The past month was a blur of working, getting ready for the holidays, and travel, but the kickoff to all of the fun and mayhem was the Firebelly Holiday Shop. As I mentioned last month, I contributed a booth showcasing embroidered goods and illustration prints/postcards. I was really excited that my good friend and fellow illustrator, Jennifer Carson, sent some illustration prints up my way to be included once she heard about the show (that’s her leaping sheep on the left). You can see more of her excellent work over at Calcography.com.
I think the tea towels turned out quite nicely, don’t you? I’m currently working on the third in the series, so will post photos once I have them. Here are a couple of detail shots from the first two:
This was the first time I think I really mastered the French knot: good thing too, as I designed a lot of them into this one!
This design was really just an excuse to experiment with different variations of the Lazy Daisy stitch: I think it quickly became my new favorite!
Needless to say, the event was a huge success and ended up raising thousands of dollars for Firebelly’s Reason to Give charity. I was deeply honored to be part of it and send out a huge thanks to Dawn, et al. for including me!
While in D.C., I managed to slip into the National Gallery for just one hour. Although they Do have little 1-Hour-Must-See maps, I figured I’d just hit up the West Wing for the time I was there. I grabbed as many photos as I could. A post will be coming later on S&D highlighting my favorite paintings, but for now a tease:
I was on a pattern kick that weekend and I absolutely LOVED the patterns in many of the medieval altar pieces, etc. I didn’t get title cards for any of the patterns I grabbed, so no artist attributions this time. However, if you get the chance to visit the museum, GO! I was able to be inches away from Da Vinci and Raphael. If I’d have had more time, I would have sketched some of the other patterns in a lot of the paintings. But the photos are more accurate for later reference anyways.
Today, my second post for Stickers and Donuts was posted: D.C. Pattern Inspiration. Here’s a bonus pattern that didn’t quite make the post:
(This is an agate sample from the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. I already had two rock/mineral samples…and while I’m in love with the pattern, it IS a bit blurry and I try not to encourage olive green) Anyways, since I’m on such a pattern kick, I thought I’d round out the week with a Pattern-themed Weekly Reader. This week’s links are short and sweet:
Rainbow Pattern Cake
I saw this cake recipe on MSLK’s blog this week: wouldn’t it make an Awesome Rainbow Brite-themed birthday cake? (I know, I’m a nerd…but wouldn’t it?!? And PS: I’m not too pleased with how Hallmark redesigned her…any Hallmarkers care to comment? She was cute the way she was!)
Sorry…no direct link the the specific post. But if you scroll down to the Friday, January 30 entry, you’ll see the beginning of Print & Pattern’s Valentine round-up. I thought this one by asking for trouble was adorable!
Feel Like Printing Your Own?
I poked around Amy’s Craft Chi blog a bit more and found this excellent How-To on using a rolling pin to relief print wrapping paper/fabric.
I was surprised to find so much inspiration while walking around D.C. Honestly, I never really had much desire to visit the city aside from wanting to see the Smithsonians, but it really is quite charming. This is the second in a series of posts I’m writing for both here and Stickers and Donuts (the first was on the Pepsi Campaign). Between the reunion’s scheduled activities, sightseeing with friends, and visiting museums, there was a ton of Typography inspiration to be seen:
One of the first places we visited when we had some down-time was the National Archives. I was struck by the beautiful calligraphy on many of the displayed documents.
- One of the copies of the Magna Carta was on display as a part of a special exhibition: though the photo is a little blurry, I thought even the sign for it was quite nice.
- A close-up of the script on the Magna Carta: I had a hard time prying myself away to get to the Rotunda.
- Script on the Constitution: I was a little dismayed to see how faded both it and the Declaration of Independence were.
- More script on the Consitution
- Typesetting on Response to the King’s Proclamation by the Continental Congress
- Hand-written script on letter written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
- Hand-written script, although I couldn’t make out the title card in my photo
The last place I stopped at was The National Gallery of Art. Unfortunately, with a few exceptions, I was in such a hurry that I didn’t grab all of the title cards for each photo. I’ll update if I can decipher anything from my notes.
- Altar piece
- Altar piece
- This is totally not from the National Gallery: it was a sign I saw on Adams Morgan while we were out one night, but I liked how the counters were filled in.
- Scroll on the back of Da Vinci’s Ginevera
- Latin along the bottom of a frame
- Latin along the bottom of a frame (a piece by Lippi?)
- Shield on an altar piece
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…and late. Well that was extremely annoying last night. I’ll attempt to remember everything as I had it written. And my apologies for the absence of this column the past several weeks: hopefully this triple-stuffed edition will make up for it. 😉 (On a side note, I’m paranoid that I’ll lose the post again, so I’m not going to preview it just in case. If something doesn’t work, comment and I’ll fix it. :-[ )
For the Home:
- Design*Sponge broke the sad news that Domino Magazine has folded. But even more sadly for myself personally, Home Companion Magazine folded this month. I’m really going to miss their DIY/vintage ideas!
- Johanna Basford was featured on anything goes, and I REALLY want the plates (for some reason, I couldn’t post the photo…)
- I also Love these coffee-filter garlands that Creature Comforts posted a How-To on. Who says decorating has to be expensive?
- These pillows just crack me up:
- Drawn! posted links to Cody Walker’s technical illustration tutorials such as the one below for Advanced Isometric Illustrations:
- Think Green: D*S also posted a cute project using old matchbooks to make mini-notepads. I can’t wait to use recycled paper at the office to make some…
- You can photoshop your own photographs to look like Tilt-Shift photography with this tutorial…or just plug it into the Tilt-Shift Maker
- I loved the article over at Animation Treasures about Ludwig Richter, a 19th c. German illustrator who worked in woodcuts. Gorgeous:
- Katie Kirk and Nathan Strandberg did an awesome job with Eli No! as posted on Grain Edit:
- Grandma’s Graphics has an excellent gallery of public domain illustrations from the likes of Harry Clarke and Sir John Tenniel (of Alice in Wonderland fame):
- Who knew that Berlin has a Buchstabenmuseum?? Designistoshare has an excellent article on The Letter Museum.
- CR reported that the British Library hopes to acquire the Macclesfield Alphabet Book, a 16th c. type specimen: the article is complete with delicious pictures of the book’s spreads.
For Further Reading:
- ReubenMiller listed the Top 90 Design Blogs according to Alexa
- Urban Sketchers has got some great inspiration for my Sketch-More-Resolution
And finally, Polaroid Lives! and I REALLY REALLY want to see Coraline now:
Of course, many of the stained glass works on display at the Smith Museum were from churches. I was surprised to find that many of the works were imported to Chicago churches from Germany by German immigrants. Above are a few of the patterns (and textures: check out the detail in the hair!) that I thought were quite divine.
While in Chicago, we had to stop at Navy Pier…mostly because our uncle works for a tour boat company, so we always take a tour. But one of my favorite hidden secrets of Navy Pier is the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. The walk-through exhibit showcases beautiful works of stained glass including some priceless gems that I’ll be posting in my next post. Pictured above are a few of the typographical and patterned pieces that drew my attention.
I’ll try to post the rest of my pics from the museum over the next few days. I’m currently in the middle of working on some wedding pieces for a friend’s wedding, as well as a couple other projects.