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I had a wicked dream and couldn’t shake it. I think it is due to the endless pile of work I have been building up. All my brain keeps thinking about is the fact that everything is spiraling out of control.

Greetings from San Diego via Halleh Abedi! Halleh and I actually go way back. We discovered during our design education, that we had crossed paths in high school. Pretty crazy since our schools were about four hours apart! We had played an epic game of soccer in during NCS playoffs our freshman year. It was great fun to chat about the game and we seemed to have an instant bond. We are both now very far from each other, Halleh in sunny San Diego and myself in the mountains of Tahoe, but we tend to say hello here and there. I was delighted to have her draw a postcard and even more so when I got her whimsical illustration. See below!


Guest Artist: Halleh Abedi
Designed and Mailed from: Cardiff by the Sea (San Diego), CA
Follow: @sunshineNdesign

Words from Halleh:

When I was asked to be a guest artist for Wandering Poste I was extremely flattered and very excited. What a fun opportunity to connect with other designers, artists, and people of our industry. Miss Wallace has done an incredible job with this project and including guest artists adds a whole new dimension of fun and surprise.

Despite my excitement, picking a subject to illustrate wasn’t easy. When the possibilities are endless, where do you start? After trashing several ideas, moving past the obvious and back around again, I found my pen gravitating towards the paper and just simply wandering. After minutes of spacing out in my drawing trance, i stepped back from my paper and realized that not only i had a great start to something fun, conceptually it fit. What better way to celebrate a Wandering Poste than the illustration that captured my wandering mind? So, enjoying my quiet Saturday morning, my cinnamon coffee, and my wandering thoughts, I continued to allow my mind, pen, and watercolors do their thing, in the traveling nature of the cards themselves.


Kelly Wallis, not to be confused with Wallace, which is my last name is a new designer/friend from Reno. Quick funny story, I was talking about Kelly one day to a fellow AIGA member and couldn’t remember her last name… ummmm hello, not sure how I forgot! We have the same last name just spelled differently. Just silly. Anyways, I met Kelly after getting involved with the AIGA Reno | Tahoe chapter. We have become great friends and hopefully we will bust out all the fabulous projects we have planned when I return. Watch out for the Wallace and Wallis duo at the AIGA National Conference!

Guest Artist: Kelly Wallis
Designed and Mailed from: Reno, NV
Follow: @iamkellyw

The day before the mailing due date for the guest artist postcards I had seen Kelly and she promised she was touching it up and dropping it in the mail. A day later I got a postcard from Kelly from Stumptown Coffee with a sad note saying her cat had knocked over things and her original postcard had been submerged in a puddle of water. (I never got to see the first card.) Due to what happened, Kelly explained she took the safe route. However, I don’t think so at all. She said, “I found it to be extremely therapeutic and relaxing, separating the color and each line put me to peace!” Not a bad thing for a postcard. Sometimes the simple things are he best for you.

It was like Brittany read my mind. I have wanted to let loose and do a crazy doodle similar to this one, but I felt I had to uphold my life themed illustration or type sayings. Thank you Brit, for doing what I could not. Brit like Lawren, is a new mom! I am pretty sure little Griffles might just be the cutest kid I have ever met and that is saying a lot since I have only seen him once! The doodles were absolutely perfect, because with out even reading the explanation I knew why. That’s what makes us friends. Love you lady.

Guest Artist: Brittany Hanson – Soon to be Westerman
Designed and Mailed from: Santa Rosa, CA
Follow: @brit_hanson

In Brittany’s Words: “Now that I’m a mom, I’ve realized I have no time for a creative outlet. These doodles are what I do when I’m one the phone, writing a grocery list, etc.”