It's Been Awhile | 31May12
Well, I haven't written a blog post in nearly a year. What happened? I'll call it a combination of being busy and using other venues/platforms. Just got back from a short day trip to DC to do some work and was lucky enough to stop in at one of my favorite restaurants, Founding Farmers. Not too often I will order, or even see, chicken and waffles as an entree. Throw in a southern okra ratatouille of sorts and a manhattan made with the restaurant's own rye and I'm satiated. Will try to get some more design related posts up between trips to Chicago/Madion and Ireland upcoming.
Inspirational Artists: SIT | 3August11
SIT is an artist out of Amsterdam that I just found. Seeing some of the other artists I really like you can tell I have a particular style I will usually go for. These two pieces are from SIT's "Noir" collection and are a nice mix of technical, stylized, creative, and abstract that definitely hits home with the boy inside of me (ferocious animals, beautiful women). SIT is very talented and has quite a few collections of great work that you can find here.
Greek Cyclades Swim Shirts | 24June11
I made Racer Back Tanks for the girls and a a Tshirt for myself as a group of 5 of us (to be joined by another 8) set out to swim the Greek Cyclades - starting in Naxos and sweeping around a chain of islands to the south. We'll swim about 3 to 5 Km per day and take in some sun and amazing food and wine in between. I can't wait and hope everyone likes the shirts, I know I do.
Swimming the Greek Cyclades | 24June11
I am about to embark on a trip of a lifetime to swim the Greek Cyclades. I figured the least I could do is commemorate it with a custom shirt. I really like how the design turned out - there was a lot more detail than prior shirts I've done (at least in such a small scale) so it was a great experience in terms of learning how to keep those details crisp throughout the process.
Custom One Ring Shirt | 26May11
A good example of the flexibility for most of the designs you'll see on the site. Feel free to customize your order with different garment colors and styles or different print colors. Certain designs work best in particular color schemes and not all garments are readily available in other colors or sizes. It never hurts to ask!
New Screen Created | 23May11
This is one example of how my designs come to be. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the silk screening process, it has 3 main parts. 1) Design - which I primarily do in Photoshop and Illustrator. 2) Screen creation - this is done by coating a mesh screen with a chemical called photo emulsion, which is sensitive to light. Exposing the screen hardens the emulsion where light hits it, and washes out where light is blocked. 3) Painting the shirts - This final step is just as artful as the first two, with a controlled hand and knowledge of your materials needed to get a good final print. After the print dries, it is heat set with an iron so the paint won't wash out (I use water soluble inks). I just finished making this screen, which has a few new designs on it: a Ratatat shirt and a Dylan shirt I've been meaning to make for myself, as well as a rescreen of the One Ring Tshirt design and a new custom design for a client - "I heart Richard Parker" (an allusion to Life of Pi). Check out the final T over at Custom Designs.
New Photos are in! | 7April11
I've received the final shots from the men's and women's line shoots a couple weeks ago. They look fantastic, although I might want to get a male model next time instead of doing it myself. I'm no model. On the other hand, my female model - Carolyn - has gone on to bigger and better things, including a modeling gig at the Liberty Hotel a couple weeks ago for Crush Boutique. Well deserved. A shout out to my amazing photographer Liza Voll, who is also going big with some nice work for Boston Ballet lately. A new website is on the way, so take this one in while you can. The new site will be mobile compatible, much better than this one, and frankly knock your socks off. Be ready! A preview to come this weekend. See all the new photos here!!
Charlie Bowater = amazing | 7April11
Charlie Bowater is an amazing 22 year old (!!!!) artist from Derbyshire, UK who currently lives/works in Newcastle as a concept artist. She has a fantastic style and has the ability to belt out pure beauty in a few hours. Her raw talent is truly inspiring. I'm definitely putting a piece of hers up - maybe I can get my hands on an original - so far, no luck. Check out all her work through her blog here: charliebowater.tumblr.com.
Upcoming Photoshoot! | 11February11
I have two photoshoots coming up in the next week for all the new men's and women's clothing that has been made, but not sold in the past year. I'll be working with Liza Voll, a wonderful photographer who does a lot of work in Boston, including photography for Boston Ballet. You can see more of her work here: www.lizavoll.com/
It should be an exciting week - the new line should be up soon along with a redesign of the website - stay tuned!
