When we decided to visit Iceland for the 2nd time I recorded the experience instead of taking photos in hopes I could SHOW how amazing the country is. We rented 2 SUVs for 11 people for 4 days / 3 nights and drove around the ring road (Highway 1).
So apparently the only new work worth listing is my Sasquatch poster every year! Well, I'll try to be more diligent about posting new projects! Here's this years poster! The image is of a meter that my good friend Annie let me borrow to photograph. I loved it so much, it seems super fitting for Sylvan Esso who's volts are off the charts right now! So excited to see them at Sasquatch! You can see the poster tonight at the Piranha Shop.
Gina, Laura, Jenny and I (current and exHackers) attended Art Bash 2013 put on by AAF Seattle @ Sole Repair in Capitol Hill on Thursday. Above are Instagrams of some of my favs. Hacker Group's "64 colors" was auctioned off along with 15 other pieces for AAF's scholarship in design for a lucky UW student scholarship. At least 10 of us had a role in creating this piece and we pretty excited about how it came out. So nice to get out and meet people from other agencies like Wunderman, Copacino and Fujikado, POSSIBLE, Green Rubino, DNA, Crown Social, Creature and Garrigan Lyman.
Man I almost missed the boat on this one. So my fellow art director buds: Jenny and Carrie and I had planned to attend for weeks but had a total fail on actually getting tix. For the amount of time we spend on social media, not sure how we missed it. So we stood in line for 1.5 hours outside in the cold on a Friday night. It paid off. Nose bleeds but happy, we saw Stefan talk about his art exhibition at the ICA - Philadelphia and upcoming documentary about one singular subject. Being happy.
What he spoke about wasn't mind blowing, it was all information that was pretty common sense. What was unique was the experience in absorbing all that content at once and the way he delivered it through video, typography, info graphics and interactive exhibits.
This is just kind of a brain dump of my notes from the lecture so I won't forget.
If I don't ask i won't get. (really cool film with balloons more about it here)
Be more flexible.
Social aspects to life are more important than income. Once you have enough $$ to survive, anything over that doesn't relate to how happy you are.
The Happiness Hypothesis by Johnathan Haidt
1. Meditation: act of being present, Stefan went to Bali to practice
2. Therapy: seeing a therapist was helpful, idea that you can change things about yourself, overcoming fears. Having guts always works out for me. (part of that film here) Also talked about making the first step, speaking or approaching people first.
3. Drugs: Lexipro gave him good results.
They must work together to steer in the right direction.
Emotions have a negative bias in humans. We're more open to negative emotions rather than postive ones. Example: Evening news.
Also talked about thankfulness, appreciating and thanking people. Having sympathetic empathy and humilty.
Self confidence produces good results. (film here)
Worrying solves nothing. This one really resonated, I'm super guilty of this...
He talked about exercise being more effective then meditation. As seen below. The act of exercising producing clarity of mind.
Drive with no purpose, no where to go. Great music, top down. As soon as a purpose is introduced, it's ruined. Uselessness is gorgeous.
Other things that make people happy: many friends, good friends, religion, singing in groups, non repeat activities and even religion.
Idea: before bed, list out 3 things that worked today.
Try to take more risks. Goes back to the film mentioned prevously. Having guts always works out for me.
So there it is. I own his book Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far and will be going back to read through.
I also recommend watching some of his TedX.
Every time I sign up for a new music festival I create a playlist to get me excited for the shows. Timber, by the same folks that put on Doe Bay Music Festival, is made up of mostly Seattle and regional artists. I'm especially excited because it's so close to Seattle! The usual 3-4 hour trek can be exhausting and tedious and it'll be nice to attend something so close. I'll report back with tons of photos but for now, enjoy my Spotify playlist. There's still tix if anyone wants to go!
Art Crank happened 2 weekends ago. I sold 9 posters!!!! I still have quite a few available for sale. I'll be posting them on Etsy for $25 a piece but if you want to email me directly, I'll sell you one! Widmer was a sponsor, they had a really yummy beer called an IPL, India Pale Lager. It tasted great on a super hot day. The whole collection of posters/artist was fantastic. We had a great time. Pictured above: my poster and friends Shannon and Jeff with Andrew. Also thanks to Ryan and Ethan who also came out!
All done! This Saturday is the Sasquatch! Poster show at Vermillion in Capitol Hill, Seattle featuring local talented artists designing posters for the bands participating in the music festival. Come check it out. My featured artist is Four Color Zack. I chose him because I like his name. He's also an Art Director at Wexley School for Girls.
My folks live in beautiful Anacortes up in the San Juan Islands here in WA. I recently spent a very belated weekend there enjoying the sun for my sister Tiffany's and my mother's birthdays. They own Randy's Pier 61. It's a great family owned seafood and steak place on the water. I went a little photo crazy, enjoy!
I've got 2 of them. Every year I participate in the Sasquatch Poster Show. Selected designers choose an artist to design a poster for. The bands get a few prints and all the posters get displayed at a party before the music festival. Not sure what the date will be yet, but I'll keep you updated. Also, I've been selected to participate in Seattle's first ever Art Crank. That one will be sometime in June. Not sure there's been a date set yet. I'll blog about my entries as I get them completed and find out about show dates and locations!
Friday morning we're off to Vegas for Sin City Strong Man Challenge. Andrew's training has been going fantastic. We're super optimistic about this one. If he places high, he'll qualify for a Giants Live competition in Europe. That competition is a Worlds Strongest Man qualifier. He'll be competing at noon on Saturday. You can see a live feed here Nick Best. Wish him luck!!!
I'm really not a big mint person but I can't stop eating these. Thanks to Andrea, every time I buy a pack at the drugstore, I eat the entire pack in about 4-24 hours. This pack has actually lasted a bit longer, a little over 24 hours. Andrew has tried to convince me not to buy them. "But they're sugar free!" I say. With ingredients like Aspartame and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, I think he's right. Eat the whole pack and I'm sure it's over 100 calories. I have to just not buy them...EVER.
p.s. the strawberry is better than the raspberry!
#1 the Croc is awesome for intimate shows, we were able to get up closer even thou it was sold out. Sold out shows at the Croc can be a nightmare but the crowd was easy going, only a little bit of Bro Dancing, and everyone was excited to see an opener for once.
#2 MSMR has gained some more fans since we last saw them and they also seem more comfortable playing together. It was obvious they were having a good time.
Jessie Ware was beautiful and talented, just a little too mellow after a long work day. Note to self: don't take a spin class 30 min before a show, you will be a walking zombie!
Next show: Marina and the Diamonds, Showbox Market, May 2nd
One more brilliant thing to do with faux mustaches. We played The Mustache Game with The Princess Bride on Saturday night for my friend Jess' bday. It created laughter at the oddest times and made a fantastic movie even more hilarious. We drank every time a faux mustache matched up to someones face in the movie. Next time I play, I'll recommend placing more that 2 on the screen.
This was so great. I had heard a few of my music nerd friends rave about it. We were blown away. Beautifully told story. Amazing this could happen before the internet.
Last week a few of us from work decided to take a quick trip to Seattle Art Museum on Free First Thursdays.Read More