There are some really exciting things are happening for a couple friends and collaborators that I would like to give some love. Meldeen and Head and Hands Event Design just launched their new beautiful websites, and these ladies produce some impressive work. Definitely worth checking out if you are clicking links this afternoon.
These two ladies are super special in my book…
Kaleigh at Meldeen has been so generous to me – with both her time and her energy. Being my first legit retainer client, she has kept me busy with invitation design work, but she’s also passed other clients my way and showered me with many-a champagne cocktail and countless thoughtful gestures. It’s been such a blessing to have someone to bounce business ideas and frustrations around with. Her business is booming with clients from New York, Virginia, Omaha, Texas and the list goes on. She’s taken over the wedding world with fresh paper ideas.
Stephanie at Head and Hands is very near and dear as well. I hold the proud honor of being the first bride in her event design repertoire, and since then, she has become a contributor of my online magazine, Folklore and has hired me for paper goods for her fast-growing event design business. Being one of the hardest working people I know, she nails every event she designs, each one better than the last. Just when you think it can’t get any better, Stephanie raises the bar.
So all this to say – check out what these two impressive ladies are doing in the design world. Much love from my neck of the woods. Keep up the good and hard work, friends!
There’s been so much happening at the studio that I haven’t had time to post new work to the website. This is a really good problem to have in my line of work! But I’ve had the pleasure of working on some really fun things this year, and here is one of my favorites.
Design meets DIY. Not only did Bird Dog Wedding commission me for the Love Bash poster and flyer, but I also got to try my hand at some hand painted signage. I had been looking for an excuse to try this! Working with these girls is so much fun, because they love color, they jump at fresh ideas, and they work so dang hard.
So for the signage… I convinced my cooperative husband to help me cut out the signs from wood. My vision: free standing banners like the ones you see in a lot of print design these days. I drew them out, and Chris cut them down, drilled holes, sanded them, and then passed the torch to me. What did I do next? Pink-washed them. Duh.
Next, I taped off the straight lines, so they would be perfect. This was a a challenge, cause the diagonal banners started to play tricks on me once they were painted pink. My rational pencil lines were nowhere to be seen.
I was so excited with how they turned out! It was super fun to work on and even more fun to see them in the wild. Thanks to Taylor Lord Photography for doing them justice with such great photos.
“Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!” – SOL LeWITT
It’s too easy for us to make a laundry list of excuses and rationalizations, instead of just doing the things we want to do. My friend, Caitlin, commissioned a lettering piece a couple months back, and it was a thrill to work on. Her request was simple: “DO”. This had been her mantra for a while, and she wanted something visible on her wall. She’s a big fan of lettering so I drew her a couple letters… which was exactly what I wanted to do.
Then, we narrowed it down and digitized the hand-drawn lines…
Then, she picked the lucky winner, No. 2, and we threw some color at it! And that’s a wrap. This was such a fun project to work on. Thanks to Caitlin for thinking of me on this one and letting me take a swing at it!
Y’all know I love a good letter. My mom led me to some of Xavier Casalta’s lettering work this weekend, and I’m in awe. Xavier uses the technique of stippling to create stunning letters. Similar to pointillism, the brainchild of post-impressionist, Georges Seurat, stippling creates “big picture” imagery by using tiny dots – spreading dots wider in highlighted areas, and crowding dots closer in shadows. Pointillism is a bit different, in that the artist uses colored dots to create to simulate blended colors – very similar to the way modern printing techniques manipulate color. Anywho, enjoy Xavier’s work and stop by his shop for more lettering goodness!
Hey friends! I had the pleasure of doing a video interview with Dustin Bryson of ShootLove about business for creatives and how to make a good first impression. Super nerve-racking to hear myself talk and move on screen, but great, great practice. I’m officially working on my “um’s”, “so’s”, “like’s” and “you know’s”. (insert smiley emoticon)
I met Dustin at the Love Bash back in February, and we have been collaborating ever since. ShootLove is a great concept, and you can read more on their site. In a nutshell, Dustin is creating a hub of business resources for wedding photographers. Eventually, all fields of photography will be represented on ShootLove, and honestly, the content he is developing really applies to many creative fields engaging in business. You can purchase a logo from me or one of the other designers in the ShootLove shop, and very soon, you can find, purchase, and download business card templates we’ve designed!
Let me know what you think of the interview!
After ten too many swigs of iced coffee, I attempted to work – ya know, clean out my inbox and all that jazz. After watching my hands shaking over my keyboard, I knew today was gonna be hard and my sketch wasn’t gonna be up to par. But alas, here it is – the only thing on my mind today: deep fried anything to soak up this caffeine. I don’t even think that remedy works, but at least the process would be enjoyable.
So the little sketchbook exercise I started yesterday got me sifting through old sketches, and this gem made me smile. This is one of my favorite free-time typographic studies I’ve ever done. My grand plan was to go through the entire graphic design timeline and document the A’s – hoping to track the evolution of type structure. I got nine A’s in and realized how ambitious I had been. I think I will pick this study back up at some point, but it is truly endless. I know myself too well – once I finish the A’s, I’ll put the B’s on my mental to-do list and the grandeur of it will haunt me, and I will be perpetually busier than I really am.
And since I didn’t draw this today, I threw in a seeded eucalyptus sketch just for good measure…
I’m starting a new little series here on the blog to show some peeks into my sketchbook. My hope is that it will hold me accountable to sketching more often for personal projects. It is so easy to get wrapped up in client work and forget to draw for the plain fact that I love to draw. So for these posts, there won’t be much commentary and I won’t be digitally cleaning up my hand-drawn lines – just down and dirty, lead sketches! I’d love your feedback, and I hope you enjoy.