Or any artists, really. This is solid advice, y’all.
“Be busy. Seek and find a way to do what it is you want to do. Identify what that thing is and do it. Don’t stand around too long having conversations about it. Do it. Refine it. Do it more. Try it a different way. Keep at it until you break through to the next level. Don’t talk or think yourself out of doing it. Put one foot in front of the other and let it happen organically.”
Read/watch Ryan McGinley’s Advice for Young Artists on VICE.
Photo from VICE, copyright Ryan McGinley.
Things are heating up in New Orleans, and the graphic design projects keep coming – each project fabulous and each client amazing. I seriously cannot ask for better clients. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with ISeeChange on some branding items (logo not included) for an event they took part in. I love what they are doing to try to get every one of us involved in climate change from a local, grassroots level. It’s social, it’s fun and it’s important! Check out Julia and her fantastic team and see what they have going on at ISeeChange.org.
I also got to see the finished product for the shaving soap labels I worked with Sweet Olive Soap Works on. I love, love, love her products and was super excited to design these labels! Check out her fantastic array of natural skin care products.
I shipped off the last of a wedding package I designed for a fantastic couple in Virginia. They had the most unique and inspiring ideas to use for the designs. I am extremely pleased with the way everything turned out. Look for a post dedicated just to their items soon!
If you have some time to do some perusing online, I came across a few design-y articles I thought y’all might enjoy!
Two weekends ago, the Fried Green Mister and I took full advantage of the Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live and visited both the WWII Museum and Longue Vue House and Gardens. If you didn’t get out to any museums for Museum Day this year, I highly recommend marking your calendar for next year! It was pretty crowded, but not totally out of control, and a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck. We did about $75 worth of awesome activities for $10!
In efforts to keep this post from droning on for days, I’ll give you a photo summary of my favorite things from our day:
Longue Vue is a secret den of fantastic modern art in New Orleans. The owner was an avid art collector and there are some unique pieces housed in the sunroom.
The World War II Museum was incredibly well designed, though I had a hard time finding any information the exhibit designer for the original portion of the museum, Gallagher & Associates seems to be tied to the new Boeing section with the full sized planes. I have always had grand dreams of being an exhibit designer…
At museums from this period, I’m always taken with unusual propaganda posters. It always seems like there was so much more thought put into the propaganda during WWI and WWII. You just don’t see pieces like these anymore.
This past week has been a whirlwind of things going on! We just had French Quarter Fest in New Orleans, which I was excited to get to since I’ve never been before! A word to the wise: avoid Saturday (and probably Friday) and just hit Thursday and Sunday. The crowds were way less annoying and a more manageable size on Sunday and I was able to enjoy music instead of making a super slow trek from stage to stage. I was most excited that I got to hear the Dixie Cups live – Iko Iko is one of my favorite songs from childhood, long before I even knew New Orleans existed. Props to my parents for introducing me to unusual music as a youth in Northern Virginia!
I’ve been looking for opportunities to get involved in the community, and an opportunity has arisen that seems right up my alley. I had a chance to visit A Studio in the Woods yesterday and learn about the amazing programs they have on this beautiful piece of land out past my house. As a satellite program of Tulane University, they host resident artists during the year and have programs for youth that focus on art and environmental stewardship. Think about donating to this amazing program, or volunteering. They have their annual FORESTival event coming up next month, and I’m planning on volunteering. So, bonus: We’d get to hang out!
Here are just a couple of pictures I snapped at the studio. They are in renovation and clean-up mode, so I didn’t want to go too crazy. Next time…
During French Quarter Fest, I took a little time to (finally) visit the Angela King Gallery to check out the Peter Max paintings. Totally worth a trip to the Quarter, y’all. The paintings are the most beautiful, vibrant colors – they almost move. There was a fountain in Central Park scene one I had my eye on…
Central Park painting by Peter Max, image from Angela King Gallery site.
One day when I make my millions…swoon. The gallery also had some beautiful large-scale paintings by Florida-native Richard Currier. Incredibly intense lighting in his work. Check him out.