Inspirational Artists: Lora Zombie | 02January11
Wow, 2011. Welcome to a new year! I'm starting off the year with an artist I just happened upon while searching for some inspiration. Her name is Lora Zombie, a young artist from who just broke into the gallery scene in the past couple years. Her work is a beautiful combination of watercolor, line work, and comic book/anime styling. It has a beautiful simplicity amid unfinished edges and abstracts like paint drips. She's also sucessfully dabbed in photography/modeling and graffiti. You can find more info and works from Lora here: www.bananca.co.uk/
8th Annual Hidden Talents, Boston MA | 10December10
The 8th Annual Hidden Talents event, held at the Teknion showroom on Summer Street and hosted by Maharam, Reflex Lighting, Teknion, and GreenSource Solutions, was a great time as usual. My new items went over well, proving the need to get them online. I also came away with numerous custom orders, which tend to be the bulk of the business. If anyone else is interested in making a custom order in time for Christmas, please let me know your order/size so I can hit the stores or get your garmet to me by next week. Great show as always, thanks to everyone who came out!
Fashionably Late National Jean Comapny Fashion Show, Boston MA | 22October10
The Liberty Hotel hosted a fashion show by the National Jean Company, featuring J Brand jeans and bags by Romygold. The gryphon white-on-white, which has become a total go to, made an appearance. While I was there, I had the great fortune of meeting a lovely pack of ladies who were their to see/support their daughter, niece, and friend Taryn - who was modeling. I talked to them shortly about fashion and whatnot and learned that one of them, Yvonne, had an awesome design blog called Design Vignettes. Her blog is excellent and discusses all things design, from interior design and decorating to art, fashion, and other great finds in new england. Definitely check it out, there is more info there about the show and models. It is a good reminder that I really need to get my new line photographed and up on the site so all you wonderful people can check it out!
Patrón Secret Dining Society, Newport RI | 22August10
Beauty Designed got to be a part of an exclusive secret brunch through the Patrón Social Club in Newport, RI. It was a really great experience, the food was amazing, and I met some cool people, including someone from Lucky Magazine. I think the Gryphon White on White went over well, especially paired with a skinny tie. It was a little tricky on what to wear, as there was no official dress code and since it was a mystery as to where we were going (we ended up on a boat) or exactly what we'd be doing.
Success at Somerville Open Studios! | 21January10
I had a great time at Somerville Open Studios this year. My setup is incredibly better and while I think my sales were about the same as they were last year, a lot more people were exposed to my work. I met a lot of cool people and had a great setup. The organizers for the Armory do a really great job and it really is an amazing space for an event like this. BTW - photo props must go out to this guy for taking the above photo (i photoshopped the car out in 5 min - you think he would have done that himself). I really need to bite the bullet and buy a new camera so I'd have photos of my setup to share for everyone who couldn't make it. For those that did make it, "Thanks!" It was great meeting/seeing so many of you and I appreciate you giving up our first 80+ degree day to support your local artists.
I need to come up with a way to get across the message of Custom Design. I think some people are turned away due to my stock of only small sizes. I have no issues explaining that I carry small sizes because that is what fits my female model and I don't want to overextend myself. It may be as simple as good signage, I just want to convey the idea of being able to print on existing clothes without ruining my sales from the rack. I also need to find a way to make the numbers work and get myself into some stores.
Store on UStrendy redesigned! | 3May10
USTrendy.com has redesigned their store and made some really nice updates to their site. They are very supportive of indie designers and there are tons of talented artists, designers, and models over on their site. They made this badge (above) for me and BeautyDesigned is going to be featured in their 50 for $50 campaign. As a part of that campaign, I'll be selling my Gryphon White on White Men's long sleeve dress shirt for a special low price of $50. More details to come when that campaign begins...
Yeah - I Freelance Too | 14January10
A couple of opportunities have come my way recently and made me realize I should probably get back out there and do some freelance graphic/web/motion/video design. It has been awhile, but now is the perfect time since it is the offseason on the fashion front (next show - Somerville Open Studios May 1 & 2) and it is cold, brrrrr cold. I might even get some of my work online once I fix my computer.
H & M Features an Independent Clothing Designer | 07January10
I am all for independent designers getting some pub. And before I go on, I want to say I am glad this young designer got picked up by H & M and he's living the dream. But I can't sit idly by while someone who is using Iron-On transfers to make Tshirts gets a fashion video on H & M's website when there are so many other great designers going unnoticed.
See the video here: http://www.hm.com/us/fashionvideo
The company is called Project Black Book and I don't know much about it because I can't seem to find it anywhere (there are a lot of project black books). So, Andre I tip my hat to you, but H & M if you're out there, I print almost exclusively on H & M clothing too (and not just Tshirts) and my work takes about 10 times longer and some actual design and printing skills...
