Monday, March 21, 2011

Digital Sketch Book

 I've been pretty busy the last few days creating a special project for my portfolio.  Or I should say a special couple of projects. I really wanted to showcase my interests in Trend Forecasting, Color and Materials as well as Branding. So here's where I'm at so far. I personally love the Anthropologie project and think it's turning out great! It's a bit of a digital sketch book if you will to showcase some inspiration and where it can take me! Any in put is as always welcome!

Looking for Art?

Check it out! My brother along with a few of his friends have some great work going on their new site!


This makes me miss ballet. I want to go for my birthday next month!  I want to see something live here in Detroit! I also want to go to the Toledo zoo around that time! So inspiring, the ballet and the animals. How beautiful. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Color Forecast!

Found a great article on Color Forecast for this summer! And can I just say - these colors couldn't be any closer to my favorites if they tried! Yay purple, teal and gold! I love this image and the way they work together's eye catching and glamorous with an edge. I've been doing tons of color research and this site has been ideal for finding anything I could possibly want to find. Along with a few psychology sites I can't wait to show off my next project! 


Currently I'm working on creating yet another social network site. I'm adding to my already extensive list of sites, Behance! As soon as I'm finished I'll update and show off the site. Along with that I'm working on a special portfolio to showcase a different skill set.

Is two portfolios too many? I don't want to bombard with information, but I feel that there's a skill set that I'm interested in pursuing to a different level. [Trend/Forecasting] The current portfolio of work I have shows mainly interior design with a few fine arts projects. Should I just be adding this to my original portfolio?

And on another side note! It'll be a busy couple weeks at work, getting a few displays done off-site and working at VegFest! Which should be great, and if you have the time you should stop by and say hi! [you could check out our awesome retro recycled refrigerator (that's a mouth-full)]. Here's the site with some info about the event! This is especially helpful if you are a Vegetarian, health conscious or interested in the restaurants in the metro area. I'll be at a booth handing out recipes for my bosses smoothie recipe and picking up info to enter our contest to win a glass prize from the shop! I'm also working on moving our gallery into a different space while we revamp the current space as well as creating some fun window displays with spring in mind!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Copy Cat

I'm going to do a bit of copying. But I think this article is worth sharing, especially for those interested in futurism or automotive design! I found this article on Lost At E Minor [p.s.  -It's more photos than writing, but a picture's worth a thousand words right?] []

When the car designers of yesteryear sat down to envision the vehicles of today, their imaginations were clearly in overdrive. Or fourth gear. Whatever. These exotic car designs from the 1940s, 50s and 60s unfortunately never quite caught on. But it’s not too late is it, Mr Ford?


 And on a side note:
The last car is my personal favorite. Gives a whole new meaning to the idea of having a roll over..

Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Happy St. Patrick's day to all my fellow Irishmen and those who help celebrate!


In every year since 1991, March has been proclaimed Irish-American Heritage Month by the US Congress or President due to the date of St. Patrick's Day. Christian denominations in the United States observing his feast day include the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Protestant Episcopal Church, and the Roman Catholic Church.[55] Today, Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated in America by Irish and non-Irish alike.[56] For most Irish-Americans, this holiday is both religious and festive.[57] St. Patrick's Day church services are followed by parades and parties, Irish music, songs, and dances.[58] It is one of the leading days for consumption of alcohol in the United States, as individuals are allowed to break their Lenten sacrifices for the day in order to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.[59][60] Many people choose to wear green coloured clothing and items.[61] Traditionally, those who are caught not wearing green are pinched affectionately.[62]
Seattle and other cities paint the traffic stripe of their parade routes green. Chicago dyes its river green and has done so since 1962 when sewer workers used green dye to check for sewer discharges and had the idea to turn the river green for Saint Patrick's Day. Originally 100 pounds of vegetable dye was used to turn the river green for a whole week but now only forty pounds of dye is used and the colour only lasts for several hours.[18] Indianapolis also dyes its main canal green. Savannah dyes its downtown city fountains green. Missouri University of Science and Technology - St Pat's Board Alumni paint 12 city blocks kelly green with mops before the annual parade.[citation needed] In Jamestown, New York, the Chadakoin River (a small tributary that connects Conewango Creek with its source at Chautauqua Lake) is dyed green each year.
Columbia, SC dyes its fountain green in the area known as Five Points (a popular collegiate location near the University of South Carolina). A two day celebration is held over St Patrick's Day weekend. In Boston, Evacuation Day is celebrated as a public holiday for Suffolk County. While officially commemorating the British departure from Boston, it was made an official holiday after Saint Patrick's Day parades had been occurring in Boston for several decades, and is often believed to have been popularised because of its falling on the same day as Saint Patrick's Day. In the Northeastern United States, peas are traditionally planted on Saint Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