I’m happy to say my New Orleans baby “congrats” cards are now for sale at ZukaBaby! Stop in and pick up a gift and a card for the pregnant/new mama in your life!
This past Tuesday I sweet-talked my honey into going on an adventure to scout out some Mardi Gras Indians masking for St. Joseph’s day, a long standing tradition in New Orleans. We set out too early, evidently, and instead encountered some local Banksy pieces from a few years back. The ones we found were covered in plexi so they don’t get painted over. I’d like to find more of them if they are still around, and I’ll of course share if I do!
We made one last sweep through a neighborhood that promised to have Indian sightings, and we were right on time! The Indians spend all year working on their amazing costumes and have mock battles in the streets. The fanfare and traditional songs were easy to get caught up in. It was a beautiful night!
More St. Joseph’s Night pictures on my flickr. I’m by no means a Mardi Gras Indian historian, so please check out these other sources for the details on this amazing Indian culture!
Louisiana Folk Life
Lots of exciting things going on over here in New Orleans – including a brief visit from a couple of my favorite ladies from back home. I’m in the process of getting a bunch of awesome baby products together for a mommy tradeshow in May. I’m super excited to have the cards below for sale at ZukaBaby on Magazine Street very soon!
The cards will be available in a couple of different color schemes – for boys and girls, and also gender neutral.
I also just recently finished a new logo for Let It Be Midwifery on the North Shore, here in the New Orleans area. I loved the owner’s idea of tying beauty and water and birth all together for this piece with a little New Orleans fleur de lis to tie it all together.
Outside of working on some exciting projects, I’ve been online-stalking a large-scale light show that is finally up and running. You may have heard of it, but if not, The Bay Lights installation on the East Bay Bridge (between San Francisco and Oakland) went live on March 5. This light installation was created by artist Leo Villareal and will be on view at night for several hours at a time for two years. I hope to make it out west to see for myself!
I had a great excuse to hit up the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel downtown this past weekend and fell in love with the murals in the dimly-lit vintage bar. My friend Melissa poses in front of one mural below:
The murals in the Roosevelt are commissioned deco/modern pieces by Paul Ninas from 1939. They are incredible (and so are the drinks)!
In other exciting art news, I’m planning to head down to the Angela King Gallery on Royal Street to check out the Peter Max pieces on view this month. I’ll report back after I’ve been! Peter Max is a personal favorite for his incredibly unique and detailed music posters in the 1960s (think Yellow Submarine).
I’ll leave you with an image I love that I snapped after a dinner party recently. I think, by now, you all know I love deviant art and beautiful textures.
Hello from the Mardi Gras capital of the world! It’s been crazy here, taking in all the sites and sounds (and tastes) of my first carnival season in New Orleans. But I’ve managed to squeeze in a bunch of new projects and some updates to the Etsy shop. I’m working on populating the shop, but I have so many ideas, I just have a hard time prioritizing!
Floats are so much prettier than I could have imagined – and evidently I have yet to see some of the most amazing ones! I can’t even imagine the hours of work folks put into these. I need to join a Mardi Gras krewe…
The weather has also been absolutely gorgeous for the better part of two weeks. I’m not the only one who was excited to get outside and enjoy it!
That guy above was painting a super cute pink house in the Lower Garden District. I wish I had gotten the angle better, but I was sitting at a stop sign.
If you locals have a little insight into this cute little shiny stencil below, I’d love to hear about it! It’s either new at Jackson and Magazine, or I’ve only just noticed it. Anyone know what it’s all about?
In other news, I’ve just finished a new poster for the high energy local band Gravy Flavored Kisses, highlighting their upcoming shows. Check them out! They are awesome!
I also just finished a new logo for the newest resource in New Orleans’ natural birth community, Big Easy Birth. If you’re in the area and thinking about a natural birth, using doulas, midwives or have postpartum questions, this new site is a great resource!
Happy Carnival y’all!
So far, I think my two favorite things that I’ve discovered about moving to New Orleans are 1.) the fantastically nice, friendly, unique people here and 2.) the hidden treasures of artistic and political drama interspersed among the historical spaces. I love it. I feel like there’s someone’s little mark on the world around every corner.
