Saturday, April 30, 2011

fancy pants

Its always weird to see my name in print!  I was quoted in the newest Manhattan Vintage Show program by my fabulous friend Sammy D, on one of my favorite topics...1970's fashion!  If you're in the NYC area this weekend, MVS is not to be missed... I wish I could have made it down, but there's always next time...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ad design: recycled art for Artifaktori

Another update of a previously done design (I think its a theme this week).  New colors add instant freshness and its always fun to once again obsessively analyze something I've done in the past.  Almost always, I find myself liking the newer version much better.  With the amount of art I've done for Artifaktori it isnt hard to find something to tweak.  Look for this new and improved ad in the Weekly Dig's FINDER magazine (highlighting all the cool stuff the Boston area has to offer) due out this summer.

Monday, April 25, 2011

poster design: the top shelf flea....round 3!

The newest incarnation of the Top Shelf Flea poster for Joe of An Affordable Wardrobe.  If you're in the Davis Square area on May 22nd be sure to stop in to the VFW (up by the Rosebud Diner) for some incredible controlled chaos and damn fine vintage goods.

Friday, April 22, 2011

take me out to the ballgame

My mom and I are collaborating for the second time on the invitations for the annual Fenway CDC celebration and fundraiser.  While the event is focused on the entire Fenway neighborhood, it is held at the park, so we always try to incorporate some of that flavor.  We thought we were so clever this year, using the famed scoreboard (one of very few left that is still changed by hand), but with a dismal record so far this season, we hope that Sox fan's dont take it as a jab.  The save the dates wont go out until next week, so Im crossing my fingers in hopes the Boston boys will step it up by then (for both our dignity as a sports town and for our invites)!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

the collector

For a collector – and I mean a real collector, a collector as he ought to be – ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have with objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them.
–Walter Benjamin, “Illuminations”

A great quote from the Small Obsessions blog.  Looking forward to seeing this exhibit at the Somerville Museum this May (thanks to my very astute mother for sending me the links)!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

spending sunday...

photos by Ryan
...taking turns with Ryan...cutting and gluing 288 triangles and 12 squares...watching Clint Eastwood movies...eating chocolate chip waffles

Thursday, April 14, 2011

new pattern: seashore quilt

A new collection of prints I've designed for a TJ Maxx bedding collection due out this summer.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

fresh finds: the Orbit Admiral

1960's souvenir cruise coasters & the Orbit Admiral, both from Buckaroo's
I guess you could say my love of vintage and antique items is part of my DNA.  I grew up looking forward to the days when I could escape school to visit my aunt in her amazing jewelry booth out at Brimfield, and my parents spent much of the beginning of their relationship packing and unpacking my father's collection of antiques and oddities that he peddled in his former life as an antique dealer.  Growing up, our house was filled with leftovers from these days (as well as many family heirlooms)...curvy Victorian armchairs, dark four post beds, old oil portraits, fiesta ware and vintage linens...

So, it comes as no surprise that vintage styling takes a starring role in my inspiration folders.  I've managed to amass quite a collection of bygone beauties that not only fill my files, but nearly ever corner of my house (and wardrobe).  Last weekend, I was thrilled to add another curiosity to my collection...meet the Orbit Admiral!  In the mid 50's a syrup company produced 9 variations of this bottle (collect em all!) to fill with sweet ooey gooey syrup, but before they got around to it, they went under, leaving only these (super clean) glorious space age bottles!  The owner of Buckaroo Mercantile (the hot little shop where I grabbed this guy) is a vintage robot/space fanatic and collects them by the crate.  He informed me that a new round of space dudes would be in soon, and I promised to be back for more...how can I resist?

Vintage packaging has long held its allure for me because each design is truly a piece of art.  In the days before computers and the internet offered millions of fonts and stock art, allowing almost anyone to try their hand at "design," actual artists had to sit down and create by hand the unique look for each product, complete with customized hand lettering.  The limits and restrictions(color, printing, etc) of what they could produce only made their work more thoughtful and beautiful (that and the fact that they were not required to churn out a new product every second of the day...ohhh this age of made in china makes me sad).  

Whenever Im in a design rut, I look to the pieces I've collected (as well as a fantastic book called Shelf Life - gifted from the jewelry selling aunt!) and get instant inspiration.  Unfortunately, I wont need to call on this inspiration today, as I finish taxes and do some computer color separation, but the Orbit Admiral will offer happy orange encouragement while guarding my cocktail collection(which could certainly get some use after this is all over)!

Friday, April 8, 2011

screenprinting success

Fruits of my recent screen printing labors.... I think Im hooked!*  
While I appreciate the ease of designing on the computer, nothing comes close to the satisfaction of getting messy and physically creating something with my hands.  For a few days this week, my kitchen became a colorful workshop that even got my guy in the spirit.  With my beginners guidance, he designed, cut and print the green arrow pattern (which I love and find to be an awesome compliment to my wavy blue current print).  I see many apartment projects involving these designs in our near future... 
*(thanks to the lovely Shana Phillips and her wonderful class at Decordova)
Now that we have some motifs to play with, we have to get our technique down... it gets pretty difficult to line everything up!  Repeats are my game, but I am used to relying on my trusty old computer for technical perfection.  Oh Illustrator "smart guides"...how I am missing you now(nerdy Adobe design shout out..sorry)!  Anyone have any tips or tricks for better screen placement?  I still have a lot to learn...but I am so so excited to be learning it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

monday blues

While yesterday's lounging lady was a good representation of my sun filled weekend, today's is almost pitch perfect for this rainy Monday.  Sighhhhhhhhhhhh....back to the grind!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

sunny day sunday

 this sunny weekend involved yummy brunching, photoshooting, neighborhood walking, errand running, bad movie watching, art store visiting, burger making, screen printing & spring cleaning...which led me to this old scribble 
(which made me realize that I miss live figure drawing a lot)

(...and also that Im a lot more active/productive when the weather is nice)

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