I recently moved all my shoes out of my office and brought my books back in. You’ll see where the shoes went soon!
I’m a firm believer that the place we spend the majority of our time should be a reflection of who we are. In a creative environment, having reminders of your favorite things (inspiration, objects and otherwise) around you is important because it adds a sense of comfort and familiarity. When I’m at home at Wolfgang Manor, I spend the majority of my time in my office. This is the one space in the house that is completely mine; I can close the door, escape and create. My computer, printer, scanner, flat files, inspiration board, personal library and other essentials are organized throughout and all within quick reach when I’m creating. Here are some fresh snapshots of my creative space.
It’s only been in the last year that I’ve become a huge fan of fresh flowers. I love the dash of color they add to a mostly white space.
I have an IKEA shelf installed above my desk to display a handful of my favorite things since storage space is low. I also like how it adds a sense of dimension.
I tend to tack up magazine clippings and ads on my inspiration board on a regular basis.
I have my makeup and a fancy mirror that I found at Target a few years back in my office as well.
My two favorite perfumes of the moment as well as a mini Crystal Skull Vodka (a gift from my mom) rest on top of my flat files.
Thanks for joining me on this mini tour! If you have any questions about where specific pieces of furniture or items came from, I can answer those in the comments.
I just discovered this eloquent and powerful type-driven design by Joachim Schmid and had to share. These are some definite words for thought and I hope this becomes a poster soon!
19, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross
19 is the fourth and final ceramic red cross in the My Cross To Bear series. As with the others, this piece features collage coated with a layer of epoxy resin.The show launches on Thursday and I’ll have a full listing of available pieces here at that time.
Type A, 2011
Collage and resin on wood
18 x 18 inches
Type A is part of the My Cross To Bear series which opens at Sequential Art Gallery this Thursday, December 1st in Portland (full details here). Like the rest of my pieces, it features a layer of collage that’s sealed in resin. These 18 x 18 inch red crosses (which were custom-built by Joey) are my favorite pieces in the show; in the future, I hope to turn them into a full series.
Most of my extended Thanksgiving weekend was spent wrapping up art details so the print portfolio post will be shared next week instead. In the meantime, I’m off to start a new adventure today and also getting very excited for Thursday.
Flowers courtesy of my friends at Fiction
I did a major office clean out this week and it feels great to have an abundance of clutter-free space.
My current breakfast routine, cereal.
I enjoyed a nice little Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday with Joey, my brother and Rocky. Joey cooked us up a Tofurky and many other goodies. We had an actual sit-down meal with our good dishes and cloth napkins! This doesn’t happen nearly enough…
I sat down on Wednesday and designed the flyer for my upcoming solo show, My Cross To Bear. I never get a chance to design anything for myself so it was awesome taking a day to do something I love just for fun.
I just wrapped up my last few art pieces today. Tomorrow I’ll be up early pouring resin and then heading up to visit my grandparents at their cabin tucked away in the mountains. Looking forward to relaxing before the madness of next week hits.
My Cross To Bear is a collection of 14 all new collage-based art pieces by Portland-based graphic designer and internet personality, Nubby Twiglet. After a three year hiatus from art, Nubby’s return is most notably marked by an abundance of black and white pieces which feature motifs bearing her trademark graphic style.
A visual continuation of the acclaimed 2007 series Black & White Graphic Insight, My Cross to Bear presents a more refined artistic direction, featuring typographic elements seamlessly woven with fashion magazine mash-ups. These themes are often merged with self-portraits to create a modern collage style that walks a fine line between graphic design and fine art.
On the surface, My Cross To Bear is an homage to the symbolism of the red cross which often plays a starring role in Nubby’s design work. On a deeper level, it also delves into the transformation that takes place when a shift from obscurity to notoriety begins to take hold. With much of our lives now splashed across digital mediums without a second thought, the line between what we consider our private and public selves is consistently blurred. In this evolving social landscape, nothing is considered sacred. This is our cross to bear.
Each piece of art is a Nubbytwiglet.com original and will be available exclusively at Sequential Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon beginning December 1, 2011.
In addition to the art series, t-shirts and screen printed posters from my archives will be available for sale. And, if that’s not enough to entice you, free stickers and postcards just might! For everyone outside of Portland, I will be compiling a post of all available pieces before the show with the gallery contact information. I’ll also be mailing special edition jumbo show cards to those of you that are interested; watch for an upcoming post in the next few weeks.
My Cross To Bear:
Sequential Art Gallery, Portland, OR
First Thursday — December 1, 2011, 6 to 10 PM
Show runs from December 1st through December 29th.
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers!
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Nubbytwiglet.com Web Portfolio, 2011
One of my big goals for 2011 was to launch a web portfolio. I’ve had many web portfolios in the past but I wanted this one to be different and to stand in as a design retrospective of sorts. Instead of limiting the work I showed to the standard 10 to 15 pieces my print portfolio has, I wanted a place to show everything.
Now you can view nearly every project that I’ve worked on in the five years I’ve been designing professionally. My overarching goal was to share a sense of progression with each project being arranged in chronological order. It’s like a timeline of my design, unfolding and telling a story. Instead of bits and pieces, you can see every step along the way. Also, I sized each image at a generous 850 px wide because there’s a lot of detail that goes into some of these projects that you’ve never been able to see at the smaller sizes they were originally posted in.
I graduated from a community college graphic design program in 2008 but I started designing professionally early on during my time there. Five years ago, things quickly changed for me when I designed CD packaging for Virgin Records during my second semester. This gave me a jump-start and one internship, five agencies and a whole lot of personal freelance later, this is my life.
Next week, I’ll be sharing the print version of my portfolio and some tips for building your own as well. Also, some more projects will be trickling into the web portfolio mix; there are a lot of hard drives and dark corners to still dig through! Design really is a never-ending journey, thanks for coming along for the ride!