Update to my store on Store Envy | 06January10
Updated the most recent photos of my new line to the BeautyDesigned store on Store Envy. I need to schedule a photoshoot with my new model and get the rest of the items up (and take them to the streets)!
Selling at Winter Markets | 30November09
Just in time to get some fantastic gifts for yourself and your loved ones, I'll be selling at two shows this coming weekend, as well as a private event on Thursday.
Thursday Dec 3rd
7th Annual Hidden Talents
Reflex Lighting Showroom
Saturday Dec 5th from 11am - 4pm
Winter Craft Market in Union Square:
(I'll be inside the Precinct Bar)
Sunday Dec 6th from 10am - 5pm
Design Hive in Cambridge (Maria Baldwin School on Sacramento Street) http://www.designhivemarket.com
Maui Channel Swim Logo | 12September09
Designed a logo for my teammates who went to Maui to do the Maui Channel swim, a 6-person relay, covering about 10 miles. They made team shirts that they had digitally printed, as well as a banner. The Cambridge Masters team finished 6th in the mixed relay division. Congrats guys on a great swim!
Inspirational Artists: Geraldine Georges and Byroglyphics | 29July09
Another set of inspirational artists. Here are two pieces, Ghost of Soul by Geraldine Georges and Fries to Go by Byroglyphics. I just came across Geraldine Georges on Click for Art and I really like her work, especially this series. Aside from the fact that she is Belgian, I don't know much else about this upcoming artists, but she's on my radar. I've been following Russ Mills, aka Byroglyphics, for about 6 months now. He is based in London and I really love his work. He does a great job combining traditional materials and digital media to create his work.
Custom Jeans: Hawk Design | 22July09
Created custom jeans for a friend and could not have been happier with how they came out. The design came together really well and the placement laid perfectly when I finally saw them on my client. I really enjoy the custom jeans final product, I just wish they weren't so labor intensive to create. That said, seeing the final product makes it worth it.
Inspirational Artists: Essi Zimm and Audrey Kawasaki | 20July09
Going to start posting some artists that really inspire me. Here are two pieces, Entry by Essi Zimm and She Who Dares by Audrey Kawasaki. Essi Zimm is an artist out of LA that has many different collections, each with its own unique story and style. She has a lot of work for someone that is so young into their art career. Audrey Kawasaki, who also hails from LA, blew up in 2006 and has been going strong ever since. Her work is typically oil and graphite on wood panels - with an art nouveau flair.
BeautyisDesigned dress at a Black & White Sorieé | 01July09
I did this dress for a friend of mine because I didn't have her size in the dress she originally wanted. So we went shopping together, picked out this h-o-t dress and I screened it for her. Thanks for making to look so easy!
Jen pops in on Kate's photoshoot | 20June09
Jen popped in today while Kate and I were finishing up the shoot of the new line and it turned into a nice little lounge and chat. Jen just has a knack for knowing when there's modeling going on, as she popped in on the last shoot. It was an opportunity to play with Tanja's camera a little more - thanks T!
Custom Dress fix | 20June09
A friend of mine has an absolutely beautiful white dress she bought awhile back, wore once, and spilled red wine on. She came to me to see if I could fix it. I think it turned out great - the large floral print was already there, I copied it and added two new flowers to cover the two wine stains. She loves it!
Somerville Open Studios a success! | 06May09
Just finished up a weekend at Somerville Open Studios. It went great for our first public show. I met a lot of great designers, a lot of great people, and sold a few things as well. Everyone seems to think we should be selling at Grand - a totally rad store down on Somerville Ave near Union Square, and I'm inclined to agree. I still need to figure out a better way to display everything...going to have to spend some time thinking about it, as this display is just not up to par.
Custom Shirt for Bat Mitzvah | 20March09
This is a custom design for a friend for a Bat Mitzvah they were attending. I matched the party's invitation design, which happened to be a scroll/floral design with pink, black, and gray. The design was placed so that it couldn't be seen when a jacket was worn over it, but would be "revealed" when it came time to lose the jacket and get the party going.
Custom Designs now available! | 20March09
We are now doing custom designs - a great way to spruce up an old favorite piece of your wardrobe. Price ranges based on design, size, and the garmet itself and start at $30. To place a custom order, please send us an email with the details of the garmet, design, and specifications. It is cheaper to use an existing design (that you see on any of our lines) because you won't incur a cost for the actual creation of the design, just the printing/finishing.
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