with my husband at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Miranda’s work is, in a word, adorable.You just want to snuggle and pinch everything she draws.
Recently, when my 2-year-old son, Milo, “moved in” with big brother Huck, I asked Miranda to create a name sign to hang in their room to commemorate the occasion. We worked together on the concepts (what the boys like, their personalities, the fact the Milo ALWAYS wears a super hero cape and Huck ALWAYS wears his red overalls, etc.), and she presented me with some sketches. We went back and forth a few times, and the result is this completely customized 11 x 14 piece that now hangs in their room:
|Bros. Haske name illustration by Miranda R. Mueller|
For today’s giveaway, Miranda is offering a $50 gift certificate for a personalized name illustration. The certificate will get you one 8×10 piece, or, if you wish, you can use it towards a larger piece. The certificate is good for one year and it is transferable (meaning you may give it to someone else as a gift!). This is not something where you chose a template and plug in a name-you actually work directly with the artist to create a one-of-a-kind, hand illustrated piece of art.
|further examples of personalized name illustrations|
Description: A gift certificate from Miranda R. Mueller Illustration, good for one 8×10 name illustration*- original art totally customized for you. Let the artist design an illustration as unique as your child: match your nursery decor, feature your child’s favorite things, or just look darned cute with various animals that share the same first letter of your child’s name. Bright happy colors and bold letters stimulate your baby’s interest and encourage older children to read their name. Great for baby shower gifts too!
*may also be used towards the purchase of a larger piece
Materials: Recycled content toned paper, prismacolor pencils, ink and optional stitching. Can also create custom sewed pieces from fabric scraps from your nursery linens
Retail value: $50
I asked Miranda to talk a little bit about herself and her work. Details on how to enter the giveaway follow the interview.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m an artist and avid organic gardener currently living in Austin, TX. Raised an Oregonian mountain girl, I’m passionate about the environment and animals and try to always be respectful of those priorities in my work. My greatest goal is to inspire and educate children and parents to care for the environment and live as responsible human beings on this planet. As a child, I loved reading and as a children’s book illustrator I reach out to children to inspire them to love to read and delve into the wonderful world of literature.
And a little about the items you sell:
I started creating my name illustrations about the time my friends and family started having babies. Original art is always a wonderful gift and it’s so wonderful to take what I know of my friends and their children to craft a beautiful, original gift that can hang in their rooms for years to come. I choose colors that will intrigue babies and can customize the palette to match the decor of the nursery. I always feature the child’s name prominently in the illustration to encourage the child’s interest in reading and becoming familiar with their name.
|name sign from nursery linens|
I’ve recently introduced the option to have the child’s name sewn onto fabric taken from the nursery: parents can send me the scraps and i can transform them into a vibrant, stretched canvas.
Additionally, most work on my website is available for purchase – either the original illustrations or prints.
What is your creative process and environment like? (for example: Are you a rigid planner or do you wing it? Do you work to music or silence? Messy or neat?)
|an early sketch of Bros. Haske illustration|
My ideal workspace would include a cup of tea and a snack, well organized colored pencils, pens – tape – rulers all in their allocated positions, and Radio Lab or This American Life streaming on my laptop. My ACTUAL workspace includes one messy desk, another messy drafting table, and a sewing desk littered with projects. My life and working process improve drastically when I organize myself, so I try to keep things relatively tidy, but with a rapidly shedding and cute puppy demanding training sessions it can be tricky. I definitely like to work to voices – friends have always been irritated by my addiction to NPR news shows – but there’s something about listening to stories that helps me to let go of my fingers and allow them to flow on the page. I have a very tight process – thumbnails, sketches, finals all with opportunities for revision and feedback from my clients. It’s nice to have a process that works because both I and my clients know what to expect.
When you’re not creating, what do you do?
