Friday, November 27, 2009

Designers’ Workspaces, Courtesy of MyFonts

It’s always fun to look at someone else’s workplace, when we each spend so much time in our own!

MyFonts is my personal favorite source for downloading fonts and I just found their blog featuring an inside look at some of their type designers’ workspaces. Hope you like the behind-the-scenes peek too. Here's a link.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I Got a BlueQ Bag!

Here's what my daughter Elizabeth gave me for my birthday:

My very own tote bag and change purse from BlueQ, the ones she first discovered and we were both so intrigued by (See my November 6, 2009 post). Now I know the full story; the 8-page tag/booklet says:

Woven from 95% post-consumer material/Recyclable plastic bottles and used grain sacks are collected, ground and.../melted into rolls of recycled plastic... woven into durable bag fabric/printed with our super-fantastic graphics.../cut & sewn into bags of all shapes & sizes/and off to work they go./1% of the sales of this product support global environmental initiatives. See details and links at BLUEQ.COM. Manufactured in a facility monitored & recognized for: employee care, product quality, environmental responsibility.

Not bad, huh?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Another Great Student Video

The latest in a series of student projects by Cris-Ian Garcia. This year of teaching Fashion Photo Styling 179 has been a lot more fun with the YouTube videos he submitted for various assignments. This one was created for our Room Styling Challenge. Thanks, Cris-Ian!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Women Artists Retreat

I just returned from a great weekend at camp in Julian, CA. The annual retreat held by Women's Caucus for Art (the San Diego Chapter) was really great this year. I had skipped the past two years, after attending the first 9 (9!) and it was good to be back at a whole weekend devoted to doing art.

We did a number of activities including portrait painting, encaustic, eating organic food, and talking. I met some women I really liked, especially the older, more experienced artists. Encaustic was my favorite medium, an ancient medium made from bees wax and resin from an East Indies native tree, which hardens when cured with heat and lasts forever. It appeals to me because of the translucent layers, ability to contain collage, and its depth, which are aspects of the work I already do. What's tough is the expensive materials and complex setup, more than I can manage here at home. So the workshop was a perfect opportunity to explore encaustic.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Search for a New Toolkit

After using the same styling toolbox for about ten years, I decided it's time for a new one. I was attached to it; as I say in the video "Choose something you like, it's your right arm." But I am sort of tired of this personalized box and my Goo-Gone has spilled so many times that the orange scent is getting old.

So Gary and I went shopping on Sunday. We started at a sports supply store, Sports Chalet to see what was available in the fishing section. I found one that was almost perfect, an open section at the top and two drawers for supplies, affordable too. But there were these sections on either end that stuck out, full of holes, for poles? I couldn't live with those. On to Home Depot, where we discovered that an employee had just collapsed and paramedics were arriving. The toolboxes were inexpensive but nothing special, nothing I fell in love with. So we moved on to Target, where I bought my old kit and recommended for shopping in my book. They don't sell them any more! Nothing!(Have to change in th erevised edition!) I looked online and only found this one:

Disappointing, mission unaccomplished. Crafts stores might be an option. I do want something heavy-duty and masculine-looking. My friend Cedric said he has a black toolbox he isn't using. That's great. I did want to have the experience of the shopping-hunt though. I will write as the hunt concludes and look forward to re-organizing my styling tools.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cool Shopping Bags

I love these shopping bags! My daughter Elizabeth sent me these photos from her I-phone yesterday when she was shopping at Henry's Supermarket in Carlsbad, CA. I haven't researched them yet but presume they are made out of colorful recycled materials with added graphics. I promise to investigate them further. (The top one is a coin purse - my 2 cents!)

P.S. Sunday, I did check them out! They are made by a company called Blue Q. The website has so much stuff! I guess some they make and some they sell from others. Very cool site.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Off-Figure Styling in a Washing Machine!

This is the ultimate in Off-Figure Styling in an award-winning washing machine commercial!

(Or for a better view, download the movie file on our Gallery pages.)

I just got it in an email today, but on further research I found out it has been on YouTube since 2006 and had over half a million viewers. It's impossible to be on the cutting edge of everything. But I'm so glad I got to view this FILM made by Leo Burnett Agency for a washing machine. How did they do it? And in video? Wow.