Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Exploration of a creative idea

I am a little behind on my fashion show watching lately so I just saw the photos of Viktor and Rolf's Spring 2015 couture show.  Wow, wow, wow!  These guys know how to take a concept all the way.  I love how their shows always have a clear, concise idea.  My mind is officially blown for this week.  They start out with a cute dress, a cute straw hat, and some flip flops and go on a journey to a mind blowing dress, a mind blowing straw hat, and some flip flops.  You need to see the progression for yourself.  They are genius.  You can see the whole thing unfold here  I think this piece is my favorite:
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This reminds me of sketchbook exploration.  When I sketch in my sketchbook, I keep my eye out for a tiny glimmer of an idea.  Then I try to stretch it and stretch it until it takes me somewhere really special.  This is when the best art is created.  Watching this fashion show feels like watching Victor and Rolf's idea evolve in the same way.  It's a great example of where you can go if you persist on a creative journey until you reach something amazing.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Do your research!

I was just reading the book "Cardboard Design Now" by Black Dog Publishing and I'm shocked to read their excerpt about Charles Eames.  It reads, "Charles Eames, along with his brother Ray...".  How on earth could a designer not know Charles and Ray Eames was a husband/wife team?  They were only the most famous designers ever.  That is pretty bad!

What can we learn from this?  Always do your research!

Friday, February 20, 2015

I love a free summit

I don't think I've admitted this before but I love me a free art summit!!  I really enjoyed Bonnie Glendinning's Thriving Artist Summit.  Everyone she interviewed has a class, book, or paid mentoring program which they talk about during their time.  So if you love someone, you can follow up and learn more from them.

I listened to almost all of the interviews and my favorite was Samantha Bennett.  She has AMAZING advice on how to get out of your own head, get unstuck, and get your art out to the world.  I'd go so far as to say her interview changed my life.  I listened to her interview twice and took notes.  I also listened twice to Ilese Benun's marketing advice and Lisa Congdon's living as a working artist views.  Both were excellent!

I just signed up for Jennifer Lee's "The Right-Brainers in Business video summit."  One of the interviewees is SARK.  What?!  My roommate in college had her inspirational artist poster hanging in our dorm room.  I can't wait for that one.

And of course, everyday is a free summit over at Smart Creative Women.  I've listened to A LOT of Monica Lee's interviews.  But I've decided I'm going to listen to them all over again in alphabetical order this year!  There are 156 guests and some have more than one interview.  Do you think I can do it?  We'll see.  So far I'm still on the Bs so it's not looking good.  I think I'll skip my own interview.  Only 149 more to go.  Ha-ha.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MoMA Comments

I just noticed that the MoMA has an area for customer comments.  What a nice surprise to see all the very nice things that people said about my holiday cards.  Thank you to everyone who commented for making my day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Paper craft Christmas tree

My new paper crafting book with Dover Publications is out just in time for Christmas decorating! "My Christmas Tree" contains a 16.5" tall tree, 16 ornaments, and a star topper to pop out and assemble. Barnes and Noble does not have it in stores but they have it online here: My Christmas Tree.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New MoMA Cards!

It's MoMA card time! The cards I illustrated and engineered for the Museum of Modern Art are up on their website and in their NYC store. I am really excited with how they turned out. They did a great job with the manufacturing. You can see these 2 brand new cards and the 5 other cards of mine that they are selling this year by clicking here: MoMA Cards

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mio and Mao

Have you seen the show Mio Mao on Direct Tv's BabyFirst channel?  It is the cutest show I've ever seen.  It has everything I like, it's vintage (1970s), minimalistic, unpolished in a good way, brightly colored, clever, and about kitties!  And who doesn't love claymation?! This is the episode that was on this morning at 7am.  Tell me this isn't the cutest thing you've ever seen!!