Time not spent in my studio is generally spent in the front yard tending my various organic vegetable gardens, in the backyard with my 4 hens that I raised from chicks, or bopping around town with my Corgi pup, Pocket. Gardening makes me sane and growing my own organic vegetables helps my cooking taste even more delicious. I love to cook and I love to eat – a dangerous combination. If you visit my house you will see all manners of projects in the works: fermenting pickles or yogurt, baking dog biscuits, a percolating pressure canner full of chicken stock, and you’ll most likely smell some delicious aromas. I’m passionate about cooking healthy and super delicious food that is both good for the environment and for the longevity of my husband’s and my well being, and love that I can walk out to my yard and pick what’s in season and develop our dinner menu around that.
You can find out more about my sustainable living practices, including recipes and gardening tips on my urban homesteading blog, An Austin Homestead. You can also see some of the other art and body products created by a collaboration between me and my husband at The Relic Jar.
Quick! What is your favorite:
Cookie: Chocolate Variety Cookie (a soft in the center, crispy at the edge, fudgy cookie best eaten frozen)
Sappy love song: In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel
T-shirt: A tie dye i bought in Eugene when i was 13 and have since worn to a frazzle. I do NOT give up on a garment!
Nail polish color: electric blue. toe nails are painted this color at all times – my tattoos even match.
Vegetable: broccoli or kale
Where can we find you online?
Is there anything else you’d like us to know before we say goodbye?
Probably. I met my husband at SCAD. I learned to follow crochet patterns to make a baby present for Huck. I play the cello – aka I practice the cello about 4 times a year. I enjoy very delicious fine wine, but purchase really awful cheap wine because I lack disposable income. I love to hike and explore and camp and get really dirty out in the wilderness. I am more often an animal than a human being and have bad knees because I would gallop on all fours being a horsey or dog until the age of 8 or 9. I have no idea how to use an iPod. I am a Trekie with preference for TNG or DS9. My husband and I often break into spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen.
I think that is all.
|E is for Eleanor, commissioned gift|
Miranda is offering a special deal to Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! readers. You can get 20% off your entire purchase (shipping not included) until December 20, 2010. Mention the promo code Belina20 when you contact Miranda to commission a piece, and she will apply the discount to your purchase.
Prices for original illustrated pieces:
5×7 – regularly $35, with promo just $28
8×10 – $50, with promo just $40
11×14 -$100, with promo just $80
To enter the Miranda R. Mueller $50 Gift Certificate giveaway, become a fan/like Miranda R. Mueller Illustration on Facebook, then come back here and leave a comment letting me know (Already a fan? Just leave a comment and let me know!). Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win – an email address or a username to message you via Facebook, Twitter, Etsy convo, Blogger, etc.
Giveaway is open to US residents only – see official rules for details
Only one entry per person (NOT per day).
Giveaway ends Wednesday, October 27, 11:00AM PST
- Giveaway closes on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at 11:00AM PST. Comment datestamps must be recorded by that date/time to be eligible.
- Winner will be chosen by random drawing and will be announced on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at 12:00 NOON PST.
- The giveaway is open to US participants only.
- Minors under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian permission to enter (if you are under 18, we will need to contact your parent(s)/guardian if you win and make sure they said it was okay-so ask permission before you enter).
- I will announce the winner on my blog and make every attempt to contact the winner. You may wish to leave your email address in your comment, or a place where I can message you via Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, etc. If the winner doesn’t respond within 10 days, a new winner will be chosen.
- Item will be shipped directly by Miranda R. Mueller via USPS Priority Mail. Shipping & Handling fee is included for an 8×10 illustration only. Additional shipping costs for larger pieces, fabric pieces and/or expedited shipping and/or insurance may be purchased by the winner for an addtional fee. Item will NOT be insured against damage by the postal system unless additional insurance is purchased. Payable via PayPal.
- Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! (Marigold Haske) is not responsible for loss/damage and/or disputes concerning the winning item. If there is a concern about the giveaway itself, please contact Marigold. Once the winner has been selected, all concerns will be handled between Miranda R. Mueller Illustration and the winner.
- All Miranda R. Mueller Illustration Policies apply to the winning item as if it was a purchased item.
- By entering this giveaway, you are complying to the official rules as they have been laid out here 🙂