Thursday, July 22, 2010

Designer Profile: Jim Tierney

I recently tackled a project that required me to do extensive research on the art of book design and jacket art (which I plan to feature really soon!) for an invitation I was working on. While I was researching different designers and styles, I stumbled upon the work of Jim Tierney who studies illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has some of the prettiest and quirkiest book cover designs I have seen! I have highlighted some of my favorites...

Aren't they lovely and so unbelievably unique? I couldn't help but think that this is a modern day interpretation of the classic Hetzel Jules Verne collector's editions that have become priceless.

Images Courtesy of Jim Tierne

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sultan: Maya and Pav Wedding (WE TV Platinum Weddings)

I'm delighted to feature one of the invitation sets we created alongside a gorgeous wedding which continues to be a favorite, featured on WE TV Platinum Weddings. This is the wedding of Maya and Pav, a lovely couple, and the event took place in California at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. To this day, the wedding invitations we created for them also continue to be one of my absolute favorites!

Here are some pictures of the event..

The bride and groom in their wonderfully beautiful and opulent attire...

The ceremony took place poolside before sunset over looking the ocean. Square Root Design created a custom made acrylic Mundap with all white florals and hanging clear crystals.

 The Reception features lighting which washed the ballroom in a deep turquoise blue that radiated onto the ceiling. As the guests walked into the reception hall they were greeted by walls that were completely draped in white satin fabric and beautiful silver mirrors around the perimeter of the room, reflecting the opulent d├ęcor. In the center of the room, they had a white dance floor with soft turquoise blue lighting that created the illusion of dancing on water. The “Sweetheart Table” was made of two custom made “Infinity Pool” tables with floating white flowers and crushed glass. The centerpieces of the tables were done in a very eclectic style with tall, medium and short glass containers filled with blue water and lots of White Phaleonopsis Orchids draping on top of the vases.

And of course, the invitations that we created for them. All Silkscreened on gorgeous chocolate brown paper with hand applied Swarovski Crystals in aquamarine.

 Each card had very distinct ornaments that framed the top and bottom of the page. They were individually unique and different but all tied in cohesively together as a family.

Hand applied Swarovskis on the eye of Ganesha

Details of the finesse and crispness of our Silkscreen.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Birds Nests: Nature's Architecture

A few years ago, I remember being fascinated by a documentary on TV about BowerBirds and their nest designing/making abilities. This morning, upon reading a blog post by Sean at The sub-studio design blog, I was reminded by the amazing process they undergo to create their nests and attract their mates. This led me to do a bit more research into the different processes and different species of birds and the amazing architectural works of art they create.

I find it inspiring that nothing in nature is left to chance. Everything is purposeful and fully functional. Just see how these beautiful nests fulfill their function and how utterly ‘creative’ these solutions are to the dilemma of creating a structure to house delicate eggs.

A beautifully woven basket nest..

Suspended Chandelier like nests

Intricately crafted nest of the Black faced Weaver Bird

The BowerBird 'custom designs' his nest based on the color preferences of the female BowerBird he is attempting to woo. How amazing is that? When I watched the TV program, I was amazed to see a little BowerBird, in the midst of crafting his nest, place a brightly colored piece of glass in the corner of the nest, take 3 little hops back to look at the big picture, and then go back to move the glass half an inch to the left of where it previously sat. Apparently they can spend several hours crafting a single nest. Now I don't know what to call that other than 'design'.

And another view of the gorgeous nest of the BowerBird, this one accented with green pieces of glass (guess she liked green..)

And finally I wanted to include an image of the bird's nest inspired stadium in Beijing, China. It’s wonderful to see how the creations of such a small creature can influence the architecture and style of such large monuments!