Happy New Year!


I’m beginning 2013 with a new blog and a “new” illustration. I was going to post this one on Illustration Friday, but I finished it this morning and missed their cut off.  Every week they post a new theme and the most recent one was “new”, very appropriately.

This illustration was inspired by the feeling that I am currently living in “The Vintage Revolution”. Do you feel that way, or is it just me? There seems to be a widespread fascination with photos, furniture, cards, toys, clothing that are old, antique and I’m sorry but I hate this word, shabby looking. I’m seeing that there is a renewed sense of value for objects from the past, and a lot of people are cashing in on it.

In my opinion, this is a real-time example of that old proverb, “there is nothing new under the sun”. The new got old, but now the old is new again.

I have to admit, I’ve been sucked into the vortex of vintage too.  I love Instagram because it reminds me of old family albums. And I love vintage children’s book illustrations because I’m amazed at the time and skill that went into every detail. I’m also a HUGE fan of the tales of grannies and grandpas from the ‘good ol’ days’.

Yet still, there is a part of me that looks at this whole revolution with a bit of cynicism and humor. I can’t help but wonder:  one day, after I die, will someone dig up my old pillowcase, make it into a shirt and sell it online for $100? I hope not!




  • Michelle Todd Vrabic
    January 5, 2013 - 3:19 am | Permalink

    As an older ( although not yet 40!) woman who has always had an affinity to the past especially in my home decor find it amusing that not that long ago “country” was made fun of ……. However “vintage” now makes old worn stuff seem classy.

  • momma
    January 5, 2013 - 3:36 am | Permalink

    WOW! you are one gifted woman! What a fabulous illustration and equally fabulously written blog! i will be a big fan baby girl!! way to rock the cyber world!!
    I would pay $200 for your pillow case!!

  • cousin megs
    January 5, 2013 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    Okay. Im putting this link on my desktop. Do me a favor and KEEP IT COMIN GIRL!!!
    Your going to get famous, il start advertising now! Your so talented Joelle!

  • Auntie
    January 5, 2013 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Love this…..”everything old is new again”. Looking forward to following you girl! Sharing your giftedness with the world! Xo

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