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Super Hero Karate Girl

by abby on December 16, 2011 | Comment

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Say hello to my recent commissioned artwork: The Superhero Karate Girl!
She’s fast, smart, and never looses her cool. With her trusty side kick she’s busy saving the world from cooked mushy peas and mountains of math word problems.

Prints of the Superhero Karate Girl are available at our Etsy Shop. If you are interested in requesting your own custom artwork or custom print, please send me an email describing your own idea. I look forward to hearing from you!

RIT Winter Craft Sale Today!

by abby on December 8, 2011 | Comment

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Today AbbyDora Design is participating in the:
10th Annual RIT Faculty & Staff Winter Craft Sale!
Friday, December 9th, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the RIT campus in the Student Alumni Union.

The AbbyDora Design table will be in the main SAU room, along the back wall. The craft fair is free and will showcase over 35 artists. At our table you will have the chance to purchase our handmade holiday cards, garlands, ornaments, children’s illustration prints and even a few surprises! Stop by for holiday shopping fun and to support local upstate New York artists! Plus, no shipping costs!

Of course if you are too far away to attend this event all of our products are available at our Etsy Shop.

Picture Book Month

by abby on October 28, 2011 | Comment

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November is Picture Book Month! That’s right, those beautifully, illustrated printed children’s books are still important for literacy and still needed in our lives. I bet you can name your own treasured picture book from your own childhood without hesitation. These books need our support!

This international movement to mark November as Picture Book Month was founded by a group of motivated authors and illustrators: Dianne de Las Cases (author & storyteller), Katie Davis (author/illustrator), Elizabeth O. Dulemba (author/illustrator), Tara Lazar (author), and Wendy Martin (author/illustrator).

The plan of November is to highlight a daily post from a picture book champion to explain why he/she thinks picture books are a vital part of our society. The founders are doing this because a world where solely digital children’s books are available isn’t the right solution. Printed picture books offer their own unique benefits to early literacy education and cognitive development. Don’t believe me? Try sitting with a young child and reading a printed picture book. I bet you the early reader will ask you questions and pose comments beyond the narrative. Why? Because a printed book allows them to pause, reflect, and think for themselves. The early reader becomes the active component to the book. Sitting together reading a well crafted, printed picture book can truly be a magical experience.
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Join the celebration and enjoy an old favorite book or see what’s new and exciting in the land of printed picture books.

AbbyDora Design in the News

by abby on September 4, 2011 | Comment

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Just over a week ago, I was quite honored to be in an article featured in the Rochester Business Journal about the next generation of artists in the Rochester area. I was even more flattered to have a great studio photograph included with the piece!

The article interviewed 3 artists, each from a different genre of the arts: music, dance, and visual arts. I was selected as the visual artist. If you would like to read the entire interview, you’ll find it here.

I am truly grateful to be a part of a wonderful art community here in upstate New York. Rochester might be a smaller city, but she is filled with many artists and art appreciators.