Tuesday, November 25, 2008

holiday art fair | december 6, 2008

who: 50 local artists (including me!)

what: art fair with live music put on by the art guild

where: lawrence art center, lawrence, ks

when: december 6, 2008 - 10am-6pm

why: support local art, buy gifts for your loved ones, say "hi" to me :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

v.2 | hat trick

Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

our copywriter mentioned that the brief called out specific use of the "cat in the hat" hat...and i found a great free font called "grinched"...tweaked a little to make it even more fun! :)

i like that the hat almost references a stocking and that the white stripes are actually negative space...in addition to the hat and font being instantly recognizable as seussian :)

could probably take out the magic want on this one really...now that i'm looking at it...but it doesn't bother me either...given where it originated.

oh and did i mention the turn-around-time was less than 24 hours for 2 finished pieces of collateral - not just the logo...so i feel pretty good about it all together!

v.1 | hat trick

Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

internal sales contest logo...
this was my first take on the creative input brief...didn't realize "hat trick" was a sports reference.

my thought was frosty the snowman meets magic show with sort of a 40's nigh club feel...

then someone told me about a hat trick in hockey and i remember something that sounded dirty in relation to a hat trick from some other sport, my husband reminded me it was the golden sombrero in baseball :) lol :) but regardless, i didn't have a sporty logo option in me...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

shrinky dinks!

i just thought these were great! :)
there are other shrinky dink artists on etsy, but the drawings of mary massie allegrucci were the most fun to look at...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Originally uploaded by m_mle

my husband took this photo, but i thought it was a great dramatic representation of my new work...it's actually more dramatic than the pieces themselves...might have to do a photographic series in addition to the prints...anyway, i give him full credit for the photo, but wanted to share this view of my work :)

Friday, November 14, 2008


Originally uploaded by m_mle

hoping to start the embroidery this weekend...i need more frames...and michael's does not appear to be restocking the many items that i have bought them out of...eyelets, hook and eye closures, 9" and 10" embroidery hoops...

but i think i'm about finished with the printing portion of my art fair booth preparation and ready to start assembling everything...

my hands will be aching soon from all the sewing and embroidery and grommeting left to do...but exciting to see so much of my work in one place at a time.

wish i'd had my sh*t together this well in college :) age and experience reveal what one is capable of...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

untitled | embroidery | hoop frame

Originally uploaded by m_mle

a new way to work and display the series i'm working on...i will embroider the hoop pieces as well before they are complete.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Beau comme un camion

Beau comme un camion
Originally uploaded by daaaaams

you should check out this set on flickr (click the image) - it's the collaborative work of damien gosset and carol mauret from paris. i first noticed their work on doodlers anonymous...

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Originally uploaded by m_mle

critique anyone?

note to self...

i need to start taking photos again and stop relying on my phone...sure it's handy and for a phone it has a decent camera, but it's still a phone camera.

i think one thing that is hurting me on etsy is the quality (or rather lack there of) of my photos...translucent papers are hard enough to photograph that you HAVE to put effort into it...if you want a good shot and not just a "good enough" shot...

also, autumn is amazingly beautiful and the smell of the leaves is transcendent...i need to be documenting this moment.

design for mankind magazine | erin loechner

i just recently started following her blog, design for mankind. it was launched mid-2007 and today i saw that issue five of the publication has just been released, click on the image below to peruse...

I love Mankind Mag at Design for Mankind

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

killing time...

missybabble "tagged" me for a meme...like a week ago...i don't get real personal here generally...except for the art :) but what the hell...we're all exhibitionists on the internetZ right :)

7 random things about me:
1. i lost around 90 lbs. my freshman year of college (maximum density was ~230 lbs.)
2. i will only be 40 years old when my kid is a legal adult.
3. i have social anxiety outside of the internetz, though my smile and laughter are my defense mechanisms.
4. random people on the street, baristas, cashiers, ets. like to tell me their life stories...my smile is apparently inviting too...
5. i'm a slob...i can NOT create my own system of organization, but i can work pretty well within one created for me.
6. i got married on friday the 13th so my anniversary would be on friday the 13th instead of the same month/date scenario every year.
7. my husband and i are rebuilding the house we bought 2 years ago from the studs and slab out...and we're still very happily together :)


Originally uploaded by m_mle

an image from the video shoot yesterday...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


no matter your ideology - go vote!
...if you haven't already :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

etsy sale!

I just made my third sale on etsy! and one thing that's exciting is I don't even know the buyer - there's a chance I can sell beyond my friends :)

don't get me wrong... I appreciate every sale I just don't have enough friends to make it as an artist :)