I hope this finds you well! I am sooo excited that it’s April because it means that HomeSense, Indigo and the Pottery Barn have loads of bunnies! In addition, April means the winter is behind us (hopefully). Hooray! I don’t know about you, but I feel a pep in my step because of the warmer weather, budding trees and the tulips that are brightening the landscape.
If you know me well, or have read my website “about page” you won’t be surprised about this bunny enthusiasm! I became a graphic designer because I have always loved drawing bunnies. There wasn’t much of a market for drawing the little fuzz balls, so I ventured into graphic design. Today I’m sharing all things bunny in the hope of inspiring you: a childhood photo, a bunny package design, a Kozyndan illustration, Beatrix Potter illustration, an Easter Bunny recipe and some thoughts on growth.
I would love to hear your thoughts about what I share with you and please feel free to share things you love with me too!
All the best,
Can you tell what decade I was born in? Yikes, I think the brown is a dead give away! When I was five, my Mom made this amazing bunny cake. She even put pennies inside! For the record, the coins were wrapped in waxed paper. Did anyone else have money cakes when they were kids?
I love the engraving-inspired bunny on this patés packaging. Designed by Medovy Dom Company, the packaging was inspired by vintage restaurant menus of the last century – specifically, their animalistic engravings as well as their reserved tones and colors. The agency says: “The wine paper highlights the natural ingredients and the bronze stamping adds some aristocratic shine to the packaging.”
I have long been a fan of this Kozyndan illustration for obvious reasons. At a distance, it looks like a wave towering over Mount Fuji. I love the unexpected, highly detailed bunnies making up the wave. Titled “Uprisings,” this illustration is a play on Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa. The artists’ original intention for this illustration was to “make a pretty image that encompassed the focus of Giant Robot Magazine which was dedicated to Asian-American pop culture and art.” It turned out to be wildly popular! The poster and print editions have been licensed for use on everything from clothing to John Mayer’s 2004 album cover.
For the longest time, I thought the Illustrator “Kozyndan” was Japanese because the style is so reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints. But, Kozyndan is actually a husband and wife duo based in Los Angeles. Their work has been exhibited worldwide in museums from Los Angeles to Newcastle, UK, to Kiev, and galleries in Australia, Japan, Canada, Spain, the UK, Los Angeles, NYC and more. I also love the fact the Kozyndan website has an entire section dedicated to bunnies. I wonder if they love bunnies as much as I do?
When I was a child, I was fascinated by Beatrix Potter’s books. I already had pet bunnies and Peter Rabbit put my love of all things bunny into overdrive. I also had a framed Potter illustration hanging over my bed. I would spend hours emulating Potter’s art. My bunnies never looked as good as hers, but it was a fun exercise! My childhood cat, Nutkin, got his name from the Potter books. Does anyone remember the Nutkin character?
“Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?”
“Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens.”
A. A. Milne
Bunny Bark Recipe
Once again, I’m featuring a Sprinkles Bakes recipe I’ve never made. No idea how the bunny bark tastes, but it sure looks beautiful! Instead of going for the boring, traditional chocolate bunny, Sprinkles adds a modern twist with this abstract composition. If you make it, I’d love to know how it tastes!
I don’t know about you, but I feel lethargic and low energy in the winter. Even though I know that spring is around the corner, I somehow get trapped in this mindset that it will always be cold and dismal. This year I wondered if spring was going to protest the current global chaos and just not show up. Yet, just like every other year, the buds are showing up, the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing their sweet songs. It’s a good reminder that things always grow.
Nature grows and so does your mind – you get to choose whether it grows weeds or seeds. If you do nothing, you grow weeds. If you’re intentional, you weed and you plant seeds. The chaotic global landscape of late has inspired me to pluck out the weeds of stale thinking, old paradigms and my attachment to material things. I’m also intentionally planting seeds: authenticity, curiosity and being open to the flow of things. Rather than resist reality, I want to flow with it and learn from it – whether I like it or not. What do you want to pluck from the garden of your mind? What have you planted, metaphorically or literally? I would love to hear your answers! Reply to this message.
How can I help?
Do your marketing materials need a spring in their step? Does your brand identity need to be rejuvenated? (I promise, no bunnies).
If you wear many hats as a marketing or communications executive, business owner or agency, but may not want to wear a beret, I offer you my expertise in brand identity and print & digital marketing. You could also benefit from my obsession with details, my love of “to do” lists and my project management skills.
Reach out and let’s talk.