Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Mike's birthday continued.

I struggled for a few days on where to take this from what you see in the post before this one to the image above. I guess I just had to start piecing all the elements together for me to figure it out. :P Anyway, I'm about to send a small print to print services for a color test. In the end, the whole thing ill be 18 X 24... so I need to get the colors correct first!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

new beginnings.

So my new 24 inch imac is up and running!! yay!! It's much better than working on my laptop. The piece above is for Mike's birthday (that was a week ago).. I'm having fun with it and doing what I want..which is fun. He wanted something that's very "me". I think there's about 2 hours worth of work thus far... comments and crits always welcome :)

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Wow, it's been quite some time since I posted!! With a good reason, I promise. It just got to the point that I was working so hard at work (and out of it, but still working on our intern project) that doing my personal art took a backseat. I think I burned out twice, something I have never done before, but I learned how to deal with it and get myself back together. Most of it had to do with having Mike help me through it. Thanks hun! So I finished up on Friday, it was bittersweet. The sweet part being not having to get up at 6 AM monday morning... the bitter part not working as a professional/getting paid/ and working with really fabulous people. The design studio at Bealls IS AMAZING, they do so much and they are all really talented people. I guess I am more sad than happy, but hopefully (and if the economy doesn't take a totally crap) I will have a spot up there when I graduate... I will be doing freelance for them during the year and Jan (boss lady) wanted me to be an "on call" artist, meaning, whenever they needed me I would come up and work like normal. I turned that down because of the craziness that is senior year. But it's ok, she knows about ringling and all that.

In the end I ended up doing at least 45 beach towels, I know about 20-25 of them that are booked, and about another 9 that probably will be, but I ran out of time and didn't get to send them over- seas myself. I also did these nifty flip flops, wedge sandles, dinner ware, missy tee's and such. I learned A LOT about the business of art and this whole retail world, which is quite fascinating. The intern project ( bascially a re-branding of the juniors and young men private brand) went really well. The presentation was NERVE RACKING! But we did a really great job and it rocked. I had a good team of interns to work with. yay!

I can't believe all the art I produced. I'm going to bring my binder of work to ringling to show a few teachers what bealls is all about so they can help steer future students who want to get into fashion/reatail/ pattern design.

Oi, I can't even sum up all of my 12 weeks there and I have mixed emotions about going back to school. I have no idea what sorta style I want to do, because I worked so differently at bealls. So I'm at a loss on that and I just feel different. I can't explain it. Weird. Hopefully when I see some more familiar faces again (*cough... matt) I'll be able to figure it out.

Anyhoo, here's a pic of about half the design team (plus mike, matt's wife, and Jan's son). we went bowling right after work to celebrate my 12 weeks with them. It was a lot of fun, and I will miss them!! We are a little weird, but you have to be to be in this business. :)