Today Rob and I got up at 2 am to begin our commute to San Francisco. We got here at 9:30am Pacific time and have had the day to bum around until the rest of our party arrives. I think I could handle a the winters here!
I graduated from RMU in February of 2012. During my final weeks as a student, preparation for my senior exhibit dominated my time. I submitted 12 printed pieces total. The pieces represented illustration, photography, layout design, typography, and multi-media. All were accepted and displayed at the State Street Gallery in Chicago, IL. The gallery purchased all of them, however I chose to keep a few of the pieces including the three large bird ladies.
I was responsible for printing and framing all of my submissions. Printing and trimming was a fun thing to do. I have annoyingly short arms, which made the framing process a little difficult. Many of my pieces were 50" tall, so building the frames and getting the prints into them unscathed was...interesting.
I wasn't able to attend the opening night of the exhibit because I was in Chattanooga recording a CD with Lisa Ferguson. But I did finally make it out to see the gallery in April. Many of my pieces had prime placement. Including a photograph I call "Duck Butt", which was amusingly placed above the water fountains.
Bill Robinson is a great friend and mentor of mine. He inspired me to learn to play the dulcimer, and I've been fortunate enough to have him as a teacher. He is a master of his trade and a world-class musician who has composed dozens of tunes which he's passed along aurally to thousands of dulcimer players. In 2008, he told me of an idea that he had to get all of his compositions written down and compiled into a book.
Since Bill doesn't read music, I offered to transcribe all of his tunes for him. I arranged it so that I would get honors credits in my music theory class. Learning the notation software and then transcribing all 24 tunes by ear was only the first leg of this project.
I compiled the entire book layout and designed the front and back covers for the book. The cover of the book is a photo I took of an instrument that was built by Bill with a fixed sequoia soundboard. It was my instrument and is still one of my favorite photos that I've taken of a dulcimer (and there are many). There was a certain time of day that the sun would shine into my office and make everything in it's path look stunning.
Along with transcribing the tunes, laying out the book, and designing the cover, I also used this opportunity to do a bit of production managing. I had the booklets printed. Produced a master CD and had it professionally replicated and printed. Then ordered tamper-proof disk sleeves and sealable cellophane booklet sleeves.
The final step was assembly. I recruited the help of family to package the books in assembly-line style. This project was complete in May, 2009. I've done a couple more runs since then.
This was a great project for me to hone my skills on and I am very happy that Bill put his trust in me and allowed me to be such a big part of making it happen.
Finally, I have a website! It's been a year and a half since I could say that. It's going to take a little time to populate it with all of my old stuff, so if things look a little sparse right now, you know why.
Right now, I am working on getting galleries arranged for my portfolio, as well as migrating some blog posts from another blog to this one.
Stay tuned for more updates on my photography, design, and musical endeavors!