Monday, September 10, 2012

Featured on the Boxcar Press Blog

This past Friday I was featured on the Boxcar Press blog, for my ampersand tattoo. Check it out here!

When I was about to graduate from CCA (California College of the Arts) with a degree in Graphic Design, I knew I wanted a bit more of a hands-on approach to design in my life than most of my classes had emphasized (I took a lot of letterpress and bookmaking on the side to make up for it). On a whim I applied to the Hatch Show Print internship program for the month after graduation, and I got accepted! Thus, my boyfriend and I relocated to Nashville, Tennessee for 6 weeks.

While at Hatch I got some AMAZING experience playing with type, designing and printing, and learning about the history of letterpress. I knew I had found my calling, and I felt that it was such a milestone experience that I wanted to get a tattoo to commemorate it. I have always loved the Caslon ampersand, and ampersands in general (my cat is even named Ampersand), so when I saw a Caslon ampersand woodblock at Hatch I knew it was the tattoo I wanted. My other tattoos are kind of hidden, so I also knew I wanted it in a place I would see (and others would see) all the time, which is why it’s on my wrist.

I pulled a print of the woodblock, and took that to the tattoo artist to copy. I specifically wanted it to have some woodgrain texture so it would look more like woodtype, and less like digital type. Overall, though getting the tattoo hurt a lot, I absolutely LOVE my tattoo. It is a constant reminder of my passion for history, letterpress, and things that are well crafted and handmade.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kate + Jason: Guestbook

Hello all! Haven't posted in the longest time, because my job has been keeping me pretty busy. And I've also been trying to keep my freelance work to a minimum because of the busy workload. I can't share anything I've been doing at work on here, but I can share some of the freelance projects I've been doing!

I made this guestbook for my friend Kate's wedding to the fabulous Jason this past May. I love any excuse to make books!

Gorgeous photo by Alfred & Emma

Now to finish up the paper goods for my friend Marissa's 
wedding this weekend, so photos to come of that soon!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Twig & Fig: Chinese New Year Cards for the Year of the Dragon

Wow, I have not posted in a long time! Life has been busy, and I've been having way too much fun adjusting to my new job as Design/Production Assistant/Store Manager/
Client Coordinater/All Things Wedding at Twig & Fig {and loving it more each day!}. I really can't express how lucky I feel to be there, and to be able to do what I love for a living!

My design boss Suzie always thinks up fun last-minute projects, so last week she asked me to help her with the design of these small business-card sized Chinese New Year notes, and she found these amazing gold gilded envelopes to go with them. We're now selling them in the store (since Chinese New Year is January 25th!) so if you're in the Bay Area come visit us in Berkeley and grab a pack!

Card Design One

 Card Design Two

 Card Detail

Amazing Gold Envelopes

Both cards together, showing the message on the back

And I packed them up all cute to sell them in the store, with this gold cord we had!

We're selling them in packs of 6 for $7, or two packs for $12, at Twig & Fig.

{Happy New Year, Dragons!}