This past week, I spent some time with a good friend in town for a visit discovering new hangouts (thanks for the delicious wine and snacks Elizabeth’s, Bacchanal and Restaurant R’evolution!) and taking a mini photo adventure through the Bywater. The Bywater is a fantastic mix of old locals and new hipsters – the kind of pairing where you think to yourself “how in the world does this work?” Like every neighborhood, nothing is perfect, but everyone we encountered seemed to be existing in a certain harmony. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how convenient the Bywater is to my Lower Algiers home by way of the Chalmette Ferry. Any day I don’t have to drive through the tiny French Quarter streets during Carnival season is a good day in my book.
For those of you not in New Orleans, and who didn’t really follow the post-Katrina stories in 2005, above is a permanent representation of the the marks left on homes after they had been checked for inhabitants, bodies, pets, gas, electric, and so on. Every flooded home would have had a spray paint mark to indicate the findings and the date it was checked. This is the first I’ve seen where the homeowner has created a permanent installation where the spray paint once lay. Kenny Klein has a great blog with a graphic to explain the information detailed in these marks. He explains it much better than I ever could and his post on Katrina 6 Years Later is definitely worth a read/look through.
I’m not sure why I’ve seen large street-side Cy Twombly dedications, but this is not the first one I’ve seen in New Orleans. Coming from Virginia, I have a special place for Cy Twombly in my art-y heart, and I love that he is loved worldwide.
The two photos above are at the Clouet Gardens, a serene little space created out of a vacant lot – both beautifying the space and neighborhood and also creating a place for locals and passersby to sit and relax.
We’ve been busy bees here in the last few days of 2012 and the first few of 2013! I hope you all had a fabulous and safe new year with your loved ones! I had two favorite childhood friends and a new friend in town to celebrate with the manfriend and I (lots of friends!) . We had an incredible time and got to hear some great music while ringing in the new year! Now I’m spending some much needed time getting the web store up and running and hope to have my product pricing done today so I can populate the site! I will make the big announcement here as soon as it’s complete.
This past week, my husband played at the fantastic Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO) Bal des Artistes. The gathering was a fundraiser and fashion show, complete with several live bands, booze, and delicious local snacks provided by Morning Call at City Park. We had a great time and I can’t wait to see how they top it next year!
The Everything Collective shared their amazing costumes with the crowd.
We had a great excuse to wear masks and capes.
Scott played with CANO volunteer and brilliant singer Tabitha Pearl.
In other happenings, I spent time with my ladyfriends bumming around town a bit and taking in the festivities. In my comings and goings, I spotted a few pieces I had to document for local inspiration:
I hope you all are as excited about 2013 as I am! If you want to stay super up to date on Fried Green Happenings, I’ve started a facebook page and I’m on twitter. Thanks for all your support and comments in 2012 and I look forward to continuing to send happy design news your way this year!
Now that we’re settling in a bit here in New Orleans, I’m feeling a little less lazy and more like I want to get the house in gear and see all the sights around town. This week, my man and I took advantage of the NOMA free Wednesdays.
Having never been there before, I was excited to see the space and the permanent items as well as the Lifelike exhibit on show right now.
The museum is lovely and the grounds are beautiful. Lifelike was not what I expected but in a very pleasing way. There were more photographic, video and 2D pieces than I had anticipated – which were really cool. Not too many readymades, but the craftsmanship in the sculptural pieces was totally astonishing. I really enjoyed seeing so many design school principles in effect too. I had some outrageous projects in college and many of those in Lifelike were like really finely tuned versions of art school conceptual work. Love it. Highly recommend this exhibit!
The NOMA also has an extensive glass collection, and I immediately spotted the Chihuly’s. Hard to miss!
We took a stroll around the building at City Park afterward and I saw my first black swan. Neat! But I kept a safe distance – residuals of a childhood filled with nasty, pinching geese.
And now I settle into Apartment Therapy and Young House Love for some serious DIY home makeover inspiration and planning. Our awesome needs some serious attention and I can’t wait to get my hands dirty.