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Some of you may have heard of Leia Bell, an incredible printmaker/screen artist who single-handedly turned lame rock show flyers into works of art. I met her in LA a loooong time ago where we bonded over a love of dance parties. Now, she lives with her partner Phil and their two sons at Kilby Court – a rad music venue in Salt Lake City. If you haven’t checked out her stuff, I highly recommend it.

Here are five other reasons why Leia’s just so cool.

1. She introduced my husband to me at a party seven years ago. For this fact alone, I’ll be forever grateful for her friendship.

2. Among her many press and publications, she’s featured in the super cool Design It Yourself book.

3. She named both of her sons after conquerors: Ivan and Cortez.

4. She included me in a few of her pieces, back when I was 19 and partied like it was 1999 because, well it was 1999. I had a bob with bangs back then.

5. Although I haven’t seen her in years, I know if I showed up at Kilby and knocked on the door, she’d smile and it would be like 1999 again.

  1. carbon

    September 28, 2006

    I love her posters! One of the best things about Kilby.

  2. liz s

    September 28, 2006

    michelle is that you with the pink hair and see through top? so hot

  3. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006

    This is just great. I’m lucky to live in SLC and go to shows at Kilby once in a while. I’ll miss Jenny Lewis and the Watsons there on Friday because I’m going to The Strokes.

  4. jordan

    September 28, 2006

    Paul got me DESIGN IT YOURSELF for Christmas last year.

  5. michelle

    September 28, 2006

    Liz – yup that’s me. I was such a tart. My hair wasn’t pink when the photo was taken – that’s Leia’s own touch.

  6. liz s

    September 28, 2006

    dear michelle you have been an excellent guest blogger 🙂 when are you starting your own blog?

  7. michelle

    September 28, 2006

    Ah, Liz – you’re nice. Like many of my friends, I’ve started a blog but haven’t published it yet. When I do make my debut, I’ll be sure to let you know. THANKS.

  8. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006

    cool art i can actually afford.

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