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 â€”Â 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!
An Ebay knock-off of the Philippe Starck Victoria Ghost Side Chair in my office
I am a big fan of mixing high and low when it comes to fashion and furniture. While I’ve always admired the Philippe Starck Victoria Ghost chairs, the $300+ cost wasn’t in my budget so I turned to Ebay to get a similar look. For items I use every day like my office chair, I tend to step up and buy the best. My Herman Miller Aeron chair was worth every penny but for a secondary chair that’s more for decoration and less for function (right now it’s holding my stack of portfolios), a reproduction suits my needs just fine. I feel the same way about clothing â€” I want the jackets, bags and shoes that I reach for every day to be of nice quality but I tend to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe with more affordable basics. Style doesn’t have a predetermined price tag; it’s about mixing a combination of finds together to create a look that suits your style and budget.
I’ve been hearing about the new Schoolhouse Electric factory and retail location in the industrial area of S.E. Portland for awhile now and my brother and I decided to pay it a visit over the weekend.
The factory and storefront are housed in a 101 year old building (the original home of Pacific Steel & Hardware Co.) that’s been lovingly restored. Read more about the transformation here.
The entrance chalkboard sign â€”Â a coffee shop and florist are coming soon!
This is a side view of the retail space. There’s a very industrial modern vibe, a distinct mix of old and new throughout.
One of my favorite lights from their selection.
I’d move in here…
I love this type lock-up on the pillows.
And now, here are some Instagram snaps I took around town. Loving the cozy corner of this downtown agency.
Orange must be the color of the week. Obviously.
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to fasten the collective total of six straps on your shoes when you have to make a mad dash out the door. The shoes are by Trippen and from Solestruck.
Have a great weekend! I have to get some art for my show wrapped up and then wallpaper my closet. Exciting, huh?
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