Glyphs

This past week at OSNS we learned to make a font! So cool and super tedious! We are using the program, Glyphs to construct the typeface. But we first started by hand of course! Still need to fine tune my typeface, but here's some process shots. Mine is based on roman proportions, Casey's is a brush script variation, and Fiona is doing black letter. Can't wait to see them all!

Sign Painting!

I am super excited to have had the opportunity to learn sign painting techniques with Larry of Signvision Melbourne! Although it's known as sign writing here in Australia ;)

Larry showed us a few different styles of sign writing, such as casual, script, and large-scale writing. The key to sign writing is to always paint with a downward stroke and make sure to establish the brush when you first begin a stroke. 

Larry demoing different styles of sign writing with all the classmates names :)

Larry demoing different styles of sign writing with all the classmates names :)

Fiona & Casey practicing a lowercase casual alphabet with a maul stick. 

Fiona & Casey practicing a lowercase casual alphabet with a maul stick. 

Bring on the big letters!!

Bring on the big letters!!

Student's turn!

Student's turn!

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2016

If there's one thing I'm learning about Melbourne, it's that there's always something cool happening in the city! Last night I went to the opening of this amazingly cute shop called Hello Heartbreak, where I met the sweet owner, Amanda.

And today I went to the Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV, thanks to the suggestion of my pal Chris who somehow heard of it before me from the the other side of the planet. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I suppose the world is small or whatever. Anywho, I was super excited to meet Ashley Ronning there! She runs Helio Press, which specializes in risograph printing and DIY publishing.  It was an amazing day with my classmate, Casey, and now I'm super inspired to get some zines together during my time here!

And I got a vintage jean jacket in Brunswick that I need to cover in pins and patches! It was missing buttons, but luckily I found some cute hearts to fix it. 

ILY MELBOURNE <3

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Lettering Phrase

For this project at OSNS, we had to choose a 6 letter phrase to letter. I chose, 
ain't no rest for the wicked," a song by Cage the Elephant that I used to be obsessed with. I used blackletter (which we learned this week!) to emphasize the wickedness. 

Parallel Pen

Parallel Pen

Quick pencil with flourishes (too many though!)

Quick pencil with flourishes (too many though!)

Tighter pencil

Tighter pencil

Inked in with better flourishes (which got smoothed out in illustrator)

Inked in with better flourishes (which got smoothed out in illustrator)

Color variations

Color variations

I'm a sucker for black & gold... Finished!

I'm a sucker for black & gold... Finished!

And gold foil on black paper is even better!!

And gold foil on black paper is even better!!

Old School New School

I've arrived in Melbourne!!! It's even better than I could have imagined. The art and food culture here is incredible and everything is well designed. Also the people here are so lovely - maybe my bitter New England self will soften a bit :) Class starts in a couple days now and I'm very excited to create new work. Stay tuned!

Abbotsford Convent - home to Old School New School.

Abbotsford Convent - home to Old School New School.

I'm going to drink a flat white everyday here, please and thank you.

I'm going to drink a flat white everyday here, please and thank you.

Casual walk to school... 

Casual walk to school... 

Easter Eggs

Finally tried this egg dying technique! Took way longer than expected but luckily I had nothing else to do the day before Easter. I used onion skins for the burnt sienna color and red cabbage for the blue. Found some leaves and pine needles around the yard and tied them to the egg using cut up nylon. I don't think the eggs are edible since I boiled the shit out of them to get good color, but I'd make them again for decoration!

Curiosities #1

Picked this guy up a few years ago at Traveler Food & Book Restaurant - a real hidden gem in Union, Connecticut. The lettering & typography is GORGEOUS and it's over 100 years old! The pencil illustrations are my favorite because it almost seems silly to include, but the manual continues on to some pretty complicated & technical perspective drawings. And I love the layout on the last page! Beautiful type really gets at me.

First Loom Weaving

A few months ago I took a weaving class at JP Knit & Stitch taught by Kelly Knight and here's the result! This guy will be a wall hanging, but my next endeavor is to create a rug for my room. Hopefully before next year!

P.s. If you live in Boston and are into the fiber arts, I highly suggest checking out JP Knit & Stitch!  It's super cozy and everyone there is so helpful & creative. Plus it's near a great coffee shop hidden around a corner - 7 Pond Coffee Bar. 

Dried Orange Slice Garland

It's citrus season and I love it! I originally tried letting orange slices just air dry, but it was taking days and my generation is all about instant gratification. So instead, I heated the oven to about 225 F and baked the slices for about 3 hours, flipping them every now and then. I used regular naval oranges and cara cara navel oranges (pink/red slices) for variety. 

Gingerbread Cookies

Spent the last day of 2015 making gingerbread cookies - for the first time! I made the dough & refrigerated it the night before. My cookie cutter options were the classic gingerbread man, snowflake, gnome, dove, & pig. And the baking / icing process was actually quite smooth considering I usually do a half-ass job measuring. There were no missing limbs on the gingerbread man! No missing pig tails! And they were all eaten before they got to hard and broke teeth. Success!

Fringe Holiday Market

So very excited to be a vendor at the Fringe Holiday Market! Along with some of my favorite local shops - come check it out!

Black Market - December 13th

I will be a Black Market vendor on Sunday, December 13th at the Cambridge Elks Lodge! This will be my 4th Black Market and it's always such a great time. Everyone who stops by is genuinely interested in the art & music scene. Plus my friends are vendors too! Check them out:

Gentlepersons Gently

An Afternoon Affair

High Stitch

Majorette

And a TON more!