UPDATE: The new RSVP date is actually February 21st!
Today’s the last day to RSVP for Zinery!  Still working on my submission… good chance it’ll probably involve food.  
All the info is below per Winners Press:

Winners Press will be presenting a group zine exhibition at the 2011 SGCI called, ZINERY and YOU are invited to participate! This exhibition is organized by, Nancy Palmeri, Paul Windle and Winners Press. 
Who are we?!
Founded by designer/printmakers Paul Windle, Spencer Moorman and Whitney Burnett, Winners Press is a traveling Zine School, conducting zine parties and events around the country. 
 What are we doing?!!
We will be creating a zine installation for 2011 Southern Graphics Council International Conference, at Washington University in St. Louis’s Weitman Gallery. The intent is to fill the space with zines to create an interactive exhibition and zine making event.
 What we need from you?!?!
Make an art zine! any size, shape, content. No problem if you don’t have the time, just send something you’ve already made—and please invite any friends this is an open participation project so the more the merrier! Go ahead and have zine making parties - you can combine them with your denim jacket parties, or pumpkin carving contests? We only need one zine, but if you are able to send more we will graciously accept them. You may use any methods that you like—please remember that everyone will be allowed to touch them. The zines will become a part of a travelling exhibition thus wont be returned, so please don’t send your last copy of your very best diamond encrusted zine. We are also planning to set up a DIY zine buffet table at the exhibition for take home zines, so we are also asking you to please send us a 8.5x5.5 page of artwork, as a PDF (of course this can be something you’ve already made!) so that we can include it on the table for visitors to iput in the zines they construct themselves. 
 When we need things?!!?
15 February                          
RSVP to Paul pcwindle@gmail.com if you are going to participate
28 February                        
zine buffet page due to Paul, via above email as PDF file
1 March                                
zines must be received by Nancy Palmeri
Send them to : Nancy Palmeri
UT Arlington Department of Art+Art History
502 South Cooper Street, Room 335
Box 19089
Arlington, TX 76019-0089
What else???!
We will be documenting the exhibition as well as your zines in order to create a Blurb catalogue and will contact all of you when it is ready to order.

UPDATE: The new RSVP date is actually February 21st!

Today’s the last day to RSVP for Zinery!  Still working on my submission… good chance it’ll probably involve food.  

All the info is below per Winners Press:

Winners Press will be presenting a group zine exhibition at the 2011 SGCI called, ZINERY and YOU are invited to participate! This exhibition is organized by, Nancy Palmeri, Paul Windle and Winners Press. 

Who are we?!

Founded by designer/printmakers Paul Windle, Spencer Moorman and Whitney Burnett, Winners Press is a traveling Zine School, conducting zine parties and events around the country. 

 What are we doing?!!

We will be creating a zine installation for 2011 Southern Graphics Council International Conference, at Washington University in St. Louis’s Weitman Gallery. The intent is to fill the space with zines to create an interactive exhibition and zine making event.

 What we need from you?!?!

Make an art zine! any size, shape, content. No problem if you don’t have the time, just send something you’ve already made—and please invite any friends this is an open participation project so the more the merrier! Go ahead and have zine making parties - you can combine them with your denim jacket parties, or pumpkin carving contests? We only need one zine, but if you are able to send more we will graciously accept them. You may use any methods that you like—please remember that everyone will be allowed to touch them. The zines will become a part of a travelling exhibition thus wont be returned, so please don’t send your last copy of your very best diamond encrusted zine. We are also planning to set up a DIY zine buffet table at the exhibition for take home zines, so we are also asking you to please send us a 8.5x5.5 page of artwork, as a PDF (of course this can be something you’ve already made!) so that we can include it on the table for visitors to iput in the zines they construct themselves. 

 When we need things?!!?

15 February                          

RSVP to Paul pcwindle@gmail.com if you are going to participate

28 February                        

zine buffet page due to Paul, via above email as PDF file

1 March                                

zines must be received by Nancy Palmeri

Send them to : Nancy Palmeri

UT Arlington Department of Art+Art History

502 South Cooper Street, Room 335

Box 19089

Arlington, TX 76019-0089

What else???!

