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So, last weekend, I went to Springfield, MO to attend an antique show my friend Scott and Gail put together. (Check it out here )

Anyway, I ran into a fellow there that sold letterpress letters, and i got this idea to buy the letters to make a name plate for my desk that i eventually have when i teach somewhere, some day. (for now…i’ll just put it in my studio…) but anyway, I thought it’d be a nice thing to have, because I am a printmaker/designer/photographer, and it’s letter press letters…how perfect is it really?

Anyway, here’s how it turned out:

putting together the sign

putting together the sign

putting together the sign

the finished piece

the finished piece

Anyway, there you have it. If you want one of your own name plates made out of letterpress letters let me know, and i’ll see if we can make it happen.

-nattles

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Well, for those of you that don’t know, I helped lead a trip to NYC this last “weekend.” I say “weekend” because we were there from Wednesday to Sunday. I and twelve undergrad students went to New York City to visit design firms, and museums. It was a great trip, and an incredible learning experience. Having an undergrad degree in graphic design and photography it was really cool to see big design firms, and famous designers at work in their offices in NYC. Here are a few photos from our excursion:

First we went to see some designers at Method Inc, they did such things as redesigned the interface for TED and the interface for all kinds of devices for March Madness. They showed us around their offices, and convinced us to play this dice game that was apparently an office tradition…but i think they were just trying to take our dollar bills 😉

Name plate inside of method offices

Name plate inside of method offices

Method Inc, Offices

Method Inc, Offices

Dice game that Method taught us how to play

Dice game that Method taught us how to play

The next day we went to see Mirko, who is a designer famous for firing clients. He sat with us at his desk and showed us his sketch books. Mirko talked us through his process from brainstorming ideas to finished product. It was a great experience and very encouraging for me and the rest of the students. Mirko designed the opening graphics for You’ve Got Mail, and has worked on logos for all kinds of different companies.

Mirko talking with us about why we are designers

Mirko talking with us about why we are designers

Mirko showing us files that he has been working on recently

Mirko showing us files that he has been working on recently

MIrkos blocks for what he tells clients on a regular basis

MIrkos blocks for what he tells clients on a regular basis

Mirko and Milton Glaser have studios in the same building, so after meeting Mirko, we walked down two flights of stairs to meet Milton Glaser. Glaser was open to answering any of our questions and showed us what he was currently working on, it was an incredible experience to chat with Milton Glaser. Also, Glaser is known for designing the I(heart)NYC logo, and the Bob Dylan Poster with the crazy hair.

Milton Glaser answering our questions

Milton Glaser answering our questions

Glaser showing us his most recent work

Glaser showing us his most recent work

The next day we visited a design firm in Brooklyn called “Huge.” They showed us around their space and were very helpful in answering questions about how to put together a portfolio for a studio like theirs. They mostly do interactive design and website design, the interactivity for IKEA and Adult Swim

Huge front desk

Huge front desk

Showing us around the office

Showing us around the office

their war room

their war room


After Huge, we went to a design firm in Little Italy called “R/GA” they have been responsible for special effects for movies such as Alien and ET, but more recently they worked on the ad campagin for Nike + We got to talk with the art director in charge of the Nike account and ask him all kinds of questions about his job. It was really interesting to get to pick the brain of a company in charge of such big accounts.

Outside of R/GA main office

Outside of R/GA main office

Showing us around R/GA

Showing us around R/GA

They label their conference rooms with pantone colors. Design nerdz, right?

They label their conference rooms with pantone colors. Design nerdz, right? 😉

This is how they show off their awards, if you look closely you can find 3 Oscars

This is how they show off their awards, if you look closely you can find 3 Oscars

Anyway, that was the trip. It was an incredible experience and I really enjoyed being part of the leadership team for it. I wish we had had a bit more time, we made it to a few museums and even the Brooklyn Flea Market! but, anyway, I’ll leave you with these few random photos I took in NYC.

Beauitful reflection right?

Beauitful reflection right?

We walked passed a dog park in Central Park

We walked passed a dog park in Central Park

This man was riding around telling everyone "Peace"

This man was riding around telling everyone "Peace" We saw him twice.

This is about half the group that went with us. Good group right?

This is about half the group that went with us. Good group right?

Anyway thanks for reading!

-nattles

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I’ve been out of town for a about a week, and am now driving from Portland to San Francisco via the Red Woods. But, as some of you know, I am working on a VW Van series, luckily, yesterday I got a bit lost and had to turn around. While turning around, I stumbled upon this beautiful VW.

