Meet my coworkers! One of the joys of working from home is getting to spend more time with my 2 pooches, Wanda (on the left) and Olive (right). I think they've become spoiled by it too! They don't provide much in the way of conversation, but it's nice to have them around on those days when I'm chained to my desk without a client meeting or lunch with friends to break up the day!
I'm proud to say that both our pups were adopted! We came by Wanda about 6(!) years ago when we knew we wanted a dachshund, but didn't feel right about going to a breeder and DEFINITELY weren't about to purchase a pup from a pet store. So Sean and I connected with the Dachshund Rescue of North America (no joke, this is a thing). After filling out an online form, home visit, and reference check, I drove upstate, all by my lonesome (Sean had to work that day), and picked up the newest addition to our family. Wanda was 4 when we adopted her and was previously in an abusive situation. Despite her myriad issues, and trust problems, specifically with men, we're lucky to have her, and I'm pretty sure she's happy to be with us.
Olive was adopted 2 years later when the whole family trundled out to the North Shore Animal League to see about getting a dog for Wanda. Olive had just been dropped off at the shelter that day. Her name was Candy, and she had been purchased at a pet store, but proved too much to handle for the owner and was turned over, still a puppy, to the league. Olive was a bit crazy, but like any good big sister (just ask mine), Wanda put up with her antics and the two soon became fast friends. Cuddling on the couch and playing on the floor. It's so sweet how protective they are of each other and
As some of you may know, I've been working for awhile now on setting up an Etsy shop. I really wanted a place where I could post things I have been working on outside of client work. Just another creative outlet to showcase what I've been doing.
My first line of prints was inspired by a sailboat blueprint hanging in my parents' home. Something about the organization of the grid and the various angles of the boat lined up felt really appealing to me. I love the sense of order. So I started with my dinghy sailboat print. From there I decided to develop an entire line of transportation themed blueprints (I use blueprint loosely). I am really happy with how everything turned out. If you have a chance, stop by and check it out!
I’m working with an artist and holistic healer right now who has a great vision for her practice and her visual voice. Overall, we are creating a look that is sophisticated, yet approachable, with a modern take on Art Nouveau. It was important to also keep the idea of the creative process present, represented through the dash of gold paint at the bottom. This moodboard took some time, but it’s so exciting when it all comes together and works so well! I can't wait to share more on this project soon!
Today's edition of Lady Quotes is from Margaret Atwood's famous "The Handmaid's Tale." I remember falling in love with this book on a high school field trip, and then promptly leaving it on the bus... At any rate, I have since acquired a new copy and working on this piece has made me want to revisit the work. Also a good motto for anyone feeling in a funk like I was earlier this week.
These have been a long time coming! I mentioned earlier that I'm working on a series of blueprint inspired designs, and here are the next 2 in my series! I'm really excited about how these are turning out. Why is it that everything always takes longer than anticipated?
So last Wednesday was the opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn Concert Series, with non-other than my favorite, Janelle Monáe! Unfortunately my pics of the actual concert weren't coming out, so I decided to just put down the camera and enjoy the show. I did snap a shot of my view (before all the Gala attendees sat down), and my friend, Caroline, took a picture illustrating just how excited I was before Ms. Monáe's arrival onstage.
But just so everyone can get an idea of how fantastic the show was, below are some pics by Karsten Moran for NYT.
It was a beautiful day to wait in the park and everyone was in a great mood. And, of course, the concert was AMAZING! Knowing how awesome it would be, even the de Blasios attended! (another shot by Karsten Moran for NYT.)
So I am currently going back to a logo I designed a short time ago for the Jr. Historians. I have been contacted by the group to expand on the work and create a landing page and blog that will eventual develop into a full site for the organization. Full disclosure, I may be married to the man who began the organization... I am. Anyway, that only makes me prouder to be a part of what I think is an amazing undertaking. The Jr. Historians are reinventing the way history is taught with a focus on primary sources that allow students to act as the historian and discover the historical narrative for themselves. This is, of course, an over-simplification. Having watched the whole idea take form and manifest itself into text books and lesson plans first hand leaves me in awe. I am so excited to continue my work developing a visual voice for the Historians!
Today's lady quote is brought to you by Emily Dickinson... and me... but mostly Emily. I recently discovered the inspired work of hand letterer and illustrator Casalta Xavier and found his style so inspired I decided to try my hand at it. Not perfect, but I'm pretty happy with the results!
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am a HUGE Janelle Monáe fan. So I was sooo excited when I found out she would be performing the opening Celebrate Brooklyn concert series this year. Inspired by my love for Ms. Monáe as well as Brooklyn, I decided to create this poster. I can't recommend highly enough checking this woman out in concert. She is a force to be reckoned with on stage! That combined with her catchy tunes and positive message makes her the best artist out there right now (in my opinion). The Brooklyn concert will be the 3rd time I'll be seeing her in concert this year(!!!) So if you're in the area make it your beeswax to get there! I'll be in line promptly at 3.