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May 30, 2018 art show, illustration, shop

Paintings, Peonies, Board Books, Otters, and more good stuff

Some great news to share:

First, I am in an art show opening this Friday, June 1st, running through July 1st, 2018 at Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH. The show is called Audio/Visual, and for it, I was asked to create artwork inspired by a favorite record. I chose the wonderful Year of Meteors by Laura Veirs, which you can see online here. For more about the show opening and the great work by other artists, head here.

Susie Ghahremani "Year of Meteors (inspired by Laura Veirs)" at Nahcotta

Speaking of small things with rounded corners… Stack the Cats is now a board book! Find it in the shop here.

Stack the Cats Board Book by Susie Ghahremani

You can find a couple other new things in the shop as well, such as this new Peony Pin! Made in collaboration with my favorite San Diego flower shop, Native Poppy.

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Father’s Day is coming up, AND today is World Otter Day, so make sure you also check out this Father’s Day Card. Or just view a bunch of other Otter gifts in my shop.

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Lastly, I recently traded sketches with other illustrators for this fun swap run by my friend and former Art Director Alyssa Nassner called Ten Paces and Draw. My painting of the baby mop — a “Useless Invention” (but actually kind of a brilliant one) is inspired by my delightful new niece Goldie Jo. Swipe here to see the sketch by Eva Galesloot that inspired my final — or see the sketch I made for Brooke Smart to draw from here.

Susie Ghahremani for Ten Paces and Draw

April 12, 2018 art show, book signing

Fighting for my art, a new board book, and more!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve might have seen posts about my legal battle for my art and others’ over the past year. The corporations that profited off copying my artwork and others’ (Francesca’s, Express, OK Originals, and Orion Fashions) tried to get our case dismissed with an outrageously terrible, objectively hilarious argument…but, GOOD NEWS: the judge sided with the artists!

Now a legal precedent has been set that will help all future artists fight for their work! Check out this post for more (and more to come as our case continues.)

— Now for some book news! —

I’ll be signing copies of my books and doing an art demo at Independent Bookstore Day at the UCSD Bookstore in La Jolla. April 28th from 12-1pm. And I’ll be giving away stickers, so come on by if you’re in the area and support San Diego indie bookstores!

Susie Ghahremani, author and illustrator of picture books

Then, in just two weeks, Stack the Cats will be out as a board book! Pre-ordering helps authors so much!!! So, if you know a little one who likes to eat books, please pre-order an indestructible copy or check out my next book, Balance the Birds! (coming 10/2)

I’m honored to have my picture book What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward appear on several official reading lists: the Texas Library Association, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of Wisconsin, and the 2018 Kansas NEA Reading Circle!

It takes years for me to make and illustrate a book, and it’s incredibly rewarding when those efforts are received well. Thank you for sharing my books with your reading circles!


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Lastly, I have a small, original painting at Giant Robot  now for Year of the Dog. Show ending this week!

susie ghahremani "Year of the dog" 2018 artwork at giant robot

Is that it? I think that’s it. Thanks for reading, and for supporting my work and my fight for my art.

February 14, 2018 illustration, news

Presenting… the cover for BALANCE THE BIRDS!

My next picture book — BALANCE THE BIRDS — will be here on October 2nd, and you can pre-order it today!

A follow up to my debut as author-illustrator Stack the Cats, Balance the Birds introduces very young readers to concepts of grouping, relative size, and comparison!  Pre-order on Amazon or request Balance the Birds by Susie Ghahremani from your local library or indie bookstore!

Without further ado… the cover!

Balance the Birds by Susie Ghahremani

By the way! STACK THE CATS was chosen as a Best Book of 2017 by both Amazon and Kirkus! Now being made into a board book — perfect for those who like to chew them as much as they like to read them! Preorder the Stack the Cats board book coming May 2018 here.

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New color ways of the cat box pin and chicken baby clothing and t-shirts:

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Thanks so much for your support! Don’t forget to pre-order BALANCE THE BIRDS! (affiliate link)

Small Business Saturday, New Pins, Best Book of 2017 (!!!), and more.

Before I get into writing this post, let me just say: I HAVE SO MUCH NEW STUFF IN THE SHOP! 

And it’s Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday weekend! So, in addition to the usual Free US Shipping for orders of $75+, use code SHOPSMALL2017 before Monday for 10% orders of 3 pins or more. Combine those two? Go for it.

It’s late at night on Thanksgiving, and one of the things I’m thankful for every year – aside from my incredible family and friends – is that I get to be creative for a living. Though it’s not without its at-times-soul-crushing challenges, I wanted to take a moment to share some of my proudest recent achievements!

WHAT WILL GROW? was selected for the prestigious Original Art 2017 museum exhibit and catalog at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. See the show up through the end of the year!

  • My art exhibit at Rotofugi (which you can see online here) was a blast – I got to have my first Chicago solo show, and reconnect with childhood friends at the same time!
  • I just finalized a year and a half of work on my next picture book, BALANCE THE BIRDS! (Coming Fall 2018!)
  • My shop was recently featured in Good Housekeeping, Time Out New York, and Organic Life! (Thank you, Lucky 13!)
  • This year, I got to collaborate with some of my favorite companies, shops, art galleries, publishers, magazines, people, subscription boxes, costume designers, and even one of my favorite state parks!
  • I was a featured artist in a lot of cool events this year – Crafty Wonderland, the San Diego Festival of Books, Comic Con, and Cat Con!
  • I made a new website! This one!
  • And, of course: I have the most amazing people who support my artwork, shop, illustrations, and books: YOU. I regularly get to be a part of surprises, happy occasions, birthdays, inside jokes, memories, and holidays. That’s the coolest of all.

On that note, thank you for your reading this far, for your support of my artwork. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

I’ll be doing pop up shops in San Diego at Makers Arcade on December 9, and the Blind Lady Ale House on December 17.

Oh, and:

Holiday ordering deadlines!

Order by these dates for the best chance of arrival by December 25:

Outside the USA: Order by Dec 1 (for international shipping, including to Canada)
In the USA – First Class Shipping: Order by December 12.
In the USA – Priority Shipping: Order by December 17.

These are suggested order-by dates and not guaranteed, since the USPS is its own agency. But, order by these dates, and I think you’ll be in good shape!