Prints: Match & Mix

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Back at the office, new business cards we had printed up arrived with cover-weight protective inserts placed between each card. That’s how precious these business cards were. Duplexed. Letter pressed. With protection. Between. Each. And. Every. Card. Even these protective inserts were nice. Thick. Smooth. Bright white. Perfect for something. And there they sat. A stack of them gleaming, beaming, waiting for action. To my mind they deserved a future beyond mere fodder for sketches, grocery lists or the recycle bin.

I taped up a grid of them into a large sheet and screen printed as I would’ve any other new thing. So yeah, that was cool. That was fun. Tricky at times. But the best part was dismantling the sheet back into a set of small cards.

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The original design was obliterated into an array of smaller originals I never intended nor would’ve conceived. Better yet, the cards could be reconfigured into a number of additional unique compositions.

I love that. Locking into one concept and then deconstructing the whole thing to reveal a totally new idea. It lets you see things in a new way. Which leads to new ideas. So further down the rabbit hole you go.

Things We Like: Xeno & Oaklander

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Deceptively simple, minimal, synthetic pop. Catchy melodies with dark undertones overlaid with dueling male/female vox. Distant, detached, haunting, enchanting, exotic, inviting, seductive – all of these things.

One thing that that keeps us coming back is the duality of moods that permeates nearly every track. Sweet and sour, dark and light, sleek and leaden sounds all add to the complexity and depth of the songs. They’re intoxicating, addictive, irresistible. It’s kind of like switching between sweet and savory treats – the contrasting flavors simply feed your appetite for more.

Fans of early electronic pop will find a lot to like. If you dig classics like Kraftwerk and Chris & Cosey or contemporaries like Solvent – or perhaps more accessible reference points like very early Depeche Mode, OMD, or Gary Numan – then this is your sweet spot.

Prints: Peering Forward, Flashing Back

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I’m looking forward to a new year of new work. The ideas keep pouring out and I can’t wait to get back out to the workshop and begin again. While I wait out the frosty winter months and fight off cabin fever by sketching (and by a few brisk hikes), the down time will offer some time to reflect, catalog and post 2016 work, clean out the studio and perhaps tweak the process a bit. All is not lost.

In the meantime, here’s a peek at our last holiday greeting. This was meant to be a three-color print but ballooned out to five or six color variations once we got into it. Some things don’t turn out the way you expect and it was too much fun trying out some different color combinations on the fly.

Here’s to fresh starts, new chapters, leaves turned and the glorious blank white page that awaits.

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Things We Like: Charles & Ray Eames’ “Solar Do-Nothing Machine”

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Modern furnishings, sure. Landmark exhibits, yep. Groundbreaking films, uh-huh. But what you might not be familiar with is the Eames’ Solar Do-Nothing Machine, a sculpture for Alcoa, the Aluminum Company of America, created in 1957.

A kinetic sculpture that lures you in with wild colors and patterns that shimmy, shake, sparkle and spin, the Solar Do-Nothing Machine takes a potentially boring subject (solar energy) and dazzles with accessible, whimsical, high-modern style.

But the film—culled from footage unearthed in 1995 by Eames Demetrios—is where the magic really happens. Close-ups and panning shots bring you right into the piece backed by a jazzy soundtrack that pairs perfectly with classic aesthetics and bouncing, spinning parts. And just like a good sugar rush, the party ultimately comes crashing to a halt—in this case when a cloud passes overhead. Science. Bummer.

For me it’s all nearly too much, too perfect. The glimmering geometry, the pop colors, the choreography of moving shapes, and, of course, the soundtrack all make this thing utterly hypnotic. Pity the fool who puts the film on repeat. Sure, that’d probably be me. If that happens and you see me sitting there totally zoned out, just know I’m in a high-keyed happy place. And pick my jaw up off the table on your way out.