Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creative Collaboration: Into The Gold

One of my recent projects was with prop stylist and party planner Melanie of Into The Gold. Aside from playing around with graphics and putting her website together I got to work with her on art directing and photographing some shots for her website. It was more of a collaboration more than anything. When you are working with someone who is already as talented as Melanie it's almost impossible for the results to look bad. 

Melanie with a tropical theme party tray she styled
Into the Gold specializes in party props
I wanted to capture a in home feel for her website
Starfruit and vintage Celine silk shirt
The Rustic table setting
Easter table setting
Nautical table setting

Seasons Change and So Did I

Typical. Another neglected blog. I don't want to throw it all away because I do enjoy showcasing my work on here, when I do make it a point to hunker down and just blog it. However, with new forms of social media (such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.) it seems as if blogging is the most tedious. Maybe because it is the one that requires the most skill, the most etiquette, and brain power. Anyway, my last post was in March 2014. It's been a little difficult finding the motivation to blog regularly since I've been moving around living the life of gypsy between Washington and California. It's been a beautiful spring and summer full of camping trips, week long excursions, and vision quests, but I am ready to finally settle down. In January 2014 I blogged about getting a work studio, which I did. It has a long way to go as far as remodeling goes, but it's there and I can't wait to utilize it more when I move closer to it (my house and work studio is walking distance from one another).

In mid November my partner and I are finally planting our roots in what will be our forever home. My sweet dear parents are retiring and handing over the house to Michal and I, while they travel the world, living in the Philippines, Japan, as well as spending more time with my other two sisters who do not live in Washington. I am excited for my parents, and I am excited for Michal and I. There is something liberating and inspiring about calling everywhere you go home, but the lack of structure and inconsistent schedule was starting to affect my creative process. And when you are already your own boss this kind of lifestyle can be tricky. I am very much looking forward to my new home, decorating and nesting, and doing the damn thing with no excuses. I have so many ideas and projects, and really want to push my freelance work this coming new year. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Design Process: Branding for Crystal Knox Style

My line of work lately has been expanding out of the comfortable realm of fashion. However, I think with any field whether it's a pottery business, furniture designer, personality, etc. a certain style and finesse is required to effectively market your brand and what you represent. My most recent client is Crystal Knox, an interior decorator, event stylist and visual merchandiser. The most interesting part of working with Crystal is that she also has an attention to detail and values aesthetic. With her line of work she understands exactly what she wants from colors, shapes, etc. I haven't been able to meet with her in person, since she's in Texas, but we've managed to communicate wonderfully through e-mails, texts. Below showcases a sequence of the design process in finding her brand. We went a slightly different direction which I will post later, but just wanted to share these design comps. Maybe I'll use them for a different client in the future! =)

Crystal is highly influenced by ikat prints, fabrics, shapes, and colors. So the basis of the project was ikat textiles! Below are a couple of swatches I used to help guide me in the process.

 I wanted to create a logo that emulated an ikat, Pendleton like print. And for the typography I wanted graphic shapes.

Showcasing logo styles in different color ways. Stay tuned for final website, and other branding materials!

Friday, February 28, 2014

New Client Work: Ansel Beck Pottery

For the last couple of weeks I've been working on the branding, design, photo editing, website for my new client Ansel Beck. Ansel is a potter originally from Ohio, but currently lives in Arcata, CA. When I was brainstorming for his brand I wanted to incorporate other elements aside from pottery. Such as his surroundings, his inspirations, etc. In his artist statement he quoted that "living in the Great Northwest I'm inspired by the colors of the sunsets, the ocean, the redwood forest, which are all rich in warm and cool tones." From that quote I was able to find the direction I wanted to go. 

Originally the client wanted to go for a red logo, but I thought the dark grey black would look best against a detail shot of one of his plates. The detail of the plates pretty much ties in the entire look and feel of his brand, since its reminiscent of the forest, the beaches, the ocean. 
I encouraged my client to sign up with Instagram and Facebook and to include photos of his process, weekend getaways to the beach or forest. 

When we first took the product shots for the site the background of the photos were a purple and pink gradient. Through the magic of Photoshop I was able to fix this and turn it into a black grey to white gradient as intended. Above is the sake set which is one of the products for sale on his site.

Even though I have a lot of experience during photo shoots doing the wardrobe styling, and production, prop and product styling is something entirely different. It is a lot harder than it looks. Making sure the pieces look coherent, functional, and having it propped up a certain way is important. 

Visit the website to see the finished product!

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Work: Mixed Media Collage Portraits

I wanted to try something new with design and have been feeling a little uninspired lately. I've been doing the exact same style for years and after looking at my portfolio from event fliers, banners, logos, etc. I realize I follow the exact same template every time. Everyone gets inspiration from different places, but I always dig into the past, the history, the originators for some support. I've been really inspired by the works of Salvador Dali's collage work, Frida Kahlo's portraits, and Pedro Almodovar's set design and color palettes. As a result...

This is a portrait of my good friend/ performance artist La Chica Boom.

Self portrait

Anjelica Huston

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Seahawks: Seattle's Most Stylish and Design Friendly Bird

I am not a huge sports fan by any means. Sad to say, but I'm that annoying person during a game with all the questions. Regardless of my lack of sports knowledge, there's a lot I can appreciate when it comes down to the style, design, and the creative spirit that the Seahawks has ignited within the city.

I am loving the different ways fans are expressing themselves. From the interpretations and spin offs of the logo that local businesses, graphic designers have created, to fancy nail designs girls are flossing, to cupcake decorations, and more.  It shows how creative and witty Seattleites are, and that's something I'm proud to be a part of. Below are some of my top Seahawks spirit favorites!

The Space Needle, the most decked out of them all.

Nails by artist Gina Brahy!

T-shirt design by the folks at Casual Industrees

This is said to be the bird that inspired the Seahawks logo. Read more about the inspiration at the Burke Museum blog 

Not sure who the artist is, but you can purchase the t-shirts here

Some die hard fan riding around and getting it

Eric Wallace the designer. These limited edition Slayer inspired t-shirts are available at Alive and Well but are probably sold out. 

Photographer Adrian Ragasa shows his eye for style, sports, and fashion all in one photo shoot. 

Seattle's favorite style blogger and tweetheart Fresh Jess shows us how to rock Seahawks gears in your everyday wardrobe. You don't have to scream blue and green to show your pride!

I love the Seahawks spirit in non blue and green tones. New sports line Homefield Sporting Co. Graphics designed by Brandon Palma

Love these personalized pin buttons from Cafe Weekend

 Art Primo green and blue markers