Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LOLA GIANT Vendor Profiles: Sweetcakes by Layla McEniry

Layla McEniry has been running Sweetcakes in Lawrence, KS for the last few years after working in the restaurant/bakery industry off and on for 15 years.

Sweetcakes makes cakes, cupcakes and other tempting goodies for occasions of all kinds. You will never find over-the-top fondant covered cakes at Sweetcakes as Layla prefers using all-natural, local and organic ingredients in her delicious creations.

Layla was born in Oshkosh, WI and spent the first five years of her life touring state parks with her hippie parents in a yellow VW bus. They settled in Lawrence and Layla is proud to call herself a townie! She is married and raising a teenager daughter.

Click here to read more about the awesome Layla McEniry and her bakery business, Sweetcakes

brooke rodd | daily logo design

brooke rodd | daily logo design
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

another loser...in a 99designs logo design contest... :)

Flower Blox (tulip-detail)

Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

This is comprised of 16 blocks of pine wood that are 3.5" x 3.5" and adhered together in a 14" x 14" mosaic of xerox caulk photo transfers, I took the image one spring and manipulated it in photoshop to make the red pop nad the green deep. There are translucent areas in the caulk that show the wood - it's kind of hard to explain :)

But it has a really rich look to it, the caulk sounds like a weird medium, but it's so cool - there are imperfections due to the caulk and the handmade nature of the piece, but they add to the overall piece.

You can see more shots in my filthEdesign Etsy shop.

Monday, November 29, 2010

post it note dress sample w/sketch

post it note dress sample
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

This is a test/sample for the origami dresses I plan to make for holiday ornaments for the LOLA Giant Holiday Art Sale December 11 & 12. I will make them larget than a post-it note :) and then print the handcarved linocut blocks on the skirt - gun, target, biohazard symbol, birdcage, egg beater, stove top burner, etc :) very excited to get to work on them!

But alas, the day job owns me for quite a few more hours....

EDIT: Image was removed due to economy of space on my Flickr page...I will be posting an image of the ornament dresses that will be for sale at the LOLA Giant Indie, Handmade, Local Art Fair & Sale December 11 & 12, Lawrence, KS

New Listing on Etsy | framed and ready to hang

Click on the image to go to the Etsy listing for this print. Shop Etsy and the filthEdesign shop for Cyber Monday

Pacific Pool Service | daily logo design

Pacific Pool Service | daily logo design
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

I feel like this is sort of a retro Vegas sign kinda feel, but they went with a more web 2.0 splashy look.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

LOLA Giant Vendor Profile:: New Flight Apparel, Molly Crook

Born and raised outside of Fremont, Nebraska, Molly Crook moved to Lawrence to acquire her BA in Visual Communications (graphic design), and moved back to Lawrence, her “favorite little place on Earth”, after six years in Dallas, Texas, in 2004.

Crook’s company, New Flight, makes beautiful, one-of-a-kind garments for men, women and children, as well as accessories, out of recycled fabrics.

Click here to read more about Molly Crooks and New Flight Apparel

Another great vendor who will be selling awesome holiday gifts at the LOLA Giant art sale December 11 & 12 at Van Go Mobile Arts. Buy Indie, Buy Local, Buy Handmade

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Oshop | daily logo design

Oshop | daily logo design
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

The only feedback the contest holder had to offer was "read the brief"...and this was after I read the brief and said in my comments I'd read the brief.... The designs fit the briefs (as they were written/edited)...they may not have liked the designs, but "read the brief" is not helpful feedback - try telling me why you don't think they fit the brief...because if I think they do and explain why and you think they don't but explain nothing, then YOU have a communication issue, dear contest holder....have I mentioned I shouldn't do design contests :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

LOLA Giant Vendor Profile: filthEdesign by Emily Eakes

Working from her home studio in Lawrence, Emily Eakes crafts "hand-carved, hand-printed, hand-embroidered, signed and ready to hang original artworks for the 21st century woman." Subtle and subversive, Eakes' work combines traditional printmaking with images of stereotypical "women's work" to create thought-provoking home decor pieces.

"I'm inspired by culture and by the notion that what for some is bad and wrong, for others is good and normal," Eakes said. "I like making beautiful things that are subtly subversive."

Click here to read the rest of my profile, filthEdesign aka Emily Eakes

vue group | daily logo design

vue group 2
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

this was turning the "e" into a stylized "eye" - it was an early contest...i think i've learned a lot and grown a lot as a designer and illustrator since...I think I could do a better riff on this design now.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

John is going to Japan!!!!

So excited! John applied, was interviewed and accepted as 1 of the 20 delegates for the Hiratsuka, Japan Sister City exchange program thought the City of Lawrence!!! They will be going during the Tanabata Festival in 2011 for a total of 10 days and then 2 weeks later we will host 2 Japanese exchange students for 5 days :) I'm so proud and a little jealous! :)

brooke rodd | daily logo design

brooke rodd | daily logo design
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

I missed Wednesday, but here's a logo for Thursday :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Buy Indie, Buy Local, Buy Handmade | LOLA Giant | Dec. 11 & 12

Save the Date!
(click image for Facebook event page)
Van Go | 715 New Jersey | Lawrence, KS

my market 4 | daily logo design

my market 4
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

This was my final submittal based on their desire for upscale.They gave me positive feedback all along and I don't go into a contest expecting to win, but of course I'd like to and try to. It was a really disappointing contest because they picked a winner that was almost a pixel for pixel rip-off of the "sample logo" they shared in their brief. And with this contest, I don't think the holder understood - my disappointment wasn't because I didn't win, it was because they chose a copy as the winner. It's like, if you want me to copy an existing logo, you should really state that upfront instead of wasting my time and creativity when I (and many of the other contributors) try to actually update, freshen up, DESIGN a NEW logo for you instead of copying an existing logo. Thanks.

