Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Giveaway #6: Wall Art

Continuing on my (forever) quest of finding illustrations that mirror my brown girls, I discovered Mary's Etsy shop and this beautiful print.

Hello! My name is Mary Sievert. I graduated last year from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and then moved back to Minneapolis (where I'm from) to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. Next fall my boyfriend and I will be moving to the East Coast where I'll be starting grad school for Costume Design. A few years ago I attended a symposium in Chicago about multicultural children's literature. At the time I was working at the Salvation Army Emergency Lodge in Milwaukee and it got me very interested in the role of multicultural illustration for children of different backgrounds. I plan on continuing my illustration career while in grad school. Take a look at my work . I would love the opportunity to work on children's books. I contact hundreds of publishing companies a month and play a waiting game. I am hopeful someday I will get my first book project! As far as hobbies go I obviously love to paint and draw (this takes most of my free time), I enjoy walking the dog around the wonderful Minneapolis lakes in the summer, and knitting hats in the winter. I am looking forward to moving to a new place and starting a new adventure soon!

My Etsy shop is a place for me to sell prints of my illustrations. I work in a combination of watercolor and ink. My shop features a variety of work made over the last year. I try to keep adding new work as often as possible so make sure to check in frequently!

I opened an Etsy shop after my senior thesis last Spring. I did six illustrations of what represents beauty to women in different cultures. I made the portraits into stationary and decorative pillows. I wanted a place to sell the prints, cards, and pillows. As I started working on promo pieces I added them to my Etsy as well so now I have a number of prints available in multiple sizes. I am desperately trying to raise some money for school so know that any purchases made at my shop go to a good cause!

I hope that people find the colors and style of my artwork appealing. I like drawing situations that show kids in a unique way whether it be interacting with an oversized animal or sledding full speed down a hill. I think that people who order from my shop really feel that they get professional quality artwork that can make any child's room look beautiful!

GIVEAWAY ITEM: 8x10 print of the winner's choosing ($25)

1: Becoming a blog follower and leave a comment telling me you did so.
2: Post about the giveaway on Facebook and tell me you did so via a comment.
3: Post about the giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
4: Visit Mary's Etsy shop and tell me what your favorite item is.

WHEN, WHERE, and HOW: Enter up to four times on this blog post from now until noon on April the 24th. A winner will be posted on April 24th. The winner is responsible for setting up an Etsy account and contacting Mary to claim her prize. Special thanks to Mary for supporting kids of all colors by making beautiful products!


  1. Ooh, I love her work! I especially like the giant giraffe and the sledding pieces... the sledding one because it reminds me of MY girls... the giraffe one because my Bereket would love it.. though I really like the one you linked to above as well. :)

  2. I hope she gets to illustrate a children's book - her work is gorgeous! I love all of the In the Garden series, especially the Rainy Days and Caterpillars and the Birdhouse Treehouse.

  3. Hi Rachel! I am a new blog follower and I just visited Mary's Etsy shop! I am in love with the Ethiopian Omo River Valley portrait!! My husband and I are currently decorating our 2nd bedroom which is soon to be home to 2 young boys from Ethiopia, and this picture would be PERFECT - especially since the room is orange! Thank you for opening my eyes to Mary's work :)


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