Above are the Save the Date Cards for my own wedding, coming up this August. We are planning a rustic chic affair in our own backyard, and I wanted to design an invitation that would capture that feeling and convey how ecstatic we are to tie the knot at our home, with all of our nearest and dearest.
Along with being a bride, Jessica is also an artist. She sent me scans of some recent drawings and samples of the colors she and Len chose for their wedding. I played around with her drawings until I achieved some playful and celebratory compositions to suit their seaside nuptials. Their stationary suite included a vertical invitation, response postcards and business card sized escort cards.
Luke and Leah wanted something unique to announce their wedding in 2009. Leah’s engagement ring has beautiful Art Deco filigree surrounding the diamond, and that became the inspiration for the above designs. I designed a few patterns from the filigree details on her ring, which lent themselves to very elegant Deco-style designs for the invitation and response card.
I have designed a plethora of products for Susan Elizabeth Designs. From a logo, business cards, and postcards to linesheets, a wholesale order form and a postcard-sized lookbook, I have incorporated the asymmetrical, organic quality of her jewelry with her rich mauves and purples. I pulled in the shape of some uneven circular links in her jewelry as embellishments for her signature logo, and incorporated the imperfect, hand-drawn aesthetic evident in her jewelry to the designs. Click here to see the website I also created for Susan Elizabeth Designs.
Michael Fleming and Jennifer Wurst came to me with a very specific look that they wished to create for the launch of their new line of furniture and artwork crafted from driftwood collected on the coast of Maine. Rustic, yet refined, clean and elegant, these designs convey the Designs Adrift style simply.
Unbalanced Forces: An exploration of collective making was an exhibition featuring nine emerging artists who joined to create a body of collectively constructed jewelry and objects, inspired by the tradition of the exquisite corpse. Together they created a show that was absurd and playful, while addressing traditional formalities. Above is the postcard I designed to represent the show.
Graduate students in ceramics and metal at SUNY-New Paltz were invited to curate an exhibition of their work at New Jersey City University in January of 2008. In addition to curating the show with two fellow grads, I also created the brochure and postcard for currentBIND, emulating the system of connections we made among the work in the show. On the floor, walls, and even the ceiling of the gallery, the installation literally drew connections identifying common themes, strategies, and formal characteristics evident in the ways the artists addressed their material and content.
As an artist and designer, my attention has been highly attuned to pattern and decoration for as long as I can remember. These pattern designs evolved out of an earlier body of enameled work entitled Silhouettes. They were borne out of an interest in exploring contemporary motifs for decorative pattern, and the visual and psychological effects as the motifs multiply and overlap.
This series of designs arose from a study of decorative forms. Many decorative and ornamental forms are traditionally stylized renderings of flora; a sense of order imposed on the natural world. These designs began from such stylized decorative forms, but reclaim organic qualities as they grow, morph, and mutate.
Sean at The Fat Friar’s Mead got in touch in need of a label illustration of a minstrel playing a lute to the slightly buzzed friar for his new cherry mead. Previous illustrations were drawn by another artist, so my job here was to make sure that the new illustration matched the rest.
Arthur O. Mohagen III, otherwise known as AOM III, is a painter residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years, I have designed a number of postcard for his new bodies of work, as well as his website. Arthur’s images are bold and striking. I treat the design of his collateral simply, allowing the images to reign.
Artist Jonathan Mess needed a new business card after I redesigned his website. The card showcases a detail of his exciting new work. I also designed a postcard to announce his solo exhibition at Two Point Gallery in Portland, Maine, titled Landfills & By-Products. Jonathan’s work is so colorful and engaging that I treat the rest of his products with restraint and simplicity.
Jeweler Sarah Abramson was invited to showcase her work in the book, The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellers 2008, published by Darling Publications. I was honored to create the layout for her pages in the book. More recently, I designed a group of 9 promotional postcards for Sarah’s jewelry, one of which is shown above. Sarah’s jewelry begin as gestural ink drawings, which provide endless inspiration and unique details for her print collateral. I also design and maintain her website.