Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart

I received a great gift two Christmases ago from my Dad. He found out that I wanted this cotton bag by TippyThai on ETSY (or, as my  Dad pronounces it in his accent, “Eatsee”) where he then proceeded to make his first handmade purchase. I loved this bag so much, until one fateful day an ink pen exploded inside of it, sending my beloved bag to its unwearable doom. I never got around to getting the stain out properly and by the time I did it was probably too late. Much like my Dad though, I am scrappy and never let a good bag go to waste. So this is my first attempt at RIT fabric dying to see if I can successfully hide the messy ink stain. Here we go!

I had to move from the tub to the kitchen sink since the dye was at high risk of staining the white porcelain. After a long time of rinsing, wringing, and washing the bag with detergent, things were looking pretty good.

I had to dye the bag black to cover the stain, even though my original attraction to gray was inspired from Clementine (Kate Winslet’s) pleated bag in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


Despite using the entire bottle of black, it came out a darker gray. I can still spot the stain but it’s not as bad as before. I think one more round of dying should do the trick, and something old becomes new again. Happy Holidays! xo, artsparrow

photography © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow), except for first photo © TippyThai

New Site Design, New Portfolio

After spending endless hours offline to update my site design, I am very excited to be back! Thanks so much for your patience and I hope you enjoy the new look, portfolio, blog & art shop. I will be adding prints to my ETSY store, but in the meantime, I am gearing-up for my vendor table at Tinderbox Box Music Festival tomorrow.

Check out the amazing line-up (with headliner CocoRosie!!!) and get your tickets today. Hope to see you there ♥

illustration & photography © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); band photo © CocoRosie

Jugs & Capes: Radioactive Dirt Candy

I had to miss this month’s Jugs & Capes. Life got in the way and I never read it in time, even though the book was my suggestion.

R a d i o a c t i v e  is a biography about Marie & Pierre Currie, written & illustrated by Lauren Redniss. While I did not make Sunday’s meeting, I finally picked up my copy at the library and I’m super excited to finally dive into it. The illustrations and design of the book are simply beautiful, reminding me more of Maira Kalman than a comic book. Illustrated books that appeal to the adult demographic which mix gorgeous typography and drawings are definitely my soft spot. Just look at these stunning layouts.

So while I missed the comic ladies of J&C for September (and their ever-awesome food spread), I attended the graphic novel launch party for Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, coordinated by Amanda Bullock (Jugs & Capes creator) at Housing Works Bookstore.

“Amanda Cohen’s crazy story of building a restaurant from the ground up to its currently being one of the hardest-to-get reservations in New York City—all illustrated as a brilliant graphic novel.” (check out the book trailer here!)

Onto the food! Free booze, free appetizers, free giveaways. Too good to be true? We didn’t think so at first, up until the rest of Manhattan showed up to grab some free veggie cuisine. For all the trays brought out to the crowd, and despite being super early, here are the two little bites that Tim & I got to sample (left, Popcorn Pudding: salted caramel corn, and right, Pepper Appetizer: smoky red pepper mousse, yellow pepper soup, jalapeño chips).

Stangely (and unintentionally) our hands mimic one of the spreads from Radioactive.

The crowd got a little feisty once the free food came out. Below is just a snippet of the insanity, even though this photo doesn’t do it justice:

Since I couldn’t capture the craziness, I’ll leave you with my own drawing that pretty much sums up the food experience in one panel. (Or, because all NYC roads lead back to Seinfeld, think George Costanza pushing through the crowd in The Fire, only this time to snatch up some seriously delicious morsels). Enjoy!

photography & zombie comic © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow), Radioactive illustrations © 2010 Lauren Redniss, Dirt Candy: A Cookbook illustrations © 2012 Ryan Dunlavey, book by Amanda Cohen & Grady Hendrix


U P D A T E  The photo below was emailed to me by Grady Hendrix from Dirt Candy! I call it “The (zombie) view from up here.” I also found myself in the crowd, just in case you were wondering: