Cosmoprof North America is one of the largest beauty industry conferences in the US. This year they sponsored a special collaboration with FIDM. We combined Beauty students with Graphic students and challenged them to work in teams to create a connected beauty concept for 2050. The Graphic Design students brought to the project their understanding of target market research, design thinking, as well as logo, and packaging design skills. The Beauty Industry Management students focused on trends, consumer preferences, and product development. The winning team was flown to Las Vegas where Tina Perez, Director of Beauty Industry Management, and I presented the project at the annual conference and introduced the finalists. Congratulations Alysha and Quiana!
So then what do you do with all the slides?
My brother had a big birthday coming up and I wanted to figure out a way to make him a gift with the slides. Some type of art would be great for his new home. Lighting made the most sense for showing off the slides so I headed out to IKEA to find something I could hack. Turns out they had these frosted square glass table lamps that perfectly fit eight slides per side. A little gaffers tape, Gorilla glue, and some simple tools helped make it happen. I started with a lamp featuring slides of my older artwork to test the process before moving on to the birthday present.
For months I've had boxes and boxes of slides sitting by my desk at home waiting to be copied. Scanning with a flat bed scanner takes sooooo long and the quality is just, meh. I've gone through a couple of configurations for creating an easy way to digitize slides and this is my favorite.
In addition to the inexpensive little set up shown above, I'm using a macro lens on my iPhone, and black board with a hole cut out for the lens along with black Post-Its for reducing the glare on the slides. This takes a fraction of the time to digitize and I'm finding that the quality is just as good or better than I used to get with a scanner.
Yesterday Larry Harvey, the founder of Burning Man, passed away. In tribute to him I wanted to share the story of the design of the 2013 BRC Map which was inspired by his iconic hat.
I always wanted to embed a game into the Map and I decided 2013 would be the year to pull it off. The theme Larry Harvey chose for Burning Man that year was “Cargo Cult”. As I began doing research and tossing around ideas for the BRC Map, Larry’s iconic Stetson kept coming up for me. Cargo Cults tend to worship objects left behind by travelers. Larry’s hat was one of those symbolic objects.
My main collaborator in the design of the game was Brent Boe. As we began the game design we developed a story (poetic version included below). In the story the person who held the hat, held the power to lead and we wanted many people to take a turn wearing the hat. For those patient enough to solve all the puzzles, they were led to a special shiny version of the Stetson. The hat was to be worn for a period of time and then returned to its place so that others could take their turn as the wearer of the hat.
While we were in early development of the game, Burning Man Project’s Global Leadership Conference took place. At the conference that year Larry tossed out his hat during his keynote address proclaiming in essence, the hat belonged to everyone, and Larry thought it looked great on everyone who tried it on. This was a completely synchronistic event that made me feel even more confident that we were on the right track with this concept.
Larry, thank you for the hat and all that you inspired while wearing it. We will keep those memories alive always.
STANZAS FOR THE CULT OF THE HAT
== The Man in the Hat ==
The Man in the Hat, Builder, Originator
Seeking a Perfect Workspace, The Man in the Hat found Playa
Smiling in Delight and Exclaiming with Joy
"Here we create freely"
After Seven Days of Building, The Man in the Hat built a shelter
Shelter from the Sun for rest
A Great Wind descended upon the shelter, and Destroyed it
The Man in the Hat rebuilt from the ruins.
Something new, not built before
Skilled Hands of Effort, Perseverance, and Creativity Begot the Man
== Lady Dustmask ==
To glance in her eyes would ignite a spark
And bring forth a flame to conquer the dark
Burn out your false idols, tis no easy task
And so do we turn to Lady Dustmask
The Wind it did howl, the dust it did sting
And Lady Dustmask had the spirit to sing
She stood in her camp, back straight and chest tall
for nothing of hers would break, bend, or fall
A tribute! She sought to make the night bright
Desire expressed, that we might ignite
Destroy all your demons, you might rightly learn
Refreshment of spirit and watch the man burn
=== CoyoteSpider/Trickster ===
I buffoold two-legs skilldidly
At minds time redo laughs, all eyes
You, sly eyes, comprehentionate this
When do the game make move play hand? Moves it?
Force with rules? Turn eyes backupwards and sly eyes see
All howling chase self to flat dust
Dances wind circles, clouds make, bamfuzzled she
Howls find two legs, now self free
I tricks every-all!
Has trinkets, which time trisksties on self
Moon-time flat dust has fire spot
Two legs has pretties, fun. Make tricksties, show fun and join
Tricksties builded it, destroyed it, wised the none.
Larry Harvey’s Flying Stetson – a true story from the Global Leadership Conference
Signs Unlimited installed this box today. Super happy how the wrap turned out. If you find yourself on Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos, keep your eyes peeled for this PopDot!
We participated in another fantastic Flower Show this year. The theme was "Once Upon a Springtime" and the SF Visual Team asked us to come up with a display that would signify all the seasons and time with a storybook inspiration. The students came up with great ideas and executed them beautifully.
Here are a couple of new salvaged denim projects I’ve created so far this year. All the denim used comes from recycled sources or slightly damaged donated denim yardage.
For the third year in a row we worked with the visual team from Macy’s to create these special attractions. The vintage carnival theme this year was especially fun to work with. Students are given the theme and a small budget, and are encouraged to use recycled and alternative materials.
Congratulations to the Visual Communications students on their beautiful designs and hard work: Paige Ladensack, Ke Liang, Sydney Shives, Kyle Howell, Cindy Voong, Joy Ann, Amber Talley, Katie Jystad, Taylor Michelle Cole, Janella Amonoy, Carolina Recendez De Luna, and Nicolette Fleming.
The Young Designers Award was created in 1998 by The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) to encourage creativity in graphic design and package design. This year, more than 100 students from 18 schools across the United States submitted an original design concept for a cosmetic or personal care product. FIDM SF student, Eva Edgren, received an honorable mention this year for her "Lock Block: Hair Sunscreen Cream". Congratulations, Eva!
During challenging times, artists turn to their art. I was working on some new work in my PopDot series during the election so some of the pieces I created were inspired by what I was seeing and hearing. As the first 100 days began to play out and I wanted to do more, but couldn't, I realized what I could do was thank those that are digging for the real truths and doing their best to keep some checks in place. I turned my Bridges, Not Walls image into thank you post cards and have made them available to anyone who would like to give thanks. Let me know how I can get you some.
I've been shooting a portrait of these two every November for the past 16 years. Yesterday we shot these. To watch them grow from 2 and 4 to 17 and 19, check out the Brother's Portraits section of my portfolio.
Cameron at 17, Clayton at 19
This year Stewart and I were invited to join some friends at a house they had rented on Lake Iseo in Italy during Christo's installation of The Floating Piers. WOW Airlines was offering great prices on flights, so we decided to stop in Iceland on our way there. We had about five days in each location. The time flew by as we clocked loads of adventures. Here's some of what we saw.
I recently got a Photojojo Iris Macro lens. The rains we so happily received in NorCal this winter have gifted us with a garden overflowing with flowers. That has been my favorite place to play with the macro.
A month ago a friend roped me into joining the SPARK Postcard Exchange. SPARK is a call-and-response group combining artists, writers, and musicians to inspire each other. For the Postcard Exchange we were given one month to create 5 postcards to send to the randomly selected people in our group. I knew none of them and they were from all over the U.S. I decided to mix two of my favorite things and print these new macro photos of the flowers in our garden and then sew them to heavy paper stock to use as postcards. I may need to make more...
In December I was promoted to Director of Graphic Design for FIDM. Along with all the new responsibilities comes the opportunity to get to know LA a little better. I am a Bay Area girl through and through, but I love to travel and get to know new places, so one of my favorite parts of the new position is going to LA monthly for a few days at a time. Here's a little of what I've seen so far.
The Macy's Flower Show in San Francisco's flagship store opened to the public on March 18th for two weeks. For the second year, FIDM students created installations featured on the third floor overlooking Union Square. The Macy's Visual Team participated in our Design Installation class by challenging students to create mannequin displays using alternative materials and inspired by American Icons.
The print I designed for BetaBrand that reused the ripped paper from the background design of the 2013 Burning Man Map has moved from the ThinkTank into CrowdFunding. This means they made a sample of the print on fabric, created the dress, photographed it, and placed it on the site for sale. It is currently 36% to the goal. Once 47 more dresses sell, it will be real! Check it out and consider buying one for yourself or someone you know.