The Summer Body Collection is a non-hierarchical collaboration between Eryn Garcia of Neat Pony, Jamie Lee Finch, and Kaitlyn Elyse. Our desire for this limited edition collection was to create playful art that embodies an inclusive, anti-capitalist ethic in both creation and production.
Through combining poetry, illustration, and print in a way that intentionally centers queer-run, women-owned local business and ethically-sourced, hand-crafted products, every piece points back to our belief in what the future of work can be. Our hope for you is that through partaking in this collection, these pieces will be an interactive experience that opens your heart and grounds you in your body.
It's So Much (But So Are You)
This first piece went through quite a few face lifts before we landed on a final version. I wanted to visually represent the “it’s so much” as some kind of visual chaos, so I experimented with many different approaches of wavy lines, and I probably have about 30 slightly different sun designs still on my art board, never to see the light of day. The final design is more simple than I originally anticipated it to be, however, I also wanted to consider the application of the screen printed poster and mug. In the end, I love it.
I Lost God
This poem already had a very specific and poignant flow to it, so I wanted to honor the inhale and exhales visually, represented in the wavy lines in the print piece. The gradient background was a risky move, we actually had the background posters digitally printed by Wonderpress and then screen printed the lettering over top, as there wasn’t a great way to represent the gradient and grain pattern with screen printing. The keychains are a fave too. A great conversation starter, and reminder of how far we’ve come.
What Comes Next
Don’t tell the others, but this design might be my favorite of the collection. I am allll about over-the-top delicious illustration that fills every inch of the page with lots of texture and line work. When Jamie sent me this poem, I knew immediately it was going to be a bandana design. I didn’t know how, but I knew it worked. As you read the words, each section refers to one of the four seasons, so I illustrated motifs for each.