We will be documenting the exhibition as well as your zines in order to create a Blurb catalogue and will contact all of you when it is ready to order.

Friends on the Interweb

How have I yet to mention this here!? Two good friends and former classmates of mine have recently entered the world of blogging.

                          

Jessie-Lee Nichols is a graphic designer who began The Hyphen Tantrum a few months ago in an effort to get her brain around something other than her day job in data entry.  You’ll find her constantly posting great work, things that inspire her and a ton of great items that she’s lusting for over on Etsy.

Kim Davies, a graphic designer and illustrator, just started her blog this week! (She’s already a more frequent poster than I am).  While she admits that the direction of her blog hasn’t been decided, I’m sure it will be filled with her work and many inspiring posts.

Jessie-Lee and Kim are both super talented and wonderful people, so I know they would love to see some new followers.  So definitely keep an eye on these two.

theokbb

Man… I can totally relate to this. (It ties in with my last post too.) 

Here is Kate’s original post that reminded me of the video (via theokbb)

Ira Glass on Storytelling #3 (via kentj1)

I don’t teach in the summer, but I am talking to a group of sophomores tomorrow at PSU and then later that night I will be reviewing senior portfolios at PNCA, so my mind is back in school mode for the time being.

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a great set of Ira Glass videos about storytelling. The above video is especially good for several of the frustrated design students that I encounter almost daily. They are firmly rooted in the situation where their taste is WAY better than what they are making and they are pissed. They feel stuck. They start to question whether or not they should even do this whole design thing. To them I gift the Ira Glass advice:

“It’s normal to take awhile. You have to fight your way through that. You will be fierce. You will be a warrior and you will make things that aren’t as good as you know in your heart that you want them to be.”

You are NORMAL, but you have to keep busting ass and making work and sharing and revising and making and doing. Each new piece is going to yield a tiny discovery. A small advancement. Something to apply to the next piece.

I remind myself of this daily. And I keep making.

BE WARRIORS! BE FIERCE!

I know what I like and I know where I want my work to be.  It always falls short of my own expectations.  There were definitely instances during school when this caused serious doubts in my mind about continuing in the field.  That passed and so will this, I’m sure.

The new plan: I’m going to be a warrior.

UPDATE: Sea Legs - A new show from Jolby and Ashley Forrette!

I’ve been a big fan of Jolby’s (the duo of Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols) work since seeing it featured on Kitsune Noir’s Desktop Wallpapers last year.  In only a few days, they’ll be opening a new show in collaboration with Ashley Forrette (an excellent photographer who’s also based in Portland).  All of the pieces will be based around mythologies, legends and superstitions of the sea… which sounds pretty fantastic to me! (note: The rhyming was completely unintentional, I promise.) Like half the events I come across, I would love to go, but can’t since I live on the opposite side of the country.  It definitely looks like it’ll be a wonderful show and if you can make it out, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 25 (6-11pm) at Together Gallery, 2916 NE Alberta St. Suite A, Portland, Oregon.
The show will be running from then until March 20, 2010!

For more info and some sneak peeks, you can check out Jolby’s blog.  You’ll also find some nifty little icons to use on your Facebook profile or as your Twitter icon to show you support!

**UPDATE**
You can now view the whole show online right here!
You may also purchase pieces from the show through Together Gallery.

The Big Team Scribble!

Big Team Scribble

While I sadly missed out on The Scribble Project’s last big collaboration, I know I’ll be submitting something this time around.  All you have to do is print out the train carriage template, draw something fun (by hand, no digital), scan it and send it in!  The drawings have to be limited to black and white since they’ll be used for a coloring zine.  Everyone should totally try to submit something by the deadline (now Feb. 26th!), especially since all profits from the zine sales will be donated to UNICEF.  If you’re interested in finding out more about The Scribble Project or want to be involved, go here!