Apparently all I blog about anymore is design conferences. But this one is especially exciting, because I'm headed all the way to one my favorite cities, Portland OR, to spend a couple days learning about experimentation and process from some great people. Honestly, any excuse to go to Portland. Especially excited to take part in a workshop run by my friend and HUGE inspiration Nick Misani (design goals, seriously).
I'm really excited to have purchased my ticket for the Made in the Middle Creative Conference! We're blessed with an insanely talented and active design community in Kansas City, and getting to spend a day listening to some of my design heroes, while surrounded by some of the best creative minds in the Midwest is going to be a fantastic experience. Not to mention there's a printmaking workshop. And I am a SUCKER for a good printmaking workshop.
If you know me, then you know I'm kind of full of random facts that I've gleaned from the delightful podcast, 99% Invisible. I can tell you who invented those inflatable crazy men at car dealerships, or how much a palm tree costs, or that there was once a phone booth in the middle of the desert that people used to call, just to see if anyone would answer. I can also tell you about coin checks, an old military tradition that involves asking everyone at a table of drinkers if they have their challenge coin. The poor soul that doesn't has to pay for drinks, but if everyone has them, the person who initiated the check foots the bill. I got the 99pi challenge coin in the mail today, and I am about as jazzed as I could be. I don't know if I'll ever use this coin for that, but I know that I am not going to run into Roman Mars without having it with me. I just highly recommend you check out their episode on challenge coins, you'll end up as obsessed as I am with the idea of them. (Don't watch his TED talk on flag design though, unless you want to start wandering through life judging every single flag you see. You've been warned.)
I made a pie inspired by my newest Broadway musical obsession, Waitress, for a little get together celebrating the Tony Awards.
Our design and multimedia team at Unbound recently received in-house design awards from HOW magazine, and they asked us to create a short video about how we celebrated this honor. I helped concept and write this short, and thanks to our video editing wizards, it turned out pretty awesome. I'm glad to work with a pretty entertaining group.
As an artist, I've been blessed to meet some of the most talented people in my field. Today I got to spend a day watching one of my absolute favorite artists at work, and I haven't felt this inspired in a long time. No matter where I go, Pussycat Press will always be home.
One of the last days of the Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu exhibition. She's one of my favorite contemporary women artists, I'm disappointed I didn't get to go back and see this a dozen more times before it closed.
I'm thankful for pie. The happiest of Thanksgivings to you.
This is probably the most beautiful pun I have ever crafted. I also happen to believe it's a great idea. Take note, Michael.
I did an A.M. Cassandre copy for my scene painting class. I just love this big-eyed guy.
Now that my Thursdays have opened up, I'm finally getting to take advantage of the free figure drawing sessions at my university for the first time in over a year. This is probably one of the things I'm going to miss most about being a student. There is nothing more inspiring than drawing the figure. And it's fun to let go for a bit and not think--just draw.
This week in my Theatre Scene Painting class, we're making marble. Apparently the first step involves making a huge mess that looks more like a crime scene out of Dexter.
Went to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth while I was home last week. The building itself is as much of a work of art as anything in it. It's a bit of a maze at times, and this back stairwell is probably the best part.
Today would be Gene Kelly's 102nd birthday. He may not be around anymore but he'll never die, because the world will never get tired of those sometimes obnoxiously long dance scenes.