Live Olive: Jess Rotter Interview

I suppose it only makes sense that I hold a soft spot in my heart for artists and illustrators, being born off the page and pen myself!

But tell me darlings – isn’t just the most wonderful, magical thing ever when someone can take a dream and make it come alive through brushstrokes and pencil on what was once just a little ‘ol blank piece of paper?

Well my dears, let’s sit down and have a nice chat with one of my absolute favorites in the realm of illustration and art, the fabulous Jess Rotter.

Miss Rotter has become the reigning queen of rocknroll portraiture with the sweetest, most whimsical line of must-have T-shirts – ever – Rotter and Friends.

But that’s not all! She also draw animals with attitude, fluffy clouds with sharp teeth, lost desert landscapes and just about anything else that makes it’s way from her pretty head onto the page!

www.jessrotter.com

Q: When did you first realize you wanted to make art/illustration a part of your career/life?

A: Art/Illustration has been in my life since the beginning. My parents instilled imagination hard at a very early age and I always felt that making art was personally the best way of expressing balance between the gnarly and the beautiful.

Q: What were some of your favorite comics/cartoons growing up?

A: Archie comics definitely helped raise me. I collected hundreds of them and as an only child, the Riverdale gang felt like my cool escape crew! They even had a story where there was a villain called “The Rotter”! I also love old Betty Boop comics, Flash Gordon, Conan The Barbarian, Spy Vs. Spy, and Josie and The Pussycats. Besides that-life was all about the Muppet show-oh wait, it still IS.

Q: What is your favorite thing to draw?

A: One of my favorite things to draw is stream of consciousness random items. I put on a song and draw random things floating in white space anywhere from a bagel to a couple kissing, to a plant. I do this a lot on airplanes-its a really fun exercise that sometimes serves as a visual diary of items on my mind from the past couple of days. Landscapes are also really relaxing to draw.

Olive Goil: Flora Grubb

Miss Grubb enjoys getting her hands dirty and she’s taken that love to the height of heights with a whole darn biznez of growing and glowing!

As the proprietress of one of the finest plant nurseries in all the land, Miss Grub (that is her name, truly!) is the real darn deal. She’s been featured in magazines around the globe for her greenest-of-the-green thumb and the community of plant lovers she’s gathered around her magical horticultural headquarters in San Francisco!

All that and Miss Grub is so darn young and rosy cheeked, a gal of real refinement, big accomplishment and a knack for soil and such. If you’re in Cali-for-nia you can stop by for a visit at her Flora Grub store and if you’re not quite the adventurous type, you can easily shop at her online garden for all sorts of goodies – like pretty little glass terrariums and wacky wool wall hangings perfect for putting a jungle right in your living room.

You know how I adore flowers and ladies with spunk?

Well, Flora Grubb is a bit of both and more to boot!

 http://shop.floragrubb.com/

Flora Grubb

Olive Loves: YSL Yachting Skirt

 

YSL Yachting SkirtShips ahoy!

You know how I love the opens seas, the wide waters, the ocean roars! But even more than that – I just adore nautical motifs in French fashion. Our fabulous friends across the pond really do know how to make a sailor goil swoon.

Case in point – this absolutely divine leather skirt from Yves Saint Laurent Resort 2012.

Merci! Merci! Merci!

Olive Goil: Amy Sol

My dears! Today is International Women’s Day , and I am just utterly in love with the work of Amy Sol. She has been making magic drawings and wonderful tidbits of this and of that … everything so whimsical and pretty, but also so wildly imaginative!

Amy is an “Olive Goil” of the highest order.

See some of her delicate, delicious work below…

My dears! I am just utterly in love with the work of Amy Sol. She has been making magic drawings and wonderful tidbits of this and of that … everything so whimsical and pretty, but also so wildly imaginative!

Amy is an “Olive Goil” of the highest order.

On Saturday, March 10, 2012, Amy Sol will be exhibiting her work at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, CA.

See some of her delicate, delicious work below…