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Month December 2010

random things made: postcards for myth club

The December gathering of the NYC Mythology Club also happened to be the date of the founder’s birthday. When she first started Myth Club, I asked her if it was legit to tell a story in pictures rather than words. We’d discussed slide shows. And analog slide shows (I imagine those as big cards with an assistant who walks them around the room like at a boxing match). But, for this first attempt, I instead chose to create a series of postcards sent to her on her birthday. Eurydice of Orpheus and Eurydice sent Kio correspondence from the underworld that told the story in a series of 3 postcards (the above being the first). I received great help from the chorus of the club in telling the tale, and the myth was recommended by Kio herself in a gracious moment of helping me get out of the gate. The lack of postage was intentional; I wasn’t sure how much a postcard from the underworld cost.

Future iterations could include correspondence from multiple characters, items sent from multiple locations, and I still haven’t completely yet abandoned the analog slide show idea. These postcards were printed on 5.5×8.5 watercolor paper. I shot the above image of my friend Alethea in 1998 or 1999; the original was meticulously printed on matte fiber paper, and I scanned the original print for this iteration.

the logic behind the website redesign

As I’m working on populating this new site, a basic question keeps gnawing at me. If I’m a designer, what am I doing not only using a blog, but one designed by someone else? The reality is that this is the first redesign I’ve undertaken since 2005. Most of the designers I know are notoriously behind on redesigning their own portfolio sites, and I’m no exception. I made a choice between waiting for an additional indefinite amount of time – as my time and energy is drawn to other previous commitments, or finally creating a new functional site quickly. When I discovered Khoi Vinh and Allan Cole’s simple, elegant theme, I chose the latter.

I’ve left this site within a blog directory of my web server, with the intent that one day in the future I’ll create a more formal portfolio site adjacent. Until then, I hope it serves to show slightly more trace of production than my anonymous and/or locked down distributions of information of the last few years.

random things made: map’oasters for shackleton drinking

shackleton mapoasters

Inspired by current work of Peggy Nelson, these map’oasters were created to be used while drinking whiskey in honor of Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica. They’re made of old Shackleton map and news images, watercolor paper, and acrylic matte medium.