I love to incorporate my hand-lettering into my work when I can. Naturally, I gravitated toward the wedding world with several free lance invitation designs, including my own. I also had a blast going to town hand lettering with chalk on a few other details in my wedding.
Letterpress & Book Arts
During my time as intern at Smokey Road Press, I enjoyed learning both letterpress printing and various bookbinding methods from the amazing and very talented printmaker, designer and bookbinder Margot Ecke. I have absolutely fallen in love with this process of printing and have come to appreciate process, quality, and craft more than ever before. It's all about the details and finesse in the studio, whether finagling the press packing to create the perfect impression on the page, carefully setting lead type letter-by-letter, or inking the press just right with a perfectly-mixed Pantone selection. I seek to incorporate letterpress printing and most certainly the fine-tuned design skills I developed here through the continuation of my design career.
a growing collection!
Save the Date
In the spring of 2015 I had the honor of designing the Commencement Program for the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art. I worked closely with the art school Director, who commissioned the project, to determine the elegant yet authoritative look he wanted the program to embody. Limited to a designer's palette composed solely of text, it was a test of my typographic finesse and became one of my favorite projects I've had the privilege of designing.
These works make up what I call my "Card Collection." Simple quick sketches I imagine on greeting cards, these designs represent my organic roots as a designer and reflect the beginning sketches and raw style my work almost always begins with. I think sketching is invaluable in the creative process and it provides so much insight into how an artist or designer works through visual problems and develops solutions.
I am passionate about preserving memories an tactile, interactive ways to be shared, especially through generations. Inspired by my lifelong close relationship with my Grandmother, I developed this ongoing personal project. Upon discovering her collection of family photos and about 20 hand-written memoirs about her life, I made it my mission to preserve her work for generations to come by designing a book and a corresponding exhibition. It was important to maintain her personality and the special tactility of her original hand-written work within the physicality of the final piece. The book was shown as an exhibit I designed in a gallery space at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Check out my process book for this project and the actual Montana Memoirs spreads by clicking below:
This rebrand of Pirastro is hypothetical, a personal design exercise. A violinist for over 16 years, I am passionate about all things strings, particularly Pirastro, my preferred brand for violin strings. Here I illustrated the violin imagery, designed the branding and string packaging.