Monday, November 22, 2010

amplifi 1 | daily logo design

amplifi 1
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

this references the concept of an equalizer...this one goes to eleven! :) or something...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

LOLA Giant vendor profile: Ann Dean Photo

Raised in St. Louis, MO, Ann Dean has been taking photos since she was 15 years old. Although she has done wedding photography and photo illustration, Dean's focus is travel photography.

"It is important for me to visit new places and experience different cultures around the world, and to promote education and understanding between people through my photographs," Dean said. "With each shot I hope to capture a specific moment in time that resonates with the viewer as if you were actually there watching the scene unfold for yourself, thus providing the individual with a unique experience."

click here to read the rest of Ann Dean's profile and mark your calendars for holiday shopping for 12/11 & 12/12 at the VanGo Mobile Arts Center - buy indie, buy local, buy handmade.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

off our chests | daily logo design

off our chests | daily logo design
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

off our chests | daily logo design

this is a rosie the riveter rip-off, but i drew her myself. the 99 designs contest was for a "womens movement" type company

Mizzou campus

Mizzou campus
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

Friday, November 19, 2010

off our chests | daily logo design

off our chests | daily logo design
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

loved the bleeding cowboy font use on this one and the sort of propaganda influence...

another 99designs contest, the contest holder really didn't much care for my style I don't think :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

papillon | daily logo design

papillon logo design 1
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

The contest holder asked the designers to consider Papillon, the character - a real man who was sent to prison in French Guiana and escaped, numerous times and he was called Papillon because of his butterfly tattoo. The logo was for an upscale Manhattan (NYC) bistro. I chose to consider the bow tie as the butterfly and give it a sharp sort of retro feel. I don't think the contest holder got it, but that's how it goes sometimes.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Buy Indie, Buy Local, Buy Handmade | LOLA Giant | Dec. 11 & 12

Save the Date!
(click image for Facebook event page)
Van Go | 715 New Jersey | Lawrence, KS

LOLA Giant Vendor Profile : ButternutSquash, Larissa Wilson

Larissa Wilson is the owner and sole creator behind ButternutSquash, a jewelry and home decor business that specializes in items made from recycled materials and found objects.

"[My items] have a nostalgic and vintage feel," Wilson says, "but [they are made] for modern people."

A graduate of Fort Hays State University with a BFA in painting, Wilson has worked as an artist for 12 years. And, inspired by the raw materials around her started Butternutsquash three years ago.

click here to read the rest of Larissa Wilson's profile and learn more about ButternutSquash

curvy girl | daily logo design

curvy girl logo design contest
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

Another 99 designs logo contest...
I really liked this one, but the contest holders did not! :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LOLA Giant : Feather Springs Arts by Megan E. Roelofs

Roelofs is the creator of Feather Springs Arts, a fledgling business which incorporates stones, shells, leather and other natural elements into wearable art. She also offers two dimensional pieces through her illustrations, some of which are incredibly detailed studies of those same elements. click to read more about LOLA Giant vendor Megan E. Roelofs

whatchamakeofit | daily logo design (contest)

whatchamakeofit logo design contest
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

I really shouldn't do logo contests...I seem to come in second...a lot...I think people like to dabble in the unconventional, but they're afraid to primarily exist in that space...

Monday, November 15, 2010

it's sew easy | design of the day

it's sew easy
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

or daily logo design or the like :)

This was a submission to a contest for a PBS sewing show. I'd love to win this one considering the embroidery and sewing I incorporate into some of my fine art work...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

daily logo design

esquire magazine
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

I have recently started entering logo design contests on 99designs and thought this might be a great way to start a "daily design" or daily logo design post.

The brief for this design was to transform or reinvent the Esquire Magazine logo.

It's similar to the existing logo, but with the gun shot to dot the "i" - ready, aim, fire...at the existing paradigm :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

LOLA Giant Art Sale Dec. 11 & 12 @ VanGo Mobile Arts

(for some reason, my linking of the image to the original post is not working so here is the link: CLICK HERE for LOLA Giant Participants)

1st ROW LtoR-Leslie Kuluva, Layla McEniry, Larissa Wilson, Molly Crook, Emily Eakes, Kendra Marable
2nd ROW-Ann Dean, Megan Roelofs, Cristina Estenes, Kristen Kinsch, Rachel Dempsey, Traci Furan, Kate E Burke, Katie Reese
3rd ROW-Cynthia Walker, Quinn Morris, Dianne Morgan, Kylie Grater

Click on the image to go to the Ladies of Lawrence Artworks blog to learn more about this great opportunity to buy indie, buy local, buy handmade!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

U umbrella

U umbrella
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

Excited to learn my detail from the Alphabetical Order series, U umbrella, is featured for November in the rotating media space on the myartspace.com home page :)

If you are in, or pass through Topeka, KS before mid-January, you can see the series live and in person at the Mulvane Art Museum on the Washburn University campus