Philadelphia based Holly Simple is a multi media artist and designer with a strong focus on hand illustration and inking. Her work ranges from hand-painted clothing, illustrated tarot and oracle decks, children's books, lowbrow zines and comics to a jewelry line of hand built 14k and precious gemstone rings!
Holly is most recognized for her self titled "HOLLY SIMPLE TAROT" deck which can be found sprinkled throughout the globe in the most adorable and special boutiques!
With a deep need to create tools for growth, Holly continues to craft divinely inspired decks and books that she hopes will help humans navigate this world. Her latest, Amulet Friends Oracle was a year and half long project that was inspired by time in the Southwest and her evolving relationship with Mother nature.
Holly Simple Studio was born in 2014 with the creation of Holly's first zine Roy G. Biv is DEAD. From there, her digital sketchblog was born (take a peek HERE). As more and more zines, gags, and gifs came to fruition, the vision for Holly Simple Tarot was ignited after her first reading - from there the journey of creating emotional and spiritually inspired decks began!
Through HOLLY SIMPLE FINE, Holly's characters are brought to life by creating wearable statement pieces. 14k, brass, and sterling are molded into familiar faces and enhanced using tiny precious stones. Holly's first piece, the Bleeding Eye Ring was inspired by her crying eye illustrations. The collection grew as she began carving and molding large lovable creatures. In order to keep them alive, they had to be made into wearable friends. See the collection here.
It is IMPERATIVE that the grime of the indie zine and comics scene live throughout her work and visa versa; be it in a 14k gold ring that portrays a drippy bloody tear, or through the use of glitter and gold in a simple lapel pin. Holly Simple Studio is a considered collection of highbrow/lowbrow creations :)
Holly's brings her art to the physical dimension with her latest endeavor "it's Trashé" - a hand collaged jewelry line of unique vintage and dead stock beads and charms - coupled with it's sister... the hilarious “1-800-FASHIN" clothing line - a collection of hand-painted wearables.
Holly’s work has been described as the lovechild of Lisa Frank and Marilyn Manson.
“My work is me and I am my work, HUH?” - Holly