So, anyone who knows me knows that I have strong interests in sustainability. I mean, how many 10 year olds ask for a pear tree to "give back to earth"? Yes, that's right me. I'm probably the only one, and I love that. I'm not only interested in sustainability. I'm interested in the welfare of the planet. I'm not going to go on some long winded discussion about what we could all be doing. Because really, if we don't know by now...there's no hope. But what I would like to discuss is the trends in color within the sustainable movement. In the beginning for a space to be sustainable you had to walk in and see it. Now, there's a movement for sustainability to mesh right in with every day colors and materials. To me, one of the most important factors is to create environments that not only reach out to those of us who are interested in this realm, but to reach out to those of us who frankly couldn't care less. To create spaces that are appealing and an important factor, spaces that are going to last. Environmental conciousness does not end at simply using materials that are "green", this is just the beginning. It means to create spaces that are going to last generations. So much of our life has become disposable. I personally am a fan of spending a few more dolloars [yes, that means saving up for items] and not replacing them every other week.

I'm interested in items that are appealing to larger groups of people, so they can be passed on from person to person. In recycling and reusing. In items that will be around for years and not months.

Okay, all that being said. I have to say - those cheesy obvious designs that scream NATURE from the top of their lungs, are some of my favorites. For example, this charging dock.

Another really cool, interior design/furniture piece that I love is this:

In the mess of the 12 tabs I have open on Mozilla I've lost the link to whichever company designed this, but what a resourceful desk. Made of moving pallets.

It seems now a days you can find any product, in a sustainable version of itself. Cars, Furniture, heck they're even working on sustainable laptops and cell phones. I'm in heaven.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

So...someone buy this for me?

I love it. It's straight forward. Minimal yet productive. It's bold and delicate. I love it. And I would love to own one some day. I just think it would work 10,000 times better on my desk than any other lamp I've tried. I just need all the space I can get for all my magazines, pens, markers, glues, various objects [i.e. this week - needle point, ribbon, mod podge, new scarf & wooden deer] I'm overflowing and this is the storage solution. More space.

Isn't it beautiful?


Found a great new site for all things art related....

A friend recently asked if I could suggest some sites for Interior Design and I thought I'd share some more for everyone on here if your interested!

My newest find:

Some oldie but goodies:
www.wallpaper [mostly student work, but some really great stuff if you're willing to dig!]

Hope you enjoy the sites! I know I've found tons of useful and beautiful information on all of them. I'm always looking for new sites too! So if you have any suggestions I'm open to them!

Friday, March 11, 2011

A quick draw

So - I thought I should perhaps update a bit. Here's a few interesting things I've found this week!

#1 - Thakoon's gorgeous gowns in the Paris Fashion Show. Love Love Love the use of color.  Also, they'll be selling his dress design at Target again this year for the 5th anniversary of Go International Collection.

#2 - Dries Van Noten's elegant and edgy. A trend that I have personally associated my own design work with. I love the gorgeous lines this dress creates.

#3 - Haider Ackermann. Can I just say I love the colors of this gown. The way the fabric drapes is absolutely stunning with a slit of sheen glowing through the front of the gown. This is nothing if not eye catching.

#4 - Feathers! Love this gown by Lela Rose! So stunning! Vintage and modern is always a great way to go. 
#5 - Marchesa. This gown has such stunning lines and gorgeous structure. I huge thing I look for when shopping. Plus I really love red!

#6 - I wish hats were more common. I think they're so cute and classy with just enough of a hint of mystery. Plus I love this jacket! This piece was created by Tommy Hilfiger.

#7 - Jason Wu, can I just say. This gown would woo anyone in a the room with it. I love it. If I had the money I would buy this in a heart beat.

#8 - Wes Gordon. I love skirts. Everyone knows I love skirts and dresses. And this is one, I would personally love in my collection. I recently saw a photo of Kourtney Kardashian in a similar ensemble and just loved it. I know what pieces I'll be looking for next!

I'm ending on 8. It's been a while since I've updated but I've been sick and working on personal projects. Hopefully it won't take this long again!