Archive for March 2009

When I grow up, I want to be Paula Scher.

March 31, 2009


Before I even knew her name, I was a rabid fan. I can’t remember the exact moment when I made the connection between the images I marked in every PRINT Design Annual and the fact that Paula was responsible for most, but it changed my life. Knowing that this tough-talking, honest female created these amazing pieces of work (in a mostly male-dominated field at the time) just made my head swim. And, to top it all off, one of the greatest compliments I ever received (regardless of it’s appropriateness or truth), was that some of my work reminded them of Paula Scher.

A while back, I saw an interview with Paula. It was part of an Adobe campaign (you can see it here). She talked about her process and I found myself nodding my head in agreement. God, she’s so cool.

The more I find out about her, the more I relate. And the more I see her work, the more she tops the short list of people I would love to meet.





Busy lil’ crafter.

March 30, 2009

This weekend, I spent most of my time finishing up three pieces for this Friday’s gallery opening at the Harrison Center for the Arts. I was approached last week to see if I’d be interested in putting a few pieces in the show and, since I had a few drinks in my system at the time, I said “yes.” I had nothing started and, basically, these came from a long night of playing around with fabric scraps, messing up, getting frustrated, trying again and finally figuring out a direction I wanted to go in. Five days later, I ended up with these little babies:


They’re basically a mixture of fabric, felt, machine sewing, hand stitching and some tranfers here and there. Then I edged each piece with a charcoal-colored quilter’s tape. Here’s a closeup of each:


And, finally, a reference for size:


If you’re around Indy for this First Friday’s festivities, you should stop by the Harrison Center. Susan Hodgin is the featured artist and she is amazing. You won’t be disappointed.

Inspirational Interviews

March 27, 2009

At the beginning of the year, I finally bought this book after picking it up EVERY TIME I went to the bookstore:


#1, you can’t help but touch it because it’s got this crazy mixed-textured cover (part mossy felt and part what appears to be plastic/varnished?). It’s absolutely gorgeous. The inside is full of samples and Q&A with top designers in the industry. Questions range from “Turn Ons” to “What would you be doing if not working in design?” It’s a very fun and quick look inside the minds of some of the most influential design icons (Sagmeister, Scher and Bierut, to name a few).

#2, I think it could be enjoyed by anyone interested in the design process.

I’ve made a habit of keeping it next to my computer so that I can read an entry here and there to inspire.

A Taste of Tuscany II

March 26, 2009

I’m in the midst of developing the new look for the Ronald McDonald House’s wine tasting charity event: A Taste of Tuscany. The event is in it’s second year and, after developing last year’s idea (which was a merlot tone with a very similar layout), we decided it would be a good idea to keep the brand strong and just change up a few elements.

Version 1

Version 1

Version 2

Version 2

Bill Callahan @ LUNA Music Midtown

March 25, 2009


I just finished this little design for the upcoming Bill Callahan instore at LUNA Music Midtown. It’s on Easter Sunday, hence the Easter theme. I wanted to get some creepiness in there with the headless paper doll.

If you’re in Indy, you should stop by.

My little facelift.

March 25, 2009

As you may notice, string is looking a bit different today. After many weeks of non-blogging (or, more like, not having much to blog about) and finding out that my new design site will no longer be housing my design-centric blog, I decided to take string in an altered direction.

string will now be a design, craft and lifestyle blog. Which pretty much means it will be the same as it’s been, only with more of my personal work posted. I’ve been working on some things that I think are cool and would love to share…both craft and design.

Spring (or shall I say, “string“) has sprung.

Okay, that was cheesy.

Dark was the night.

March 23, 2009

I’ve been doing a lot of stuff lately. Between training for the upcoming Indianapolis mini, working, cleaning up the back yard and dreaming about renovations (i.e. garden, new stone and plants and outdoor decor. Oh my!), working on pieces for two upcoming shows and having some down time, it’s hard to find time for anything else. The one thing that’s been keeping me sane (other than Matthew, of course), is my music. And, one of the best albums I’ve purchased this year is the Red Hot series’ Dark Was The Night:


I would say 90% of the album is completely solid. There are some weak links, like any compilation, but for a 2-disc set they are surprisingly few. The David Byrne/Dirty Projectors’ opening track sets the pace for the collection, putting a smile on your face.

But, by far, my favorite track is by The National. One night last week, I had just finished up an exhausting, stressful work day and was heading out to meet friends. My mood was low but the weather was beautiful and warm and my windows were down. The National’s song came on and, instantly, I felt okay. I felt happy and stress-free. I love how music can do that. It can be the best pain killer out there. At least for me.