Monday, February 28, 2011

Irina Werning: "Back to the Future"

My friend Alison just shared with me great a website, featuring part of photographer Irina Werning's portfolio. In her "Back to the Future" series, Werning re-creates people's childhood photographs with amazing accuracy! I am dying to try this with my siblings next time we are all together in our childhood home, or with Alison, who is my longest childhood friend. Be sure to visit the site for more amazing photo pairs!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Weekend Away

This year for our long President's Day weekend, a group of friends and I rented a cabin in Tahoe! We played games, enjoyed the feet and feet of snow (seriously, it was over our heads in the backyard!), skied, tubed, ate, laughed, and slept. I also had an assignment to accomplish: a poster using patterns I create to advertise a store of my choice.  Can you guess where the inspiration came from?? :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

I'm Enjoying...

We recently got an espresso machine at work.  Now, almost every morning my boss has prepared everything we need for delicious cappuccinos! The office is still quiet, and we sit taking small sips and checking our email. A lovely way to start a day.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Exhibition: Matthew Mullins

I'm wishing more of you who read these little ditties of mine lived nearby, so you could join us tonight for the opening reception for our new exhibit, "Here and There," paintings by artist Matthew Mullins. Mullins does these great large watercolors of archives, depicting things like the shelves of VHS tapes in storage at the South Pole. That may sound strange, but believe me, these are beautiful! They also seem quite relevant with all the talk on digital archiving and even digital hoarding that's going on these day. Check out more of Mullins's work on his website.

36" X 48 " | Watercolor and Gouache on Paper | 2010

Book Cover Art (mine!)

Here's my take at the book cover assignment I discussed earlier. This assignment required the use of clipping masks, so I had fun first creating some leaves and then clipping leaf photos into them.  It reminds me of the magazine clipping collages I like to make! I like the resulting contrast between the "realistic" of a photo texture and the very graphic of the other leaves. I was also playing around with the combo of casual, hand drawn text and more formal type, and working on an effective and unusual use of white space.  Fun stuff! This is a fabulous book too, so if you haven't read it yet you should check it out!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Book Cover Art

If you know me, you probably know that I LOVE reading.  This week my class assignment is to re-design any book cover I want; an overwhelming choice!  Below are some covers of books I either love for their content or their cover (and some for both!).  Not sure if I'll redo one of these or something else... any suggestions?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I love this girl's carefree and beautiful style. And I want that dress!!!
Photo via (Pininterest).

Postcard inspiration

Look at this cute postcard I just got from Columbia University Press, advertising their spring catalog.  At work we are always looking for interesting ways to convey the concepts of scholarship, reading, and academic publications. We have taken TONS of photographs of people in libraries and stacks of books, and we've sort of run out of ideas.  I love what they did here: Adding this charming little lady and a nice scripty font makes this postcard stand out and sets a bit of a playful tone.  And the simplicity made me eager to turn to the other side to see what it was advertising.  Nice!