Tan VW between Porland and Medford, OR

Tan VW between Porland and Medford, OR

Detail Shot

Detail Shot

Anyway, more photos when I get back. Enjoy.
-nattles

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On Sunday I got back from St.Louis. The print ganging and I went there for a Print Conference galled “Southern Graphics Counsel” there were panels, and demos…discussions…networking. It was great.

There was a panel that had two presses represented on it, there was a press there called “Little Friends of Printmaking” their biggest advice was to do what you do until someone notices, and if they don’t, Make them notice. they seemed really interesting, and easy going…the other press that talked at the same time was called sonnenzimmer …honestly i didn’t like their look…and they didn’t have a lot of applicable advice. but you might like their stuff…

I also went to a demo on this girl who does woodcuts with a drimmel…  she also prints it all by hand…because she prints things that are 8ft by 5ft. Her stuff was quite stunning

There were two things that got me really thinking and one of them was that we heard Swoon speak and she talked about these boats they made out of found items…she told this story about how she made the boats to the size that they’d fit under the bridges of the grand canal in Venice…and how they floated them through the grand canal…it was so whimsical and vagabond-esqe…made me wish i could embrace that kind of lifestyle and be fulfilled…but…i don’t think it’s made for me…although i really admire people who can do it. She also talked about her woodcuts,wheat pastes and how she gets her inspiration. She really said some things that made me start to think about what I really want to do with my career and how I want to work with a community of artists. She said things like “once you find a community of artists you work well together with, don’t lose that, even if you move far away from people, you can still collab on things” and she talked about becoming part of the space, and knowing your community. She talked about how she makes art that isn’t suppose to last…how she puts up her woodcuts and then it becomes part of the environment when the weather gets to it…just interesting ideas…and she deals a lot with social justice in art, and portraits…a lot like a documentary photographer….also she’s getting into architecture in haiti, which is really cool…She also did an installation piece in St.Louis just for the conference, so it was cool to see one of her pieces in St.Louis.

Swoon

Swoon

Swoon Close up

Swoon Close up

Another Close Up

Another Close Up

There was a parade that night that we randomly got caught up in…with fire and stilts…and bicycle art….

Random Unsactioned Parade we were a part of

Random Unsactioned Parade we were a part of

Crazy Parade

Crazy Parade

I also got to watch some people with a letterpress print a few posters, and even got to run the press myself! that was pretty cool.
Box of letterpress letters

Box of letterpress letters

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Letterpress letters

Letterpress letters

Pretty cool. Want one. Don’t know where I’d put it.
The last day we went to a show by Tom Huck he is such a talented woodcut printer. here are a few images i snapped of his work:
Tom Huck Close up

Tom Huck Close up

Tom Huck Close up

Tom Huck Close up

These pieces are at least 7ft x 3ft. He also had the blocks there so it was really neat to see how we cut the blocks and the lines he made. It really helped me understand how woodblocks work and what mine needed to look like in the end.
Anyway, St. Louis was a really good Southern Graphics Counsel Conference. I am glad I went, I got a lot of great advice about my printmaking and photography merging together. Eventually I will get some of my most recent work up on this blog so you guys can see what I”m up to. It’s been a crazy March though. I’m impressed I’ve done 2 blogs in the midst of everything that’s going on.
Anyway, continue working on stuff! Do what you love, and make people notice.
-natalie

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Hello all,

I am getting ready to head out to California for the Palm Springs Photo Festival, and I wanted to be able to show some of my work in a really compact, efficient way. A friend of mine from PSPF last year showed me MagCloud.com, so I tried it out for my “The Mother Road: Revisited” Project from last semester.

And I’m excited to say the magazines came in! I ordered 11 to give away at the conference to gallery owners, so we’ll see how they work out, but if you all are interested in seeing it in a digital form, downloading a free PDF or ordering the magazine itself, you can check it out here.

The Cover of the Magazine

The Cover of the Magazine

The Magazine is Perfect Bound, so I was able to add text to the spine.

The Magazine is Perfect Bound, so I was able to add text to the spine.

Anyway, don’t forget to check out the magazine digitally! Just click “preview” on the bottom right. Also I’ll be posting about the printmaking conference in St. Louis I went to last week. Get excited to hear about woodcuts with power tools and Swoon!

-Natalie

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