Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday Phrase of the Week

I've been remiss about doing my "Phrase of the Day" project, but I'll try to be better!  For now, I'll leave it as a phrase a week project just to make sure I have a good chance at keeping up.  Today's phrase is inspired by my friend Tana.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Adventures in Lettering

I've been experimenting with drawing typography lately as study for my final MA project.  It's a very time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process but I am finally seeing some progress!  It is a skill I hope to develop and improve upon in the future.  There are so many great lettering artists out there!  Here are a few of the type studies I've done:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Hand-embroidered Cover

I've been working on this project as part of my MA course for the last few months and its finally finished!  I took an interview I did with my great-grandmother (Faye) ten years ago and turned it into a book.  I have never designed a book before so this was quite a challenge.  With the help of some family members (especially my Mom and Grandmother) I gathered family photos, Faye's recipes, and some letter she had written and created a written record of the interview.  I didn't expect it to turn out to be so long (80 pages!) but I am quite happy with how it turned out.  Just in time for Mother's (or in this case Great-Grandmother's) Day! More pictures on my portfolio site here.  Special thank you also to my friend Tana who is the hand model for all the pictures.

Spread with Photo of my Great-Great Grandparents    

A Handmade Paper Representation of a Dorothea Lange Photo

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pictures from My Type Travel Project

London Coliseum

London Eye

Liberty Department Store

Wow, I am turning out to be really bad at this blogging thing!  Since the last time I posted I have had quite a few adventures.  A trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley to spend time with friends (and stock up on American candy and craft supplies), a trip to Prague (to stock up on cheap beer and sunshine), and a trip to Turkey.

While I was traveling, I took a lot of picture of inspiring typography for a project I've been working on for my MA.  The ones I have posted today are from a little closer to home, London, and don't have any type in them, but I used them for a little Zine I made about type in London.  I had a lot of fun playing with photoshop to get just the right coloring.  I found a great tutorial here and then added a couple of additional filters to get the look I wanted.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Though I won't be with my Valentine this year, I still enjoy all the decorations, colors, and sentiment of Valentine's Day.  To get in the spirit, I made these little candy-filled felt hearts to pass out as a post-Valentine treat for my classmates this Thursday:

I found the tutorial on the Purl Bee blog.  My stitches aren't quite as perfect as hers but I think they turned out rather nicely.  The hardest part was finding candy to put inside them.  In the US, you just have to go to Target and there are aisles of red, pink, and white candy.  Here in the UK, the only Valentine candy I found were truffles.  I got many a strange look spending 20 minutes at the Pick & Mix trying to fish out only the pink candies from the multi-color mix of M&M's. I got rolls of fruit Mentos and picked out the strawberry ones (while eating the rest of course) and the lovely non-peril covered white chocolates that aren't quite only pink and white but look nice anyways.