Iv’e been working with fave my boss lady babe Stephanie on branding her recently-launched fashion line, Mister Wright since January. Seeing the label samples has only heightened my curiosity and foray into textile design. Getting fresh-of-the-press posters and cards is just okay now. From now on, I want all my work to come back to me embroidered on silk.
It’s pretty great to be involved with this new venture. The dresses are tailored perfectly – in that way where the bones of the design are so on point that they are invisible and when you wear them you feel like an off-duty, polished supermodel.
Does that sound logical? What I’m saying it that I don’t like to wear dresses, unless I LIKE to wear a dress, in which case, I’ll wear it down to the fibers. If a compliment could be worn as clothing , it would look like Steph’s pieces.
More coming down the line from both of us this year….
Denier Damask clothing labels for Mister Wright.
The awesomes over at Human Sciences have partnered with the Refugee Services of Texas to in their words- “(1) provide a gesture of welcome and measure of homeyness, (2) create a bridge between newly resettled families and local arts communities, (3) generate sources of revenue and direct support for Refugee Services of Texas”
Here’s my poster contribution which can be purchased at the show, Friday, June 24th along with a pieces from a lineup of other great Austin artists.Opening exhibition at Studium on Friday, June 24th.
Nothing digital or fancy, just a good old pdf to print out and hang up (round 2).
Grab July 2015 PDF calendar
Nothing digital or fancy, just a good old pdf to print out and hang up.
Grab June 2015 PDF calendar
Back from my artful sabbatical in the land of son and fog.As Promised, SFO 2013. 2015 in the works. See full site images here
Getting ready to head to the land of clean streets crystals and giant tech by the beach. San Fransisco bound on Tuesday, early in the morning. I planned an art sabbatical for myself this year, right around the time SXSW Music commences. I never fully grasped the full sentiment of having a city as a muse. Well, for creative work anyhow. I hated NYC when I first got there and by the time I left, I feared I couldn’t understand myself anywhere else.San Fransisco has become the place where I let go and dive into my self-practice over the past 2 years. Hoping a week is long enough for me relax and get to “work.” Today I met a new rad friend and stellar photographer, Lauren McKinley. Talena Sandlin of New Bo/Brohemia can be credited for the introduction. I met her a few weeks before at New Brohemia after popping into End of an Ear with Mason to throw up some pieces for Tim. I found my new favorite bell bottoms and a rad primary-colored sweatshirt and a surprise interest from Talena in wearing some clothes for the shop. To clarify; modeling in them :) Needles to say, I’m thankful and delighted to be included in a project with such rad women.
Off to more adventures. Hopefully more pictures, too.
Been away for a while. Busy busy with big and good things. Planning a wedding,(sorta!) finally moving into a new home after 5 years, ( r-i-p crummy house! more to come on that project ;) Ritual frame piece below is one of the pieces I’m showing as part of Tim Kerr’s “Tim Kerr and Friends” show at record shop End of an Ear, which he does annually during the month of SXSW. Leaving for San Fransisco next week to escape the march madness. Looking forward to a week of art making and friends.
Had the pleasure of shooting some of my favorite goof heads a few weeks ago. A few shots; Spray Paint at The Monofonous Compound.
New brewery gettin’ hoppin’ round these parts. Having a lot of fun building the visual identity for Cibolo Creek Brewery. I always feel pretty rad when I get in on the ground floor of someone’s big idea :) Lots more from them coming soon. In the meantime, check out their Facebook page and their Untappd profile.
Follow the link and come play! Austrailian artist Keith Walsh made an awesome coloring book devoted to Bill Murray. Now we (me, these gals and you) are going to color it in! Underneath the invite is a lonely shot of the setup from our last D+D at Friends & Neighbors . My digital photo archives seem to have rearranged themselves as of yesterday, so more pictures will evolve when I locate everything.
images courtesy of the fabulous, free and not-at-all-crappy stock photo resource , Unsplash
Little diddy I composed of various web project orphan pieces last week. Ui kits or style guides are super useful and fun to put together. When sifting through style kits or CMS themes aimed at corporate interactive /tech customers, I can’t help but chuckle some at the sense of self-seriousness displayed in a grouping of typefaces, pull quotes, hexadecimal codes and stock photos that would by themselves be utterly inoffensive. Maybe it’s just that familiarity breeds contempt. Once you sift through one category of anything for an extended period of time it all begins to look the same, and sort of silly and it’s not news that web design trends become ubiquitous to everyone in a short matter of time. That being said, “Trisynergy” is a very serious, professional and not at all nebulous name for a company and is probably a real brand mark or app somewhere….
A set of untouched Balsa Maytroshka dolls arrived from Amazon today. I’m finding it hard to focus on my work with them sitting there just pleading with me to be painted/wood-burned/modge-podged on. My love of nesting dolls resurfaced in a big way this last January when Mase, Ryan, Renee and I made a collaborative set for my Dad’s birthday. My plan is to have a nice stock of them around the house and doodle on them like I currently doodle on notepads. This plan isn’t very conducive to maintaining the de-cluttering train I have been on but I bet we can find a place for them…
My new wooden friends got me thinking about a corporate Identity design project I did a little over 3 years ago in school. Presented with the option to rebrand and set the style parameters for the board of tourism anywhere in the world, I picked the place with the highest ratio of nesting dolls to people I could find. Above are a few of my favorite visual excerpts from that excercise. Pretty friendly lookin’ place, wouldn’t ya say ;0
(Left: Lauren demonstrating on my practice sheets and making it look easy! Right: My first “non-practice” attempt)
My anticipation was finally satiated a few weeks ago when the day of our private calligraphy class with Lauren Essl came due. Lauren’s Calligraphy studio runs under the moniker Blue Eye Brown Eye , adorably named after her whippet mix doggy, Olive. Lauren provided us tools and the most adorable personalized setup complete with mini monogramed composition books. I have a ways to go before I can incorporate my new skills into my wedding invitation game, (well, by hand at least) but I’m trying to practice a little every day and loving developing the little physical idiosyncrasies necessary to wield a nib and some ink like a master.
I am a super fan of Max Kauffman and we are pumped to do a CRUMMY HOUSE zine with him this month. The way he uses color and ornament to create washed out dreamscapes that almost feel…violent? – Its striking and lovely. we had the opportunity to meet and hang out with Max in Oakland last October when we went to attend Neu Folk Revival, a show Mase and Max were a part of at Lequivive Gallery. Someday I will actually get around to editing my coast photos…
The book is black and white (traditional zine-via-Copy Max-form!), but Max’s work takes on a whole new level of good-strange on the printed page. Stay tuned…
Sad before-chair posing for it’s face shots to send to AnthropologIE in hopes of one day being marked up 700% retail cost. ⇓
Stamped canvas drying. I just cut up some soft lino-block rubber ( get it at Michaels for $5). Didn’t bother using one of the stamps I have carved because the canvas was really toothy, but it can be done.
Little foam, a wood board , staple gun and the NeverWet. Tah–Dah.
I learned about this stuff called NeverWet that can apparently keep your suede loafers in mint condition if you happen to, ya know, make them sleep outside in the rain or something. It’s a two-coat process that is as simple as spray..wait..spray again and BAM! I figured there was no excuse for not cleaning up the sad chairs that had been living on our porch for two years and becoming mold monsters. Lo and behold, My hand stamped fabric has remained intact for months. Now if I could only muster the gumption to finish the other one…