First poster designs for 2015 are rolling out and I'm fairly proud of what we have. It's been a hard several months, but I'm pleased with the results. As usual, I wanted to focus on food and one thing that inspired me was the USDA's (and Harvard's) Eating Plate. Here the recommendation is that veggies and fruit are half of what you eat everyday. After working with teens earlier this year and seeing what they ate, I know that's a longshot! So here's some work to stimulate the appetite. Another theme I dwelled on was the idea of luck. I'm not a superstitious person, but darn it if there doesn't seem to be an "x" factor in things that happen. Even if you believe in making your own luck, which I do, you still believe in luck. That's why several of my new pieces include a lucky charm, just in case. I'm especially excited to release my "Lucky Gardener's" Bandana to wipe your sweat after making all that luck (coming later this month). Which brings me to another theme for this year: work. Passive consumerism won't be enough to help us eat better; we need to get our hands dirty in the yard and the kitchen. It's like what cooking advocate Mark Bittman writes: "Do it yourself. . . Our goal should be to make things better, not to accept such a dismal status quo."
To spread the word, I've created a line of "collectible quality" posters and usable goods. High quality has always been a bottom line whenever I make something. This year's crop of graphic goods are all made durable and with integrity here in the USA, most of it here in Portland. New floursack towels look better than ever. Bandanas are coming soon. Lettercards, or rather, blank greeting cards come as a box-set and look amazing.
These are things that make for interesting gifts for families, teachers, gardeners and all those working to change the world. Explore the collection and see what's new from the VGoT. Stay in touch: be sure to get my occasional email for specials and announcements. And follow me on Facebook.
Here are a couple of shots from "behind the scenes". I do a lot of mocking up and sketching.