I'm Alison, and I'm the illustrator behind Pen Jar Productions. Here are some basic facts about me:
• I write magazine features and teach Digital Communications Strategy and Social Media at the University of Toronto.
• I'm a former editor at Elle Magazine.
• I started drawing again — after a 20 year break — when the iPad and drawing apps came out.
Not long after, I began posting my stuff on Instagram and friends started making comments, like: "I'd wear those flowers on a scarf," and "You should drop that bird on a tote."
Now with the rise of print-on-demand technology, I can do that. I've teamed up with Notion (same founders as the iconic Gelaskins brand), to bring you my one-of-a-kind illustrations on pillows, laptop skins and tote bags.
Biggest takeaway from my latest side hussle: sometimes the internet tells you what it wants from you. You best listen.
Got an idea for a drawing or a product? Email me at: