Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Artist Profile: Fabienne Verdier

I’ve long been a huge fan of fine art and have always had a particular interest in abstract and expressionist art.  There’s something very raw and physical about how the paint or materials are applied to canvas. I say ‘applied’ in the broadest sense of the word of course. Sprayed, thrown, dripped, globbed are probably more apt descriptions.

Fabienne Verdier is an artist that I discovered not too long ago. She is an artist who really takes the physical aspect of creating art to the next level. Her paintings are amazing but the photographs of her working process are even more impressive. She handles these gigantic calligraphy brushes and supersized canvases, using her entire body and movement to create these brilliantly expressive paintings. Check them out right here

Photography courtesy of Philippe Chancel, Franck and Inès Dieleman, Naoya Hatakeyama, Dolorès Mara and Frédéric Villbrandt

Monday, August 23, 2010

Real Wedding: Theresa and Chris

I will very rarely admit to favoritism of any kind when it comes to design projects that I tackle or with clients that I work with. Each project is one of my babies and of course each client is a super duper vip in my book. However, there are times when I just can't help myself and I have to readily admit that a client and project was one of my favorites. That was the case with Theresa and Chris.

From the second that I met Theresa, I could tell that her great energy and positive vibes were absolutely infectious. We got to work immediately creating a beautiful custom invitation and stationery collection that would make the perfect statement and set the mood for her gorgeous wedding at the New York Botanical Garden. Her colors were fantastic with warm shades of tangerine, orange and umber with hits of gold and we borrowed elements from her centerpieces and bouquet flowers as well as the beautiful venue. Both her and Chris were graceful, kind and well grounded throughout the entire process and it's such a pleasure to see that all their dreams were realized by their talented team of vendors.

Here are some images of her wedding details, courtesy of Autumn Lin Photography

 And of course, the wedding save the dates, invitations and reception stationery we created for them...

The entire Set was made up of rich tangerines and oranges letterpress printed on shimmery gold leaf paper. The orange bellyband and envelope brought out a vibrant pop of color to contrast the gold.
The Save The Dates reversed the gold and orange scheme to make orange the dominant color on lovely square shaped cards.
I absolutely loved the rich detail of these vintage rose engraved illustrations
The Ceremony Program
There's something so sublime and luxurious about nice deep letterpress impressions. You can see some of that definition in this detailing..
Congratulations to Theresa and Chris on a beautiful wedding and marriage together!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Designer Profile: Rebecca Ward

This week’s post is a feature on an outstanding installation artist that I discovered a few weeks ago. Rebecca Ward is a Texas born artist with a very graphic approach to installation art. Ward's signature medium is tape -- be it electrical tape, duct tape or even masking tape! Her work has been featured at galleries and exhibitions across the country and some of her installations have even been commissioned for retail stores such as Kate Spade. I absolutely love the bright palette of colors that she works with and how the geometry she applies to 3 dimensional space almost becomes 2 dimension in quality.

Here is her artist statement:
My installations are site-specific works dependent upon the space they occupy. Utilizing existing lines, beams, and angles, each piece I create is informed by the individual site and its unique linear movement. Thus, my installations are inherently architectural. I choose patterns and shapes according to detailed measurements of the installation site. Ideally these patterns are numerically symmetrical or somehow numerically balanced, producing a dialogue between line and space. I initially began working with tape because of the broad range of colors in which it is available. Additionally, I have always been drawn to its unique textural qualities. I began making videos to create a dialogue with the tape installations. I see the videos as a way to animate the tape installations, and further explore my architectural manipulation of space. When using tape, rather than leaving evenly-placed two-dimensional lines upon a wall, I expand upon the material’s sculptural potential and bring these installations into a third dimension. When using video, I angle projectors and use multiple intersecting projections to create animated, two-dimensional shapes. This creates an illusionary space, a perceptual play of pattern, color, light, and texture that is realized by the viewer’s experience of, and interaction with the work.

tape 3, University of Texas at Austin

Seventeen is sharp, Charlotte street foundation/urban culture project

tape 4, University of Texas at Austin

Stella was right, Museum for image and sound

Photos and Excerpt is copyright and courtesy of Rebecca Ward