Image: Irving Penn for Vogue, 2005.
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Dark Truth, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross
This December, my first solo show in three years, My Cross To Bear will be hosted at Sequential Art Gallery in Portland. Some people have been asking me why I’m doing art again. The simple answer is that I like a challenge. When you sit behind a computer all day, you you can hit a few keys and undo your mistakes. When you’re collaging and pouring resin, if you make a mistake, you have to step back and start over. Working in a different medium forces you to think in a completely different way. I love switching up my routine and facing a new challenge. More information about this 15 piece series will be following very soon. In the meantime, I’d like to share my first two pieces with you. Both are ceramic red crosses and feature collages that are coated in resin.
The Arch, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross
My favorite time period in fashion has always been the mod, space age Sixties. I love that 45+ years after the fact, designers are still drawing inspiration from this era. I sprinkled in a few more recent extras to round out the mix. View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.
There’s no denying that Kat of Rock N Roll Bride has some serious enthusiasm for her brand. What I admire about Kat is that she doesn’t just let things be — she keeps pushing ahead and thinking up new ideas. What started out as a small collaboration two years ago creating a new brand identity has blossomed into even bigger projects. Earlier this year, the Rock N Roll Bride media kit debuted. Then, over the summer, Kat proposed creating a magazine for an event she was attending. Not content with just handing out a business card or brochure, she wanted to offer something that encompassed her online brand that people could take home with them.
And that’s an interesting point in itself. With brands that are formed and presented digitally, when you turn off your computer, how do you stay in touch? Even with media increasingly going digital, there’s still something to be said for an object that you can hold in your hands. Call me old fashioned but that feeling and interaction just can’t be replaced. Just this weekend, I picked up a copy of TIME magazine with Steve Jobs on the cover because I wanted something I could keep. All you hear these days is that print is dead…it’s slowed down but it’s definitely not dead. It’s just changed. Half of the things that I design for print now never actually make it to print; they end up in a PDF. But this project was different. 1,000 copies would be printed.
Kat originally proposed a 14 page mini magazine but the more I thought about it, the format seemed too close in size to her media kit. And she didn’t need another media kit. I grew up reading fashion magazines and I wanted this to have a more editorial feel with full articles, a letter from the editor and a front and back cover.
When I did the original Rock N Roll Bride identity, I created a horizontal lockup of the logo that I don’t think was ever shown. Even though it was never used in the web header or media kit, I had designed it with the thought of it working well on a magazine or book cover.
So far, this first issue, numbering 40 pages and with three distinct sections (Real Weddings, Rockin’ Fashion and Rockin’ Lifestyle) has exceeded our expectations, with 500 copies handed out in one weekend alone. The rest of the copies will be available on Rock N Roll Bride. The magazine was just written up on Print Week and we’re now planning issue 2. I love seeing brands blossom from an idea and an identity to something much, much larger. Thanks to Kat for letting me give you a peak inside our most favorite collaboration yet. And thanks for reading!
Sitting in my dining room yesterday morning. Wearing: Zara sweater, F21 dress, H&M tights and Proenza Schouler boots.
Beauty is in the details. I’m pouring resin this weekend so that I’ll finally have some finished art pieces to share!
Late nights and simple pleasures.
I just stumbled upon the Soda Pagoda yesterday. Brilliant.
Over the weekend, I realized just how many photo booth strips have piled up since Joey and I met. I love how they all come out so similar and appear to be frozen in time.
This isn’t as cool as finding Jesus burnt into your toast but an angry jelly bean is still pretty rad.
And finally, Joey just finished this painting of Kate Moss. If only we had more empty walls! Have a great weekend! My big plans including painting my new closet, finishing some art, pouring resin and doing research for a few new client projects. xoxo
Image: Naty Chabanenko by Ishi for French Revue de Modes.
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Elf Girl Book Cover by Anna at Simon & Schuster.
When you’re nonchalantly checking your email, the last question you’d expect to see is, “Hey, do you have any elf shoes?” But back in January, I was faced with that very question. The natural assumption would be to write it off as a creepy fetish inquiry and delete it immediately…except that this email was from my friend Anna who just happens to be a senior designer at Simon & Schuster in New York. Anna designs book covers for a living and runs one of my favorite blogs on the planet, Door Sixteen. She was working on the cover for Rev Jen’s new book, Elf Girl (formerly Elf Like Me) and needed a cover shot. Of course, I was up for the job.
Unused Cover Concepts. Love the variety! Anna is great at her job.
Joey and I immediately got to work shooting the cover ideas (well, sort of…Anna had to help us track down elf shoes first). Anna gave us some great direction and we then tried as many variations as possible; I know from experience that when I’m pulling selects for a job, it’s best to have ample options to work with.
We shot the images in our all white dining room, stomped through rainy, muddy parks, stood under bridges and visited the industrial area of S.E. Portland (cobblestones galore) to get the combination of images we wanted. These are a few of my favorite unused photos:
Anna came up with some truly stunning options that summed up the premise of the book perfectly and besides being a fantastic designer, she’s an all-around awesome person. We’ve known each other for a decade now (online and off) and it’s easy to be friends with someone who shares a passion for graphic design, a love of Michael Jackson and is as excited about home decor as I am. Thanks Anna for the amazing opportunity!
Elf Girl Cover Design & Direction: Anna at Simon & Schuster. Photography: Joey Maas. Model & Concepting: Nubby Twiglet.