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Back in March, I really wanted to make home-made thank you notes for the baby gifts we received but as Shiloh’s due date drew closer I began to realize I didn’t want that pressure right before or after she was born. In turn, I began searching for the perfect thank you cards. When I saw these letterpress bi-fold pelvis cards on etsy by Communication Company I knew this was the perfect card. And of course it wasn’t going to be as simple as just writing a message inside, I had to add another level to it. The pelvis opened into a picture of our little girl just a few hours old. Weird, quirky…yes but I thought it was kind of funny.

If you are in the market for some unique letterpress cards check out  Communication Company’s etsy site.

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Recently, I did some graphic design work for the real estate company Herrigel Kennedy of Portland, Maine. They are affiliated with Portside Real Estate and were guided by the need to define their individual identity within that existing group. Their logo had to be unique yet work harmoniously with  Portside’s branding. I referenced elements of Portside’s logo but created a brand that is purely Herrigel Kennedy’s own mark.

FINAL LOGO and LETTERHEAD:

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PROCESS SKETCHES:

I always enjoy seeing process sketches and drawings so I thought it would be fun to include them in this post. Here were some of the options along the way.

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It has been a very exciting year full of change. I became a mother and a Texan all in the span of a 3 week period. Two very big adjustments to encounter at the same time but both have been extremely fulfilling. Throughout the move, raising my daughter, being a wife, and exploring Austin I have continued to work as a freelance designer. Working from home with a baby has been a perfect way to keep my creativity flowing and be with my daughter all day.

One of my clients is Vineyard Gardens of Martha’s Vineyard. They hired me to do their entire advertising package for the year. Their vision was to take more of artistic approach in their advertising. Fortunately for me that meant combining my art background within the graphic design realm. One of the ways I did that was incorporating watercolor/sketches of their “plant of the week” specials. For variety, I created two different layouts to use as a base design.

Below are some of my favorites from the year.

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I just completed a graphic design project for The Peacedale Congregational Church of RI. They are organizing a community outreach program committed to serving children and their families, the alone and the hungry to come together at The Peace Dale Dinner Table. All are welcome to this table regardless of where they might be on life’s journey.

Their design criteria was to limit the logo colors to black, white and one other color. It will be used on stationary, flyers and a sign.  If the program is successful it may be applied to  aprons, cups, bags  etc.

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This summer I am helping the nursery and landscaping company, Vineyard Gardens of Martha’s Vineyard, organize and run gallery nights.  Every Friday night this August they will showcase local artists and artisans in an outdoor gallery-style reception set against the breathtaking backdrop of their gorgeous garden center.

The “Call For Artist” posters I designed.

Detail of the drawing I did for the poster.

 

 

 

While researching barnacles for my next painting I came across the wonderfully talented artist,  Lauren Kussro. Her work is so delicate and intricate yet embodies a delightful sense of playfulness.

This piece is made out of silkscreened paper and wood.

 

These panels are gorgeous! Made from Chinese mulberry… Lauren hand cut the pattern using an x-acto knife.

Check out Lauren Kussro‘s blog to see more of her amazing creations.